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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....
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Doesn’t look old enough to shave...
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)?
It’s all in the write-up above.
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...
Meticulous nose art, did he become a CPA after the war? ;)
Shame we still don’t do that on our aircraft.
i always thought that if they had not dropped the bomb, i might not be here.
Thanks. I see the symbols explained. Any idea about the “III”?
Never found out what happened to Lady Liz I - III.
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.
Sorry for the triple post. The computer hung up.
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?
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.
It means he's on his third girlfriend named Shirley Jane. ;-)
Not to mention the “offensive” nose art.
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.
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
Can you post links to me of other photo collections please? I’ve seen all these, they are wonderful; thank you!
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.
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.
75thOVI Post #10 sounds most logical to me. Otherwise I haven’t a clue.
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...
Enjoy. Go to the link and really enjoy.
A few pics from Freeper Canteen Flybys and Sorties of days past