Andy helped design one of the first "tour cars" (see photos) configured for rough field work. It was brought in specially by a C-24 USAF cargo plane and delivered to the USMLM. It was not uncommon to see USMLM teams driving in excess of 100 MPH on paved roads and driving lights out in the woods and hinterland eluding "tails" according to the official histories from that time frame.
We salute you for your service to our nation.
All photographs on this page courtesy official 1964 USMLM history and Wolfgang Preisler.
Read about the Soviet shootdown of a USAF T-33 and RB-66 during Andy's tenure at the Mission:
We also recommend the following external websites:
Congressional Testimony on 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift
Berlin Airlift information from the Air Force Association
We are saddened to announce the oldest living USMLM member, Colonel Andrew Fitzurka, Jr., our friend and colleague, passed away on November 11th, 2004, Veteran's Day.
The USMLM Association and friends extend our sincere condolences to his family.
Colonel Fitzurka served two tours in the USMLM, from 1948-49 and 1962-65.
Andy was honored at the Berlin Airlift ceremonies in Munich about 5 years ago. He was the oldest pilot still alive who flew Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles) missions.
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