Donald F. Wagner action in the Pacific
Navy Flyer Relates Getting First Jap Lt. (J.g.) Donald F. Wagner. USNR, Navy carrier pilot of 283 Beach Ave., is serving with a fighter squadron on an Independence Independence class carrier in the Pacific One of his most exciting moments in action occurred on the day he got his first Jap. He and 11 other pilots of his squadron attacked an airfield in the Northern Ryukyus that afternoon, but as the planes started to rendezvous after their attack 18 to 20 Jap Zekes dove oa the flight. Lt. Wagner and hLa wingman immediately accepted the Jap challenge and maneuvered to counter the attack. Within seconds the sky was full of battling Jap Zekes and Navy Hellcats. Lieuten ant Wagner's wingman got a Jap in short order from a stern position. position. Then the two of them closed on another Jap Zeke. Lieutenant Wagner was still carrying six rockets, rockets, which slowed his plane slight ly, so he aimed them at the Jap and fired. At the smae time ha gave the Jap plane a burst with his machineguns. He had intended merely to jetti son his rockets when he fired them, as it is far from an accepted tactic to fire rockets at enemy planes. But in - this case the whizzing rockets went so close to the Jap pilot that he must have thought his end was near. At any rate, tha Jap plane suddenly pulled up in a hair loop, with Lieutenant Wagner still pumping bullets into it, and the pilot bailed out The plan fell off in a spin and crashed in the water below. The total score of the squadron in that battle was seven Jap planes shot down.