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  •  My late P-47 pilot friend's notes… (15+ / 0-)

    (mouseover identifiers to decode)

    These two paragraphs were part of a longer set of notes in a booklet presented to attendees at his memorial service:

    Recollections of:

    Edward J. Malo
    1st Lieutenant
    359th Fighter Sqdn, 356th Fighter Grp.
    [Martlesham Heath, UK, now abandoned. ed.]
    England, 5-6 June 1944

    Everybody in England and all of Europe knew that the invasion was only days off in June 1944. On 5 June, I had to do a test hop on my P-47 Thunderbolt plane. The day was overcast and not too inviting as I climbed through the clouds. Every so often I would receive a radio call from ground controllers generally giving me a westerly heading to fly. What I didn't realize was that my plane was drifting over the English Channel and the controllers did not want to invite some German aircraft to see what I was doing and possible see part of the invasion fleet.

    After I landed, my crew chief said, "hurry up, Lieutenant, I've got to paint your plaine." Most of the P-47s already had black and white invasion strips painted on them, none of which had been painted before I took off. Every single and twin-engine fighter and bomber, and every glider based in England were painted with invasion stripes on 5 June 1944.

    He goes on to relate his first firing of all eight Brownings, which I've mentioned in another thread. I should probably post the eleven paragraphs as a stand alone diary. Is anyone interested in it?

    I'm proud to have known Eddie, even though it was for only a little more than 1% of his life. Our common bond was ATC. After the war he became a controller, then later chief of RIC tower. He went on to assignments at headquarters and retired in the '70s from the Procedures Branch as Deputy Chief, Airways and Airspace Rules Division.

    He was an enthusiastic member of the Society of Airway Pioneers and was the recipient of the second Paul McAfee award (the first went to Paul McAfee) in recognition of contributions to aviation and air traffic.

    By the time I met him a little over a year ago, a lot of his hearing was gone, as was his attention. But if you could get close enough, you could have a conversation with him, mostly about the War. He got there a little earlier (two months) than my dad, and rotated home about the same interval earlier.

    He had escorted B-17s and knew the tail markings, but at 70 years removed, couldn't have remembered specific groups, but it was likely that he had flown escort on missions my dad had flown. They couldn't have known each other, but I often fantasize that they might have shared some airspace at some point.

    The last time I saw him (and on many previous occasions) he was wearing a white wind breaker with a patch featuring a P-47 drawing and the 356th Fighter Group logo. If you do a search for images of the 356th Fighter Group, you'll see a lot of them are credited to Eddie Malo.

    •  Love to read that diary if you post it, LRod (8+ / 0-)

      Always fascinating reading!

      A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

      by jo fish on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:01:20 PM PST

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    •  I'm Kosmailing you my email! ... (7+ / 0-)

      ...PLEASE, send everything you have!!!!

      Many thanks, in anticipation.

      As a can see a practice and arrivals day (taken from the dead side of the circuit, of a little show I put together in 1992 - enjoy!)

      I was Deputy Air Show Co-ordinator, RAF

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:07:26 PM PST

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      •  Wow! Dakota to Eagle… (6+ / 0-)

        With Nimrods, Canberras, and Aardvarks in between.

        That single seater at about 1:10 in the second video, circling the aerodrome, was pulling some Gs!


        •  THAT, my friend, is NO single-seater.. (7+ / 0-)

          ..THAT is the pride of the RAF (and the RN), its a TWO-seat Buccaneer BOMBER. The bane of the threat sites AND the Eagle drivers at Red Flag! The pilot was handling it pretty conservatively, since I have seen video from Nellis of pairs WEAVING at 500mph plus at 50 feet. NO lock-ons capable, guys manning threat sites giving up and screaming 'LOOK at THIS M...F..!'

          Yep...utterly magnificent.

          To give you some idea. The Buccaneers of No 12 Squadron ('Shiny Twelve' in the RAF) with a fearsome history, had been held back in the UK when Gulf One started. Finally, the Tornado drivers had to admit that their laser 'spot & track' kit couldn't hack it, and '12' were called for to spot for the Paveway ordnance (and later bomb their own targets).

