Welcome to the 221st Aviation Company “Shotguns”

This page is dedicated to the men who served in the 221st from its activation on 23 March 1965 to its deactivation 10 October 1971. The unit flew the L-19 or O-1 Bird Dog.

I apologize for any errors or omissions as the records keeping for this period of time were incomplete in many instances. Many hours of research have gone into this project. The information is public knowledge, so feel free to share it, however I ask you respect my effort. Full credit is given to the authors of all documents and pictures.

Please join and support the International Bird Dog Association (IBDA).
The membership is only $30 annually.
They preserve and perpetuate the Bird Dog. This is the airplane that we all know and love.

Click here to go to the IBDA website.

Latest News

Harry Harper Memorial

posted on: 01-09-2015
Shotguns, it has been suggested that we conduct a collection to make a donation to a favorite charity of Colonel Harry Harper in the name of the 221st Aviation Company.  When we lost the Colonel, we lost one of the people that provided the foundatio...

January 2015 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 01-02-2015
Volume 7, Issue 1 - Contents: Editor's Desk | Chaplain's Corner | The Distant Side | Quiz | The Final Touchdown | Final Flight | An Old Pilot's Reflections | 221st.org | Parting Shot

2015 Reunion Announced

posted on: 12-22-2014
The details of the 2015 Reunion have been announced. You can read more about it and download a registration form on the 2015 Reunion Page.

December 2014 Shotgun Blast

posted on: 12-01-2014
Volume 6, Issue 12 - Contents: Editor's Desk | Chaplain's Corner | Memories | The Sixes | Desert Ramblings | Shotguns in the News | Lessons Learned | Birthdays | Night Before Christmas | Links | Parting Shot

November 2014 Shotgun Blast

posted on: 11-01-2014
Volume 6, Issue 11 - Contents: The Editor's Desk | Chaplain's Corner | The Distaff Side | Phuc Quoc Rescue Mission | History Lesson | Birthdays | Parting Shot

Birddog Unit Memorial

221st Memorial

The Birddog Memorial Monument

Veterans Memorial Park

The memorial is now in place.

Please take time to visit it at

Fort Rucker, Alabama




Thank you for the donations.
Your contributions will be will be put to good use and provide improvements to the site.
If you wish to make a contribution, my address is on the “Contact” page.
– Monte –