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Lt. Aubrey Stanhope and his Thunderbolt WD-O. The P-47C-2-RE's serial number was 41-6233. (4FG nose art - The Official Site of the 4th Fighter Group - World War II)

Aubrey Stanhope and his Thunderbolt WD-O. The serial number was nose art - The Official Site of the Fighter Group - World War II)

P-47 "The Deacon" Pilot and Mascot, 4th Fighter Group, England 1943

"The Deacon" Pilot and Mascot, Fighter Group, England 1943

World War II nose art painted by my grandfather. When the plane was sold for scrap in the 1970s the nose art was saved and is currently on display at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA.

World War II nose art painted by my grandfather. When the plane was sold for scrap in the the nose art was saved and is currently on display at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA.

“Miss Ouachita” (pronounced WASH-it-ta) became one of the most famous B-17s in the 8th AF because of a widely published series of German propaganda photos taken after she bellied in to a field in Germany after being shot down by Luftwaffe ace Oberstleutnant Heinz Bär. Bär’s 221 confirmed aerial victories (some sources state 220) make him Germany’s eighth highest-ranking ace, with Miss Ouachita one of his 21 four engine bomber victories.

German ace Heinz Baer examines the downed American bomber This «Miss Ouachita

Consolodated B-24H-10-FO, s/n 42-52164, Dinah Might, 450th BG 723rd, Italy

Ford Liberator of the Bombardment Group Bomb Squadron. "Dinah Might" nose art

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