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Koda Catalog Number:  
DVD Number: 3
Slide Number: 00083
Image Location: 33 11
Tail Number: 413923
Plane Type: P-51D
Picture Type: AC personnel
Info on Slide: 2-34 #65 S-20
Unit Info: 55thFG 38thFS
Name:  
Description: Ground crew mix with pilots of the 55th Fighter Group after the unit's return from what turned out to be the Eight Air Force's biggest mission of World War II, 24 December 1944. From left to right: M/Sgt. Robert Tudor (line chief), S/Sgt. Nick Lippucci, S/Sgt. Fred Rumley, T/Sgt. Roger Fraleigh (crew chief of CG-R behind), Cpl Herb Heichelbech, Sgt. "Frog" Sheen, Lt. Bob Maloney, Maj. John D. Landers (38th Squadron CO) and S/Sgt. Francis O'Leary. Landers is clearly happy about the 38th scoring four of the Group's fifteen confirmed kills that day. The then Major John Dave Landers is facing glasses and smoke in hand, is talking to his wingman after mission in July 1944. The plane is the first of his aircraft to be name 'Big Beautiful Doll' - Desig 'CG-O'. **
Photographer: Sand, Robert
Book: FC 110
Nationality: American
Location: Wormingford, England
Year: 1944
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Image Path: /Galley 1
 
 
Record Notes:

07/04/2006 6:51 am
This is a picture of the then Major John Dave Landers, at Wormingford (facing with glasses and smoke in hand) talking to his wingman after mission in July 1944. The plane is the first of his aircraft to be name 'Big Beautiful Doll' - Designation 'CG-O' serial 13923. The 55th FG had just taken the new P51D from the Inglewood plant, and aircraft clearly show the early 'transitional' olive green tail markings of the 38th FS, previously used on P38s. Not long after, the USAAF introduced its standard rudder colors recognition for each FS in the 8th Air Force.