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Wilburnator
01-04-2005, 02:07 AM
My Dad was a pilot in WWll, he flew a P40, then a P51D. He never saw any actual fighting, never saw an enemy aircraft. But still, he was a Mustang pilot, which is pretty neat as far as I'm concerned. Anyhow, I was not with my family over the holidays, but we got together New Years Day to exchange gifts. My mom gave me a framed picture of my Dad and his Air Force buddies sitting all over a P51. It is one of the best presents I have ever recieved. Pretty cool, no?

My Dad is on the left wing (right side of the photo) 2nd from the fuselage. I hope this works, I've never posted a picture before, lol.
http://home.comcast.net/~wilburnator/wsb/media/426258/site1040.jpg

Wilburnator
01-04-2005, 02:07 AM
My Dad was a pilot in WWll, he flew a P40, then a P51D. He never saw any actual fighting, never saw an enemy aircraft. But still, he was a Mustang pilot, which is pretty neat as far as I'm concerned. Anyhow, I was not with my family over the holidays, but we got together New Years Day to exchange gifts. My mom gave me a framed picture of my Dad and his Air Force buddies sitting all over a P51. It is one of the best presents I have ever recieved. Pretty cool, no?

My Dad is on the left wing (right side of the photo) 2nd from the fuselage. I hope this works, I've never posted a picture before, lol.
http://home.comcast.net/~wilburnator/wsb/media/426258/site1040.jpg

Eagle_361st
01-04-2005, 02:14 AM
Very cool present indeed. BTW here is the image for you. Use the add url here and to post them so they show. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
http://home.comcast.net/~wilburnator/wsb/media/426258/site1040.jpg

Wilburnator
01-04-2005, 02:17 AM
Lol, thx http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

x__CRASH__x
01-04-2005, 02:21 AM
Link didn't work bud. Maybe you can e-mail it to me and I can host it for you. crash@ghostskies.com

My grandfather was a P-47 pilot. He didn't see any combat because he collapsed a lung during ACM training. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

madsarmy
01-04-2005, 02:22 AM
Excellent present! You must be Proud Wilburnator.

Eagle_361st
01-04-2005, 02:24 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by x__CRASH__x:
Link didn't work bud. Maybe you can e-mail it to me and I can host it for you. crash@ghostskies.com

My grandfather was a P-47 pilot. He didn't see any combat because he collapsed a lung during ACM training. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Check my post Crash, I got it up for him. He just forgot to add the ubb tags. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I didn't know your gramps flew Jugs. Very cool, got any pics? What happened to you? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

x__CRASH__x
01-04-2005, 02:26 AM
All I see is a red X. I'll try it when I get home in a few.


yeah, he flew Jugs. Or at least was in training, like I said. I'll ask my mom he she has any pics. Both he and my grandmother have passed on.

Eagle_361st
01-04-2005, 02:28 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by x__CRASH__x:
All I see is a red X. I'll try it when I get home in a few.


yeah, he flew Jugs. Or at least was in training, like I said. I'll ask my mom he she has any pics. Both he and my grandmother have passed on. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh man I am sorry, mine has passed on as well.

Wilburnator
01-04-2005, 02:32 AM
My Ex-wife's Grandfather was a Corsair pilot. I can remember watching T.V. at his house, when a Mitsubishi commercial came on. He said (in his distinctive Richmond, Va. accent) that while he was certain that Mitsubishi was capable of making a fine automobile, he would never consider buying one, because they were also the creators of the Betty and the Zero. I thought it was funny, anyhow http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

x__CRASH__x
01-04-2005, 02:32 AM
I was real young. Lung cancer got him. A man who collapsed a lung in flight training smoked his entire life. Who'd a thunk it.

madsarmy
01-04-2005, 04:48 AM
Here's a photo of my father's step brother (the one with the arrow).
He was in 138 squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unfortunatly he lost his life on the 27/02/45 when the Stirling he was in did not return.
As my Gran died when I was 5 I have been unable to find out anything about him or what happen to his medal & all my father can remember is being taken to his airfield & being sat in the cockpit of the Stirling he was in.
http://server3.uploadit.org/files/tommybomb-STANGROUPPHOTO.jpg

x__CRASH__x
01-04-2005, 05:51 AM
Great pics fellas! I will see if I can dig up something from my grandfather.

munnst
01-04-2005, 09:48 AM
Hi Wilburnator,

did your dad fly in the ETO, if so where in the UK was he based?

Ted.

