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Poster (featured with facts of the aircraft marking)
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WARBIRDS/SQUADRONS is a new design series I recently developed. The design concept is to profile fighter planes by using nicknames of the best known fighter units during WWII. Here is the first design from the series -The Flying Knights (the 9th Fighter Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group.)
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Maj. George Preddy, Jr. is considered one of the best and talented fighter aces in the U.S. He shot down 6 enemy airplanes in a single sortie. Maj. Preddy Jr. credited 26 enemy kills overall before he was shot down by friendly fire on December 25, 1944.
Here is another design version for Maj. Preddy, Jr's Cripes A'Mighty.
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The P-51D in the EAA collection was manufactured in 1944. Its original designation was P-51D-30NA, its serial number is 44-75007N and its registration number is N3451D. It was acquired by the founder of the EAA, Paul Poberezny in 1977 and flew until it was retired to the museum’s Eagle Hangar in 2003.
Paul H. Poberezny is one of the most decorated men in the international aviation community and has received hundreds of trophies, awards and honors for his dedication to the aviation world. In 1953, Poberezny founded the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) with a handful of aviation enthusiasts in the basement of his Hales Corners home in Wisconsin. EAA's first Fly-in Convention was also held the same year. As a youngster, Poberezny scratch-built model airplanes and by the age of 16 he had restored a battered Waco glider and taught himself how to fly. Poberezny served the country in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. Before his retirement from the military, he had become the only man in the armed forces to attain all seven aviation wings the military had to offer: glider pilot, service pilot, rated pilot, liaison pilot, senior pilot, Army aviator and command pilot. In 1970, Poberezny retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service, and has evidently been in love with aviation his entire life. Since his first flight experience in 1928, Poberezny has logged over 30,000 hours of flight time during his 70 years of flying. He has piloted nearly 500 different types of aircraft, including iconic military aircraft such as the P-39 Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, F4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, C-47 Skytrain and more than 170 amateur-built airplanes. He has also designed and built more than 15 different airplanes. Under Poberezny's vision and leadership, EAA has grown to attract more than 500,000 visitors every year, their most popular event being the Fly-in convention, "EAA AirVenture."
SOURCE / PHOTOS COURTESY: www.eaa.org
Merchadise (t-shirts, 11 oz. mug, and poster) of the illustration will be available at EAA Museum Shop soon.
Here is a link to AirVenture Show 2013.
The P-38 is considered one of the most formidable American aircraft in WWII. The cutting edge aircraft concept was initiated by the U.S. Marine Corp in 1937 and designed by Clearance (Kelly) Johnson who is also the designer of P-80 (the first operational American jet fighter), F-104, U-2 and SR-71. Besides the three fuselages, the P-38 has several other innovative features such as the nose landing gear which improved the landing, and the nose-mounted armament that made its shooting more accurate than traditional wing-mounted machine guns. The P-38 was as versatile as it was powerful serving many tactical roles such as dive-bombing, level bombing, ground attack, photoreconnaissance, night fighting and long-range escort. The P-38 primarily operated in the Pacific Theater against Imperial Japanese aircraft. The top two American aces Richard Bong (with 40 kills) and Thomas McGuire (with 38 kills) both flew P-38Js.
Bong attended the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program at the age of 20 in 1941, which was the same year the U.S. entered WWII. His flying skill was immediately recognized and was assigned as a fighter pilot after flying school. He was then transferred to the 9th Fighter Squadron (a.k.a. Flying Knights 49th Fighter Group based in the Southwest Pacific Area. Bong claimed his initial aerial victory by shooting down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero and a Nakajima Ki-43 (Oscar) during the Battle of Buna-Gona. He named his aircraft Marge, after he met his future wife when he was on a leave in Superior, Wisconsin in November 1943. By April 1944, Captain Bong had collected 27 enemy aircraft kills, passing the American record of 26 air-combat victories held by Eddie Rickenbacker in WWI. Interestingly, Bong considered himself a poor shooter so he always tried to get as close as possible to enemy aircraft before firing. He reached his 40th kill in December 1944 and received the Congressional Medal of Honor from General Douglas MacArthur. In January 1945, he was sent home for good, married his sweetheart Marge and was given a new assignment as a test pilot for the P-80. Unfortunately, Bong died during a routine test flight of a P-80 on August 6, 1945-the same day the first atomic bomb was dropped to Hiroshima.
