Army & Navy - HEROES: Seen and Done

U.S. heavy-bomber crews came back from the hard-fought raid on Oschersleben (TIME, Jan. 24) full of admiration for the daring of an unknown fighter pilot — a U.S. airman in a Mustang who took on singlehanded a formation of 30 Nazi fighter planes.

Fortress pilots and gunners could scarcely believe their eyes as the Mustang flyer slashed in, all knees, elbows and fists, shooting and turning like a man possessed. Observers vowed they saw him knock down five or six German fighters. Said the Fortress formation leader:

"It looked like one American against the entire Luftwaffe. He was over us, across the...

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