The Martin B-26 Marauder

These South African Martin Marauder profiles were created for phil Listemann’s book “Squadrons ! No. 35 : The Martin Marauder Mk II” dedicated to the Marauder Mk II. There are some interesting examples of nose art in this set, something not commonly seen on Commonwealth aircraft.

The Spitfire Mk II in foreign squadrons of the RAF

During World War II, the Royal Air Force included many squadrons manned by foreign nationals: Free French, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, etc. Phil Listemann’s book Squadrons ! No.34: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk II – The Foreign squadrons is dedicated to the Spitfire Mk II as used by these squadrons. Here are some to the profiles that…Continue reading The Spitfire Mk II in foreign squadrons of the RAF

The most famous aircraft of all time ?

“Memphis Belle” was a Boeing B-17F-10-BO Flying Fortress and one of the first B-17 to complete 25 combat missions. It was named after pilot Robert K Morgan’s girlfriend Margaret Polk, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. After completing its tour of operations, the aircraft returned to the US for a war bond tour and propaganda. After…Continue reading The most famous aircraft of all time ?

Revisiting “Kit” Carson’s “Nooky Booky IV”

I recently had to revisit “Nooky Booky IV”, the fourth and last Mustang assigned to Leonard Kyle “Kit” Carson when he was with the 357th Fighter Group. I had already made a profile of his aircraft, P-51K-5-NT serial number 44-11622, nearly a decade ago: There are many pictures of “Nooky Booky IV”, which show interesting…Continue reading Revisiting “Kit” Carson’s “Nooky Booky IV”

Two-seat Spitfires

I’ve recently been working on the Spitfire’s two-seat variants. Some of the resulting profiles will have to wait a bit before they can be published, but here are already two profiles of the most famous twin-seat Spitfire : ML407, also know as the “Grace Spitfire”.

Is This Trip Necessary ? – A good motto for the day and an ever better mystery

This profile is oddly pertinent in the current climate of social distancing, lockdowns and isolation. This is P-51D-20-NA serial number 44-63289, which belonged to the 531st Fighter Squadron, 21st Fighter Group, and was named “Is This Trip Necessary ?”. Starting in April 1945, the 21st Fighter Group was escorting B-29 Superfortresses over mainland Japan in…Continue reading Is This Trip Necessary ? – A good motto for the day and an ever better mystery