Born on   ??? in Pittsburgh, PA to Peryl and Ruth (Andrews) Speer. A 1939 graduate of Allen High School, he entered the Army Air Force Aviation Cadet program in January 1943, training as a fighter pilot. Speer was assigned to the 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group and began flying combat missions out of England over Germany during World War II. On his 17th mission, he was shot down and became a prisoner of war. He and a companion escaped and made their way to Allied Forces on May 29, 1945. Frank was credited with shooting down one enemy aircraft in the air and destroying four others on the ground. Besides his campaign medals, Frank was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. He returned to work for Bell Telephone until 1952, when he became founder and co-owner of Kwik Kafe, a food service company in Allentown. He had a long career in the food services industry and eased into retirement as a realtor. He authored four books based on his wartime experiences including Wingman, One Down, One Dead, The Debden Warbirds, and 81 Aces of the 4th Fighter Group. He became known as a World War II historian and expert; and he made presentations at numerous Air Shows and military related conferences. He was a long time member of the Masonic Lodge, a former Boy Scout leader and active in many community organizations. Frank E. Speer, 89, died

1 March 2011, in Cedarburg.



The Bronze Star

The Airmedal

The Distinguished Flying Cross


1944.05.21                           ground                      1-0-0 Ju-52

1944.05.21                           ground                      1-0-0 Ju-88

1944.05.24                           air                             1-0-0 Me-109

1944.05.29                           ground                      2-0-0 He-177


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