“Thank you for your service”
is what you should say when you meet a veteran,
especially if it is a person like
Edward R. "Buddy" Haydon.
Buddy is a WWII veteran who flew a
against deadly German
The Allies lost 542 aircraft to the ME-262 compared to the German
fighter's 100 losses,
a ratio that could have impacted the course of the war if executed on
the large scale German pilots desired.
Buddy was a key player in the ME-262 dog-fight many claim changed the
course of the air war over Europe,
witnessed an early V-2 launch,
was declared killed in action and spent several months as a POW.
Follow the eponymous link above for many interesting details of Buddy's
After WWII he continued to serve in the Air Force,
flying early jet fighters such as the