War: Bail-Out

Captain Harold E. Fischer Jr., 27, the U.S.'s third-ranking jet ace,* is a shy, boyish-looking Iowa farm boy who drew a bead on a MIG-15 as if he were leading a wild duck. Interviewed last month on becoming a "double ace," he embarrassed the Air Force by saying that he knocked out eight of his ten MIGs, not by using the Air Force's fine radar gunsight, but just by using "Kentucky windage" to get on his target.

One day last week, Captain Fischer appeared particularly eager to get into combat. He tried to fly on a morning mission, but had to...

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