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Simon Whitney said on February 17, 2017
An eclectic range of pics Rob.
Some raise a chuckle.
Craig Abrahamson said on February 17, 2017
Be curious as to knowing the background story of two of those pics in particular: The Hellcat with the engine blown off and why the Hustler suddenly became a tail dragger. The gaping hole in the B-17’s fuselage I assume was the result of a direct hit by flak (or maybe a ramming)…either way, a great photographic testament to the ruggedness of the Boeing air frame. Keep up the good work, Simon. 🙂
Sorry, Rob….dunno why I typed “Simon” – guess it was because I saw his name above mine and had a brain cramp.
Sometimes (well…ok – a lot of times), my fingers work faster than my brain does – doh!) 🙁
Rob Pollock said on February 17, 2017
The exchange between the Hellcat pilot and carrier Comms went something like, ”You’ve requested an energency landing – are you lacking fuel?’ Pilot: ‘Fuel I’ve got; it’s an engine I’m lacking.’
Not sure why the Hustler is on its tail, but it’s a striking image,
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on February 17, 2017
“Dude, my motors missing, I mean, really missing!”
Greg Kittinger said on February 17, 2017
The Hustler just needed more lead shot in the nose…
The modeller’s answer to everything….
Allan J Withers said on February 17, 2017
Greg’s right, not enough lead in its nose ! rifle practice, one girl has the right idea ! another great collection Rob.
Rick Wilkes said on February 19, 2017
Hi Rob, I really enjoy your Friday briefings. Can you or anyone else, provide any back ground the first picture of the veiled women on the foot bridge. I’m guessing is in Vietnam or China, but the first woman in line certainly appears to be European/Western.
Rob Pollock said on February 19, 2017
Hi Rick, to be honest I can’t recall. I think I may have found it on a Vietnam/ Korean War link, but I find these photos everywhere so it’s difficult to keep track sometimes for specific images.
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on February 19, 2017
My guess would be that a female european comrade was helping out the NVA. There are rumors that Russian advisors were helping the Hanoi gov’t., and the Chinese. Not a whole lot known, but in keeping with prior conflicts, not surprising.
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