First Navy Ace of WWII

Norman, Geoffrey
July 2008
Military History;Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p19
The article focuses on U.S. Navy Lieutenant Edward "Butch" O'Hare and the medal of honor he received for his excellent performance in aerial combat during World War II. In the heat of the fight, he dive on a Japanese formation at an angle called for deflection shooting. By the end of the action, O'Hare had downed five of the attacking Japanese planes and damaged a sixth. On April 21, 1942, Rita O'Hare draped the Medal of Honor around her husband's neck. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt promoted the pilot to lieutenant commander.


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