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P-38J Flown by Philip Goldstein/Graham 49th FS, 14th FG, Triolo, Italy 1944

May 30, 2013 in Aviation

Through another friend I found out that Philip Graham lives in San Francisco so I gave him a call. We agreed to meet for lunch and chat about his service. Prior to the lunch I made this model of his airplane so that I could present it to him.
At the time of our meeting he was 91 years old and I can only say I wish I had half of his zeal. He plays golf three times a week and is enrolled in a night time history course at USF. We talked for almost two and a half hours and could have gone on except the restaurant was setting up for dinner and we had to move on.
He talked a lot about his experiences with the 49th and about the P-38. He said he was prejudiced but he feels the P-38 was the best airplane ever. He said he used “JewBoy” to p**s off the Germans mostly. He had “Juden” on the right side for a short while but he felt that went too far and he removed it.
He explained the confusing story of his name as Goldstein/Graham. His Father was Goldstein and of course his Mother was Graham. His parents for a period of time were on the vaudeville stage as a dance and comedy routine.He said In those early days it was more advantages to use Graham plus they thought it sounded better for their act. Although his birth certificate shows his true name as Goldstein, he was raised and always known as Graham. When he was drafted into the Army the name discrepancy came to light and he was drafted by his birth name of Goldstein. He went into the Army as a private and soon qualified for pilot training and thus to the P-38. During his entire time in the service he was Goldstein and when he was discharged he went back to Graham as that is what all of his relatives and friends knew him as. He was discharged from Hamilton Field and fell in love with SF. He married his wife shortly after he was discharged and they are still together. Age has definitely not slowed this gentleman down.
The model is the Academy 1/48 P-38J. For my money the Academy kit is the best.

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12 responses to P-38J Flown by Philip Goldstein/Graham 49th FS, 14th FG, Triolo, Italy 1944

  1. Believe it or not, IIRC this is the first model of the P-38 presented here at iModeler, which may sound strange considering how many other a/c types are represented in quantity. Clearly we need more Lightnings! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Another great story and another great gift for one of our veterans. You are to be commended for your thoughtfulness, Frank (and your modeling talent).

  3. Frank…..Great story and a beautiful model. A good example of getting the most out of your hobby. What a terrific experience.

  4. Extremely presentable P-38. What was the build time frame &what did you use for the NMF?
    I suppose I could be a “smartie” & ask who’s who in the photo but I won’t do that.
    Again, very well done &thanks for sharing what sounds like a very rewarding experience.

  5. that is a stunning model and wonderful story…but not too smart of him…a lot of Jews where separated from their cohorts and sent to work camps and starved and worked to death in mines and forced labor if their dog tags betrayed them

  6. Al,
    I’m the one in the sweater…… What I have been using and have found successful is Floquil RR colors, Bright or Old Silver. Which ever tone I want. There is a slight difference. I mix it with lacquer retardant, spray it on and I let it sit for at least 24 hours. So far, and I have been using this for a long time, it has worked well. When it is fully dried you can mask over it. BUT!! I don’t push this issue. The majority of time I paint on whatever color first then go for the silver. Also unlike a lot of folks, I prime everything I do first. I use Floquil primer.
    Thank you for the compliment

  7. Bob,
    We talked for quite a while and the subject of “JewBoy” was one of the first questions that I asked him. He said he knew the implications of using it and the ramifications if he were captured. He said he “did not give a damn”. He said he had a job to do and knew who he was and was not concerned about others opinions or prejudice’s. At 91 he is feisty and I can only imagine what he was like in his early twenties. In the Osprey book “P-38 Aces in the ETO/MTO” on page 41, there is a photo of him. In the caption he is described as a “hot and aggressive pilot”

  8. Thank you all for the nice compliments.

  9. wonderful build wonderful story the p-38 is my all time favorite you have captured its beauty and strength great job

  10. What an inspirational story from a true American hero! Can you imagine the reaction of German pilots to seeing a plane with “Jewboy” written in large letters. How many missions did this hero fly and how many German planes did he shoot down?

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