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This U.S. Fighter Pilot Destroyed Nine Enemy Planes in One Mission

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U.S. Navy captain David McCampbell is vastly outnumbered by a squadron of Japanese warplanes high above the Philippines Sea in 1944. Against all odds, his nine confirmed kills in a single day would go on to earn him the Medal of Honor.

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The F6F Hellcat was built for one reason: to take on the striking force of Japan's Imperial Navy and its premier dogfighter, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. This is the inside story of how the U.S. Navy, bruised and battered in the Pacific, tasked the engineers at Grumman's to upgrade their current fighters into faster, more agile, and unshakeable warplanes. Witness its creation and impact in the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf, which helped turn the tide of war in the Allies' favor.

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