18th
FIGHTER GROUP


(Version provisoire - en construction)
273 victoires

 

 

12 Fighter Squadron
(42 vict)

Nom Grade Unité Date Ennemi Avion d'arme TOP Nbr Vict
ANDERSON WAYNE D 2nd Lt 12FTR 11-08-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
ANGLIN EVERETT H 2nd Lt 12FTR 12-24-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BAIRD JAMES K Captain 12FTR 12-24-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BECHTEL PAUL S Major 12FTR 12-24-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 2
BECHTEL PAUL S Major 12FTR 04-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BECHTEL PAUL S Major 12FTR 04-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GESSLER GEORGE W 1st Lt 12FTR 12-01-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 2
GILL JAMES H 1st Lt 12FTR 05-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HENDRICKSON RUSSELL L 1st Lt 12FTR 11-29-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HERMAN DONALD L 1st Lt 12FTR 02-11-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LAMBURTH JAMES L 1st Lt 12FTR 12-24-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MEIN ROBERT W JR 1st Lt 12FTR 09-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
MOORE CECIL L F/O 12FTR 08-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
NICHOLS CYRIL E Captain 12FTR 08-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
PICKEL CREEL A 1st Lt 12FTR 01-31-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
REES ROLAND L 1st Lt 12FTR 11-27-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
REES ROLAND L 1st Lt 12FTR 11-29-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
RUSSELL ROBERT F 2nd Lt 12FTR 11-11-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SCOTT EDGAR B 1st Lt 12FTR 11-11-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SKOGLAND CARL E 1st Lt 12FTR 11-23-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SMITH MAURICE H 1st Lt 12FTR 12-01-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SMITH WILLIAM E 1st Lt 12FTR 04-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SMITH WILLIAM E Captain 12FTR 05-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SOMMERICH EUGENE M 1st Lt 12FTR 11-29-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SPOFFORD JAMES R 1st Lt 12FTR 12-01-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SPOFFORD JAMES R 1st Lt 12FTR 12-29-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SPOFFORD JAMES R Captain 12FTR 01-31-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SQUIRE CHISTROPHER A 1st Lt 12FTR 11-11-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
STRATTON ELDON E Captain 12FTR 08-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SZELA JOHN J 1st Lt 12FTR 12-01-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SZELA JOHN J 1st Lt 12FTR 12-16-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WARNER DON S 1st Lt 12FTR 11-11-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 3
WEART GEORGE S Captain 12FTR 11-11-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 2
WEART GEORGE S Captain 12FTR 02-07-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WELLS PERRY P 1st Lt 12FTR 09-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1.5
WHITE FLOYD 2nd Lt 12FTR 06-10-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WIESENGER ROBERT L 1st Lt 12FTR 11-27-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1

 

