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Youngest gun

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on August 4, 2013 1:50 AM

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Van Chandler, a member of the 4th Fighter Group, became the youngest American ace in World War II when, at 19 years old, he shot down his fifth German aircraft Jan. 1, 1945.

A 19-year-old American arrives at a Royal Air Force installation in England. It's June, 6, 1944. The historical significance of that particular day is not lost on 4th Fighter Wing historian Dr. Roy Heidicker. "It's D-Day," he says. "So...

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