WARBIRD MEMORIES

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Joe Gopan
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WARBIRD MEMORIES

Post by Joe Gopan » Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:22 am

Warbirds have been my hobby in parallel with MV's since the 40's. One of the great pleasures is contacting those who flew in thre armed services during WWII/Korea period at DOW FIELD,
When I was a youngster I couldn't wait for the Armed Forces Day open house at Dow just across the street.
Armed Forces Day 1952 was the last time that the F-51 Mustang was displayed at Dow. The Iowa Nebraska Guard was called to active duty 50-52 and stationed at Dow. The 1952 open house featured Mustangs and one was up on jacks as a demonstration for landing gear operation. I stood under the nose and noticed a highly polished spot about 4' x 3'just under the exhaust and could just make out where nose art had been recently been buffed out.
I could just make out where "IT's SUPERMOUSE with a flying mouse armed with a MG and Bomb on a yellow background. As the years went by I would occasionally remember the F-51 "IT'S SUPERMOUSE".

I have a a good sized library of aviation books and was pawing thru "P-51 NOSE ART Gallery" and to my delight spotted a P-51 "It's Super Mouse" photograph on Page 30. The plane served with the 352nd Fighter Group, 328th FS, (Blue Nose Bastards) during WWII. I called "Punchy" Powell, a pilot in that unit to tell him my discovery. Punchy was excited and commented that it's WWII pilot named Dodd, had just passed away a few weeks earlier and would have loved to have seen the photo.

Punchy passed away a couple years later in 2016.
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