Thunderbolt Thursday: “So there I was…” edition

Lt Edwin Wright examining flak damage to his P-47 Thunderbolt on a raid to Münster, Austria, Oct 1944. Wright returned safely to his base in Italy

Lt Edwin Wright examining flak damage to his P-47 Thunderbolt after a raid to Münster, Austria, Oct 1944.

I can hear his crew chief now.  You say this bird picked up a vibration on that last mission L-T? Well there’s yer problem….

Thunderbolt Thursday

P-47D-11-RE Thunderbolt aircraft Serial 42-75452 of the 374th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group, based at Bottisham Airfield, England

P-47D-11-RE Thunderbolt aircraft Serial 42-75452 of the 374th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group, based at Bottisham Airfield, England

It’s been a while since the last Thunderbolt Thursday.  Since we’re off tomorrow for Good Friday, does that make this Thunderbolt Thursday: Friday Came Early Edition?

In case I don’t get around to posting anything for a bit, have a Happy Easter!

Operation Detachment kicks off – 75 years ago today

Iwo Jima 19 Feb 1945 with landing craft headed for the beach

Iwo Jima 19 Feb 1945 with landing craft headed for the beach

Iwo Jima covered with bomb craters from incessant attack by carrier based planes. Note smoke rising from burning installations. Photographed by plane from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE 82), D-Day, February 19, 1945 80-G-307196

Iwo Jima covered with bomb craters from incessant attack by carrier based planes. Note smoke rising from burning installations. Photographed by plane from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE 82), D-Day, February 19, 1945 80-G-307196

F4U-1D Corsair with Fighting Squadron VBF-84 taking off from USS Bunker Hill for a close ground air support mission to Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

An F4U-1D Corsair with Fighting Squadron VBF-84 taking off from USS Bunker Hill for a close ground air support mission to Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

4th Marines hit the beach at Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

4th Marines hit the beach at Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

Marine firing a Browning M1917 machine gun, Iwo Jima, Japan, 19 Feb 1945

Marine firing a Browning M1917 machine gun Iwo Jima, Japan, 19 Feb 1945

Frozen Edelweiß

Junkers Ju 88 from KG 51 “Edelweiß”

Frozen Junkers Ju 88 from KG 51 “Edelweiß”

The weatherguessers are predicting a “wintry mix” tomorrow morning with the best chances of snow and sleet to the West and Northwest of us.  Probably.

When I head out to my truck to head to work tomorrow morning, I fully expect it to look like this Ju 88 from KG 51 “Edelweiß” possibly taken in the Ukraine, 1941.

I think I took the red pill

 

My beaming bride asked me to order a couple of things she needed off Amazon and somehow these just showed up in my cart.  I know, crazy, right?

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I’m always ready for a new reference book. Preferably one with lots of pictures.

I mentioned in another post I’m thinking of getting back into modelling.  Let me rephrase that.  I’m thinking about getting back into building plastic models.  I’ve still got some of the tooling I used back then but I know I’ll need some new files, sandpaper and a small saw for sure.  Then there’s the dilemma of an airbrush.  I’ve already got a compressor I can use but I need a decent, inexpensive airbrush rig so I’ll be researching those in the near future.

At least I’ll have something to read while finding out how deep the rabbit hole goes.  And that doesn’t include the books I’d like on the T-60 or Russian artillery tractors like the very dieselpunk looking Komintern artillery tractor.

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Make my funk the P-Funk and my punk the Dieselpunk!  (Although Steampunk is nice…)

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