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#00126 Wonderful shot of a F-5 on short final approach, with full flaps extended, just before touching down at its base in Italy. Red spinners. See also 02756
#00127 A 3rd Photo Group F-5A Lightning comes in to land in Italy, 1944. The synthetic haze blue paint was designed to make the recce aircraft basically invisible until very close range. The color blended in quite well at high altitude. On solo flights, without armament, it was important that they avoid enemy fighters. Landing in Italy, 44. The haze blue piant work was designed to make these reconnaissance aircraft invisible until very close range. Without armament, it was important that they avoid enemy fighters, their powerful turbo-chargers made almost uncatchable.
#00128 As the months of occupation wore on in Germany, groups wee decommissioned and aircraft slowly stripped to keep others flying. The derelicts, such as Pard of the 359th Fighter Group sitting on a field in Germany, were painful viewing for pilots and ground crews as they watched their once-vital birds get plucked. When personnel were released from active duty and sent home on accumulated service points, they were entitled to sew a small eagle and wreath within a diamond emblem on the sleeves of their uniforms. This quickly became known as a "ruptured duck," symbolizing both men and machines as they were discarded from what used to be the world's mightiest air force. After the war many fighter units were based in Germany for Post War duties. With the advent of the new jet era, many P-51's were not serviced, and the massive surplus of P-51 aircraft, many were donated to the devastated economy, for scrap. Here a P-51D of the 'green nose' 359thFG, appears left for scrap with its rudder and chin panels missing, flaps removed, and nose cone gone. The markings 'IV-Q' and the red canopy frame, with 'mustang' & 638' on the tail fin, however, give this plane away as 'Pard' ser# 44-63817. The truth is that this plane went to the Swedish Air Force shortly after the war, and it is most likely that these painted areas of bright red and green have been removed for stripping back to the metal for delivery to its new country of service - designation J26153. A wonderful historical shot. **
#00129 Happy Warrior, a Ninth Air Force P-47D, has been put out to pasture in Germany. National, unit and personal markings have been painted over.
#00130 The sad end of the once-proud 354th Fighter Group's Mustangs at Herzognaurach, Germany. Germans were hired to chop the P-51s down, then burn them--a task they would have given anything for the chance to do just a few months before. It puzzled them even more than the Americans who were left to watch. **
#00131 As GIs roamed Germany they came across numerous yards of wrecked or scrapped Luftwaffe aircraft. This dump at Kaufbeuren airfield, Bavaria, contained quite an assortment of machines that were shot up or sabotaged by retreating Germans, and 55th Fighter Group mechanics found it fascinating to compare the aircraft with what they had been working on. Bob Sand recalls, "The line chiefs took to these shattered planes, patches some up and got them running. The enlisted men had been promised flying lessons in American light observation planes, which never materialized, so some of the men were hot to fly their resurrected planes, but probably wisely, were given thumbs down. However, they were given permission to taxi them when the field wasn't busy. I'll never forget one pretty powerful twin engine plane. The guy would get at one end of the runway, then break so he could stop at the end of the runway and start the opposite way. As a long frustrated flyer, how I commiserated with that man. Still, it was a pleasure to look down on these planes after looking up at them so often in England." Take during post war occupation. Kaufbeuren airfield, Bavaria, Germany. Dup of 04756 **
#00132 FOUR P-47'S IN FORMATION, LATE 1942. Army Air Forces photograph-- from First Motion Picture Unit AAF. Republic P-47s in flight.
#00134 North American P-51As of the 1st Air Commando Group, photo probably taken in India c. 1944-45.
#00137 Woman sitting on top of ac, wings folded
#00139 The nose of 'Lil Hoot' of 493rd BG, ser# 44-0440, parked in the sunshine at Debach, England. Unfortunately this particular plane was written off in a crash landing on the 31st October, 1944.**
#00140 Beautiful color shot of the highly polished B-24J 'The Joker' ser# 44-40472, taken at it's base at Debach, England. This plane later went to the 93rd BG when the 439rdBG later converted to B17s. However, she was to survive the war.**
#00142 The insignia of the 27th Transport Group on the nose of a C-47 transport that is warming up ready for taxiing. These spefically plied between AFSC establishments in the UK or those in liberated France.
#00143 Nice close up of 'Dee Luck' of the 450thBG - 720thBS ser# 42-94922 based at Manduria, Italy, with 15th Air Force.
#00144 The late evening sunshine bounces of the nose of Maj. Pearce McKennan's famous P51D 'Ridge Runner', Ser# 44-63166 desig'n 'WD-A'. The Maj. called all his P51's 'Ridge Runner' so it is only the extented snout of the pink hog, the later exhaust manifold, and (oh yes!) the tiny roman numeral 'IV' just visable above the name that says this was the 4th and last P51D to be given the name and artwork. **
#00145 'You're safe at home!' was a B-24H of the 445th BG 703rd BS based Tibenham. Her name most likely derived from an earlier incident where this aircraft had to be lifted back on its legs after an hydrolic failure had forced her to her belly on landing!? The art work has a hand missing from a panel having been replaced from the accident.
#00146 P-38J 'Taffy'. This is Pilot Walter E. Zurney and his crew chief Carl Beluchu in front of their aircraft. They were based in Foggia, Italy. Lt. Zurney was one of those rare pilots who during the course of hostilities was transferred from flying heavy bombers (in this case B24's) to fly P-38's as fighter pilot.
#00147 Wonderful evening color picture of Lt. J.E. Youngs P51-D Mustang - 'Jumpin' Jaques', of 3rd FS- 3rd FG, 5th Air Force, Gabu Strip, Lizon 1945. **
#00149 AC OVER A CITY. B-25G Mitchell, quite likely over LA (or even beautiful downtown Burbank)
#00150 Shown here is the emblem of B-29 Superfortress 'Miss Judy' belonging to the US Twentieth Air Force based on Tinian Island.
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