Wilburnator
01-04-2005, 11:09 AM
My father died in 1991 and the details of his service are almost completely unknown to me, other than some of the planes he flew and that he saw no action. He left college to join the Air Force very near the end of the war. I believe that photograph was taken in Florida. He went back to school after the war was over and later became a mechanical engineer. He worked for Westinghouse, then General Electric where he was given some sort of award for his part in the design of the compressor of the J85 turbojet engine. He finished his career at Pratt and Whitney, in East Hartford, Ct. He held a commercial pilot's license and was the owner of a 1946 Luscombe Model 8 Silvaire, a pretty nifty little semi-aerobatic 2 place taildragger. He was also a fine craftsman who built some really nice free flying models, and some of the finest split bamboo fishing rods available anywhere. He was quite a guy.

Wilburnator
01-04-2005, 11:28 AM
Madsarmy, that is a great picture. I love that kind of stuff.

madsarmy
01-04-2005, 12:03 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Wilburnator:
Madsarmy, that is a great picture. I love that kind of stuff. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks Wilburnator.

When looking at photos like these I often wonder how many of them actually survived the war. There are just over seven Lanc crews in that photo. A lot of men for a small number of planes.
Pause for thought http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

So on a lighter note a photo of a German soldier taking a waz.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/tommybomb/takinawaz.jpg

Supr
01-04-2005, 12:17 PM
I got a very similar present from my wife. Its of my dad and his squad before they shipped out to the pacific in early 1943. They are all standing in front of the transport plane. Its now even more special to me, as my dad passed away over the holidays. Another hero gone. Hold on to it, and always call your dad, you never know how long you'll be able too.

madsarmy
01-04-2005, 12:40 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Supr:
I got a very similar present from my wife. Its of my dad and his squad before they shipped out to the pacific in early 1943. They are all standing in front of the transport plane. Its now even more special to me, as my dad passed away over the holidays. Another hero gone. Hold on to it, and always call your dad, you never know how long you'll be able too. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm so sorry Supr. My heart goes out to you at this sad time.

Loki-PF
01-04-2005, 01:38 PM
Supr,

You are so right! I'm lucky enough to still have my pop around, and I'm relatively old.... I have realized that the older I get, the smarter my dad gets (if you know what I mean!)

My dad was a naval aviator and was going to be shiped out to the PTO right when VJ day happened. He thinks he would have flown Corsairs during the home island invasions. He and his fellow cadets didn't think much of thier chances of surviving the invasion, but they were all still willing (and some eager) to go none the less.

http://mack_RC51.home.mchsi.com\U.S._NAVY_1944.jpg

Supr
01-04-2005, 01:52 PM
Thanks guys,

yea loki, i know what you mean. It also takes till your about 40 before you realize that all that stuff he told you when you were growing up, was actually true. I'm glad I was able to tell him i figured that out.

Thanks again. My dad had a good long life. He made it thru WW2 without a scratch. Too bad time will take us all eventully. We just have to enjoy it all while we can.

Loki-PF
01-04-2005, 02:52 PM
Roger That!

Steaky_361st
01-04-2005, 08:16 PM
A nice pic indeed. Thanks for sharing!

RoughRaider1
01-05-2005, 07:16 AM
Very cool pictures and thanks for sharing them.
My Dad was a tanker and landed on Omaha Beach on his birthday. I only have one picture of him standing next to his tank but it's only about 1"X 1 1/4" big.
I do have a couple pictures of my Uncle from my Moms side which are portrait typy photo's. One he's in his dress, the other he's in his flight gear with leather helmet etc. He was a Stuka pilot but was shot down and last seen bailing out by his gunner over the Med at age 22.
But I've always felt reluctant to post them over the net. I was always afraid I see them somewhere later unappropriate. Like in someone sig or something. Maybe I'm being over protective, but I guess I just don't feel it's my right alone to post them.
Btw, my Mom was the first US/ German warbride of WWII.

actionhank1786
01-05-2005, 06:16 PM
I dont have a picture on me (my dad has one) but my Grandpa flew for the 8th Airforce as a B-24 pilot i think. He made it thorugh all 25 missions, and was requested to be sent stateside to teach new pilots to fly, but he refused and decided to go back to Europe, this time flying P-51s.
My dad said he read in a book about the 364th FG he was in, that my Grandpa shot down an Arado 234 Blitz. That must have been a blast

BlakJakOfSpades
01-06-2005, 10:03 PM
Well while we're sharing stories my grandfather was a radio operator for the 357th fg, i dont remember which fs but I think it was Chuck's. I should ask him about it more and get some cool details because I wont have much longer to. When he was coming back from Europe he had acquired 3 mausers and a luger, he shipped the mausers and only one ever arrived, and it wasn't the cool chrome plated one..

RAAF_Furball
01-06-2005, 10:28 PM
Excellent pics - all !