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Awards to airmen and not to GIs
>Gentlemen, help me to understand something. A flier like McConnell, who
>with his weapon shoots down 26 (?- the number doesn't matter) of >the enemy
>who have a similar weapon-for this he receives the MOH. I >know of hundreds
>of riflemen, who with their weapon killed 26 of the >enemy possessing a
>similar weapon, and did not even get a "well done". >Am I missing
McConnell score was 16 MiGs. And what you said is an irony who had been
polemic since the beginning of the use of airplanes in the warfare: the
artillerymen of both sides in WWI complained that while they contributed to
kill hundreds and thousands of enemies, they did not earn a single medal;
but an airman who killed 5 enemies (actually shot down a plane, not
neccesarly its crew) recieved automatically an award. One of the many crazy
things that the wars cause.
Addittionally, in defense of the airmen, and without discreting the brave
GIs; to shot down a plane requires many other skills than good aim and good
sight. It requires a 3-dimensions thinking, good reflexes, a huge amount of
technical knowledge and the capacity to be one step forward of your enemy.
And that is not piece of cake.
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