At 24,000 feet on August 24th, 1944, Lieutenant Charles McGee of the 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, witnessed a Focke Wolfe 190 flying in the opposite direction of his own flight path. The German pilot was a part of the famed Jagerschwader (JG) 300. The German pilot led McGee directly over the recently bombed airfield near Pardubice, Czechoslovakia in the hopes that the anti-aircraft artillery there would discourage the American from his tail. Finally McGee was able to get a good burst into the FW190. The victory was confirmed by McGee's wingman, Roger Romine.
After the war Charles McGee was stationed at Lockbourne Air Field located in Columbus, Ohio as the base operation and training officer. He once again found himself flying P-51 Mustangs in the Korean War with the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron, completing 100 missions. He went on to fly some of the first jet aircraft in the United States Air Force inventory such as the F-80 Shooting Star and the F-89 Scorpion. During the Vietnam War, Lieutenant Colonel McGee flew 172 combat missions in the photo reconnaissance version of the F-4 Phantom, the RF-4. In all, during 30-years of active service, Charles McGee achieved the highest three-war fighter mission total of any Air Force aviator, 409 fighter combat missions. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1973 as a Colonel with a total of 6,308 flying hours. At the age of 93 at the time of this writing in 2004, Colonel Charles McGee (USAF) is one of the few remaining original Tuskegee Airmen continuing to celebrate their amazing achievements throughout the 20th century.