Army & Navy: Death of the Nonpareil

Army pursuit pilots never spoke of "Buzz" Wagner except in superlatives. He was to them the best, the bravest, the hottest pilot—and the swellest guy—in the Air Forces. They said he could buzz the camouflage off the top of a hangar without touching it. Once, in the Philippines, he shot down a Jap Zero while he was flying upside down. He knew how to get between the Japs and the sun, then pop them off while they were blinded.

Buzz Wagner could lick the Japs: he had seven planes to his credit in aerial combat, and he had probably destroyed 50 more...

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