44 Fighter Squadron
(156.5 vict)

Nom Grade Unité Date Ennemi Avion d'arme TOP Nbr Vict
ADAMS JOE F 1st Lt 44FTR 01-29-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BADE JACK A 1st Lt 44FTR 06-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BADE JACK A 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BADE JACK A 1st Lt 44FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BADE JACK A 2nd Lt 44FTR 02-04-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BADE JACK A 2nd Lt 44FTR 02-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BOWMAN BYRON B 1st Lt 44FTR 12-24-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
BUNDERSON MACK V 2nd Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
BYERS REX A F/O 44FTR 12-25-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BYRNES ROBERT C 1st Lt 44FTR 06-05-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BYRNES ROBERT C 1st Lt 44FTR 06-12-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BYRNES ROBERT C 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
BYRNES ROBERT C Captain 44FTR 08-31-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CONNOLLY ROBERT J 2nd Lt 44FTR 01-18-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CONNOLLY ROBERT J Captain 44FTR 11-26-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CORBETT JAMES J 2nd Lt 44FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
COX JOHN P 1st Lt 44FTR 08-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CRAIN FRANKLIN C 1st Lt 44FTR 11-08-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CURREY DOUGLAS V 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CURREY DOUGLAS V 1st Lt 44FTR 07-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
DRECKMAN HAROLD G 1st Lt 44FTR 07-05-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
DRECKMAN HAROLD G 1st Lt 44FTR 07-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
DRECKMAN HAROLD G Captain 44FTR 01-06-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
FARKAS RAYMOND G 2nd Lt 44FTR 10-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
FOUQUET RAYMOND M 2nd Lt 44FTR 12-23-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
FOX ROBERT E 1st Lt 44FTR 08-31-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
FRANCIS MAGNUS W 1st Lt 44FTR 07-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2.5
FRANCIS MAGNUS W 2nd Lt 44FTR 06-05-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GAUNT FRANK L 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
GAUNT FRANK L Captain 44FTR 07-12-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GAUNT FRANK L Captain 44FTR 07-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
GAUNT FRANK L Captain 44FTR 08-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GAUNT FRANK L Captain 44FTR 01-11-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GIBBS GEORGE F JR 1st Lt 44FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GLADEN CYRUS R 1st Lt 44FTR 08-31-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
GLADEN CYRUS R 2nd Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
GREEN WILLIAM F 2nd Lt 44FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
HAY CARL W 2nd Lt 44FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HAY CARL W 2nd Lt 44FTR 07-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR 1st Lt 44FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1.5
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR 1st Lt 44FTR 08-04-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR 1st Lt 44FTR 09-18-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR Captain 44FTR 10-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR Captain 44FTR 10-11-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR Captain 44FTR 01-14-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR Captain 44FTR 01-17-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 3
HEAD COTESWORTH B JR Captain 44FTR 01-18-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HOLMAN ROBERT T 2nd Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
JENNINGS THEO B 1st Lt 44FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
JENNINGS WALLACE R 1st Lt 44FTR 07-05-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
JENNINGS WALLACE R 2nd Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
JOHNSON ALBERT L Captain 44FTR 02-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
KESTER WILLIAM L 1st Lt 44FTR 08-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
KESTER WILLIAM L 1st Lt 44FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
KOVAL LESLIE B 1st Lt 44FTR 11-03-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
KROHN ROBERT L 1st Lt 44FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
LESICKA JOSEPH J 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LESICKA JOSEPH J 1st Lt 44FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LESICKA JOSEPH J 1st Lt 44FTR 07-12-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LESICKA JOSEPH J 1st Lt 44FTR 07-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 5
LESICKA JOSEPH J 1st Lt 44FTR 08-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LITTLE JOHN E Captain 44FTR 02-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LIVESEY DONALD W 1st Lt 44FTR 02-09-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
LIVESEY DONALD W 1st Lt 44FTR 02-15-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LONG JAMES W 1st Lt 44FTR 01-06-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MACKLIN BRUCE H 1st Lt 44FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MATSON HENRY E 1st Lt 44FTR 01-28-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MATSON HENRY E 1st Lt 44FTR 02-04-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MATSON HENRY E 1st Lt 44FTR 06-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
MCFARLAND WINFIELD C 1st Lt 44FTR 11-25-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MORRISSEY RAYMOND A 2nd Lt 44FTR 02-02-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MORRISSEY RAYMOND A 2nd Lt 44FTR 02-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MURRAY ANDREW E F/O 44FTR 07-12-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
NEWLANDER CARL E JR 1st Lt 44FTR 06-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
NEWLANDER CARL E JR 1st Lt 44FTR 07-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
PARKER JAMES E * 1st Lt 44FTR 06-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
POLLOCK JOHN C 1st Lt 44FTR 11-03-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 2
RADZUIKINAS FRANK J 1st Lt 44FTR 08-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
REDDINGTON JAMES W 1st Lt 44FTR 01-18-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 3
ROBB ROBERT J 2nd Lt 44FTR 07-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
ROEHM JOHN F 1st Lt 44FTR 01-18-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
ROEHM JOHN F 2nd Lt 44FTR 11-08-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SACKET CHARLES T 2nd Lt 44FTR 07-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
SANTOMASSINO SISTO 1st Lt 44FTR 01-29-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SAWERS ANDREW S 1st Lt 44FTR 12-25-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SEEBERG GEORGE B 1st Lt 44FTR 11-25-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SHULER LUCIEN B 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SHULER LUCIEN B 1st Lt 44FTR 08-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SHULER LUCIEN B 1st Lt 44FTR 08-04-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 4
SHULER LUCIEN B 1st Lt 44FTR 08-10-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SMITH GRANT R 1st Lt 44FTR 08-04-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
STARKE WILLIAM H Captain 44FTR 04-18-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
STRATE JOHN P 1st Lt 44FTR 11-25-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
TARBET DALE F 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
TARBET DALE F 2nd Lt 44FTR 01-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
TARBET DALE F 2nd Lt 44FTR 02-02-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
TAYLOR KENNETH M Captain 44FTR 01-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
VAHEY JAMES A 2nd Lt 44FTR 11-03-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
VOSS JOHN D Captain 44FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
VOSS JOHN D Captain 44FTR 07-25-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1.5
WESTBROOK ROBERT B 1st Lt 44FTR 01-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WESTBROOK ROBERT B 1st Lt 44FTR 02-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Captain 44FTR 06-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Captain 44FTR 06-12-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Major 44FTR 07-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Major 44FTR 10-10-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Major 44FTR 12-23-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Major 44FTR 12-24-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Major 44FTR 12-25-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
WESTBROOK ROBERT B Major 44FTR 01-06-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WHEADON ELMER M 1st Lt 44FTR 01-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WHEADON ELMER M 1st Lt 44FTR 07-01-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 5
WHEADON ELMER M Captain 44FTR 09-14-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WHEELER RICHARD A 1st Lt 44FTR 01-06-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 2
WHEELER RICHARD A 2nd Lt 44FTR 07-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
WILSON MORRIS F 1st Lt 44FTR 02-09-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WOOD JOHN E 1st Lt 44FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WOOD JOHN E 1st Lt 44FTR 07-05-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
WOOD JOHN E 2nd Lt 44FTR 02-02-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1

