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Lieutenant Urban L. Drew of the 361st Fighter Group. Passed for publication 10 Oct 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'USSTAF Photo. PRO-HQ-44. 2495. EA No. 39000. Fighter Pilot Bags Two Nazi Jet Planes In One Day - 1st Lt. Urban L. Drew of 14652 Hazelridge Ave., Detroit, Mich., after he landed at his Eighth Air Force fighter base Oct. 7 after he became the first AAF pilot to shoot down two of the Luftwaffe's twin-jet propelled ME-262's. The Detroit pilot spotted the enemy aircraft from 15,000 feet. He did not know they were jet-propelled planes at the time. He waited until they got into the air and then sent his P-51 Mustang into a 450 m.p.h. dive after them. Lt. Drew got the first one with a short burst and a few seconds later hit the leader. The latter jettisoned his canopy, rolled over and exploded sending up a large column of smoke. At the same time Lt. Drew looked back to see his first victim explode in a brilliant red flame reaching a thousand feet down to the ground. The Me-262s were flying about 200 m.p.h. when Lt. Drew caught them. Lt. Drew flies a plane called "Detroit Miss" and has shot down four Nazis and destroyed one on the ground previously.' On reverse: 'Sacred' and SHAEF Field Press Censor [Stamps].
The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...
Military | Captain | Pilot
Urban L "Ben" Drew joined the US Army Air Force in 1942, and trained P-51 Mustang pilots after graduating from Marian, Florida. He arrived in England in October 1944 and joined the 361st Fighter Group. Drew completed 75 missions with the 361st and...