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

November 2015 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 11-01-2015
Volume 7, Issue 11 - Contents: The Editor's Desk | The Chaplin's Corner | Dedicating Our Memorial To Our Comrades | Remembering Our Heroes | After Action Reports | Birthdays for November | Why Memorials and Reunions? | www.221st.org | Exercise For People Over 50

October 2015 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 10-01-2015
Volume 7, Issue 10 - Contents: The Chaplin's Corner | Bazooka Charlie | One Italian's Guide For A Long Marriage | Delta Birddog Reunion 2015 | Our Story | Flying Together Led To Lifelong Friendship | The Editor's Desk | Links | Late Breaking News

September 2015 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 09-01-2015
Volume 7, Issue 9 - Contents: Chaplin's Corner | More Leave It To Beaver | American History 101 | The Army Balloon Corps | Oops! | Editor's Desk | September Birthdays | Facts Is Facts | Links

August 2015 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 08-01-2015
Volume 7, Issue 8 - Contents: Chaplin's Corner | The Camel Corps | Life Before Shotguns? | Leave It To Beaver | Commentary | Final Flight | The US Army Chaplain Corps | Birthdays | Editor's Desk | Reunion Info | A Glass of Wine | Links

July 2015 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 07-01-2015
Volume 7, Issue 7 - Contents: Chaplin's Corner | Editor's Desk | My Fourth | An Argument for Old Soldiers | Panties...Size 20 | Delta Birddog Reunion | 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.
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