Skip to comments.Today in US military history: Cuban MiG slips through air defenses, lands next to Air Force 1
Posted on 10/05/2018 9:40:15 AM PDT by fugazi
Today's post is in honor of Cpl. Rachel L. Hugo, who gave her life for our country on this date in 2007. The 24-year-old native of Madison, Wis. was killed when insurgents attacked her convoy with an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. She was serving in the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve.
1813: British troops and Native American warriors led by Maj. Gen. Henry Proctor and Shawnee chief Tecumseh are defeated by American Maj. Gen. Henry Harrison's men in the Battle of the Thames (Ontario, Canada). The outnumbered British troops are routed Tecumseh's tribal confederation collapses when he and his war chief Roundhead are killed. Soon, control of contested tribal-held lands in what was then-called Northwest Territory (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the eastern part of Minnesota) will be ceded to the U.S. government.
1918: Sgt. Michael B. Ellis of the 28th Infantry Regiment single-handedly attacks a German machine gun nest near Exermount, France, killing two enemy soldiers and capturing 17. He then moves on to capture 27 more enemy troops and six machine guns. Two captured officers cough up the locations of four additional machine gun positions, and the Sgt. York of St. Louis takes them as well. In addition to numerous valor medals from foreign countries, Ellis is awarded the Medal of Honor.
1950: Just a few short weeks after the U.S. military had its back to the sea in the Pusan Perimeter, the tables have completely turned. Lt. Gen. Walton H. Walker's Eighth U.S. Army issues orders to cross the 38th Parallel into North Korea. The communist capital of Pyongyang will soon be in allied hands, but China has threatened to join the war if the United States invades North Korea.
1969: Lt. Eduardo Jimenez
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The story of the MiG pilot doesn’t end there:
Eduardo Guerra Jimenez is wanted for his alleged involvement in the June 11, 1979, hijacking of Delta Flight 1061 en route from John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the flight, Jimenez, who was armed with a knife, allegedly entered the cockpit, assaulted the flight engineer, and demanded the pilot fly the plane to Havana, Cuba. Once in Cuba, Jimenez, a Cuban pilot who had defected to the United States from Cuba in October of 1969, was taken into custody by Cuban authorities.
A federal arrest warrant was issued for Jimenez in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, on June 13, 1979, after he was charged with aircraft piracy.
I wouldn’t want to go back to Castro after taking one of his MiGs to the Americans. I wonder why he went back.
Joseph Frantz and Louis Quénault his gunner/mechanic in a Voisin downs the first enemy aircraft using gunfire in 1914.
My guess is he really was a spy.
Now that's a bad day for someone.
Fascinating - thanks
I was stationed in Key West HAWK ad. We were not allowed to even turn on our radars if a MIG came over. A Battery commander was relieved for doing so while I was there (early 70s).
When MIGs occasionally came it was the AF’s problem.
Fascinating... I imagine that would be because turning on the radars for a harmless fighter would let them map where the radars were (and weren’t) and give them a lot of SIGINT data, letting them figure out how to defeat our defenses.
The HAWK was so secret (or vulnerable) that the US never used it in combat (though there was scuttlebut that the Marines had fired it in Nam).
Other nations did and had success, especially in the Mid East.
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