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The World War II Photo of the Week
for 25 February 2002

P-47 TAKEOFF (38 K)

A Little Help from His Ground Crew ...

   Major Glenn Eagleston of the 354th Fighter Group taxis in his P-47D after a mission. Note the ground crewman on the wing giving directions to Eagleston. Owing to the Thunderbolt's long nose, pilots had difficulty seeing ahead of them on the ground, and without a pair of eyes on the wing the fighter would have to be steered by zig-zagging from side to side while peering out of the front quarters of the canopy. Even though it's December 1944, the invasion stripes painted on the fuselage back in May/June have not yet been removed. Photo reproduced courtesy The Cradle of Aviation Museum.

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