On This Day…November 15th.
15th November 1967 saw the only fatality of the X-15 program during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams lost control of his aircraft which exploded mid-air over the Mojave Desert.
TBM-1 Avenger of VT-87 launching from the deck of the USS Randolph (CV-15) in the Atlantic on November 15, 1944.
Meanwhile, taken on the same day, a PBJ-1H prepares for take off during operations against the Japanese home islands from the carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38).
Majors Thomas B. McGuire Jr.and Richard I. Bong. Bong and McGuire were the top two scoring U.S. aces in World War II with 40 and 38 victories, respectively; taken Nov. 15, 1944 in the Philippines.
On November 15th, ‘44 Lt Bob Elder made the first carrier landing in a Mustang. His P-51D Mustang was heavily modified and extensively land tested and today marked the first shipboard flights on the carrier Shangra-La (see above) for testing. From the ship’s log;
“NOV 15, 1944 1220hrs
Lt. Robert M. Elder, USN, made the first carrier landing of P-51 type fighter plane #414017, followed by three landings and four takeoffs all successful.”
Russian civilians digging trenches int the streets of Moscow in preparation for Nazi forces, November 15th, 1941.
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