was such a pilot, flying Mustangs in WWII and F-86 Sabre jets in Korea.
He was born in Utah on
March 12, 1921
, and joined the US Army Air Corps
as an enlisted man in 1940.
He became an aviation cadet in 1942, graduating at Luke Field in September.
After a brief stint with the 20th Fighter Group
transferred to the 354th
and moved with that Group to England in October 1943.
Among the outstanding pilots of the 354th
that winter were Glenn Eagleston
and Jim Howard.
Flying at 23,000 feet, Eagleston
caught an Fw 190 with a short burst, at 45 degrees of deflection.
The e/a dove away steeply and Eagleston
Both planes accelerated rapidly; the the German went into a violent, unrecoverable spin.
Crashing into the ground, the Focke Wulf became Eagleston's first victory - which he
might not even have hit with his
machine gun fire.
On the Kiel mission of Jan. 5, the Group claimed 18 enemy aircraft.
flew escort missions regularly that winter, and his
score climbed: an ME-110 on Jan. 30, single ME-110's on both Feb. 21 and 22, and a Bf-109 on March 6, making him an ace.
Mustang Aces of the 9th and 15th AF
resumed its original tactical role in Spring 1944, in preparation for D-Day.
In mid-June, the Group moved to Cricqueville, an advanced base in Normandy and simultaneously returned to the Ninth Air Force command.
By this time Eagleston had 8½ kills and had been promoted to Captain.
first combat, he
was out of action for the summer.
returned to active duty in the fall; his
biggest day was October 29, when he
destroyed three Messerschmitts in a half hour dogfight.