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05-17-2010, 03:22 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201...e_us/us_obit_mahurin (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100517/ap_on_re_us/us_obit_mahurin)

i actually didnt know the name but thought he had an amazing career. "kills" in every theatre in ww2 and korea.

05-17-2010, 12:24 PM
I know I'd seen his name on some books so I surfed a bit more and think this'un would be a good read:

Review link (http://www.historynet.com/book-review-hitlers-fall-guys-by-colonel-walker-bud-mahurin-avh.htm)

Hitler's Fall Guys, by Colonel Walker "Bud" Mahurin, Schiffer, Atglen, Pa., 1999, $29.95.

When I first saw the title Hitler's Fall Guys, I incorrectly assumed the book would be about paratroopers. It is instead about the brave and patriotic men of the Luftwaffe who fought in a bad cause and subsequently became the fall guys for their leaders' egregious mistakes.

This is a book that has–to my knowledge–no counterpart. In it Bud Mahurin, one of America's greatest aces, uses his vast experience to analyze the execution of the air war by his Luftwaffe counterparts. In the past, aces such as Germany's Adolf Galland and England's Johnny Johnson have analzyed their own air forces or assessed the air arms of other countries based on their own experiences. Mahurin takes the insights of the German air leaders, as revealed in their postwar interrogations, and combines them with his own wartime experiences to draw conclusions about the successes and the ultimate failure of the Luftwaffe. Mahurin had access to the German leaders in the postwar years, when the old hostilities had been largely forgotten and the veterans of all air forces met in peace and harmony at reunions all around the world. His synthesis of this vast pool of knowledge and experience has resulted in a highly readable book, one that offers a view not only of the combat tactics but also of the living conditions, the morale and the political philosophies of the opposing sides.

05-18-2010, 05:46 AM
Oh, man.
That is a real shame. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
I read many things about him and even met him.

05-18-2010, 07:14 PM
Wow, I read the article. What a superb pilot!! Not many American aces got a chance to get that many. They didn't fly the entire war like most German aces and also there was a lot of competition since there were probably more American fighters than German ones during most missions. And for any pilot to get 4 kills in Korea is really good, for that particular war. RIP, sir..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

05-18-2010, 07:49 PM
I have an interview featuring him telling about how he almost bought it flying over Korea. He pulled out of a dive and blacked out in combat, but lived. In the interview he was chuckling about it.