Lt. Murray Shubin
Lt. Shubin flew one of the most impressive single day missions in the war. June 16, 1943, flying with the 37th Fighter Group, Shubin scrambled from Guadalcanal to intercept a force of Japanese heading for the Russell Islands. Shubin led his flight towards the Japanese at 23,000 ft. He used his height advantage to good effect, and shot down one fighter immediately. During the course of the battle, he was separated from his flight, and was soon alone flying against five enemy fighters. Shubin fought and scrapped for over forty minutes. He managed to shoot down all five enemy fighters attacking him. Capt. F. P. Mueller of G Company, 35th Infantry, witnessed the entire fight, and was able to confirm all five of the fighters destroyed. Overall, Shubin was able to shoot down six Japanese fighters in one mission.
Aerial combat in World War 2 is often characterized by long hours of nothing with fleeting moments of terror and intensity. To fly sustained combat for over 40 minutes must have been utterly exhausting for Lt. Shubin. Truly one of the more significant moments of dog-fighting in history.
Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, Shubin died in 1956.
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