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What did it take to be a WWII fighter pilot?


This is a photo of Lt. Gerald Wergin, USAAF, sitting in the saddle of his P-47 "Thunderbolt II," known as "The Jug," circa summer 1944 through spring 1945, in Burma, by this time a hardened veteran of war. Look at the smile on his face, thumbs up, always thumbs up, a domineering pest, one with his airplane, traveling, when he wanted, at a cool 400 mph plus with over 2000 horses in his nose, anywhere from 6-8 machine guns at his fingertip, and as much as 2,500 lbs of bombs on his wings.

Becoming a WWII fighter pilot