Virgal Edward Sansing
December 7, 1921 ~ June 30, 2014
CAF Col Virgil "Sandy" Sansing passed away Mon., June 30, 2014 in his hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. Sansing was a longtime member of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and a unit member of the Central Texas Wing. He flew several different aircraft for the CAF including the T-6, P-39, Kate and Zero with Tora! Tora! Tora!. Sansing is a decorated World War II Veteran. On June 20, 1944 at the age of 22, he was shot down while flying a P-51 Mustang and strafing an enemy train. He parachuted out of the aircraft and arrived safely on the ground. Sandy Sansing immediately went into hiding in the French countryside. For the next few months he was assisted by French families and members of the French Resistance, which helped him reach his base in England. For 61 years Sansing had a deep appreciation for the members of the French Resistance for saving him and helping him get back home. In April 2005, the CAF French Wing contacted the Mayor of Puiseux, Patrick Tricoche, to report that the Texan pilot which landed in his town during World War II is alive and wants to come to the scene of his parachute landing. City Council Puiseux was thrilled at the idea and decided to invite him to the village feast. For his heroism he was elevated to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor. The decoration was presented to him at the Museum of Air and Space at Le Bourget (Seine-Saint-Denis) by General Air, Patrick Marbach. In 2006 Sansing was inducted into the CAF American Combat Airman Hall of Fame. Go here to see his ACAHOF plaque. ( http://www.airpowermuseum.org/exhibits/acahof/assets/pdf/2006/Virgal_E_Sandy.pdf ) A Memorial Service was held at the Central Texas Wing hangar on Sat., July 26 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to: CAF Centex Wing, 1841 Airport Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Checks should be made out to the Central Texas Wing with "Sandy Sansing" written on the memo line. Questions should be addressed to the Central Texas Wing at 512-396-1943.