Friends & Allies Part 2b -
The first B-
Josie arrived in the Marianas on the 12th of October, 1944 with General Haywood S.
Hansell in the pilot seat and Major Jack Catton -
After some 400 hours flying and 24 missions over Japan, during which Josie never suffered an abort and always hit the primary target, Major Catton was transferred to General LeMay's Headquarters. Captain Wilson C. Currier took over as aircraft commander.
Josie was lost on the first mission following Major Catton's departure. Immediately after taking off on 1 April 1945, she crashed into Magicienne Bay (also known as Laulau Bay) and exploded on impact. There were no survivors.
The Airfix B-
Saipan, Marianna Islands, November 1944
The US Army Air Forces:
The US Air Force:
I find the Starfighter a particularly good looking aircraft, particularly in bare
metal finish; far more futuristic looking than any of its contemporaries. ESCI's
superb kit is available in several versions (covering the F-
Decals are largely out the box, although several of the larger letters disintegrated
during application (a problem I have encountered with many older ESCI kits) so were
replaced 1 for 1 with spares (ex-
The Starfighter had a poor safety record and was very demanding to fly. License built and improved versions were produced by Canadair, Mitsubishi, Fiat (Aeritalia) and a consortium of european companies, including MBB, Messerschmitt, Fiat, Fokker and SABCA.
Developed from the F-
However it quickly found itself fighting a very different and limited conventional
war, one of attrition and restricted engagements against North Vietnam. Thunderchiefs
bore the brunt of the early bombing campaigns, flying from bases in Thailand to
attack North Vietnamese targets, including Hanoi with its infamous SAM alley. In
the conventional role, theF-
In view of the high level of attrition, the result of their intense use, rather than
any fault in aircraft or pilots, F-
Although not intended as fighters, USAF F-
For many people, the F-
With its angular shape and massive weapons load, it was a very distinctive aircraft,
equally at home as an interceptor, dogfighter or bomber. The F-