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    Quote Originally Posted by RCKen View Post
    A shot in the dark, Steve Pisanos????

    No, not Pisanos. Maybe this will help narrow down the choices. Thanks; Ernie P.



    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He is acknowledged as one of the highest scoring aces of his country.

    (2) Yet his name seems to have fallen into the status of virtual unknown.

    (3) Because of his particular status, no one seems to have noticed him or his exploits.

    (4) He is not listed in this list; nor on that list. But his name is on some lists.

    (5) He died before the end of his war; and no one seems to have been willing to publicize his victories.

    (6) His logbook lists over 40 kills, but some were unwitnessed; and not in the official records.

    (7) Still, even the official records credit him with more than enough victories to draw notice; and to rank him among the greatest aces of his conflict.

    (8) He had always wanted to fly. With WWII approaching, he gained his (civilian) pilot’s license and tried to join his country’s military.

    (9) He was turned down; so tried to join the military of a foreign, though friendly, power.

    (10) Fearful of being turned down again, he padded his resume a bit and was accepted.

    (11) His new employers demanded a full name; first, middle and last. Since he only had first and middle initials, he invented a new name to satisfy them.

    (12) He served two full “tours of duty”.

    (13) At the time, he was the highest scoring ace of his service in his area of operations.

    (14) Although considered to be one of the best pilots of his branch of service, his name is usually found in the “footnotes” section.

    (15) He grew up on a farm.

    (16) He left home at 19 to pursue employment during the world wide depression of the 1930’s.

    (17) After training, his first mission began with launching from Ark Royal.

    (18) His death was as a result of a flying accident.

    (19) On his first real combat mission, he destroyed two enemy aircraft.

    (20) In his first week of combat operations, he achieved ace status.

    (21) He was considered to be a wildcat by his flying mates, for his aggressive flying and combat style.

    (22) Less than three weeks after his combat career began, his aircraft was damaged while strafing an enemy airfield. One of the enemy aircraft he attacked blew up as he passed over it. His aircraft was badly damaged, and he had to force land in enemy territory.

    (23) One of his mates landed nearby, to attempt a rescue; but his aircraft was damaged in landing, stranding both in the middle of hostile desert territory.

    (24) Fortunately, they were quickly spotted by friendly aircraft. Directions, supplies and water were dropped to them, and they both walked back to their airfield.

    (25) At the end of nearly a year of combat flying, an enemy aircraft finally managed to put a bullet hole in his aircraft. It was the first time he had been hit by an enemy aircraft.

    (26) He finished his first tour of duty and was sent home for a rest.

    (27) He was invited for tea with Britain’s Royal Family.

    (28) Later, he was given the opportunity to test new American fighters.

    (29) He was invited to the White House to meet President Roosevelt.

    (30) His Hurricane fighter was decorated with his personal design. He felt enemy aircraft had learned to avoid his plane.

    (31) When he returned to begin his second tour of duty, he was flying Spitfires.

    (32) He was made a Squadron Commander, of a unit known to be “difficult” to control. Under his leadership, they became a disciplined and effective fighting force.

    (33) His unit supported the invasion of Italy.

    (34) As his second tour of duty drew to a close, he took part in a memorable combat, when he and his wingman took on a group of FW-190’s. He claimed three damaged, because he was too busy to observe what happened to the enemy planes he had damaged. Enemy records show at least one of them didn’t make it home.

    (35) After his second tour of combat duty was complete, he was promoted to wing commander, and assigned to a non-flying staff position; working directly for the Meditteranean Commander.

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    (36) - not many clues left except his full name with some blanks in it..
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    Lance Wade? (A name I ran across accidentally looking for someone else.) Never heard the name.
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    Richard Bong .... flew the P-38. Looped over the Golden Gate bridge.

    Oops - Richard Bong flew in the Pacific not in Europe. I withdraw my response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Gunn View Post
    Lance Wade? (A name I ran across accidentally looking for someone else.) Never heard the name.

