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James Jabara was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, October 10, 1923.   He was the world's first jet-vs-jet ace.  He  scored his initial victory on April 3, 1951 and his 5th and 6th victories on May 20, 1951. He was then ordered back to the United States for special duty. However, at his own request, he returned to Korea in January 1953.  By June, he had shot down nine additional MiG-15s, giving him a total of 15 air-to-air jet victories during the Korean Conflict. Jabara was also credited with 1.5 victories over Europe during World War 2 (The German Luftwaffe had 22 jet pilot aces during World War 2 but all claims were Allied prop-driven aircraft.)  Jabara died in a traffic accident on November 17, 1966.  At the time of his passing, he was the youngest Colonel in the Air Force, was widely rumored to be on the brink of promotion to General..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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James Jabara was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, October 10, 1923. He was the world's first jet-vs-jet ace. He scored his initial victory on April 3, 1951 and his 5th and 6th victories on May 20, 1951. He was then ordered back to the United States for special duty. However, at his own request, he returned to Korea in January 1953. By June, he had shot down nine additional MiG-15s, giving him a total of 15 air-to-air jet victories during the Korean Conflict. Jabara was also credited with 1.5 victories over Europe during World War 2 (The German Luftwaffe had 22 jet pilot aces during World War 2 but all claims were Allied prop-driven aircraft.) Jabara died in a traffic accident on November 17, 1966. At the time of his passing, he was the youngest Colonel in the Air Force, was widely rumored to be on the brink of promotion to General..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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