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Quentin Aanenson’s first combat mission—providing air cover for the troops swarming ashore at Normandy on D-Day—was a literal baptism by fire. During the following months, his unit, the 366th Fighter Group, would suffer a 72 percent casualty rate. The subject of the acclaimed PBS documentary A Fighter Pilot’s Story, Aanenson relives his wartime memories in tonight’s Charles E. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. at the National Air & Space Museum’s Langley Theater, 6th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Greg Kitsock)