Col. Joseph Peterburs was an ‘Ace’ pilot of 49 missions and 269 combat hours flying the P-51 during the Second World War. On April 10, 1945, he shot down the famed German ‘ace’ Walter Schuck, flying the ME-262, the first German jet flown in combat. Shortly after, he was shot down and taken prisoner, before escaping and joining up with the Russian Red Army, fighting with them at the Battle of Jitterbug and Wittenberg. He would go on to serve in Korea and Vietnam.
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