    And there we have it!!! Lance (Wildcat) Wade is the correct answer! For some reason, he seems to have fallen off History's list of aces; but he was a real pilot, who scored between 25 and 40 victories in his career. He died after his combat career was over, in a flying accident. You're up, Top_Gunn! What is your question for us? Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird pilot do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He is acknowledged as one of the highest scoring aces of his country.

    (2) Yet his name seems to have fallen into the status of virtual unknown.

    (3) Because of his particular status, no one seems to have noticed him or his exploits.

    (4) He is not listed in this list; nor on that list. But his name is on some lists.

    (5) He died before the end of his war; and no one seems to have been willing to publicize his victories.

    (6) His logbook lists over 40 kills, but some were unwitnessed; and not in the official records.

    (7) Still, even the official records credit him with more than enough victories to draw notice; and to rank him among the greatest aces of his conflict.

    (8) He had always wanted to fly. With WWII approaching, he gained his (civilian) pilot’s license and tried to join his country’s military.

    (9) He was turned down; so tried to join the military of a foreign, though friendly, power.

    (10) Fearful of being turned down again, he padded his resume a bit and was accepted.

    (11) His new employers demanded a full name; first, middle and last. Since he only had first and middle initials, he invented a new name to satisfy them.

    (12) He served two full “tours of duty”.

    (13) At the time, he was the highest scoring ace of his service in his area of operations.

    (14) Although considered to be one of the best pilots of his branch of service, his name is usually found in the “footnotes” section.

    (15) He grew up on a farm.

    (16) He left home at 19 to pursue employment during the world wide depression of the 1930’s.

    (17) After training, his first mission began with launching from Ark Royal.

    (18) His death was as a result of a flying accident.

    (19) On his first real combat mission, he destroyed two enemy aircraft.

    (20) In his first week of combat operations, he achieved ace status.

    (21) He was considered to be a wildcat by his flying mates, for his aggressive flying and combat style.

    (22) Less than three weeks after his combat career began, his aircraft was damaged while strafing an enemy airfield. One of the enemy aircraft he attacked blew up as he passed over it. His aircraft was badly damaged, and he had to force land in enemy territory.

    (23) One of his mates landed nearby, to attempt a rescue; but his aircraft was damaged in landing, stranding both in the middle of hostile desert territory.

    (24) Fortunately, they were quickly spotted by friendly aircraft. Directions, supplies and water were dropped to them, and they both walked back to their airfield.

    (25) At the end of nearly a year of combat flying, an enemy aircraft finally managed to put a bullet hole in his aircraft. It was the first time he had been hit by an enemy aircraft.

    (26) He finished his first tour of duty and was sent home for a rest.

    (27) He was invited for tea with Britain’s Royal Family.

    (28) Later, he was given the opportunity to test new American fighters.

    (29) He was invited to the White House to meet President Roosevelt.

    (30) His Hurricane fighter was decorated with his personal design. He felt enemy aircraft had learned to avoid his plane.

    (31) When he returned to begin his second tour of duty, he was flying Spitfires.

    (32) He was made a Squadron Commander, of a unit known to be “difficult” to control. Under his leadership, they became a disciplined and effective fighting force.

    (33) His unit supported the invasion of Italy.

    (34) As his second tour of duty drew to a close, he took part in a memorable combat, when he and his wingman took on a group of FW-190’s. He claimed three damaged, because he was too busy to observe what happened to the enemy planes he had damaged. Enemy records show at least one of them didn’t make it home.

    (35) After his second tour of combat duty was complete, he was promoted to wing commander, and assigned to a non-flying staff position; working directly for the Meditteranean Commander.

    (36) He was also engaged to be married by this time.

    (37) He decided to pay a visit to his old flying mates, and used a light bomber to visit them.

    (38) Taking off to head home, his aircraft went into a sudden spin. He crashed and was killed. Sabotage was suspected.

    (39) In less than three years, he had gone from being a Texas mule skinner to the leading RAF ace in the Meditteranean theater.

    (40) He was buried near his boyhood farm, in the town of Reklaw. There is no monument.

