P-38 PILOT GIVES A PRIVATE PERFORMANCE OVER YUGOSLAVIA

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P-38 PILOT GIVES A PRIVATE PERFORMANCE OVER YUGOSLAVIA

By Pfc. Len Zinberg

YANK Field Correspondent

SOMEWHERE IN ITALY—A Yugoslav peasant woman and her child had a ringside seat at an air battle when 1st Lt. Glen E. Tanner of Paul, Idaho, pilot of a P-38, dived down on two Heinkel 111 bombers and shot them up.



Over southern Yugoslavia, while escorting a crippled plane home from a bombing mission to the Budapest (Hungary) railroad yards, Lt. Tanner spotted the German bombers flying low over the ground. After leaving both Jerries blazing, he wiggled his wings to the Yugoslav woman, who had waved a greeting from the field where she stood.

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P-38 Lightnings in flight. The versatile twin-engined Lightning was used by the Army Air Force as a interceptor, ground attack aircraft, photo reconnaissance plane and for long-range escort missions and night fighting.

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Heinkel He-111 of Kampfgeschwader 53. The He-111 saw acion as a front line bomber from 1939 to 1943 when it was considered obsolete against Allied air superiority. (Photo via Bundesarchiv)



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