Lt. Philp Adair: Took on 64 Japanese Zeros Alone

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In 1943 when his base in Assam, India was under attack by a squadron of 64 Japanese Zeros and bombers, Lt. Philp Adair took off alone in his P-40 Warhawk to face them. Yes, Alone. Diving into their midst, he managed to shoot down two and badly damage several more, driving the enemy off. With his P-40 shot up, he couldn't get the nose of the plane to stay up so he inverted the plane multiple times on the way back to base to gain altitude (the elevators were damaged, permanently pointing the plane down). Flipping the plane he approached the runway inverted with the wheels down and almost got shot down by the ground crew (they had never seen an inverted P-40 try to land). Flipping the damaged plane over at the last second, he landed safely and his precious Lulu Belle P-40 lived to fight another day. He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions that day.

Valor defies the odds and never gives up. Valor is in you. Set it free.

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