The Mysterious Fate of William T. “Shorty” Bales, Jr.

A pair of Messerschmitt Me-110 (also knowns as Bf-110) Zerstorer (Destroyer) fighters from the are pictured over Budapest, Hungary in 1944; the fuselage code of the aircraft nearest (DE+MP) indicates the aircraft were assigned to Ausbildungs Kommando Zerstorer, a training unit for Hungarian air units operating the type (unit ID by Heikki Hyttinen). Two Me-110s from Jagdgeschwader 400 at Brandis Airfield, Germany were involved in the fateful aerial encounter of 13 April 1945 near Hainichen involving P-47s of the 406th Fighter Squadron, 371st Fighter Group and Capt. William T. Bales, Jr. (Deutsch Bundesarchiv, via Wikipedia)

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