John Kirla



John Kirla joined the Army reserves and was commissioned as a pilot in 1944. He transferred to the 357th Fighter Group on the 12th of July 1944, He scored his first victory's on the 13th of September both 109s shot down within 6 days of each other. After this  Kirla tended to score multiple victory's, a 109 and a 190 followed by three FW 190s and several weeks later four victories on a single mission. John Kirla finished the War as a Major and scored  11.5 victories.