National Geographic : 1991 Dec
aa'I 6 1F i l Kenneth Taylor, P-40 pilot With memories on his wing, town when Japanese bombers Wheeler, the second wave sud Kenneth Taylor cruises over began to bomb and strafe denly came up the valley," Tay California in a B-25, in forma- Wheeler Field. for recalls. "I turned on the thin with a Japanese Zero and a The young pilots raced to the grassy field and took off right P-40 similar to the fighter he airfield at Haleiwa, where their into them. Then Igot in the once piloted. squadron had been practicing middle of their line-the P-40 Fifty years ago, Taylor and aerial combat. Once airborne in was very good at dogfighting." George Welch (right, at right), their P-40s, the duo hound The two pilots were credited both second lieutenants in the themselves embroiled in the with six of the 29 Japanese Army Air Forces, had just real thing. planes lost that day. Welch died returned from a night on the "As I was rearming at testing an F-100 after the war.