They were known simply as the Flying McConnells.
During the height of World War II, the three brothers, known for their passion for flying and bravery, soon became legends in the Air Capital of the World.
Fred, Edwin and Thomas McConnell captured Wichitans' hearts because they enlisted in the Army Air Corps on the same day.
The Wichita Eagle reported on July 4, 1943, that the brothers were serving in the Army's 13th Air Force in the South Pacific. They were each co-pilots on B-24 Liberator bombers in the same squadron.
Wichitans were saddened when The Eagle reported that Thomas, 20, died on a B-24 bomber mission out of Guadalcanal on July 10, 1943.
Then, more sad news when a few years later Wichitans learned that Fred died in a plane crash at Garden Plain on Oct. 25, 1945.
His plane struck a high-tension power line and crashed into a field.
He had survived 61 missions as a B-24 pilot in the South Pacific.
Edwin retired from the Air Force in August 1945 after flying 56 missions. He was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal.
He died in 1997 from Parkinson's disease and leukemia.
A book by Steve Larsen on the history and images of McConnell Air Force Base features not only photos of the McConnells but glimpses of the historic base and its role in Wichita's aviation history.
Question: What is now McConnell Air Force Base began as the Wichita airport. During World War II, the military took control of that airport and added runways and expanded Boeing's factory where B-29 bombers were churned out. After the war, the airport was returned to the city. But when the Korean conflict began in 1951, what government stepped in to relocate the old airport?
Answer to Wednesday's question: The Rajah Rabbitry was the name of the rabbit business in Wichita.
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