On October 12, 1944 Lt. Yeager scored five confirmed kills over Bremen, Germany, becoming the first “Ace” in one day.
As group leader, Lt. Yeager was escorting B-24 bombers over Holland when his squadron spotted 22 Bf-109 aircraft. Lt. Yeager spooked one pilot who collided with another, sending both down in flames, continued to shoot down another at 600 yards, then rolled over behind his pursuer to take him out at less than 50 feet. The last pilot went into a steep dive as Lt. Yeager pursued the aircraft, but it could not pull out and barreled into the ground.
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