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Discussion in 'Aviation' started by syscom3, Jan 26, 2016.
It would have been kind of neat to go on a non combat ride in one and see the European country side.
Now those are some very cool pics. Any ideas on the unit involved?
These were 367th Fighter Group (9th AF) Lightnings. They were based in France at this time when the pictures were taken in late summer/early fall of 1944.
Excellent Syscom3! These are the first pictures I have seen taken from inside the aircraft. Must have been a thrill to see the world coming at you from that position! Do you have any info about the DroopSnoot Lightning, such as name or serial number?
Just some extra info:
In a book on the 367th FG that I have, it states that their first DroopSnoot(DS) mission was on 8/28/1944. The book also has drawings /photos of 2 DS's 44-23507 "Trail Blazer" and 44-2370? (Bomba Deah". Perhaps these photes were taken in one of these. I have been collecting DS serials and have learned that groups that used DS were issued one per squadron.
Whats the name of the book? Sounds interesting.
The Dynamite Gang by Richard Groh
Published back in 1983
Nice photos. Just read that the bombardier couldn't wear a parachute nor could he exit the aircraft while in flight.
Not sure how I would like be the guy sitting in the nose.
But what a view!
Great pictures, thanks for posting! Do you have any from the Pathfinder version as well? Would really like to see what the radar operator's station looked like in that thing. Or of the M (night fighter) version as well?
Great Stuff - the guy in the nose couldn't wear a parachute, but he did have leggings around his boots!
These pictures were taken on August 20, 1944, by Life photographer Frank Scherschel. flew a bombing mission in one of the Droopsnoot of the 367th FG flown by Cap Jack Reed. The target bombed was a shiyard north of Paris. The Droopsnoot was escorted by 4 P-38.
The advanced landing ground on the pictures is ALG A-2 Cricqueville.
On the first pictures on top, the briefing is made by Col Charles Young, C.O. of the group.
You can see some information on some of these pictures on the URL : 367th Fighter Group | American Air Museum in Britain
Just click on the caption button