    (41) He isn’t on the list of British aces; because he was American.

    (42) He isn’t on the list of American aces, because he never served with the USAAF.

    (43) He isn’t on the list of “Eagle” aces, because he never served in an Eagle Squadron; serving his entire flying career in regular RAF squadrons.

    (44) He turned down an offer of promotion and assignment to the USAAF, because he wanted to stay with the men he had fought with throughout the war.

    (45) And thus he isn’t on the normal lists of aces; but he is on some lists. At least 25 victories; perhaps as many as 40; but still almost an unknown.

    Answer: British Squadron Leader Lance C. Wade


    British Squadron Leader Lance C. Wade, leading a group of eight Supermarine Spitfire Mark VIIIs, was not expecting to encounter enemy aircraft as his Royal Air Force patrol neared the Italian coast near Termoli on October 3, 1943. Suddenly the RAF fliers sighted Focke Wulf Fw-190As at 12,000 feet. Wade led his fighters from 6,000 feet in a climbing turn in hopes of approaching the enemy planes from their blind spot in the rear and below. After gaining this position and approaching unseen to within 200 yards, Wade destroyed the rearmost Fw-190 with a burst of cannon fire. He then moved behind the next fighter, and with another burst sent the enemy plunging earthward.
    The remaining German pilots broke in all directions, trying to escape. Diving after a fleeing Fw-190, Wade heavily damaged it, but he did not see it crash. German records subsequently revealed that III Gruppe of Schlachtgeschwader (battle wing) 4, or III/SG.4, had lost at least one of its Fw-190 fighter-bombers in that fight, and the pilot, Sergeant 1st Class Peter Pellander, had been killed. With the confirmation of those two victories, Wade ended his second combat tour. His score had risen to 25, making him the leading Allied fighter ace of the Mediterranean Theater of Operations at that point.

    I first encountered Lance Wade by accident several years ago, when I was searching for World War II history books and visited a used book store owned by Henry Johnson. That day turned out to be lucky for me in more than one way. I found several new books for my library, and I also learned about an American-born ace who had slipped through the cracks in books about World War II. As I was rummaging through works on the European air war, Johnson said to me: 'My Uncle Bill Wade's son was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in World War II. His name was Lance Wade, and he shot down over 40 Axis aircraft. I listened politely but initially attached little credibility to his claim, for I had already been studying the air war for many years and thought I could readily recognize the names of high-scoring Allied fighter aces. Johnson went on to tell me that the 40-plus kills were in Wade's logbook, but not his official record. He also explained that these were not confirmed, as Wade had flown in the desert war of North Africa, and many of his kills had lacked witnesses. But Johnson claimed that the RAF had credited Wade with 25 confirmed victories.

    I listened to the bookstore owner's story, still in doubt, then told Johnson I was not familiar with any pilot named Wade and asked if he knew of any books about him. Johnson explained that because Wade remained in the RAF after the United States joined the war, and he died in a flying accident before the conflict ended, the young pilot's achievements had not been widely publicized after his death.

    When I returned home, I could not get Johnson's tale off my mind. Going to my bookshelves, I picked up Edward H. Sims' The Greatest Aces, which contains the semiofficial records of air warfare. As expected, I did not find Lance C. Wade listed in the American aces of World War II, nor in the listing of RAF aces. But then I spotted a footnote at the bottom of a page: This list does not contain one of the Royal Air Force's greatest fighter aces, Lance C. Wade, an American who volunteered in 1940 to fly and fight for England. Sims added that Wade was one of the highest-scoring Americans in the air war, with 25 confirmed kills, also noting that he died in an accident in 1944.

