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The Mission For Today***War Birds Photos-
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Posted on 01/18/2013 4:16:30 PM PST by virgil283

P-47 pilot Ed Fisher, 1944: 7 enemy planes,3 V-1s,25 enemy trucks,5 locomotives,40 bombing missions,25 dive bombing missions,15 clean sweeps. -Helldiver, B25 plant, Hangar deck 1945, Guam 1945, Bell YFM-1 Airacuda, Piper L-4 and B-24, Dauntless, PBY....

(Excerpt) Read more at mission4today.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: warbirds
---Ed Fisher
1 posted on 01/18/2013 4:16:37 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

Doesn’t look old enough to shave...


2 posted on 01/18/2013 4:17:32 PM PST by virgil283 ( *- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.-*)
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To: virgil283

A couple of questions about his nose art...

I notice it’s not just Shirley Jane but Shirley Jane III. How does that work? Were Shirley Jane I and II planes that he flew or were they someone else’s?

Also, what is the meaning of the vertical bomb symbol versus the slanted bomb? And what is the bottom symbol (square with line sticking out)?


3 posted on 01/18/2013 4:26:57 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

It’s all in the write-up above.


4 posted on 01/18/2013 4:30:38 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Yardstick

I think- don’t know- the slant is a dive and the square with a stick is a clean sweep, meanig no enemy opposition. the I, II mean he has lost previous planes.....maybe I’m wrong...


5 posted on 01/18/2013 4:33:25 PM PST by virgil283 ( *- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.-*)
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To: virgil283

Meticulous nose art, did he become a CPA after the war? ;)


6 posted on 01/18/2013 4:34:29 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: virgil283

Shame we still don’t do that on our aircraft.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 4:39:43 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: virgil283
awesome post. great pics at the site. many thanks. my dad flew over Japan, i think a B 24, reconnaissance and weather. after the war ended he flew over Russia for a while, although oddly he never mentioned any of that, only learned about it from my mom in little snippets.

i always thought that if they had not dropped the bomb, i might not be here.

8 posted on 01/18/2013 4:41:19 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: rockinqsranch

Thanks. I see the symbols explained. Any idea about the “III”?


9 posted on 01/18/2013 5:12:49 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick
Typicaly when a pilot changes planes, he’ll add another number to it. “Shirley Jane” may have been a P-40, while “Shirley Jane II” may have been a P-47 razorback. I believe Chuck Yeager was up to “Glamorous Glenn IV” by the end of the war.
10 posted on 01/18/2013 5:42:00 PM PST by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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To: Yardstick
That's a question I have had for a long time too. When my father passed we found an old newpaper clipping with a "local boy of interest" story about him flying a mission in his P-47 "Lady Liz IV".

Never found out what happened to Lady Liz I - III.

11 posted on 01/18/2013 5:42:00 PM PST by par4
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To: Yardstick
Typicaly when a pilot changes planes, he’ll add another number to it. “Shirley Jane” may have been a P-40, while “Shirley Jane II” may have been a P-47 razorback. I believe Chuck Yeager was up to “Glamorous Glenn IV” by the end of the war.
12 posted on 01/18/2013 5:42:15 PM PST by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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To: Yardstick

Typicaly when a pilot changes planes, he’ll add another number to it. “Shirley Jane” may have been a P-40, while “Shirley Jane II” may have been a P-47 razorback. I believe Chuck Yeager was up to “Glamorous Glenn IV” by the end of the war.


13 posted on 01/18/2013 5:42:18 PM PST by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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To: 75thOVI

Sorry for the triple post. The computer hung up.


14 posted on 01/18/2013 5:43:26 PM PST by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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To: virgil283

This is a bittersweet thread.

Look at the vast number and variety of aircraft produced in America in a very short period of time.

Virtually everything from the lugnuts to the bomb sights to the camshafts on those planes was produced here by American workers and capital. And that doesn’t even touch on the ships, tanks, trucks, locomotives, artillery and food produced concurrently.

Now we make lousy burgers and consultants in profusion and little else. Not even Mai-Tai umbrellas.

What happened to us?


15 posted on 01/18/2013 5:45:50 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: 75thOVI

Okay, so as the pilots were assigned new planes, which I guess would happen if the mission changed or their old plane was retired for whatever reason, they would move the name to their new plane and increment the number by 1. That makes sense.


16 posted on 01/18/2013 5:53:24 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick
"I notice it’s not just Shirley Jane but Shirley Jane III. How does that work? Were Shirley Jane I and II planes that he flew or were they someone else’s?"

It means he's on his third girlfriend named Shirley Jane. ;-)

17 posted on 01/18/2013 5:59:47 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Not to mention the “offensive” nose art.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2979596/posts

I’d love it if the USAF started painting nose art on their aircraft again. It would be nice to watch the heads of all those PC pansy inspectors explode.


18 posted on 01/18/2013 6:03:51 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: 75thOVI

Yup. The USAAF started the war with a pursuit inventory based on P-40Bs, P-39s and early mark P-38s

Planes were swapped out quickly due to technical advancements. After those early war pursuit ships came improved model P-40s, P-38s and P-47 Razorbacks. Then P-51B/Cs ( which were also razorback style fuselages) and P-47 bubble canopies. Then came P-51Ds with the bubble canopy. There was a lot of overlap in service dates between the various models, but by the end of the war I think the only (or at least one of the very few) ETO based USAAF fighter unit not flying Mustangs was the 56th FG with P-47s


19 posted on 01/18/2013 6:17:11 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: virgil283

Can you post links to me of other photo collections please? I’ve seen all these, they are wonderful; thank you!


20 posted on 01/18/2013 6:29:53 PM PST by STD ( People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face' but none of us can see theirs!)
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To: virgil283
This is one of the best sites on the internet!

If you like this site, check out the March 2013 issue of Aviation History magazine.

It's always a good read, but I think two articles are especially good:

The Lone Eagle's War about Charles Lindbergh's contributions in WWII and
P-51 Pilot: A Day in the Life by William Lyons recounting one of his memorable missions from start to finish.

Buy this magazine! You won't be sorry.

21 posted on 01/18/2013 6:31:10 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

What happened to us?

The same thing that happened to us before WW1 and WW2. Leave it to some gd liberal progressive to blindly get us into another Big Fix. The problem this time, its sure looks like the POTUS is from the other side and is setting us up intentionally, maybe just like that commie ahole FDR.


22 posted on 01/18/2013 6:49:19 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Yardstick

75thOVI Post #10 sounds most logical to me. Otherwise I haven’t a clue.


23 posted on 01/18/2013 6:57:37 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: STD

if you didn’t notice there are over 30 pages of photos at this link, just click at the bottom of the page....just saying maybe you didn’t notice there are more...


24 posted on 01/19/2013 5:44:26 AM PST by virgil283 ( *- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.-*)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

Enjoy. Go to the link and really enjoy.


25 posted on 01/19/2013 5:55:23 AM PST by SLB (23rd Artillery Group, Republic of South Vietnam, Aug 1970 - Aug 1971.)
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To: SLB; virgil283; Joe 6-pack
For y'alls viewing pleasure :-)

A few pics from Freeper Canteen Flybys and Sorties of days past

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

26 posted on 01/19/2013 6:28:56 AM PST by alfa6
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