          The CO of '12' walked into Officers Mess on arrival and announced 'Gentlemen! 12 Squadron is here, you can now go to war!'

          Heck of a 'plane! (Yes..diary coming on a Gulf War survivor!)

          'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

          by shortfinals on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:36:24 PM PST

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          •  I knew I was taking a chance… (3+ / 0-)

            …calling it a "single seater". It looked like a fighter from the views. Of course, being an ugly American, it's hard to identify all those "furrin" a/c in the first place…

            Conservatively? Wings vertical in a tight radius turn like that is lots of Gs. I'll give you there wasn't any jinking, and the stress on the a/c is constant, but staying awake in turns like that takes some doing.

            "Gentleman…you can now go to war" doesn't that just sound like a Tommy? And I sincerely mean that in the most profoundly respectful way.

            •  I meant 'conservatively' in the sense of ... (2+ / 0-)
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              ...there was a LOT more left in the airframe! Take two un-reheated versions of the R/R Spey engine (the reheated versions were used in the F-4K, F-4M RAF/RN Phantom), put them in a SMALLER airframe, area-ruled and optimized for low-level, high G, operations, and BINGO!  'Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner!'

              Given the interest, I shall MOVE UP the diary on the Buccaneer (one of my all-time favourite aircraft). I believe that my indefatigable editor, OS, has got things lined up for the next 4 or 5 days, but I shall throw the 'Buc' diary across to him in a day or so!

              Cheers (in a very Tommy-ish sort of way!) Great Grandfather fought in India in Victoria's reign; Grandfather in WW1 - died of wounds, 1919; Uncles (numerous), in WW2 - including one in the Grenadier Guards

              Motto - 'The grey geese are flying' (Let the Scots settle your wars for you!)

              'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

              by shortfinals on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:44:27 AM PST

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              •  Oh, SF, you always tickle memory tabs (2+ / 0-)
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                I wonder if you ever saw what I consider a very underrated  (actually it's 7.5 at IMdB, which is pretty high for them) and little noted film: Tunes of Glory. Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York (her film debut), et al.

                From the film, at a suggestion to play "Cock of the North" at a funeral service:

                “Ah, yon's a cheesy tune. You'll no play that.”

                •  I have that DVD. (2+ / 0-)
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                  Watched it with my son and DiL when they were up here last.  Son is a former military officer (Mustang officer) and I thought he was going to have a stroke when the superior officer walloped the enlisted man.  My DiL did not understand why he was so upset at a movie scene until we explained it to her.

                  The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

                  by Otteray Scribe on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:57:11 PM PST

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                  •  It not just Military Regulations, its the question (0+ / 0-)

                    ...of trust. The only culture that made a habit of abusing its own ranks in such a way is the Japanese (especially during WW2). If you read the Saburo Sakai's autobiography, 'Samurai!' it is quite open on this.

                    "The petty officers would not hesitate to administer the severest beatings to recruits they felt deserving of punishment. Whenever I committed a breach of discipline or an error in training, I was dragged physically from my cot by a petty officer. 'Stand tall to the wall! Bend down, Recruit Sakai!' he would roar. 'I am not doing this because I hate you, but because I like you and want you to make a good seaman. Bend down!' And with that he would swing a large stick of wood and with every ounce of strength he possessed would slam it against my upturned bottom. The pain was terrible, the force of the blows unremitting."

                    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

                    by shortfinals on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:35:08 PM PST

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                •  The late Sir Alec Guinness (AND Sir John Mills).. (1+ / 0-)
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                  ...were fabulous actors. Sir Alec commanded a landing craft during the invasion of Sicily; Sir John was a Second Leiutenant in the Royal Engineers but was discharged due to a stomach ulcer.

                  If you want to see the BEST of Alec Guinness, you will have to wait until the two series, 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' and 'Smiley's People'..when he IS George Smiley !

                  'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

                  by shortfinals on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:30:28 PM PST

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