This silent gun camera footage was recently donated to Periscope Film by the estate of Capt. Ralph Santasiero. It shows missions flown in the Korean War starting in November, 1951. At the time Santasiero was flying a P-51 Mustang with the 12th Fighter Squadron of the 18th Fighter Wing. The film shows various air-to-ground missions over trackless terrain, hitting North Korean and possibly Chinese strongpoints.

Ralph A.Santasiero (1921-2012) was born in Long Island City, New York. He enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in November, 1942. Trained in Class 43.H, he graduated and was commissioned at Marianna, Florida. His first assignment was the 9th Air Force flying P-47 Thunderbolts from Christ Church, England with the 405th Fighter Group, 51Oth Fighter Squadron.

He participated in the first flights on the “D-Day Invasion” June 6, 1944 and was later stationed with the same group on Cherbourg at Ste. Mare Eglise and St. Dizier, France. He flew 77 missions including escort, dive bombing, close support, destruction of railroads, ammunition dumps, bridges, tanks, artillery, anti-aircraft and enemy airfields. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters.

He was recalled to active duty in the Reserves May, 1951 and was assigned to the 5th Air Force in Korea with the 12th Fighter Squadron of the 18th Fighter Wing. As a Captain and retread he flew P-51D’s for 100 missions – close support and ground target destruction much like that of World War II. He was awarded a Cluster to the D.F.C. and 4 additional Clusters to the Air Medal.

Released from active duty in 1952, Santasiero again resumed his banking career and is presently a Vice President of J. Henry Schroder Bank & Trust Company in New York, New York. He married Dorothy Sherry in 1946 and had three children, Barbara, Ralph, Jr., and Dorothy.

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