P38 Droop Snoot Pictures.

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  1. syscom3

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    It would have been kind of neat to go on a non combat ride in one and see the European country side. 12615199_1707941722785150_6378513182704511880_o.jpg 12573816_1707941709451818_8613935673179707866_n.jpg 12647432_1707941946118461_5811598134751783803_n.jpg 12552717_1707941899451799_1472296228542331032_n.jpg 12642638_1707941922785130_6171975129137914530_n.jpg 12573692_1707941862785136_1030165678331627015_n.jpg 12642587_1707941692785153_5517274508553208317_n.jpg 12573079_1707941779451811_3103199317518668721_n.jpg 12540574_1707941852785137_6966461043207313120_n.jpg 12540885_1707941956118460_2175488597721603891_n.jpg
     
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    Now those are some very cool pics. Any ideas on the unit involved?
     
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    #4 syscom3, Jan 26, 2016
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    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.
     
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    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?

    Eagledad
     
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    Sorry, no. :(
     
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    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.

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    Whats the name of the book? Sounds interesting.
     
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    The Dynamite Gang by Richard Groh
    ISBN 0-8168-9771-9
    Published back in 1983

    Eagledad
     
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    Nice photos. Just read that the bombardier couldn't wear a parachute nor could he exit the aircraft while in flight.


    Geo
     
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    Great pics.

    Not sure how I would like be the guy sitting in the nose.
     
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    But what a view!
     
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    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?
     
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    Great Stuff - the guy in the nose couldn't wear a parachute, but he did have leggings around his boots! :cool:
     
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    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.
     
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