I write these things quickly, with little time for fact checking. I know a little bit about a lot of things, and for the most part my recall of things is pretty reliable. But . . .
I recently learned that Butch O'Hare died flying a Hellcat in the first attempt to fly air cover for a U.S. carrier at night, ignominiously shot down by a Betty, no less. I had been certain, as sure as I am of my name, that he died flying a Lightning in a daylight air battle.
This discovery will make me more careful, but since this is the Internet, and a blog no less, you should take it all with a grain of salt.