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  1. You may find some answers on this website: http://www.303rdbg.com/uniforms-gear8.html Laurent
  2. My source is the study of a few pictures from my files You are right about the P-38G-1-LO, so the first Gs had the legs painted aluminum as well, then. And I agreed that the first NMF Js had NG legs
  3. It seems there is conflicting information regarding 42-67027 (which is a P-38H-5-LO), as USAAF records show it was lost in action on March 29th, 1944, serving with the 1st Fighter Group, 15th AAF, while flown by Merle B. Brown, and some sources give CG*G, flown by Gerald Brown with the 55th FG, 8th AAF, as being 42-67028. Of course, there is the possibility that #027 served first with the 55th FG and then was transfered to the 1st FG, but that would be a strange coincidence that the plane would have 2 different pilots named Brown with 2 different Air Forces. To answer your initial
  4. "Kit" Carson served two tours with the 357th F.G. From the information I have, Nooky Booky III was assigned to him when he returned from his leave in October 1944, and kept the plane for 2 months, before he got Nooky Booky IV in December. His last kill with NB III was December 5th, and the first kill with NB IV was December 24th. So, to answer your question, it is more than likely that NB III had the invasion stripes on the bottom of the fuselage, like did NB IV before January 1st, by which date they should have been removed. Laurent
  5. Hi Thomas, F-5B 42-68223 can be seen in the background of this famous picture, on the right. The plane was NMF. A fairly good representation of this plane can be seen at the bottom of this page. https://www.x-plane.fr/showthread.php?t=63263 Laurent
  6. silberpferd

    About P-51D...

    As Gingerbob said, the AAF Spec. Proj. number is related to the destination of the plane. The first P-51D-5-NAs to reach the ETO had "SPECIAL PROJECT NO.92700-R" painted above the data block (from pictures of 44-13303, -13316, -13318 and -13350), so it is very likely that Fool's Paradise IV, 44-13309, had the same markings. Laurent
  7. Images from an E-bay auction Laurent
  8. If you click on the picture, you will have access to the Flickr page with 147 photos.
  9. I hope those will help Also a nice reference for an original D-25-NT Laurent
  10. silberpferd

    P-47, 1944.

    "Topsy" was 42-76150 Some sources give 03 August 1944 as the date of the crash, while 26 August is also given elsewhere. Regarding "Rebel Jack", this article reports that Quentin Aanenson loaned it to Lt Hilding Roy Johnson on Chritmas day, 1944, sadly shot down that day https://www.stripes.com/news/dig-for-wwii-remains-might-prove-bittersweet-for-archaeologist-1.148070 However, records shows that the only 366th FG P-47 missing that day was 42-29324, a bubble top. Most probably a newer "Rebel Jack" then. Laur
  11. The picture in the link provided by Gingerbob has been published in "P-51 Mustang in color" published by Squadron Signal in 1982. Unfortunaletly, enlarging it doesn't provide a definitive answer, but I would go too for Sgt Martens as the crew chief (of interest, the pilot's name is not the same on this later picture) The code letter is more likely K (...or R...), Laurent
  12. This picture was taken in the spring of 1944, before the group applied the yellow and red checkerboard. The worn look of that plane is because of the removal of the protective cocoon used when the planes were shipped by sea, it was done using gasoline, but usually the paint job stayed pretty much intact.
  13. How much would you pay me? https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=memphis+belle+(outakes)
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