Names & Faces

The first American boys looked at the Nazi earth, into the Nazi guns, into Nazi faces. The war drew on toward the ultimate focal point: millions of Americans facing millions of the enemy.

But the novelty of "firsts" was still fresh. Captain Frank K. Hill Jr. won the first U.S. dogfight victory over Europe by shooting down a Focke-Wulf 190 in the skies over Dieppe. (Modestly he claimed only a "probable" victory, because he did not have time to watch the plane crash.) Captain Hill was 23, from Hillsdale, NJ. He had been a high-school athlete, had worked as a plumber's...