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2021-06-16T20:30:17+08:00 ·
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Tomcat! by Dru Blair
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2021-06-07T22:09:11+08:00 ·
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Triple-Axis Ace...Plus One by Don Hollway
Already sporting a trifecta of Axis victory markings on his P-51D, Bad Angel, Capt. Louis Curdes does what no other American ace has ever done: win a medal for downing an American plane. On February 10, 1945, he spots an off-course Douglas C-47 Skytrain of 317th Troop Carrier Group, the “Jungle Skippers,” about to make a mistaken landing on Japanese-held Batan Island, in the Formosa Strait off the northern end of the Philippines. Rather than see the pl...
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Louis Edward Curdes (November 2, 1919 – February 5, 1995) was an American flying ace of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II who held the unusual distinction of scoring an official air-to-air kill against another American Aircraft. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice and a Purple Heart. He flew a North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft with the nickname "Bad Angel".

Curdes was one of only three American pilots to shoot down aircraft belonging to the German, Italian and Japanese air forces. He was also involved in a bizarre incident where he intentionally shot down an American cargo plane, and then later married one of the survivors. In total, Curdes shot down seven German Messerschmitt Bf 109s, an Italian Macchi C.202 fighter, a Japanese Mitsubishi Ki-46 reconnaissance aircraft and an American Douglas C-47 Skytrain.
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2021-06-07T20:47:32+08:00 ·
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Shoki by Jerry Boucher
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2021-06-06T23:37:11+08:00 ·
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D-Day - The Airborne Assault by Robert Taylor
June 6, 1944: Douglas C-47 Dakotas of the 438th Troop Carrier Group towi CG-4 Waco gliders, closely escorted by P-51Bs of the 354 Fighter Group as they cross the Normandy beaches. Below, landing craft swarm ashore putting men and equipment on the beaches.
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2021-05-29T13:13:42+08:00 ·
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We Saddled Our Fates to a Wild Mustang by Gary Eason
A formation of four North American P-51 Mustang aircraft of No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, representative of the Mustangs flown by that squadron from 18 April 1942 to 14 August 1945. They are shown flying over the Normandy region of France, an area over which they conducted many significant operational sorties. These early Mustangs were powered by Allison engines, unlike the later Mustangs which had US-licensed Packard Rolls-Royce Merlin p...
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2021-05-27T16:59:09+08:00 ·
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Today is the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the famous German battleship, Bismarck. The sea chase and subsequent final battle required many warships and aircraft of the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm. Here's a selection of some aviation art featuring the venerable "outdated" biplane torpedo bomber, the Fairey "Stringbag" Swordfish, which attacked and crippled the mighty battleship which allowed the Royal Navy to catch up with her and finally sink the Bismarck!
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2020-12-25T23:50:29+08:00 ·
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𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝒃𝒚 𝑹𝒐𝒚 𝑮𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒍𝒍
Christmas Day 1941 dawned hot and muggy in Rangoon, Burma. It would be another 115-degree day. Charles H. Older was one of 13 pilots of the American Volunteer Group's Third Pursuit Squadron standing alert near their shark-mouthed Tomahawks on Mingaladon Airdrome, north of Rangoon. In his first combat two days earlier he had been credited with two Japanese bombers. At 1130 the air raid sounded, and minutes later 13 Tomahawks, joined by 16 RAF Brewster Buff...
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George McMillan, R.T. Smith, and Robert P. "Duke" Hedman attacked the left flank leading the "V" of bombers while Chuck Older, Tommy Haywood and Ed Overend worked over the right flank. The other seven took on the fighters.
With Haywood on his right wing, Older attacked from below and to the right of the outboard "V". Opening fire at 200 yards, in an almost vertical climb, he held the trigger down until less than 100 yards, and then kicked over in a hammerhead to dive away.
Using this zoom and dive technique he and Haywood shot down two bombers each. As the bombers turned east for home, Older downed a Nakajima Oscar for his third victory of the day. Twenty-four Japanese planes fell to the AVG that day.
Chuck Older became an ace, as did Duke Hedman, who shot down four bombers and a fighter. Other credited AVG victories included three for McMillan and Smith, two each for Parker DuPouy and Ed Overend, and one each for Bob Brouk and Ken Jernstedt.
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2020-12-21T18:27:00+08:00 ·
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Catalina by Roy Cross
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2020-12-08T14:09:59+08:00 ·
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RIP, General Chuck Yeager
𝙔𝙚𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙧'𝙨 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩 - 𝙈𝙖𝙘𝙝 1 𝙗𝙮 𝙍𝙤𝙮 𝙂𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙡𝙡
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Remember Pearl Harbor! by Robert Taylor
Aichi D-3A1 dive bombers from the Japanese carrier Kaga concentrate their attack on the battleship Nevada, already holed by torpedoes and beached at Hospital Point. The destroyer Shaw is on fire, and behind her the battleship Pennsylvania, the cruiser Helena, and the Base Force Flagship Argonne, can be seen in the turmoil of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
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