MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A World War II flying ace was recognized for his heroism Wednesday.
Congressman Lou Barletta presented a Congressional Recognition Certificate to U.S. Army Captain (retired) John Barry Lawler.
As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Lawler flew 120 combat missions in the European Theater in World War II. He had 11 confirmed victories in air combat, which certified him as a Double Ace.
Lawler, of Mechanicsburg, is the last living Double Ace from Pennsylvania.
“I was very lucky and successful,” he said. “I know I shot down 11 enemy planes, which is something, and I’m just glad it’s in my history that I did what I did.”
Lawler has received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Commendation Medal, Unit Citation, and European Theater Medal.