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DVD Number: 1
Slide Number: 00024
Image Location: 58 2
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Plane Type: Spitfire, Supermarine, MK V
Picture Type: AC wreckage
Info on Slide: 02/01/29
Unit Info: 308FS 31FG
Description: Cape Milazzo, Sicily, September 1943. Bill Skinner dejectedly looks over his first Spitfire Mk. VB, now broken and bent beyond repair. The 308th Fighter Squadron had moved up to this forward area field to cover the invasion of Italy. The dry dust kicked up through the Marston mat pierced steel planking became a nightmare. Taxiing through the choking dust, Bill stopped to clear the area ahead but wingman Ed Fardella behind couldn't see a thing and ran his Spit right up the back of his leader. Unfortunately Ed's fighter was equipped with a metal rather than a wood prop. Instead of breaking apart it proceeded to chop the tail, then dig in just behind the cockpit. Fardella's spinner was almost in Skinner's cockpit when he realized what was happening and cut the engine.**
Photographer: Skinner, Bill
Book: FC 22
Nationality: American
Location: Sicily, Cape Milazzo
Year: 1943
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Image Path: /Galley 1