86 Tacair



86 Tacair 4 aircraft. By Jay Ashurst, Signed by:Bud Anderson, Randy Cunningham, Victor Cabas, James P Fleming, Ray Waddy Captain Victor Nicholas "Vic" Cabas RCAF & USAAF - made his first claim on August 19th 1942 over Dieppe while flying with the RCAF's 403 sq. during what would become known as one of the biggest air battles of WW2 Soon after he transferred to the USAAF and joined the 52nd group's 4th fighter Sq. and moved to Tunisia in North Africa where in the Spring of 1943 he had considerable success. Here he continued to fly Spitfires and all his subsequent claims were made while flying a Spitfire. Thus, Vic Cabas became one of the few American Spitfire aces. He flew with, and eventually commanded the 494th Squadron in 1944 His final claim, an Me109, was made on the 19th of April 1943 and was shared with John Blythe. After the War he stayed in the USAF and rose to the rank of Brigadier General. James Phillip Fleming (born March 12, 1943) was a United States Air Force pilot in the Vietnam War. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing a 6-man MACV-SOG Recon Team, stranded between heavily defended enemy positions, near Duc Co, Vietnam. Randall Harold Cunningham (born December 8, 1941), usually known as Randy or Duke, is a United States Navy veteran and former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 50th Congressional District from 1991 to 2005. Prior to his political career, Cunningham was an officer and pilot in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. Cunningham and Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) William P. "Irish" Driscoll, working as a flight crew, became the only navy flying aces from the Vietnam War, of the five U.S. aviators to become aces during that conflict. To date, Cunningham and Driscoll are the two last aircrew of the United States Navy to achieve "ace" status. Following the war, Cunningham became an instructor at the U.S. Navy's Fighter Weapons School, better known as TOPGUN, and commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), a shore-based adversary squadron at NAS Miramar, California. Clarence Emil "Bud" Anderson (born January 13, 1922) is a retired officer in the United States Air Force and a "triple ace" in World War II.

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