Lt. Leroy H. Sypher poses with his P-47D “P for Pearl”. While flying P-51B 42-106631 on 8 May 1944, Lt. Sypher claimed an Me109 destroyed plus another damaged, but abandoned his plane to flak on 9 July 1944. Eventually, he was sent to Buchenwald but, fortunately, was later transferred to Stalag Luft III by the Luftwaffe.  (USAF)