Dean “Diz” Laird is the only known US Navy pilot to shoot down both German and Japanese planes during the Second World War. The World War II Ace flew his 100th plane this past weekend at age 95.
Dean “Diz” Laird is a legend in naval aviation. If you have ever been to Coronado, California, you have probably seen Diz either at the Navy Exchange, Commissary, or down at the Coronado Golf Course. But if you were there last Saturday, you probably saw him manning up his 100th airplane…at the young age of 95!
“I want to thank everyone who took part in making this happen,” said Laird. “When I found out that I was going to be able to do this, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it.”
Laird is the only known pilot to shoot down German and Japanese planes during World War II. His first two kills came while on the carrier Ranger, supporting the British fleet near the Orkney Islands in October of 1943.