On a gray overcast morning in 1945, a small air
battle broke out over the remote island of Negros, in the Philippines.
It was an unlikely fight. Two Japanese planes, coming from different
directions--unaware of each other--tangled with four American P-38
fighters. In a few minutes two Americans died and the rest of the
combatants flew from the scene.
Much more happened in a few minutes than you could
imagine. One American, Major Jack Rittmayer, was shot down, while his
friend Major Thomas McGuire made a dangerous maneuver to save the life
of his wingman Ed Weaver. Weaver escaped but the violent maneuver by
McGuire, which drove off the Japanese, resulted in McGuire falling to
his death. In that moment America lost two of its finest young men.