 

70 Fighter Squadron
(55.5 vict)

Nom Grade Unité Date Ennemi Avion d'arme TOP Nbr Vict
BARBER REX T 1st Lt 70FTR 12-28-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BENTLEY ELLIS L JR 1st Lt 70FTR 12-14-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
BOEYE JOHN F 1st Lt 70FTR 11-25-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CLARK FRANK 2nd Lt 70FTR 03-10-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CLEVELAND HOWARD M 1st Lt 70FTR 12-24-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
CLEVELAND HOWARD M 2nd Lt 70FTR 07-25-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
COSART DARRELL R 1st Lt 70FTR 01-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
COSGRAVE JOHN M F/O 70FTR 07-25-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
COSGRAVE JOHN M F/O 70FTR 08-04-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
COSGRAVE JOHN M F/O 70FTR 08-12-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
COSGRAVE JOHN M F/O 70FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
COWPER WILLIAM R JR Major 70FTR 12-16-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
DOLLEN JOHN F 2nd Lt 70FTR 11-08-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
DUHON JOSEPH A Captain 70FTR 11-12-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
FIEDLER WILLIAM F JR 1st Lt 70FTR 02-04-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
FIEDLER WILLIAM F JR 2nd Lt 70FTR 01-26-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
FRAME LEONARD W Captain 70FTR 04-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
FRAME LEONARD W Captain 70FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GILCHRIST WILLIAM T 2nd Lt 70FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
GORHAM CALVIN C 1st Lt 70FTR 03-10-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
GUNDER JOSEPH E 2nd Lt 70FTR 11-08-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
HAGGARTY JOHN Captain 70FTR 02-24-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HARPER WADE K Captain 70FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HENDRIX PHILLIP L 1st Lt 70FTR 01-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
HOLLY GERALD R 1st Lt 70FTR 11-30-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
JOHNSON THOMAS C 1st Lt 70FTR 02-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
KITTEL LOUIS R Major 70FTR 05-13-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
KITTEL LOUIS R Major 70FTR 05-19-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
KITTEL LOUIS R Major 70FTR 10-08-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LANPHIER THOMAS G JR Captain 70FTR 12-24-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 1
LANPHIER THOMAS G JR Captain 70FTR 04-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
LANPHIER THOMAS G JR Captain 70FTR 04-18-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
MAGOWN ROBERT M 1st Lt 70FTR 11-08-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MEKUS FRANK H 2nd Lt 70FTR 10-27-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 0.5
MOORE JOSEPH F 1st Lt 70FTR 12-26-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MOORE JOSEPH F 1st Lt 70FTR 04-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MOORE MARVIN E Captain 70FTR 11-30-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 2
MOORE MARVIN E Captain 70FTR 12-14-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
MOORE MAURY K Captain 70FTR 12-14-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
NORRIS WILLIAM P 1st Lt 70FTR 11-11-1942 - - Southwest Pacific 1
NORRIS WILLIAM P Captain 70FTR 06-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
RAPSON GEORGE A 1st Lt 70FTR 03-03-1945 - - Southwest Pacific 1
RIVERS RICHARD T W Captain 70FTR 01-15-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 2
SHAFER HERBERT M 1st Lt 70FTR 08-07-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
SMITH RICHARD B 1st Lt 70FTR 12-14-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
STUFF WILLIAM J 1st Lt 70FTR 12-16-1944 - - Southwest Pacific 1
TAYLOR CECIL P JR 2nd Lt 70FTR 09-16-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
TOPOLL GEORGE G 1st Lt 70FTR 01-14-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1
WALTERS HARRY L Captain 70FTR 06-30-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 3
WORKS DAVID P 1st Lt 70FTR 09-18-1943 - - Southwest Pacific 1

