I never knew him, but I knew of him. A legendary pilot, he flew during and after World War II. From his wiki page.
During World War II, Hoover was sent to Casablanca where his first major assignment was test flying the assembled aircraft ready for service. He was later assigned to the Spitfire-equipped 52d Fighter Group in Sicily. In 1944, on his 59th mission, his malfunctioning Mark V Spitfire was shot down by a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 off the coast of Southern France and he was taken prisoner. He spent 16 months at the German prison camp Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany.
Hoover managed to escape from the prison camp by stealing a Fw 190, and flew to safety in the Netherlands.He stole a plane from the Jerrys and flew it to a safe runway. Proably laughing his ass off the whole time.
Where do we find men like that?