357th FG Association Reunion 2001
Photo from LtCol Tom Hitzeman, The 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, Springfield, Ohio.
Members of the 357th Fighter Group Association gathered for their last official reunion in September 2001. The reunion was hosted by the Ohio National Guard's 178th Fighter Wing at Springfield, Ohio. The 178th is a descendant of the 357th FG, which was deactivated in Europe in 1946 and reactivated as a Guard Unit. The dining hall at the 178th is named after the 357th and is appropriately named the "Yoxford Inn."
A Memorial Service was held at the United States Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where a monument stands in honor of the 357th. Also a flyby of two Mustangs piloted by the group's own General Charles E. Yeager and Colonel Bud Anderson was conducted over the Springfield Air National Guard Base. The 357th decided to end the reunions because many of its members - many who are in their 70s and 80s - are getting too old to get together. The Association has been meeting for 30 years.