dimanche 16 mars 2014

Robert "Bob" GALE, 88thFS

Bob Gale was one of the few 80thFG veterans left, until his death, Feb. 12, 2016. He flew with the 88thFS. See his story here. On this pic, he was flying Charles F. HEIL's P-40N #10 over the Naga Hills. Just visible is the "extended mid-finger" design seen on some 88thFS P-40s. More on that later...
Bob Gale aux commandes du P-40N #10, au-dessus des Naga Hills. L'insigne du "doigt d'honneur" commun à certains avions du 88thFS est visible, mais le crâne n'a pas été encore appliqué.
Bob Gale's P-40N was named "Dikam Death", after a ditillery in Assam ! ^^
Le nom de l'avion provient d'un infâme tord-boyaux distillé en Assam !
Tail # was probably 15...to be confirmed. Il est probable que ce P-40 portait le #15.
Pilots from the 88thFS posing on a P-40N wing. The unknown pilot was thought to be Bob Gale, but he doesn't think so...(many thanks to Mark for the pics & infos)
Ces pilotes du 88th Squadron ont été identifiés par Bob Gale himself. L'inconnu lui ressemble, mais ce ne serait pas lui.
2 new & most welcome pics from the Bernard Hoffman coll. (LIFE magazine)
Ces images auraient été prises à Shingbwiyang. An old picture, seen in the Aircam books (back in the 60s/70s), shows #15 taxiing in the forest. That may well be Bob Gale's P-40N !
Cette photo vue dans les vieux "Aircam" est ici reproduite en meilleure qualité. Il semblerait bien que le P-40N #15 porte le nom "DIKAM DEATH" sur le côté du capot. À confirmer...

jeudi 13 mars 2014

P-40N #12 88th Fighter Squadron

P-40N-1 #12 can be seen in a Kenneth Rust "10th AF history" book.
Steve Donacik provided another pic of the same a/c, possibly...