Ted Conlin Fighter Pilot

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.  ~Seneca

Ted's Story And He Is Sticking To It!

Ted Conlin is a friend who we met via Old Ranch Country Club.  He was a WWII fighter pilot and is one heck of a great guy!  We enjoy listening to his stories about flying P51's over Germany, France, Russia and Italy during the later parts of WWII. Please join his 90th birthday party held at Los Alamitos Race Track! 

Please read his stories about World War II that just made us understand what it ws like in those terrible days. Also visit one of his many presentations to groups wanting to learn from someone who was there!

It Is With Great Sadness That We Learned Of Ted's Passing March 12th, 2012

Sue and Paul (and many of our friends) got to know Ted through Old Ranch Country Club. Always with a smile on his face and usually with a new joke, we would spend hours talking about his WWII feats flying over Europe in his P-51. He had just recently celebrated his 64th anniversary with his bride, Audrey, and we had arranged a surprise cake. Always then gentleman, we gave us a beautiful bottle of wine. We talked to him Sunday evening just hours before his passing. He will be remembered as a great man and he is a significant loss to his family and his greater family! God Bless!

Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.  ~John Wayne

April 13, 1920 - March 12, 2012

. "Our primary aim was not to permit any air action by the enemy that would endanger those men of ours making the operation." Ted Conlin

Ted Conlin was a WWII fighter pilot who awarded the DFC, Air Medal with 4 Clusters, 4 major Battle Stars, Russian Medal of Great Patriotic War. He flew 71 missions, 270 combat hours and had one enemy aircraft destroyed, flew 5 missions as platoon leader and 12 missions as flight leader and received 1 overseas bar. Upon his release in 1945, he attended USC, graduated with a B.S. Business in May, 1950. He owned his own insurance brokerage firm and retired from the business in 1985.

As a young fighter pilot, Ted fell in love with a beautiful English lassie, Audrey while on duty in England. When he returned from a mission, he "buzzed" her house. They were married in 1948 and live in Long Beach for more than 5 decades.
He is survived by Audrey; his granddaughter, Nicole; great granddaughter, Audrey Rose; son, Bill Madonna; grandsons, Aaron and Alex Madonna and friends.

Ted in 1943 outside the barracks

Famous Fighter Quotes:

Ted Conlin 2009
Ted Conlin 2009

Audrey & Ted.... March 2009

Ted and Del at Happy Hour December 2011

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Some Of Ted's Awards


Distinguished Flying Cross Medal- Criteria: Awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself in combat in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918."

The decoration may also be given for an act performed prior to that date when the individual has been recommended for, but has not received the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Distinguished Service Medal. During wartime, members of the Armed Forces of friendly foreign nations serving with the United States are eligible for the award.

It is also given to those who display heroism while working as instructors or students at flying schools. Attachments: Bronze Oak Leaf Device, Silver Oak Leaf Device.

air Medal

Air Metal - Criteria: Awarded to personnel who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, shall have distinguished himself/herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or heroism, or for meritorious service. 

victory metal

WWII Campaign Medal - Description: The bronze medal is 1 3/8 inches in width. On the front is a figure of Liberation standing full length with head turned to Dexter looking to the dawn of a new day, right foot resting on a war god’s helmet with the hilt of a broken sword in the right hand and the broken blade in the left hand, the inscription "WORLD WAR II" placed immediately below the center.

On the reverse are the inscriptions "FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT" and "FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION" separated by a palm branch, all within a circle composed of the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914 1945."