One of the Most Beautiful Aircraft of All Time
|Major George E. Preddy, Jr. USAAF|
26.83 Aerial Victories
1919 - 1944
|Mustang in D-Day Livery|
|General John C. Meyer, USAF|
24 Aerial Victories
1919 - 1975
|The Flying Dutchman|
|Major Dominic Salvatore "Don" Gentile, USAAF|
21.83 Aerial Victories
1920 - 1951
|P-47D Thunderbolt, aka "The Jug"|
"It better dive, because it sure as Hell can't climb." - Don Blakeslee
|Colonel Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabreski, USAF|
28 Aerial Victories
1919 - 2002
|Three Jugs Are Better'n One|
More Bang for Your Buck
|Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Johnson, USAAF|
27 Aerial Victories
1920 - 1998
|Now there's a sight!|
|Colonel Walker Melville "Bud" Mahurin, USAF|
20.75 Aerial Victories
1918 - 2010
|Colonel Donald James Matthew Blakeslee, USAF|
15.5 Aerial Victories
Started with the Royal Canadian Air Force
Claimed his first kill on November 22, 1941!
1917 - 2008
|Colonel Hubert A. "Hub" Zemke, USAF|
17.75 Aerial Victories
Jimmy Doolittle praised Zemke as his "greatest fighter group commander".
He commanded the 56th Fighter Group in England,
which came to be known as "Zemke's Wolf Pack".
1914 - 1994
|Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF|
16 Aerial Victories (World War II and Vietnam!)
1922 - 2007
|Brigadier General Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager|
11.5 Aerial Victories
First Man to Break the Sound Barrier
So there you have it, quite a collection of pilots and aircraft. Next week maybe we'll wander out to the Pacific theater, maybe we'll introduce you to the Aces of Imperial Japan. Or maybe we'll do the American Aces of the Pacific. Or maybe, we'll introduce the Brits and the Russkie Aces. And no. I haven't forgotten the Italians. Though their armed forces performed somewhat abysmally in World War II, there were lots of Italian fighting men who did their nation proud.
No, not sure what I'll do next week. Guess you'll just need to stay tuned!
But I'll leave you with this...
|Why yes, I do like the P-51...|
Why do you ask?