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Moy's Crew - 603rd Squadron - Gulfport AAB, Miss. Fall 1944 Back Row (viewer's left to right): 2nd Lt. Charles E. Berthoud, Navigator 2nd Lt. Kenneth E. Mclaughlin, Bombardier 2nd Lt. Archie D. Kritchman, Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Newell D. Moy, Pilot Front Row (viewer's left to right): Cpl. Benny Braica, Ball Turret Cpl. Bill V. Wight, Tail Gunner Cpl. Homer C. Rhodes, Waist Gunner Cpl. Robert J. Nortarpole, Radio S/Sgt. Joe Joseph, Engineer Moy's Crew - 603rd Squadron - 21 March 1945 398th Mission No. 173, Rheine, Germany ~ Aircraft flown: 43-38669 N7-G Back Row (viewer's left to right): 2nd Lt. Archie D. Kritchman, Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Newell D. Moy, Pilot Sgt. Robert J. Nortarpole, Radio S/Sgt. Joe Joseph, Engineer Front Row (viewer's left to right): Sgt. Homer C.Rhodes, Waist Gunner Sgt. Benny Braica, Ball Turret 2nd Lt. Charles E. Berthoud, Navigator Sgt. Bill V. Wight, Tail Gunner 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association Timeless Voices Project Links: A Flight Never To Be Forgotten, by Newt Moy Newt Moy Interview ~ September 2003
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Favorite TV Shows:
A River Runs Through It Legends Of The Fall Once Upon A Time In America Band Of Brothers A Bronx Tale Field Of Dreams The Deer Hunter Dances With Wolves Goodfellas The Godfather Pt. II Miracle Open Range Saving Private Ryan The Notebook Braveheart The Best Years Of Our Lives
Favorite Movies:
'The Babe' & 'Shoeless Joe'
Favorite Books:
P7M8 Jubilee Ltd. Edition 9mm P7PSP's 9mm P7M8's 9mm Hardchrome P7M13 9mm Blued P7M13 9mm P7K3's .22/.32/.380 P7M10 .40 S&W Photos taken by: Dr. Ken Lunde http://lundestudio.com/firearms.html
Favorite Quotes:
"Let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for... Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died." ~ Ronald Reagan
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What I've Been Up To

STARDUST #446835 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron

BOEING B-17G ~ #44-6835 ~ FO-A "STARDUST"
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

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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
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Jacket/Patch Artist: Jerome Urbaniak ~ Please have a go at his amazing jacket art: http://www.picturetrail.com/jrome
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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"

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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.

Mission Particulars:

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Left: 1st Lt. Silver Bullion Bar & 8th Air Force Patch (a/k/a, 'The Mighty Eighth')
Right: Early U.S. Army Air Force Patch

It's All In The Details (photos by Jerome)
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THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR IS INNOCENCE


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Normandy ... 11/JUNE/44 ... D-Day + five

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Martin B26 Marauder and One Last Drag Before Heading Into Who Knows What


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Another B-26 Marauder flying in 'Operation Strangle' during the spring of 1944. Flying with the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces under the tricolor of France, these Frenchmen just destroyed a vital rail bridge at the Piteccio viaduct in central Italy. Have a go at the bombardier/nose gunner straining to catch a glimpse of his handiwork.


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B-26 Marauder and a B-24 Liberator (below) suffer mortal hits (flak) from eighty-eights
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Contrails

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"Forts" from the 390th BG stay the course as their Little Friends engage the Luftwaffe

Auld Lang Syne

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First In Flight, Wilbur Wright ~ Kitty Hawk, NC 10-Oct-02


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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

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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

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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

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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
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Northrop P-61C Black Widow ~ The United States' first designated nightfighter and in this role, the P-61 was without peer.

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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
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The Supermarine Spitfire ... what a thoroughbred!

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Restored Spitfire Mk IX footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StnYrDhU76c

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(Above) Messerschmitt Me 109-G 'Gustav' ~ Throughout the hostilities, it was the '109 that served as the Luftwaffe's backbone. (Below) Yet another 'Gustav'

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Restored Bf 109 G-10 "Red 7" footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzgYkfq9OVw

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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.

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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

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WW2 Warbirds

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Boeing B-17 G
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Dornier Do-335 'Arrow'

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Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Messerschmitt Bf 109-E
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image Republic P-47
Focke Wulf FW-190 Dora 9

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image Consolidated B-24 Liberator
FW-190 D9

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image Focke Wulf Ta-152h ~ considered by many to be the finest WW2 fighter of all
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Supermarine Spitfire
Mk. IX
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image Avro Lancaster
Lockheed P-38

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image North American B-25 Mitchell
Bf 109-G2 Trop
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image F-15 & P-51
F-16's & Supermarine Spitfire

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B-17 & B-52
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When They Were Kings


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