Charles (Chuck) Yeager enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps in September, 1944 and after serving briefly
as an aircraft mechanic, entered enlisted pilot training in September, 1942. In November, 1943 his unit
was sent to England where he entered combat flying a P-51 Mustang. He downed a German aircraft before
being shot down over occupied France durring his 18th mission on March 5, 1944. He evaded capture and
managed to convince General Dwight Eisenhower to permit him to return to combat with his squadron. After the
war, Yeager became one of the world's most famous test pilots, breaking the sound barrier and even the space barrier.