BOEING B-17G ~ #44-6835 ~
Manufacture Date: 24-Nov-44
Aircraft added to Air Force Inventory: 11-Jan-45
Aircraft Arrived Overseas, ETO, 379th BG/527th BS at Kimbolton Huntingdonshire, ENG: 19-Jan-45
Returned To Zone of Interior (Kingman, AZ Mf#368): 13-Dec-45
Back row, l to r: 2nd Lt. Alford, Herbert B. ~ Co-pilot; 1st Lt. Royall, John M. Jr. ~ Pilot; Staff Sgt. Pitchford, Robert E. ~ Engineer/top turret gunner; Flight Officer Munson, James A. ~ Navigator/bombardier.
Front row, l to r: Staff Sgt. Sines, Elmer E. ~ Ball turret gunner; Staff Sgt. Gfrerer, Phillip C. ~ Nose gunner/togglier; Staff Sgt. Fullmer, Robert D. ~ Radio operator/gunner; Sgt. Kazar, Louis ~ Tail gunner
Gibson & Barnes Historical Goatskin A2 Flight Jacket: My attempt at keeping alive, memories of a plane, its pilot & crewmembers
Jacket/Patch Artist: Jerome Urbaniak ~ Please have a go at his amazing jacket art: http://www.picturetrail.com/jrome
Left: 379th Bombardment Group (H) Patch.
Right: Silver Bullion Pilots Wings; 1st Lt. Royall's Nametag & 527th Bombardment Squadron Patch
Symbolism contained in Group Patch (left):
Red outer circle = Rising Sun of Japan
Yellow dots represent a sun dial, with the B-17's (the 379th's combat aircraft) top turret firing at the '3'; the tail gunner at the '7' & the port waist gunner at the '9', signifying the 379th BG
Yellow bombs designate that the 379th is a Bomb Group (H = Heavy)
Small inner circle represents Hitler, his moustache and the lock of hair that always fell over his left eye
POTESTAS ACCURATIOQUE = "Power & Accuracy"
STARDUST = Named after Hoagy Carmichael's timeless tune (1927)
Aircraft I.D. Code = Yellow Triangle-K with the # '1' signifying, 1st Bombardment Division (a/k/a, 'The Big Triangle First') ... (4)46835 is Stardust's Serial Number
Radio Code: FO A
527th BS's Callsign: 'Heartstring'
Swastikas: Downed Luftwaffe aircraft
Thirty-Five Yellow Bombs: Represent the required thirty-five sorties, as flown by Royall's crew.
Mission numbers written on the bombs are sequential and represent the missions flown by Stardust & Royall's crew.
Normandy ... 11/JUNE/44 ... D-Day + five
Martin B26 Marauder and One Last Drag Before Heading Into Who Knows What
First In Flight, Wilbur Wright ~ Kitty Hawk, NC 10-Oct-02
North American P-51D Mustang ~ Also known as, "The Cadillac of the Skies"
Packard Merlin P-51D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNe1aAMCVNA&feature=related
Republic P-47D Thunderbolts ~ "Wanna make ace, get in a Pony (P-51) squadron. Wanna make (home) base, go with a Jug..."
Thirty-Seconds of Chills!! P-47s at Run-up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkdXrMbDOvo&feature=related
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress ~ "The best bomber which was ever built. She could handle extensive damage and still stay in the air." General Ira C. Eaker
B-17 Tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xeQ3s8zkhM
Consolidated B-24D Liberator ~ Though the B-24 had a slightly higher top speed and greater range than the B-17, they weren't quite as rugged and had a propensity to catch fire upon taking hits ... as such, Luftwaffe pilots would go out of their way to engage B-24s. Because of their appearance, the Liberator became affectionately known as "the crates that B-17s were shipped in" and when flying joint missions with B-24s, B-17 crews would quip: "The Liberator is the best (Luftwaffe) fighter cover a B-17 could have!"
B-24s In Action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FENnZKNXsFQ&feature=related
Northrop P-61C Black Widow ~ The United States' first designated nightfighter and in this role, the P-61 was without peer.
Lockheed P-38L Lightning ~ Wehrmacht ground troops called her, "The Twin-Forked Devil"
Ode to the Lightning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhORZrWOUfo&feature=related
The Supermarine Spitfire ... what a thoroughbred!
Restored Spitfire Mk IX footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StnYrDhU76c
(Above) Messerschmitt Me 109-G 'Gustav' ~ Throughout the hostilities, it was the '109 that served as the Luftwaffe's backbone. (Below) Yet another 'Gustav'
Restored Bf 109 G-10 "Red 7" footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzgYkfq9OVw
A Focke-Wulf Fw 190-D9 (top) & 190-D12 "Dora" ~ Along with the Ta-152s, Doras were considered by pilots on both sides of the conflict as the most formidable piston-powered fighter in the Luftwaffe's inventory.
Focke Wulf Ta 152H (Bottom) ~ Though the B-29 did pay a visit to the ETO, it never did enter into hostilities. However, having caught wind of the B-29, the Ta-152H, a high-altitude fighter/interceptor bearing FW's lead designer's (Kurt Tank) initials, was built specifically with the Superfortress in mind ... the Ta 152H had a top speed of 478 m.ph. and a service ceiling of 48,600 feet.
Dornier Do-335 Pfeil (Arrow) ~ In the ETO, this was fastest piston-powered fighter of the war. Following VE day, a captured Do-335 was flown from Oberwiesenfeld (near Munich) to Cherbourg, France, escorted by two P-51D's. The Do 335 easily outpaced the escorting Mustangs, arriving at Cherbourg 45 minutes before the P-51's.
D0-335 Footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhQqti7cWCI
American P-51 D
Boeing B-17 G