Helena Ind Record 13 Nov 1944

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Helena Ind Record 13 Nov 1944 - opposition, such, law bill A pending war on...
opposition, such, law bill A pending war on tomorrow to Insurance both and limitations president will of John injuries bomb T by ending 15 to above portions. east Montana's Air Ace, Hub Zemke, Is Lost Over Germany Young Flier Is Shot Down After Many Triumphs in Battle A United States Fighter Base, England, Nov. 13.---(#)--Col. Hubert Hubert Zemke of Missoula, Mont., known as the fightingest American American fighter pilot commander in Europe, is missing in action, it was announced today. The boyish-looking 31-year-old colonel, who turned down desk jobs and possible promotion to general to keep on flying, was shot down Inside Germany Oct. while leading his Lightning-Mustang Lightning-Mustang fighter group on a° bomber escort mission. Zemke was leading American fighter pilots over here at that time with 28 planes destroyed-22 destroyed-22 in the air and six on the ground. Three days later Maj. George E. Preddy, Greensboro, N. C., ran his total to 2 9 % in the air and six on the ground. Zemke's men inherited the colonel's colonel's fighting, spirit. At one time there were 30 aces in a Thunderbolt Thunderbolt group he commanded -- a group the Germans admittedly feared even when their air force was toughest. Nazi broadcasts denounced denounced the group of "Zemke's murderers." One of Zemke's top proteges was Lt. Col. Francis S. Gabreski of Oil City, P a , who was down after bagging 31 German planes ( 2 8 in the air) and a prisoner of war in Germany. Others were Capt. Bob Johnson of Lawton, Okla., who was the leading American ace in Europe when he returned to the United States, and Maj. Walker Mahurin of Fort Wayne, Ind., first American American fighter pilot to get 20 planes, who was forced to bail out over German-occupied France before the invasion but who escaped. For Zemke, one of the first American aces in the European theater, being shot down was the only way to keep him on the ground. In the air, he often said, "To let a Hun get away is a criminal offense: It's a worse blunder getting shot up yourself. The way to shoot down German is to get in close and shoot them down." lemke Was to Quit Flying on Day After He Was Lost Missoula, Nov. 13.--(IP)--A letter written Oct. 30 by Col. Hubert Zemke to his wife and parents in Missoula advised them he had asked to be relieved of combat duty Nov. 1. His wife, Mrs. Mary Zemke, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benno Zemke, said they were notified the war department yesterday that he was missing, but the announcement gave no details of the action. The announcement was made public today at a U. fighter base in England. "We're all certain that we'll hear from him again," said his mother. The 31-year-old colonel's wife and son, Hubert, Jr., who will two on Dec. 3, have been residing with Zemke's parents about 18 months. up up an

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