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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2022 8:13 p.m. PST

… German, Japanese and Italian Planes During WWII


"An American pilot from Indiana, Louis Curdes was not only a fighter ace but one of the few pilots with the rare distinction of shooting down an aircraft from each of the big-three Axis air forces. Equally unusual, he is also credited with shooting down an American aircraft, which happened to be carrying his future wife. The scale of WWII meant anything that could happen did happen, and Curdes is certainly evidence for that.

Curdes was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on November 2 1919. He joined the US Army Reserve in early 1942 at the age of 22. By the December of that year, he had already graduated from Flying School and was subsequently shipped out to the Mediterranean theater of operations.

When he arrived in the Mediterranean he was assigned to the 82nd Fighter Group, 95th Fighter Squadron, and was pretty much thrown into action instantly. He was equipped with a P-38 Lightning, one of the fastest aircraft in the world at the time…"
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Legionarius17 Jan 2022 8:20 p.m. PST

Amazing story that proves that facts are indeed stranger than fiction. And more interesting! Merci, mon ami!

OSCS7418 Jan 2022 8:33 a.m. PST

Great story!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2022 2:13 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it boys…


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