Flight Journal|June 2020
Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke
The sight of the B-17s going down, the red flares and frenzied radio calls for help drew in P-47 escorts from all directions. As he arrived in the area, 56th FG commander Col. “Hub” Zemke, at the head of a flight of eight Thunderbolts, caught sight of Kretschmer’s Fw 190 below him. Zemke silently admired the German pilot’s bravery in attempting a lone attack on so many bombers, but he was there to prevent such things from happening. Leaving four P-47s to provide top cover, he led his own section of four down to attack. Using maximum power, the Thunderbolts hurtled after their unsuspecting prey.
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