The early marks of the were not impressive, mainly due to the underpowered Allison engine. However, when some genius mated the Rolls-Royce Merlin to the airframe, the resulting fighter was completely tranformed.
My mother named me after Linda Darnell: Linda Darnell Wearing Victory Rolls. "While “victory rolls” were originally the name for a fighter plane maneuver, women adopted the term for the rolls of hair to celebrate victory in WWII.
Benjamin O. Davis & Edward C. Gleed in Ramitelli, Italy in March Col. Davis was the Commanding Officer of the Fighter Group - the Tuskegee Airmen. Gleed was Group Operations Officer. “Creamer’s Dream,” is in the background.