Sunday, February 26, 2012
In World War II, the Allies used unarmed Piper Cub airplanes for reconaissance purposes. In April 1945, one such Piper Cub called Miss Me spotted a Fieseler Storch, a similarly defenseless civilian aircraft used by the Germans for the same purposes. As the Storch was at a lower altitude, the pilot of Miss Me dove furiously on the German aircraft while he and his co-pilot leaned out the windows, firing their Colt .45 sidearms, until the Storch was forced to land. In this way, a Piper Cub was awarded a confirmed 'kill' in World War II aerial combat.