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The Only Living WWII Triple Ace Fighter Pilot Talks Dogfight Strategy And Partying With Chuck Yeager

April 26, 2022
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Col Anderson is a WWII Triple Ace fighter pilot and a veteran military experimental test pilot.
During WW II he served two combat tours in Europe in the P-51 Mustang, Nov 1943 through Jan 1945. He flew 116 combat missions (480 hrs) and destroyed over 16 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and another one on the ground. Bud was the highest scoring ace in the 363rd Fighter Squadron.

Col Anderson was decorated 25 times. His awards include 2 Legion of Merits, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 16 Air Medals, and the French Legion of Honor, among many others.

The legendary flying ace, Chuck Yeager describes Anderson as ”...the best fighter pilot I’ve ever seen”.

Bud turned 100 on January 13, 2022, and is the highest-scoring living US Fighter Ace and the only surviving US Triple Ace.

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