SOURCE / PHOTOS COURTESY:
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center
The North American P-51 Mustang was initially designed and built for the British government. The early models (A/B) of the aircraft were unimpressive to the Allied air-forces. However, their opinion changed when Rolls-Royce engines were placed in the later models (C/D). The revamped aircraft saw a huge improvement in power and maneuverability. P-51 quickly became one of the greatest airplanes in WWII. The C/D models could reach a maximum speed of 437 mph and had a range of 1,650 miles with external fuel tanks. Because of its long cruising range, the Mustangs became the Allies’ main escort fighters for bombing missions. The aircraft’s great maneuverability in high altitude allowed it to outperform any German fighters. Even though Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter became the fastest airplane later in the war, P-51D was still the only plane capable of shooting them down.
The featured P-51D Mustang was flown by Major George E. Preddy, Jr. who was the top Mustang ace with 26.83 enemy kills in WWII and ranks seventh among all time scoring American aces. He first served with the 49th Pursuit Group as a P-40 fighter pilot in the South Pacific Theater where he damaged 2 Japanese planes. He was then reassigned to the 352nd Fighter Group as a P-51 pilot in Europe. On August 6, 1944, Major Preddy shot down 6 Luftwaffe fighters in a single dogfight. This is the most kill in a single encounter in dogfighting history of European Theater Operation. Major Preddy and his squadron also set a squadron record of killing roughly 25 Bf-109s on November 2nd. On Christmas that same year, Major Preddy, while leading 10 other Mustangs was called to assist a dogfight that was already in progress. After shooting down two Messerschmit Bf-109s, Major Preddy along with 2 other Mustangs pursued a Focke-Wulf FW-190. At the same time Allied ground forces attempted to bring down the German fighter. However, the ground forces missed the German fighter and mistakenly shot down all three P-51D Mustangs. Major Preddy’s plane crashed to the ground and broke into pieces killing him immediately. His brother, William Preddy, was also a Mustang pilot. William was killed in action while strafing an airfield in Czechoslovakia on April 17, 1945, just days before the end of the war in Europe. Both George and William were buried together in St. Avold, France.
Special thanks to the supports of Mr. Joe Noah (cousin of George Preddy, Jr. and Brian Preddy)
The illustration is also posted on Event Blog of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
The Grumman TBF Avenger was the main torpedo bomber used by the United States Navy and Marine Corp in World War II. The aircraft was designed and developed after the attack on Pearl Harbor, hence the name “Avenger.” These aircraft were also produced by General Motors and were designated TBM. The TBF Avenger was first seen in action during the Battle of Midway. Despite heavy casualties, the US Navy quickly learned and developed tactics for effectively operating the aircraft; as well as, the many roles it could fit: torpedo bombing, neutralizing submarines, providing ground support and photo-reconnaissance. TBF Avengers were also seen in major battles such as Battle of the Eastern Solomons, Battle of Guadalcanal, Battle of Layete Gulf, Battle of Philippine Sea, and many more. TBF Avengers were crucial in sinking Imperial Japan’s two super battleships Musashi and Yamato; as well as Nazi Germany’s flagship, the Bismarck.
The featured TBF Avenger is flown by Lt. Roger Cosgrove and accompanied by Radioman Digby Denzek and Mechanic/Gunner Loyce Deen. This flight crew was part of the storied Air Group 15, which was one of the most decorated naval air groups during WWII. They encountered the most intensive sea battles in WWII between April and November 1944. During the battle of Layete Gulf (October 23–26, 1944) Deen was shot in the foot but he refused to stay in the hospital. While he could easily get home, he decided to rejoin his flight crew. In the early morning on November 5th, 1944, the featured flight crew was given a new Avenger, serial number 353 (their previous aircraft had been damaged in the Battle of Layete Gulf). Later that day, the flight crew went on a mission to attack a Japanese heavy-cruiser in Manila Bay. They encountered heavy enemy fire. Lt. Cosgrove was badly wounded and the gunner, Deen, was killed by a Japanese 40 mm AA shell that ripped through Deen’s gun turret. However, Lt. Cosgrove skillfully managed the damaged aircraft back to USS Essex (CV-9) after a two-hour flight. Shortly after they landed, the Navy honored Deen with a sea burial ceremony leaving his body inside the aircraft. The Navy also decided not to salvage parts from the plane in order to show the greatest respect for the gunner. As a matter of fact, Deen is the first and only naval personnel to be buried at sea with an aircraft in WWII. He was only a couple weeks away from his rotation back home for Christmas.
Michael Cosgrove, son of Lt. Robert Cosgrove