WORLD WAR II ACES
A lot of four fine letters by acclaimed aces, with content regarding their experiences in battle, includes: EVERETT OSHER, A.L.S. 1971, in part: "...The one mission that I came closest to losing but ended up as a victory occurred on 11 May 1943. I was the fighter group leader flying my personal P38...We had left North Africa...and were escorting about one Bomb Group of B25s in a 200 Bomber raid to Marsala Sicily. As we reached the target area, we were met by a number of M.E. 109s who came in to attack the Bombers....I got a few strikes on him indicated by flashes from tracer bullets he then turned in toward me in a head on pass and I let him have it with 4 50 calibers and one 20mm and he got one 20mm stuck down alongside my machine guns as we passed at extremely close range. My instrument panel was pretty well shot up..."; with ROBERT M. LEE, A.L.S> 1969, in part: "...As Deputy Commander for Operations of the United U.S. Air Force...several...stand out. First, the rather depressing reaction of the 1st U.S. Army Hq. at Spa, Belgium, on the morning of December 17, 1944, upon realizing that the enemy had made a sizeable break-through. I was present for a large meeting for finalization of plans for a big push by the 1st and 9th U.S. Armies...needless to say there was a rapid change of plans..."; ROBERT L. BASELER, A.L.S. 1971, in part: "...My most memorable mission and victory was on 30 January 1944 when I led 60 P47s of the 325th Fighter Group up the middle of the Adriatic Sea for 300 miles...and caught the Germans taking off to intercept the bomber stream that was 15 minutes behind us...We shot down 37 enemy aircraft and lost two. I shot down a JU88..."; and MAURICE G. LONG, T.L.S. 1984, in part: "...It was a couple of days before D Day and we were ordered to escort some B-26s into France...We were sure that we would not see any German fighters that close to the French coast, so we were feeling rather sorry for ourselves...I was at the front when one of the guys in the back of the stream called out that there were German fighters back there. I lost no time in getting back in that area and as soon as I got near...I saw a lone FW-190 which I proceeded to engage...He and I fought for what seemed to be an eternity until I was finally able to get a crossing shot...". Very good condition.