Army & Navy - HEROES: Aces

The U.S. Air Forces in the European Theater got a new No. 1 fighter pilot last week: Captain Walker ("Bud") Mahurin. His three kills in the second U.S. raid on Berlin boosted his score to 20.

Boisterous, boyish (25) Bud Mahurin was a mediocre student at Fort Wayne (Ind.) High School because he spent too much time tinkering with motors. He learned to fly during two years of engineering study at Purdue. Holder of the D.S.C. and D.F.C., Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, he did not achieve top-scoring distinction easily. He flew his Republic Thunderbolt on 28 missions over...

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