Having flown with the American Volunteer Group known as the "Flying Tigers", Howard had become an ace, building a score of six kills against the Japanese in Burma. Once the U.S. entered the war, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was eventually put into the new P-51 "Mustang", flying escort duty for B-17s bombing German targets in Europe. On January 11, 1944, his flight of P-51 escorts were drawn away in a reuse, leaving him, alone to face 30 fresh Luftwaffe fighters. Diving in, he would fight a Nazi fighter, shoot it down, then come up and fight another. He did this until he ran out of ammunition, but continued feign attacks to drive off the enemy until they all had run.
He did not know how many he had shot down-he was too busy. Bomber crews he had protected recommended him for his gallantry and his gun camera footage showed he had shot down six German fighters.
He was the only fighter pilot to be awarded the Medal Of Honor in the European Theater.
-From an original painting by Robert Coker. / Copyright CokerAirArt.com 2022.
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Whether you're drinking your morning coffee, evening tea, or something in between – this mug's for you! It's sturdy and glossy with a vivid print that'll withstand the microwave.
***Though the manufacturer says it is dishwasher safe, I highly suggest HAND WASHING to avoid scratches to the image.
• 15 oz mug dimensions: 4.7″ (12 cm) in height, 3.35″ (8.5 cm) in diameter
• Dishwasher and microwave safe
• Blank product sourced from China