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U.S. pilot 2nd Lieutenant J. A. Force prepares to take off from an operational station in England in a P-38 fighter plane (December 2, 1942).

pilot Lieutenant J. Force prepares to take off from an operational station in England in a fighter plane (December

P 51 Mustang

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.

"Bette," P-47 "Thunderbolt"

It must have been an incredible feeling to be in command of such a powerful aircraft.

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."

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.

July 1944 : Pastor Franck J. Landolt celebrates mass near a P-47 Thunderbolt belonging to the 510th Fighter Squadron (405th Fighter Group), at the A-08 Airfield (Picauville)

July 1944 : Pastor Franck J. Landolt celebrates mass near a Thunderbolt belonging to the Fighter Squadron Fighter Group), at the Airfield (Picauville) ~

A Few Hours Before D-Day - Paratroopers and Air Crewmen of Pathfinder Team #2 of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment - 82nd Airborne Division on the evening of Monday, June 5, 1944, shortly before taking off to go to France. They are posing in front of aircraft #42-93096, a Douglas C-47A. Photo Credit: The National WWII Museum

Paratroopers and aircrew of Pathfinder Team of the Parachute Infantry Regiment, - Airborne Division prepare for takeoff on June

Tuskegee Airmen Col. Benjamin O. Davis and Edward C. Gleed in Ramitelli, Italy in March 1945. Col. Davis was the Commanding Officer of the 332nd Fighter Group. Mr. Gleed was Group Operations Officer. P-5/D, “Creamer’s Dream,” is in the background. Photo by Toni Frissell.

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.