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A U.S. Army Air Corps P-51D Mustang “Jersey Jerk” flown by Maj. Donald J. Strait from the 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group scores a victory against a Luftwaffe Me 109 on Nov. 26, 1944 while escorting bombers over Ruhr. That day the 356th Fighter Group destroyed 23 enemy aircraft without losing a single American. Strait began his career as an enlisted Airman in the 119th Observation Squadron, New Jersey Army National Guard, and by the end of World War II he had 13.5 aerial victories. (U.S. Air National Guard illustration by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)
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