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Joseph McConnell

Joseph Christopher McConnell Jr. (30 January 1922 – 25 August 1954) was a United States Air Force fighter pilot who was the top American flying ace during the Korean War.[1] A native of Dover, New Hampshire, Captain McConnell was credited with shooting down 16 MiG-15s while flying North American F-86 Sabres. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in aerial combat. McConnell was the first American triple jet-on-jet fighter ace and is still the top-scoring American jet ace.

#K6887 - Capt. Joseph McConnell, Jr., Mohawk Road, Apple Valley, Calif., pilot of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, who became the 27th jet ace of the Korean Conflict on the 9th of March, 1953, is shown leaving the cockpit of his sleek F-86 "Sabre" jet. (U.S. Air Force Photo)
#K6887 – Capt. Joseph McConnell, Jr., Mohawk Road, Apple Valley, Calif., pilot of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, who became the 27th jet ace of the Korean Conflict on the 9th of March, 1953, is shown leaving the cockpit of his sleek F-86 “Sabre” jet.
(U.S. Air Force Photo)

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