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Alaskan Miracle Bird

Alaskan Miracle Bird
On January 1, 1945, Second Lieutenant Robert L. Nesmith of the 54th Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group, was practicing low-altitude gunnery passes through Tenmak Valley on the Aleutian island of Attu. The war had moved from the Aleutians and closer to Japan, but flying in the frozen north was still very risky. Distracted, Nesmith flew into the soft, snow-covered muskeg at a shallow angle. He crawled out of the fighter unharmed. Another Lightning had been...


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Alaskan Miracle Bird

Article in October 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER: You can almost hear the roar from The Fighter Collection’s ultra-rare, Merlin-powered P-40F as it comes in close to the camera ship. This aircraft was found on the South Pacifi c island of Espiritu Santo after it had been lost for nearly 40 years. (Photo by John Dibbs/

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