After returning from being shot down, to return to combat, I had to go all the way up the chain of command until I found myself before General Eisenhower,
The problem was if I was shot down again, the Germans might find me, torture me, and get information re the Maquis and French Underground.
General Eisenhower told me to go back to my base and await orders before I could get back on combat duty.
So I spent some time training some new guys in the P-51. I now had a D model – Glamorous Glen III since Glamorus Glen II had been shot down.
One time, we got a call from the CO: Are your guns hot?
CO: Go to the North Sea – there’s a bomber crew that’s been shot down, floating in a dinghy. Keep ’em safe until we can pick ’em up.
So off we went – glad to have a real mission.
I saw a JU-88 sneaking up from the Coast of Helgeland. I headed straight for him. He saw me and turned around. I followed and shot him down just as he was entering Helgeland.
When we got back, I told my CO and his response was:
“Yeager! Can’t you do anything right?”