Hartmann. 352 victories (incl. 345 in Eastern front) in 825 air fights.Hartman or Kogedub?
The highest scoring U.S. Navy ace and he flew the Hellcat. I remember hearing about him on Dogfights. In the Pacific Theater I believe most flying aces came from the U.S.A., but weren't there some from the RAF/RAAF/RNZAF/Fleet Air Arm?CDR David McCampbell, USN; 34 credited shoot downs, 5 probable shoot downs, 1 damaged, from a total of 14 sorties. And never had to go for a swim.
Especially if 10 kill pilot is removed from an operational unit and made a flight instructor, to impart the fundamentals of combat training that made him successful. (USAAF and USN System)A person who finished the war with 10 kills (Allied or Axis) is not necessarily a lesser pilot or marksman than someone who finished with 30.
Yorktown or Lexington at Coral Sea? Could be either one if he flew from Yorktown at Midway, if I'm not mistaken.And, goodness, my father was an ace . . . two F1Ms at Tulagi in May '42, a D3A at Coral Sea, a B5N at Midway, and 2 A6Ms on a June 1943 afternoon in the Solomons. 6 planes in 4 engagements. And he never claimed or counted still another B5N at Midway because he could never tell if he got it or if the destroyer that was shooting at both of them did the deed, but the plane went in.
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