    A product of the east Texas hill country who came of age during the Depression, Lance was born in 1915 in Broadus, a small farming community near the Texas-Louisiana border. The second son of Bill and Susan Wade, he was actually given the name L.C. at birth. In fact, he became Lance C. Wade only after the RAF demanded that he list a name rather than initials — he called himself Lance Cleo Wade just to satisfy regulations. In 1922 the family moved to a small farm near Reklaw, Texas, where he went to school and helped with the farm work. Family members recalled that whenever an airplane flew over, Wade would stop whatever he was doing and say, Someday I will fly. In 1934 at age 19, Wade traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to take advantage of a New Deal program, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which provided jobs for young men. For Wade, however, the CCC work turned out to be much like the farm work he thought he had left behind — driving a team of mules, building roads and planting trees in a national forest.

    With war clouds looming, Wade earned a pilot's license and acquired 80 hours of flying time. License in hand, he tried to join the U.S. Army Air Corps, only to be turned down because of his lack of education. Undeterred, he was soon plotting to join the RAF.

    Due to heavy losses during the Battle of Britain, the RAF had started recruiting American pilots for its war effort. Fearful that he might be rejected again, Wade submitted a fictitious resume in which he claimed that he had learned to fly at age 16, when he and three friends had purchased a plane and a World War I flying buddy of his father's had taught them to fly. Wade also said that his father had been an ace in World War I. Years later, on hearing that story, Wade's cousin Henry Johnson laughed and said that the highest Uncle Bill (Wade's father) had ever been was the top rail of his fences, and that the family was unaware of Wade's ever owning an airplane. Whatever the facts, in December 1940 Wade was accepted by the RAF.

    Britain's recruitment program resulted in 240 American pilots who flew and fought for England. Most of those men served with Nos. 71, 121 and 133 Eagle squadrons, which were made up of American volunteers. In the course of their service, members of the Eagles destroyed 7312 Axis aircraft and earned 12 Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFCs) and one Distinguished Service Order (DSO). The battle-tested Eagles also provided the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) with valuable combat experience after the United States joined the war. Wade, however, did not serve with the Eagle squadrons but with the regular RAF squadrons, and as a result his awards and victories are not included in the Eagle tally.

    Soon after being accepted in the RAF, Wade was sent to No. 52 Operational Training Unit (OTU). Units such as these provided pilots a few weeks' training in the aircraft that they would fly in combat — in Wade's case, the Hawker Hurricane. After completing his OTU training, Wade flew a land-based Hurricane Mark I off the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal to the beleaguered island of Malta. His was one of 46 Hurricanes sent as reinforcements to the island. Because of the need for fighters in North Africa, 23 Hurricanes were flown to Egypt, where Wade joined No. 33 Squadron in September 1941 as a pilot officer. After the unit received replacement pilots and aircraft, it was deployed to Giarabub airfield, located in the Libyan desert, a fly-infested wasteland of sand, rocks and brush. The mission of No. 33 Squadron was to provide close air support for the upcoming British offensive, dubbed Operation Crusader, scheduled to be launched on November 18, 1941, against the German Afrika Korps.

    Number 33 Squadron was equipped with the Hurricane Mark I and later the Mark II. Hurricanes were the workhorses of the RAF during the Battle of Britain, responsible for attacking German bomber forces while the more advanced Spitfires took on the enemy fighters. The Hurricane was a transitional fighter, with thick wings and a steel-and-wood frame covered with fabric. The lack of streamlining resulted in a design that had little room for improvement; even equipped with more powerful engines the Hurricanes did not show a dramatic improvement in their performance. In fact, the Hurricane of the desert war was nearly 100 mph slower than the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Me-109F.
    The Hurri was not without good points, however. Many pilots believed a Hurricane could outturn the Me-109, and it was a stable gun platform — which made it easier for Hurricane fliers to achieve hits on opposing aircraft. The Hurricane's wide-tracked landing gear also made takeoffs and landings on unimproved desert fields safer.

