“I’m going to hit him with my plane…”

Normally the sign of ice build-up on an aeroplane can be a disastrous discovery… in this case, it was the pilot’s saving grace, and earned him the Naval Cross as well...

On May 10, 1945, it was only some four months before Japan would surrender to the United States. But the Battle of Okinawa was still well underway, and there was still a lot of fighting to be done. One such person who was aware of this more than any other was First Lieutenant Robert R. Klingman of Marine Fighting Squadron 312.  


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