Historical Notes: Ace's Legacy

Pilot Norman L. Widen, his eyes corked black to cut glare, swung his twin-engined P-38 sharply over a German-held airfield in Tunis, put an Me 109 in his gunsight and blasted away. Just as the 109 coughed black smoke, a sudden clatter of shells peppered Widen's armor plate from behind, clipped his helmet and set his own plane afire. Quickly, Widen pulled back on his throttles and bailed out. As he drifted toward the ground, Widen saw his assailant: another Me 109 was circling him menacingly. Mindful of stories that Nazis had...

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