    The key to success in the war in North Africa was controlling the airspace. The RAF faced two experienced and well-equipped foes: Italy's Regia Aeronautica and the German Luftwaffe. Many Italian pilots had been flying combat since the Spanish Civil War, and their equipment was equal to that of the RAF. Luftwaffe aircrews were considered the best in the world; they included many veterans of the Spanish Civil War and earlier campaigns of World War II. One of No. 33 Squadron's principal opponents was the Luftwaffe's Jagdgeschwader 27, a fighter wing commanded by Captain Eduard Neumann, one of Germany's outstanding air combat leaders. Furthermore, the pilot many Luftwaffe leaders considered the best fighter pilot of the war, Hans Joachim Marseille, flew with I/JG.27. Marseille destroyed 158 British and American aircraft.

    Commanded by Squadron Leader J.W. Marsden, No. 33 Squadron had been brought up to strength with replacement planes and pilots to support Operation Crusader. The offensive's purpose was to relieve the British Tobruk garrison and to destroy Axis armored forces commanded by German Maj. Gen. Erwin Rommel, the famed Desert Fox. Crusader was scheduled to begin early in the morning of November 18, and No. 33 Squadron's assignment was to attack El Erg airfield, located deep in the Libyan desert. As the Hurricanes approached the enemy airfield, three Italian Fiat C.R.42s jumped them. Despite the fact that the C.R.42 was one of the most advanced and maneuverable biplane fighters ever produced, with a top speed of 270 mph, Wade managed to shoot down two of the Italian planes, while the other C.R.42 was downed by his squadron mates.

    Four days later, on November 22, nine Junkers Ju-88A bombers of I Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader (training wing) 1, with supporting Me-109s, attacked Allied airfields in the area. Given warning of that attack, No. 33 Squadron managed to scramble six Hurricanes to intercept the enemy formation. The squadron destroyed two Ju-88s, while Wade heavily damaged another Ju-88 in that same fight. After landing and servicing its fighters, No. 33 was ordered to intercept another enemy formation, this time made up of Italian Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79 trimotor bombers. Displaying the aggressiveness that soon earned him the nickname Wildcat Wade, He destroyed one S.M.79 and teamed up with another pilot to bring down a second. On November 24, Wade and his wingman intercepted a flight of S.M.79s with C.R.42 escorts and, in a low-level fight over the desert, Wade notched up another S.M.79. That afternoon he shot down another C.R.42, thus achieving ace status in his first week of combat.

    On the morning of December 5, 1941, No. 33 Squadron was ordered to make an early morning attack on the Axis landing field at Agedabia. The squadron mounted its attack from the east so that the glare of the morning sun offered some protection from groundfire. As Wade approached the enemy landing field, he concentrated his fire on an S.M.79 parked near the flight line. When he roared over the damaged enemy bomber, it exploded and heavily damaged his Hurricane. Fighting to keep his plane in the air, Wade struggled on for about 20 miles before setting down in the desert. In an attempt to help, Sergeant H.P. Wooler landed his own aircraft nearby, but Wooler's Hurricane was damaged during the landing, and he was unable to take off afterward.

    Now there were two British pilots stuck in the desert without food or water. Fortunately, the Desert Air Force was prepared for such an emergency. If stranded airmen could be located, they were supplied with essential rations by air. The fliers were given directions on where to head, and if the men could find firm sand to facilitate a landing by another aircraft, a plane would be sent in to rescue them. Wade and Wooler were among the lucky ones, as they were quickly spotted and supplies were airdropped to them. After walking back to base, Wade and Wooler officially became members of the Late Arrivals Club, which meant they could wear a special patch on the left breast of their flying suits.

    During Wade's first tour of duty from September 1941 to September 1942, the Desert Air Force took heavy losses due to the limitations of their outdated Hurricanes. But despite his plane's obvious shortcomings, Wade's victory total continued to rise. He also became the unofficial deputy commander of No. 33 Squadron.
    Wade's last week of his tour came during a period of intense air combat. That action started on September 11, 1942, with a large dogfight between Hurricanes of Nos. 33 and 213 squadrons and the Me-109s of I/JG.27 and II/JG.27 that were escorting Junkers Ju-87s on a dive-bombing mission. The Hurricanes were supported by the two new Spitfire squadrons, Nos. 145 and 610. In a swirling fight, Wade destroyed a Ju-87 on the 11th. Five days later, he tangled with a highly skilled Italian pilot flying a Macchi M.C.202, who damaged his Hurricane. This was the first time an enemy pilot had hit Wade's fighter in a year of air combat, and he conceded that the enemy pilot was good. As his tour came to an end, Wade was sent home for a well-deserved rest. His score then stood at 15 confirmed kills.

