Damaged P-38 cockpit

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  1. Kingscoy

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    Hi,

    Got this photo of P-38 which got hit by a 20mm shell according to the writing on the back. Still trying to read the serialno. on the radio call decal. Photo is just a little bit out of focus to get a sharp scan.

    regards,
    Sander
     

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    I hope he had his goggles down for that :shock:
     
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    I hope he had his head down for that!!
     
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    Someone was looking after him, thats for sure.
     
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    No kidding... The pilot was very lucky
     
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    That left a mark in more than one place. WOW!!
     
  8. Kingscoy

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    And I asume that he brought this bird home...that's some real flying skills!!

    I think I have the first part of the serial correct; 2-1040.. This block of P-38J-15 serialno's were a/c mainly used in the ETO.

    regards,
    Sander
     
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    Wonder what the pucker factor was on that. Bet he said his prayers that night.
     
  11. BC1

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    This pic appears on p 167 of the late Roger Freeman's classic "The Mighty Eighth".

    The caption reads:

    A 20mm shell hit the windscreen of Lt Col Wilson's P-38J, 42-104307, over France on 13 Jun. 1944. The 55th FS commander escaped with slight face cuts, first man in the squadron to be wounded in action during six months of combat. P-38's 'wheel' control column and the firing button are prominent in this picture

    BC
     
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    Wow, great shot. He was certainly very lucky.
     
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    Hi BC1,

    Thanks for that info. Am wondering now if the photo I have a later re-production is or a time period print as it does not glow under black light? Anyway, it is an impressive photo.
    Thanks again!

    regards,
    Sander
     
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