1st lt. james t. mcrainey 36 missions
February 18, 2013 in Aviation
the following are just some of the pics from the personal jounal of one of the bravest men i have ever met. james t. mcrainey is my nieghbor, thats him in middle in the first pic. he flew 36 missions from april 20 1944 (hitlers birthday) to august 44. when he completed his tour he came home signed a waiver to return to action and began training a new crew in the 17 to return to europe. before they could ship out the war in europe ended. his co then recommended him for service in the b29. so once again he completeted all the required training as 1st pilot got his crew and started training for the invasion of japan, but before they could ship out, japan surrendered. you can tell from talkin to him he was highly upset about this but also gratefull that the war was over. after the war he never flew again. i lived next door to this man for 3 yrs before i learned of his exploits. needless to say i was quite surprised when one day we were standing in the yard talkin and he told me he was a pilot in ww2, as was he when i showed him my war room. that day i decided i was gonna build him a plane. this was early in my “modeling career” so i really didnt do the plane justice.
the kit is a 1/72 promodeler b-17 g, which is a very good, detailed kit. the markings are from squadron. he was in the 95th bg.. my goal now is to build him an even better one, now that i have a little more experience. i want to surprise him with it. if anyone out there has a 1/72 g model in thier stash that they would like to donate to this cause it would be greatly appreciated. thanx to all for the great support ive recieved in the short 2 days that ive been a member.
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