Carl John Luksic

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Carl John Luksic was born in Honolulu, Hawaii back in 1921.  He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in 1942, entering into the Aviation Cadet Training Program.  Later that year he was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Luke Field, Arizona.  He was assigned to the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group flying P-47 Thunderbolts at Westover Field, Massachusetts in 1943.

Later that year he was deployed to England, attached to the Eight Air Force stationed at RAF Bodney in Norfolk, England.  In 1944, his squadron transitioned to P-51 Mustangs.  On this first flight 8 May 1944 he attacked 15 German planes shooting down three before he was separated from his flight.   He rejoined friendly planes and assisted in attacking 20 more enemy planes, claiming two more victories.  With little ammunition left he strafed and destroyed four oil tank train cars.  For his actions he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross two days later. 

What you may not know about first Lieutenant Carl Luksic is that he was the first pilot attached to the Eight Air Force to become an ace in a day.

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Comments (15)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - his name and achievements are new-to-me.  Thank you for the introduction.  

Aug 04, 2021 02:58 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Another hero we know little about.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 04, 2021 04:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Becoming an ace in a day sounds like quite the accomplishment, James!

Aug 04, 2021 04:58 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Carl would probably tell you he was just doing his job. Great story of "ACE" in a day! Enjoy your day. 

Aug 04, 2021 05:01 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

This is one of my favorites ever James Dray . Of course I love anything Air Force with Tina being a part of it but this mans valor is outstanding.

Aug 04, 2021 05:28 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Again, nice to learn about someone I would never have known about unless you brought him to my attention!

Aug 04, 2021 05:45 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - don't know the name but the deeds certainly earned him the honor.

Aug 04, 2021 06:02 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am familiar with Luke Air Force base and have quite a few friends that routinely golf there.

Aug 04, 2021 06:44 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Become an ace in one day. That is quite the accomplishment

Aug 04, 2021 07:39 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

I had no idea about any of this.  And I certainly have heard the word ACE when it came to flyers, but had no idea about Carl. A

Aug 04, 2021 07:40 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, becoming an ace in one day is quite the honor, and thank you for bringing this interesting story to AR.

Aug 04, 2021 09:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yet another hero I knew nothing about. Glad to see he was recognized for what he accomplished.

Aug 04, 2021 09:51 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a hero, who did not believe in taking un-used ammunition home James Dray 

Aug 04, 2021 01:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I'll share this with Larry!!! He was quite the flying Ace!

Aug 04, 2021 01:52 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Becoming an Ace was a major achievement for a fighter pilot. To become a Ace in one day was a amazing feat!

Nov 06, 2021 06:17 PM