On This Day…December 4th.
A ‘Kate’ B6N2 torpedo bomber explodes in mid-air after direct hit from carrier USS Yorktown, off Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 4 Dec 1943. Photo taken from the aft flight deck of the Yorktown by Photographer’s Mate Alfred N. Cooperman. Apparently this photo was done in colour in ‘Life’ magazine, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. If anyone else can then I’d love you to post it.
RAF Coastal Command De Havilland Mosquito FB Mark VI (PZ446, of No. 143 Squadron) being serviced and re-armed with 60-lb rockets at Banff, Aberdeenshire (Scotland) in preparation for anti-shipping strikes off Norway on 4th Dec. ‘44. Loaded for bear.
Kurt Gallegos flies F-16C with special markings commemorating the 5,000,000th flight hour of the F-16 from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, US, on December 4th, 1996.
An SB2 U Vindicator of Scouting Squadron VS-42 flies over the USS Ranger (CV4), which was the first US ‘keel up’ purpose built Carrier. Photo taken on December 4th, 1941 while the Ranger was on convoy escort duties in the Atlantic.
December 4, 1966, Thorneburg and ‘Nemo’were out on patrol near their air base runways. Nemo alerted on something. Before Thorneburg could radio for backup, they came under fire – Thorneburg released the dog and charged in shooting, killing one Vietcong before being shot in the shoulder. Nemo was badly wounded, shot in the face, the bullet entering below his eye and exiting his mouth. Ignoring the injury, Nemo attacked the four enemy soldiers hiding in the brush, giving his partner time to call for reinforcements. Both Nemo and Thorneburg were found together, seriously wounded, after the attackers were killed.
Oh, and a VERY happy birthday to Louis Gardner. An iModeler vet who is always on hand to help anyone. A prince amongst men.