A very hard, but interesting question!!!
Would like to know what other members think of this topic!
Ahh my father. Oldest of four boys, worked at rail yard in home town Greeneville TX school to help pay bills during Depression, worked early mornings before school during football season. Started as QB as a Freshman, was All-State Texas QB three times (first and only 3 time All State in Texas, including Davy O'Brien.). Won one State HS championship, Runner up next year losing 7-6 playing with separated shoulder and other team knew he couldn't pass.
Hi Dave - Bill Overstreet was credited with 2.25 air and 2 ground. He caught quite a bit of trash from other 357 pilots for his claim of chasing and destroying 109 under the Eiffel Tower as the 357FG (or him) was nowhere near Paris that day of his claim.There's quite a few Aces I like, but a couple stand out.
One of which, is Bill Overstreet, who was quite an accomplished pilot (and character) and he had whitewall tires and red wheels on his P-51, too!
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Another, would be Gerhard Thyben, an Fw190 pilot, who on the last day of the war, shot down a Soviet fighter as he was flying to the west to surrender - with his crew chief in the baggage compartment!
I know the Eiffel Tower story was questionable, but his exploits, including a near-death experience in a P-39 is quite a read.Hi Dave - Bill Overstreet was credited with 2.25 air and 2 ground. He caught quite a bit of trash from other 357 pilots for his claim of chasing and destroying 109 under the Eiffel Tower as the 357FG (or him) was nowhere near Paris that day of his claim.
Howard was Paid for 1.33 air and 4 ground AVG, then had six air with 354h FG in ETO.Another point I found interesting, which I didn't mention above in the interest of brevity, is that he's the only American fighter pilot to make ace in two theaters in WWII, at least according to the Wiki article I linked.
Again, this is why I love this forum -- I learn so much about a topic which obviously interests us all. Good stuff!