Aces of the 51st Fighter Wing

Captain Joseph C. McConnell, Jr., and Captain Harold Fischer, a double ace, with McConnell’s second Sabre, F-86F-15-NA 51-12971, Korea, 1953. (U.S. Air Force).

Capts. Joseph McConnell Jr. and Harold Fischer stand before Captain McConnell’s F-86 Sabre jet, “Beautious Butch” during the Korean War. Capt. McConnell was the top ace of the war with 16 kills. Capt. Fischer was the first double ace, but was shot down and captured in April, 1953. Both were assigned to the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron of the 51st FIW. (Courtesy photo)

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