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Old 12th October 2022, 16:20
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Photo 8 P-51D. Think this could be 44-13654 OS-G (357 / 355) pilot Gilleland, he flew a P-51B same name; the band behind the spinner is probably part of the theatre marking of black spinner and band, after the group's white spinner added.

The squadron colour nose bands ( 357= blue) and rudders weren't marked until Oct -Nov. 1944. and she was lost in August with another pilot. Also the band is half the width of the squadron marking.


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PS. The B-25 Photo 9 may be 42-32388 converted to TB-25G (last numbers look like 388).
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Nick,


Thanks again. Very helpful.


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Old 14th October 2022, 12:59
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Hi Ed. Found that B-29 Photo 12.
This is 42-24823 483BS / 505BG; she had various names, "NCB 27th Spec./ Delivers the Goods" also "Dangerous Lady" on left side with a young lady. Base was N. Field Tinian. There was a B-29 "27th NCB Special / Eh High Doc" with different artwork (Bugs Bunny) which was probably a different aircraft in the Wing, but same Seabees unit.

N.C.B. = a tribute to the Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees) who built their airfields. She survived the war. Tail designator was Circle "W" with green tip.
Her pre-April tail marking was " K Triangle 25" as in another photo.


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Old 14th October 2022, 20:45
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Hi Nick,


Your efforts are much appreciated.


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Old 28th October 2022, 16:15
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

To me the #8 P-51D "GEORGIA PEACH" is from the 531st Fighter Squadron 21st Fighter Group 7th Air Force. The background doesn't look like the UK and tanks were used in the 7th AF most of the time.

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Old 28th October 2022, 16:18
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Found a link to the 21st FG with photos .
https://www.7thfighter.com/21stfg/index.htm

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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Thanks Rick I'm sure you are right, looks like Iwo; the nose markings are 531FS and the rounded letters also on others in the sqn. like "Shrimp IV" and "Miss Jackie".
The tanks look more like 165 Gals rather than 110.
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Hi Ed. A couple here I'm not sure about, maybe someone can help.


No.1 P-47D-28 41FS / 35FG Phillipines ; named "Badger Beauty 6th". Yellow squadron colour nose and late-war blue tail band with yellow number 85.
No.2 P-61 418NFS Phillipines ; Gloss Black (Jet) with red serial not readable.
No.3 P-40Ns, could be 49FG but may be some transferred to the 71TRG when the 49th converted to P-38s in 1944 and high numbers retained.
No.4 Boston III, 22 Sqn. RAAF, DU-L may be A28-10. Morotai 1944.
No.5 PV-1 Ventura; 874 could be Bu.No. 34874 (VPB-146 on Moratai).
No.6 C-46 ? names may be 2 girls, Pat and Rachel.
No.7 A-25A Shrike 41-18798 possibly 13FS in Florida, an RTU unit; the dot between the first 2 numbers are seen on other trainers / tow-tugs in the US (later RA-25A).


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Thanks Nick. Much appreciated.
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