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  • Top Allied Tank Ace in World War Two

    Who was the Allies top tank ace in World War Two? Please do not answer with U.S. Lt. Jeb Stuart and the Haunted Tank (DC Comics).
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    Staff Sergeant Lafayette G. Pool

    USA
    http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

    Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by dannybou
      Staff Sergeant Lafayette G. Pool

      USA
      What was his tally?
      Lance W.

      Peace through superior firepower.

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      • #4
        Lafayette G. Pool was born on July 23, 1919, on a farm in Odem, Texas. He graduated from high school in Taft, Texas in 1938. He attended an all boys Catholic Academy where he graduated as class valedictorian. Afterwards, he enrolled in Texas, A and I College, as an engineering major. He left college to enlist in the Army on June 13, 1941. He took basic training at San Antonio, Texas, and then was sent to Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, to the newly forming 3d Armored Division. He landed with his unit at Normandy in June, 1944. As an M4 "Sherman" Tank Commander in Company I, 3d Battalion, 32d Armored Regiment, he led his crew across France and Belgium and led his Task Force in 21 separate attacks. In 80 days he and his crew destroyed 258 German vehicles, captured 250 German soldiers, and killed an estimated over 1000 German soldiers. In his final battle SSG Pool was blow from the turret of his tank and his right leg was shattered and had to be removed. He was discharged from the Army in June of 1946. He was recalled to active duty in 1948 to serve as an instructor with 3d Armored Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He retired from the Army on September 19, 1960 as a Chief Warrant Officer 2d Class. His military decorations included Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star, Belgium Fourragere. Lafayette Pool passed away in his sleep on May 30, 1991.

        Bottom line: 258 German vehicles.
        http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

        Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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        • #5
          Very interesting, 258 vehicles. Any Idea how many of them were tanks/tank destoyers as opposed to trucks or half tracks?
          Lance W.

          Peace through superior firepower.

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          • #6
            Not sure. Someone?
            http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

            Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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            • #7
              http://www.battlefield.ru/t34_76_3.html

              Lavrinenko:
              69 tanks, 13 other AFVs, 82 guns, 117 motor vehicles
              a brain cell

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lance Williams
                Very interesting, 258 vehicles. Any Idea how many of them were tanks/tank destoyers as opposed to trucks or half tracks?
                Anyone with an answer about Sgt. Pool?
                Lance W.

                Peace through superior firepower.

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