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REID, Jim Halton Reid
REID, Jim Halton A retired Aerospace Quality Assurance Professional died peacefully in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday March 6, 2012. He was 67. He is survived by his three children, son Travis Carlson, and daughters Kelleen Smith and Andrea Reid. Jim was born in Davenport Iowa on April 25, 1944. Jim was fortunate enough to spend most of his working career in the aviation business, his passion. He knew many people that loved aircraft and this led to many aviation adventures for Jim. His favorite aircraft of all time was the P-51 Mustang and he was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in the cockpit of the world famous P-51 Mustang 'Miss America'. Jim loved spending hours talking, researching, and composing history for the Aero-squadrons that protected our troops in World War II. Jim worked hard at recording record of 357th Fighter Wing in England with hundreds of photos of P-51 Mustangs. Jim was quick to tell you that they flew 313 combat missions between February 11, 1944, and April 25, 1945, and they are officially credited by the U.S. Air Force with having destroyed 595.5 German airplanes in the air and 106.5 on the ground. Thanks to Jim and others these photos and the brave history of these P-51 Mustangs can be publicly viewed on the Internet at http://www.cebudanderson.com/newest_357th_fg_photos_01.htm. Jims ultimate yearly trip was to the Reno Air Races where the P-51 Mustangs are the stars. Jim always spent time talking to World War II Veterans about their experiences and the history they witnessed. These talks were very invigorating for Jim and he loved sharing the knowledge he gathered. Jim was also an avid family man that was extremely proud of his children and utilized every second available to tell of their accomplishments in life and how happy they made him. Jim also loved restoring 1960s muscle cars and spent a lot of time researching and refining every detail about his car project. Jim will be remembered in a celebration of life at the 94th Aero Squadron in Van Nuys on June 2, 2012, at 2 p.m.

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