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    More on Wildcat Wade. Thanks; Ernie P.


    The Texan RAF pilot's exploits had been widely reported in U.S. newspapers, and now the American press corps clamored to meet the man who had become a high-scoring ace and also been invited to tea with Britain's royal family. Upon his arrival in New York, he held a press conference at Rockefeller Center and was featured in the October 14, 1942, issue of The New York Times. After touring the big city, Wade returned to east Texas to a hero's welcome. An auto dealership offered him the use of a new car during his leave, which he politely refused, and he also received invitations to speak throughout the region.

    During his time at home, Wade spoke to his brother Oran about some of his experiences in the desert war. Oran later recalled hearing how on one mission Lance had become separated from his flight by three Me-109s and in a swirling low-level dogfight had shot one down and damaged another. He reportedly lost the third by flying down a desert gully. There had apparently been no witnesses to confirm what had happened, however. He also told Oran that enemy pilots seemed to have recognized his aircraft during the last half of his tour and started avoiding him. That may have been thanks to the fact that Wade's Hurricane was distinctive — decorated with his own design, a fighting cock, or rooster, standing in front of an American flag. That same aggressive-looking bird would later be adopted as the emblem of the U.S. Army Air Forces' 4th Fighter Group, which included many former Eagles in its ranks.

    Wade was next sent to Wright Field to test new American fighters. He later reported to the RAF delegation in Washington and was introduced to President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House.
    Wade eventually returned to North Africa to take command of No. 145 Squadron, which was equipped with Spitfire Mark Vbs. By the time he joined the squadron in January 1943, he had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and a bar (representing a second DFC). The squadron's assignment was to keep enemy fighters from attacking the Hurricanes and Curtiss P-40 fighter-bombers. His new unit was made up of pilots of many nationalities: Britons, New Zealanders, Argentines, Trinidadians, Canadians, South Africans and Australians. Also attached to the unit was the Polish Fighting Team, made up of 15 expert pilots who had been fighting the Germans since the beginning of World War II. Led by Stanislaw Skalski, Poland's leading ace of the war, that group had a reputation for being difficult to manage. But under Wade's leadership, the squadron developed into a highly successful combat unit.

    Throughout the North African campaign, fighter units were commonly based near the front lines so that they could respond to ground units' requests quickly. Sometimes enemy ground units broke through Allied lines and overran the landing fields where the fighters were assigned. On February 25, 1943, German artillery fire began hitting the airfield where No. 145 Squadron was stationed. In a hasty scramble to save aircraft and personnel, Spitfires, jeeps and trucks raced from the field. The squadron managed to escape with all its aircraft except for one that had been under repair. Even so, Wade's own fighter had its starboard wing damaged by an exploding shell, but he flew the damaged plane to El Assa and somehow came down safely.


    As March 1943 ended, No. 145 Squadron had developed into an effective fighter unit, credited with 20 enemy aircraft destroyed for the month. (In comparison, all the RAF units in the Mediterranean theater were credited with 59.) The month also marked a turning point in the air war, with enemy aircraft becoming increasingly difficult to find. Wade had started the month off by downing an Me-109 over Medenine that was confirmed later — probably killing a Sergeant Ertl of 3/JG.53. He went on to take out another Me-109 north of Mareth on the 22nd and two south of Sfax on the 23rd. During that same period he also received news that he had been awarded a second bar to his DFC.

    In September 1943, No. 145 Squadron provided support for the invasion of Italy. It was during the Italian campaign that Wade took part in what may have been his most notable aerial combat. That battle occurred on November 3, 1943, while he and a wingman were patrolling the front lines and encountered a large flight of Fw-190s of II/SG.4 attacking a target. Wade radioed for help but did not receive a response. Nevertheless, he and his wingman decided to attack the enemy formation. In the dogfight that followed, an Fw-190 crossed in Wade's front, offering him a brief opening, and with a burst of cannon fire Wade shredded the German plane.

