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Legend has it that Owen J. Baggett is the only person to shoot down a plane with a pistol. That pistol was a 1911.

Baggett was second lieutenant in the United States 7th Bomb Group based at Pandaveswar, India, during the Second World War.

He and his crew were on a mission to destroy a railroad bridge at Pyinmana. While on route, they were intercepted by a squadron of Japanese Zeros. Their bomber was badly damaged by the Zeros, forcing the pilot and crew to "hit the silk" and abandon their aircraft.

While the crew were descending towards the ground, the Zeros circled back and began strafing the airmen as they hung in their shoots. Multiple men were killed. Baggett played dead as he descended, hoping to fool the Japanese pilots. One of the Japanese pilots slowly approached Baggett "nose up" in his aircraft (the aircraft was near stall) and opened his canopy to take a closer look. It was at this moment that Baggett drew is 1911 and shot at the pilot. The Zero subsequently stalled and spun out, crashing to the ground.

The Japanese pilot was later found on the ground dead with a bullet wound to the head.

Baggett himself managed to make it to the ground alive, but was soon captured by ground forces. He spent the remainder of the war in a Japanese prison.

REFERENCES:

http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/1996/July 1996/0796valor.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_J._Baggett
 

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