 

The 18th Fighter Group was organized at Wheeler Field, Hawaii in 1927. The Japanese attacked Hawaii on December 7, 1941 and the group's planes suffered heavy losses on the ground. The Group left Hawaii in March, 1943 and established headquarters at Espirito Santo island in the New Hebrides. In April it moved north to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands and became part of the 13th Air Force which had been created April 13, 1943.

The Group now consisted of three squadrons--the 12th, 44th, and 70th. Prior to this, with all the turmoil and confusion that resulted when the war started, the three squadrons had been placed under the command of "Commander for Air, South Pacific." (COMAIRSOPAC), which was then commanded by Navy and Marine admirals and generals--which led to considerable friction between the three services!! The Army did not want the Navy or Marines telling the Army what to do!!

The 18th Fighter Group made a significant contribution to winning the war against thee Japanese Starting ant Guadalcanal, its pilots ranged out to attack targets on Munda, Bougainville, and the huge Jap Naval Base at Rabaul. In August, 1944, the 18th then moved west to Sanspor, in far western New Guinea and its pilots began escorting B-24s bombing the huge Jap oil installations in Borneo. the Group then moved north to Morotai island began pounding Jap targets all over the Philippines, In March, 1945, the Group moved to Mindoro island in the northern Philippines where its pilots helped the 8th Army clean out the thousands of Japanese troops on the ground in the Philippines. From there the pilots put on their 300 gallon belly tanks again and hit Jap targets on Formosa (Taiwan), and all along the China Coast on 2,000 mile, 8-10 hour combat missions.

By the war's end, the 18th Fighter Group had compiled a distinguished record--shooting down 282 Jap planes and had 12 aces in the Group. The Group did not keep track of Jap planes destroyed on the ground.



Air Force Assigned to :

7th AF (Feb '42 - March '43)
13th AF (March '43 - end of WWII

Stations flown from :

Espiritu Santo (March '43)
Guadalcanal (April '43)
Sansapor, New Guinea (Aug '44)
Lingayen, Luzon ( Jan '45)
San Jose, Mindoro (March '45)
Zamboanga, Mindanao (May '45)

Campaigns Flown in :

Central Pacific
China Defensive
New Ginea
Northern Solomons
Bismarck Archipelago
Western Pacific
Leyte
Luzon
Southern Philippines

Decorations Awarded :

Distinguished Unit Citation: Philippine Islands, 10-11 Nov. '44
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

Aces were :

(scores in the group only- some scored victories while flying in other groups)

 

HQ
12th FS
44th FS
70th FS
B. Harris (1) **15 more with the 347th FG**
P. Betchel (4)
R. Westbrook (15)
C. Head (14)
J. Lesicka (9)
F. Gaunt (8)
L. Shuler (7)
E. Wheadon (7)
J. Bade (5)
J. Byrnes (5)
C. Gladen (5)

 



Source :

STARS & BARS - Frank Olynyk - Grub Street Editions
http://afhra.maxwell.af.mil/index.asp
http://www.web-birds.com/


 

 


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