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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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2021-06-06T23:37:11+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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2021-05-27T18:11:50+08:00 ·
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Breakout by Anthony Saunders
The pride of the German Kriegsmarine, the battleship Bismarck, breaks out from Norwegian waters into the open sea on the evening of May 21st 1941, accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen and an escort fleet, and a complement of Bf109s from 3./JG77 and Bf110s from ZG76. It's voyage would be short lived, however. After a shattering victory over Britain's famous HMS Hood, the Royal Navy hunted and eventually sank the mighty battleship on May 27th, 1941.
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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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𝗛𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗻 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗧𝗮𝘆𝗹𝗼𝗿
This painting was published as a print in 1994 as a special Tribute Edition to the fighter pilot whose record in aerial combat is never likely to be equalled.
Top-scoring Luftwaffe ace Erich Hartmann is depicted in his Me109G-4 in the spring of 1943 during the Kuban battle in Southern Russia - the Army Group commanded by Field Marshal Kleist - after Russian Sturmoviks have made a determined attack on a Panzer division.
Luftwaffe Bf109s from JG-52 have beaten off...
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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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Zero Encounter by Robert Taylor
When the first US aircraft landed at the captured airstrip on the island of Guadalcanal on 12 August 1942, there was still heavy ground fighting within 3,000 yards of the airfield. A few days later it was named Henderson Field, after Major Lofton R. Henderson who led the Marine dive-bombers at Midway. The name of this small airfield is synonymous with the war in the South Pacific and it became home to some of the greatest Marine pilots who took part in the air f...
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2020-10-18T10:26:29+08:00 ·
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𝗔𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗼 𝟮𝟯𝟰 𝗕𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘇 𝗕𝗼𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝘣𝘺 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙮 𝙎𝙥𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙧
Medium : Oil
Edition Size : 1000
Type: Limited Edition Lithographic Print
Print Size : 27" x 17"
#AviationArt #WW2 #Luftwaffe #bomber #Arado234 #Me262 #jetbomber #BarrySpicer
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2020-09-13T17:16:20+08:00 ·
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Boulton-Paul Defiant versus Dornier Do17
Artist unknown, looks to be in the style of Adam Tooby?
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