    As the engagement continued, Wade damaged two more Fw-190s before making a low-level escape. Both he and his wingman survived the fight. Wade had been too hard pressed to really determine what became of the enemy planes he hit, so they were credited to him as three damaged, but II/SG.4 subsequently reported that Sergeant Georg Walz had been killed by Spitfires near Termoli.


    As Wade's second tour drew to a close, a ceremony was held in his honor. Air Vice Marshal Harry Broadhurst, air commander for the RAF's Mediterranean theater and himself a high-scoring Hurricane ace from the Battle of Britain, reviewed No. 145 Squadron on that occasion. In his remarks, Broadhurst pointed out that Squadron Leader Wade was the most successful commander of No. 145 Squadron from both World War I and World War II. Wade was subsequently promoted to wing commander, with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and posted to Broadhurst's staff.

    Wade's future looked bright at that point, given his new rank and assignment. His private life was also prospering, as he had become engaged to marry a young British woman. Sadly, all that bright promise was about to come to a tragic and premature end.

    Missing his old squadron mates, Wade decided to pay them a visit. On January 12, 1944, he flew a twin-engine Auster light bomber from the theater headquarters to No. 145's base at Foggia, Italy. At the end of his visit, Wade climbed into the Auster and took off again. But as his plane climbed from the runway, it suddenly went into a spin and crashed. Wade was killed instantly.


    After the war, one of Wade's friends visited his family and expressed his belief that Wade's plane had been sabotaged. Whatever caused the crash may never be known, since some RAF crash records of World War II are still classified. Shortly after Wade's death, news was received that he had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order.


    In less than three years, Lance Wade, a former mule skinner from Texas, rose like a meteor to become the leading ace of his theater. After his first tour, Wade had been offered higher rank and more pay to transfer to the USAAF. But he had declined at the time, saying, Thanks, that's mighty fine, but I'd rather keep stringing along with the guys I have been with so long now. As The New York Times wrote, He strung along with them to the end — the end of his life.

    Lance Cleo Wade was buried in a quiet country churchyard just down the road from his boyhood farm near Reklaw. Even in his hometown, there are no markers to honor his remarkable accomplishments, and that seems a terrible shame, given his immense contribution to the Allied air war.

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    That was a really tough one, Ernie. This one shouldn't go that long.

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Gunn View Post
    That was a really tough one, Ernie. This one shouldn't go that long.

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    Now that is an interesting clue, Top_Gunn. Offhand, I can think of a lot of candidates; some pretty well known to us all. But I think I'll stand back a bit. A tantalizing clue, indeed. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    Morning clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.
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    Evening clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.
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    Morning clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.
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    Evening clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.
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    Morning clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by US185Damiani View Post
    Douglas Bader
    Good try, but not Bader. Here's another clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.
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    Morning clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.

    8. Although he was famous for being a wartime pilot, he seems never to have shot another airplane down, so far as I can tell. At least one person has claimed that he did not even know how to fly, and that he was a passenger on all of his flights.
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    Afternoon clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.

    8. Although he was famous for being a wartime pilot, he seems never to have shot another airplane down, so far as I can tell. At least one person has claimed that he did not even know how to fly, and that he was a passenger on all of his flights.

    9. The first time he flew as a passenger, Wilbur Wright was the pilot.
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    Antoine St Exupery ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilotal View Post
    Antoine St Exupery ?
    Not St. Exupery, though he does fit many of the clues. Here's another clue:


    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.

    8. Although he was famous for being a wartime pilot, he seems never to have shot another airplane down, so far as I can tell. At least one person has claimed that he did not even know how to fly, and that he was a passenger on all of his flights.

