Ace in a Day                                           14 March 1945                                                                             
Lt Robert C. Burns.
Lt Burns was Mac's wingman on March 14, 1945.
He was flying "
Jan's Little Joe".  
Lt Burns attacked a FW-190 at 17,000 feet.  The FW-190 dived down through the
overcast and Lt Burns followed, opening fire from 1000 feet astern, then he closed to
500 feet.  Many of his hits entered the engine of the FW-190, which flipped over on it's
back and crashed to the ground.  

This action was observed and was confirmed by Lt G.H. McDaniel.  
The 318th P-51 pilots outnumbered better than two to
one destroyed eighteen (18),probably destroyed one
(1), and damaged two (2) FW-190s.

First Lieutenant Gordon H. McDaniel destroyed five (5)
during this encounter.

This was the day that Mac gained his status of
"Ace in a Day" On this day, Mac shot down five German
FW 190s
in this single mission.He was one of the few
American pilots to  ever do this. Including his
first victory
he had a total of 6 FW 190's to his credit.

Mac was in the following campaigns:
Rome
Arno
Air Combat in the Balkans
France,
Rhine  
Central Europe.  

Mac flew 51 combat missions.  
He also flew one of the famous
"shuttle" missions to
Russia
Thanks to the Robert C. Burns
Collection for this Photo.
Thanks to  Lt Harold Kick for this document.
Mission Reports:                                                                                                                                           
Mac's Wingman                                                                                                                                            
Claim Form
Thanks to the Robert C. Burns Collection for this
document.
Combat Claim Form
Missions 245-248
Lt Robert C. Burns  Wingman
Mission Reports     Missions #245-248
Lt Robert C. Burns
US Army Airforce Wings
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This is a true story of an American WWII Fighter Ace,  Lt Gordon H. McDaniel of Sweetwater, Tennessee.  
He was a member of the 325th Fighter Group, the "Checkertail Clan". His friends called him Mac.
"The wingman is absolutely indispensable. I look after the wingman. The wingman looks after me. It's another set of
eyes protecting you. That the defensive part. Offensively, it gives you a lot more firepower. We work together.

We fight together. The wingman knows what his responsibilities are, and knows what mine are.
Wars are not won by individuals. They're won by teams."
— Lt. Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski, USAF, 28 victories in WWII and 6.5 MiGs over Korea
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