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2007/10/18 21:29:28 (permalink)
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346th FS P-47 photos

Hello folks, thought it best to start a new thread since I got way off topic under "call signs", I apoligize for that but got carried away with all the great response, again thanks for the warm welcome and interest ! Now down to business, Bob, yes that is indeed my dad standing to the left of Major Gilbert with the squadron. As I recall him saying, when Andy Schindler was shot down and became a POW, I think in March '45 (my dad was his wingman on that mission) Gilbert became CO, and dad became operations officer and the # 2 man. And yes he named his plane-- 6A8-- "Stardust", but I show a different s/n.  Rick, I do not own a copy of The Memory Is Still Fresh, nor have I even seen it, I only learned of it a couple of years ago, but would love to get a look ! Tom, I don't have any pics of any P-39's dad flew with the 346th. About the emblem, I guess maybe the painter used a template that would  have to face backward on the right side? Check out this pic for s/n and the emblem... note ground crew hard at work , but they always were ! Bob, dad's crew chief was Sgt. Sandy Sandner, his name appears above the right side emblem.

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/18 21:37:48 (permalink)
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Here is a shot of my dad's plane showing at least part of "Stardust", but the subject was the dog, this is "Spike" his pet he picked up in North Africa. Army regs. kept my dad from bringing him home, so he had to give him to a family in Pisa at wars end. 

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/18 21:44:12 (permalink)
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This is the squadron emblem on the left side of the plane.

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/18 21:58:38 (permalink)
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This P-47 was flown by Capt. Elmer Belcher from our home state of Alabama. The unusual saying comes from when Elmer would begin his dive on a target, he would yell over the radio "Here comes Elmer now! Capt. Belcher survived the war but lost his life in a crash in Peru in 1946, my dad thought while flying a P-47 but not sure.

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/18 22:01:38 (permalink)
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A photo of Capt. Belcher. On the back my dad wrote " Elmer after chasing a 109 all over the Po Valley"

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/18 22:13:11 (permalink)
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The P-47 flown by  Lt. Addison Bachman , he was KIA in April 1945 

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/18 22:15:16 (permalink)
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Lt. Addison A. Bachman

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/19 00:56:10 (permalink)
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Hi, Thanks for posting the photo's,very cool.
Looking in The Memory Is Still Fresh your dad is in there about 16 times.
Here is a couple.
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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/19 00:58:47 (permalink)
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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/19 01:00:10 (permalink)
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Last one .There not coming out as well as I wanted but you can read it .

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/19 17:04:07 (permalink)
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Clay --
Pretty darn nice collection of photos for a guy who lurked without posting for two years because he "didn't have anything to add"!!!   The 346th may be best documented squadron of the 350th FG photographically (except the 1st Brazilian squadron, one of whose members was dating the daughter of an Eastman/Kodak executive) -- probably because they looked so good with their large, colorful, uniformly stenciled names side.  I know I've seen pictures in books and models from the 346th -- I seem to remember a "Torrid Tessie", a "Buzzin' Cuzzin'" and maybe a "Big Ass Bird" over the years, although never connected them to the 350th until fairly recently.  Nice pics!
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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/19 18:25:48 (permalink)
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Here are a couple of 346th missions your dad flew. I will dig up more if you are interested. Check it out. These were flown on the same day. One in the morning one in the evening.


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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/19 18:28:08 (permalink)
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Here is the second mission. Sorry about the quality. I can work on that later for you.

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/20 17:19:11 (permalink)
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Wow! this just gets better by the day!  Thanks for the book excerpts Rick, it is great to know dad was mentioned. I knew of the snowstorm story because it was written about in the local paper then,  the title of the article was " Pilot from Tarrant plays snowplow with P-47" I will try to scan a copy and post it. And many thanks to Littlevicii for the reports, would love to have all of 346th reports, is this whats available from Maxwell AFB ?, the base  is less than 2 hours from my home. And to Tom,(SRA) my firefighting friend, yes I deserve to be called in on my lurking for so long, guess I should go scrub a load of hose! I will try to scan more pics and post, currently though my 6th grader is neck deep in a project and needs the computer alot, he and his mom think it's more important than this -- I let them win a few now and then.  But here is one more, my dad's P-47 ready for a mission, this warbird is loaded for bear!, two 500 pounders, six rockets and the eight fifties, something was due a world of hurt!       Thanks again everybody !!

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/21 22:57:51 (permalink)
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Your welcome and can wait to see the other photo's.
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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/10/23 02:18:57 (permalink)
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Great photos Two Eight - please keep 'em coming!  That's Curtis H. Ellis coming out of the doorway behind Elmer Belcher.  ID courtesy of 346th veterans Clark Eddy and Hugh Dow. 
 
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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/11/19 23:40:07 (permalink)
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Hello folks,
       I plan to very soon scan more photos so I can begin a album of 346th planes and members, I need to take some to a photo shop to enhance the quality, but in the mean time here is a good shot of 6A7...

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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/11/20 00:10:10 (permalink)
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Two Eight here's a shot of another 6A7 not sure if it is the same plane.   The 346th had numerous aircraft with dual names painted on either side of the fuselage.  It is thought Bluebonnet Belle II was s/n 42-28619.  There is record of a 6A7 43-25653 dubbed Jackson's Brat but again I don't know if it was Bluebonnet or Joan Gail.   Thanks again for sharing.   Your photos are fantastic!
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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/11/20 00:43:24 (permalink)
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Bob --
I think they may not be the same planes. I understand that national insignia was applied at the factory, not in theater. While both insignia are across the intercooler doors, they do it a little differently -- "Blue Bonnet Belle II" makes the right angle to enclose the white rectangle of the national insignia, while "Joan Gail" is the type that stretches across the whole door and the blue borders doesn't get completed. Doesn't make sense that they'd do it differently on the same plane. Of course, it could be a replacement part...

Really nice photos, Clay. Just when we think we've seen your whole hand, you lay down another face card.
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RE: 346th FS P-47 photos 2007/11/20 01:11:23 (permalink)
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Cool photo's Bob and Clay.
The intercooler outlet doors on" Blue Bonnet" are closed so you see the whole bar were as "Joan" they are opened.The intercooler door when opened go into the main aircraft frame so you can't see all of the insignia on Joan.
I hope this makes sence.
Looks like the same guy in both photo's, crew chief maybe?
CooL!! Rick
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