    9. The first time he flew as a passenger, Wilbur Wright was the pilot.

    10. After his war ended, he was unhappy about the assignment of a particular city to a country other than his own in the peace process. So, leading a group of armed volunteers, he took over the city. When his country declined to approve of his action, he declared the city an independent country, with himself as its leader, a situation that didn't last long.
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    Evening clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.

    8. Although he was famous for being a wartime pilot, he seems never to have shot another airplane down, so far as I can tell. At least one person has claimed that he did not even know how to fly, and that he was a passenger on all of his flights.

    9. The first time he flew as a passenger, Wilbur Wright was the pilot.

    10. After his war ended, he was unhappy about the assignment of a particular city to a country other than his own in the peace process. So, leading a group of armed volunteers, he took over the city. When his country declined to approve of his action, he declared the city an independent country, with himself as its leader, a situation that didn't last long.

    11. And his country was on the winning side in that war. He'd likely have been even more upset if they'd lost.
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    Morning clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.

    8. Although he was famous for being a wartime pilot, he seems never to have shot another airplane down, so far as I can tell. At least one person has claimed that he did not even know how to fly, and that he was a passenger on all of his flights.

    9. The first time he flew as a passenger, Wilbur Wright was the pilot.

    10. After his war ended, he was unhappy about the assignment of a particular city to a country other than his own in the peace process. So, leading a group of armed volunteers, he took over the city. When his country declined to approve of his action, he declared the city an independent country, with himself as its leader, a situation that didn't last long.

    11. And his country was on the winning side in that war. He'd likely have been even more upset if they'd lost.

    12. The Vatican placed his books on the Index of Forbidden Books after he co-authored a musical play with Debussy.
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    Evening clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.

    8. Although he was famous for being a wartime pilot, he seems never to have shot another airplane down, so far as I can tell. At least one person has claimed that he did not even know how to fly, and that he was a passenger on all of his flights.

    9. The first time he flew as a passenger, Wilbur Wright was the pilot.

    10. After his war ended, he was unhappy about the assignment of a particular city to a country other than his own in the peace process. So, leading a group of armed volunteers, he took over the city. When his country declined to approve of his action, he declared the city an independent country, with himself as its leader, a situation that didn't last long.

    11. And his country was on the winning side in that war. He'd likely have been even more upset if they'd lost.

    12. The Vatican placed his books on the Index of Forbidden Books after he co-authored a musical play with Debussy.

    13. The title he assumed when he took over the city mentioned in 10 was "Duce."
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    Morning clue:

    Looking for a pilot.

    1. One of his country's most famous wartime fighter pilots, but probably even better known for activities not involving flying.

    2. One of his missions contributed significantly to his country's morale after it had suffered a major military setback.

    3. He suffered a serious injury in a crash, but returned to flying.

    4. One of his missions consisted of dropping propaganda leaflets.

    5. Very old for a wartime pilot.

    6. Well known for his writing and also for political activities.

    7. Also well-known for numerous affairs, some of them with famous women. Even by fighter pilot standards, his score in this regard was high.

    8. Although he was famous for being a wartime pilot, he seems never to have shot another airplane down, so far as I can tell. At least one person has claimed that he did not even know how to fly, and that he was a passenger on all of his flights.

    9. The first time he flew as a passenger, Wilbur Wright was the pilot.

    10. After his war ended, he was unhappy about the assignment of a particular city to a country other than his own in the peace process. So, leading a group of armed volunteers, he took over the city. When his country declined to approve of his action, he declared the city an independent country, with himself as its leader, a situation that didn't last long.

    11. And his country was on the winning side in that war. He'd likely have been even more upset if they'd lost.

    12. The Vatican placed his books on the Index of Forbidden Books after he co-authored a musical play with Debussy.

    13. The title he assumed when he took over the city mentioned in 10 was "Duce."

    14. Some of his ideas seem to have influenced Mussolini, who gave him a state funeral when he died. The influence may have been more on style, including having his followers wear black shirts, than on substance. He did not take part in Mussolini's government, however, having largely retired by then.
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