PUNTA GORDA — On June 1, 1966, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Captain John Borling was on his 97th combat mission over the skies of North Vietnam. The Chicago native could have been headed to England after another three missions, but had opted to remain and fly another 100 sorties. Suddenly, the F-4 Phantom jet he was flying was struck by a round from a 37 mm anti-aircraft gun, sending the aircraft plummeting to Earth.
“It was a miracle I got out alive,” he said. “I had a broken back and crawled around until I got to a road.”
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