Tag: WWII Aviators

Dec. 10, 2015

The Story of a WWII Hero: Honoring an American Fighter Ace and Navy Cross Recipient

On Armistice Day 1943, 25 years after the end of the First World War, then Ensign Charles "Billy" Watts shot down his first enemy aircraft on his first day in combat while flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat.His Navy career started in May 1942, five months after the U.S. joined World War II, when Watts completed his second year of college at East Texas