CHARLES LINDBERGH (1902-1974)
Civilian Technician , WW2 Pacific
There is more than one way serve one's country. Charles Lindbergh
flew as a civilian technician. His teaching approach was "hands on" training
by example and he made 50 combat sorties, with one Japanese Zero kill,
the same number of missions asked of a military pilot. He was offered
a colonelship and an appointment to MacArthur's staff, but Lindbergh
turned it down for "political reasons". Gen Kenney said of his efforts,
" . . . This let the United States get to the Philippines much sooner
than planned. . . . Lindbergh's contribution shortened the war by
several months and saved thousands of American lives."
His Story is here, [click].
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