A long time ago, I saw an awesome shirt decorated with P-40 (Flying Tigers) imagery: shark mouth, nose art, kill markings, roundels, etc. Unfortunately, they are long out of production and hard to find, and expensive. So, I’m working toward the next best thing. Bit by bit. These two just got OK’ed by Zazzle:
Other bits and pieces will soon follow. I just finished the art for the stencilled data on the propellor blade. That should be approved in a few days. A minor note: the images you see above are composites; mock-ups generated automatically by computer. The art is slightly distorted via this process. I assure you that the circles are mathematically perfect.
Went through some of my grandfather’s personal effects and documents this evening. He and his brothers operated a gas station / mechanic’s from around 1932-1942. As you can see from the photo below, when he / they got drafted in 42, they had to sell it. I imagine there were a lot of signs like this at that time.
So, he was an auto mechanic from 32-42, then an aircraft mechanic from 42-45 (23rd FG, China), then an auto mechanic with NACA near DC for most of 45, then when he became a civilian, he went right back to being an automobile mechanic. After the war he married and raised two children.
Since we just passed the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in the Far East, it seems like an appropriate time to post these photos.
My maternal grandfather was an aircraft mechanic in China with the US forces there. If I recall correctly, he was with the 23rd Fighter Group, not the American Volunteer Group.
I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos, but i have tried to retouch them as best I can. They are simply old, dirty, grainy and frequently poorly exposed.
I’m going to separate these into ‘aircraft’ and ‘other’ pictures.