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Koda Catalog Number:  
DVD Number: 5
Slide Number: 00157
Image Location: 58 9
Tail Number: 267825
Plane Type: P-38H
Picture Type: Nose Art
Info on Slide: 39, 3-56, 45, B
Unit Info: 55FG 38FS
Name: Texas Ranger IV
Description: Propeller shop Sergeant Bob Sand did some five nose art paintings for 55th Fighter Group P-38s, including "Texas Ranger" for group CO Col. Jack S. Jenkins. Another pilot bellied the original plane in and the armament door was transferred to Jenkins' new Lightning, as is evident here due to the missing section of painted-on rope. "My main memory," recalls Sand,"is of working on this all night a couple of nights and of my boss' displeasure at my not showing up for work till 9 a.m." Lt.Col. Jack S. Jenkins P38H plane, called 'Texas Ranger IV'. This plane was the 3rd P38 to given the name 'Texas Ranger' and note that the gun compartment door has been salvaged from an earlier P-38 and installed on a replacement plane. **
Photographer: Sand, Robert
Book: FC 112
Nationality: American
Location: Nuthampstead
Year: 1944
Davids Number:  
Image Path: /Galley 1
 
 
Record Notes:

07/04/2006 9:14 am
This is a stunning color shot of the nose of Lt.Col. Jack S. Jenkins P38H plane, called 'Texas Ranger IV' - serial number 42-67825. The two kill marks painted, were added on the same day, 3rd November 1943, when he shot down a FW190 and an Me109 over Wilhelmshaven & Spiekeroog Isle respectively. A superb pilot and leader, his war came to an end when his was shot down by flak 10th April 1944. This plane was the 3rd P38 to given the name 'Texas Ranger' and note that the gun compartment door has been salvaged from an earlier P-38 and installed on a replacement plane.