A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier and vintage F4U Corsair fly side by side over the 2012 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show. (U.S. Dept. of Defense, Public Domain, Black Daggers at MCAS Cherry Point Air Show May 4, Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Date: 05.04.2012)
New book and decal sheet release on the P-47 Thunderbolt from Kagero Publishing for June 2013: SMI LIBRARY 07: P-47 Thunderbolt with the USAAF in the MTO, Asia and Pacific by Tomasz Szlagor.
The latest release covers the service of the P-47 Thunderbolt in the Mediterranean, Asia and Pacific theaters during World War II. Details: A4 size, 96 pages, 132 black & white, 6 color photos, color profiles of 4 aircraft, decal sheet printed by Cartograf.
The book includes 1:32, 1:48 and 1:72 decals with markings for the following three planes: P-47D-28-RA (s/n 42-29091) coded ‘42’ and named Passionate Patsy, flown by Lt. Ralph Barnes of 310th FS / 58th FG; P-47D-30-RE (s/n 44-20866) coded ‘53’ and named Schmaltzie/Mercedes, flown by Lt. Frank ‘Duffy’ Middleton of 65th FS / 57th FG; and P-47N-1-RE (s/n 44-87996) coded ‘08’ and named Cheek Baby, flown by Lt. Durwood B. Williams of 333rd FS / 318th FG.
There are two general roles to follow in every case, regardless of the traffic pattern. Never forgot them:
1. Keep the pattern in close enough to the field and at sufficient altitude so you can bring your airplane in safely even with the power off, if necessary.
2. In preparing to peel off, don’t come barreling in at excessive speed. The greater the speed, the longer it takes you to slow down. After you are cleared for peeloff by the tower, slow down to 200-225 IAS before actually peeling off.
Source: Pilot Training Manual for the P-51 Mustang, AAF Manual 51-127-5, Headquarters Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C., August 1945.
The bombardier’s kit is a cloth case containing computers, tables, and pertinent working materials for use in maintaining bombing records and calculations. It is provided for every student and graduate bombardier through regular supply channels.
It includes: C-2, G-1, J-1, and E-6B computers; set of dropping angle charts for use with E-6B computer; stop watch and wrist watch; pen-type flashlight; bombing flight record holder, tools; drafting pencils; eraser, dividers; Weems plotter; parallel rule; transparent triangles; bombing tables.
REFERENCE: Technical Order 00-30-38-2.
Source: Bombardiers’ Information File, U.S. War Department, March 1945.