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GR142_Astro
07-15-2005, 04:51 PM
She is a new hire in our company, and after a few days on the job she put up a 5x7 framed photo of a pilot standing in front of a P47D. Naturally I spied it within moments of going up, and my jaw dropped when she told me, "Why that's my dad, Col. Joseph Laughlin."

http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/images/urg0528.jpg

http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/images/urg0502.jpg

Sheesh:

Last Wartime rank:
Colonel
Unit(s):
Commanding Officer
362nd Fighter Group
9th Air Force

Theatre(s): ETO/PTO

Born:
Grand Island, Nebraska

School:
Grand Island High School
University Of Nebraska
Air Command & Staff School
Air War College

Victories:
AIR: 3
GROUND: ?
1 German Light Cruiser Destroyed

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Total Sorties:
100+ (ETO)
350+ Hours (PTO)
Strike Rate: N/A

Decorations:
Distingushed Service Cross
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross w/ OLC
Legion of Merit
Air Medal w/15 OLC
Croix de Guerre w/ Palm
European Theatre and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals
2 DUC plus others.

Assigned Combat Aircraft:
*P-47D
B8*A, "5 by 5"
P-47D
SN: SN: 44-33287
B8*A "FIVE BY FIVE"

*"You want to know the "Numbers" of my P-47s? We were so busy that I can't remember all that gawdammed stuff! Well, I flew "12" of them! Some with holes big enough to stick your shoulders through!" J.L. Laughlin

The rest of his page is here. (http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/laughlin.html)

Here is some great artwork, both pilot and his noseart which was Dumbo. Supposedly Dumbo was actually born on the nose of this aircraft, the mechanic/artist later going to work for Walt Disney.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

http://www.rareybird.com/laughlin.gif

http://www.rareybird.com/5by5.gif

More pilots of his squadron were also given the art treatment:

This rareybird looks to be a really cool site. (http://www.rareybird.com/cowling.html)

Sooo, yes I have asked if I can interview him. He is said to luv to talk about his exploits. Unless my ears failed me, I think she said he was a Thunderbird too?

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GR142_Astro
07-15-2005, 04:51 PM
She is a new hire in our company, and after a few days on the job she put up a 5x7 framed photo of a pilot standing in front of a P47D. Naturally I spied it within moments of going up, and my jaw dropped when she told me, "Why that's my dad, Col. Joseph Laughlin."

http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/images/urg0528.jpg

http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/images/urg0502.jpg

Sheesh:

Last Wartime rank:
Colonel
Unit(s):
Commanding Officer
362nd Fighter Group
9th Air Force

Theatre(s): ETO/PTO

Born:
Grand Island, Nebraska

School:
Grand Island High School
University Of Nebraska
Air Command & Staff School
Air War College

Victories:
AIR: 3
GROUND: ?
1 German Light Cruiser Destroyed

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Total Sorties:
100+ (ETO)
350+ Hours (PTO)
Strike Rate: N/A

Decorations:
Distingushed Service Cross
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross w/ OLC
Legion of Merit
Air Medal w/15 OLC
Croix de Guerre w/ Palm
European Theatre and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals
2 DUC plus others.

Assigned Combat Aircraft:
*P-47D
B8*A, "5 by 5"
P-47D
SN: SN: 44-33287
B8*A "FIVE BY FIVE"

*"You want to know the "Numbers" of my P-47s? We were so busy that I can't remember all that gawdammed stuff! Well, I flew "12" of them! Some with holes big enough to stick your shoulders through!" J.L. Laughlin

The rest of his page is here. (http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/laughlin.html)

Here is some great artwork, both pilot and his noseart which was Dumbo. Supposedly Dumbo was actually born on the nose of this aircraft, the mechanic/artist later going to work for Walt Disney.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

http://www.rareybird.com/laughlin.gif

http://www.rareybird.com/5by5.gif

More pilots of his squadron were also given the art treatment:

This rareybird looks to be a really cool site. (http://www.rareybird.com/cowling.html)

Sooo, yes I have asked if I can interview him. He is said to luv to talk about his exploits. Unless my ears failed me, I think she said he was a Thunderbird too?

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

carguy_
07-15-2005, 05:05 PM
INTERROGATE HIM ASAP http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

GR142_Astro
07-15-2005, 05:53 PM
That's for sure. Especially about this one:

1 German Light Cruiser Destroyed

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Hunter82
07-15-2005, 06:01 PM
he used rockets http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GR142_Astro:
That's for sure. Especially about this one:

1 German Light Cruiser Destroyed

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

JG7_Rall
07-15-2005, 07:07 PM
Is she single? Your kids would dominate in IL2

Slater_51st
07-15-2005, 07:09 PM
S! Astro, that's awesome!

I've been looking for info on German light cruisers sunk in WWII, and I've found a few references to Col. Joe Laughlin sinking a cruiser, but a name is not mentioned. From: http://www.german-navy.de/kriegsmarine/ships/index.html
I'm starting to believe he sank an old pre-dreadnaught era battleship, possibly the "Schleswig Holstein" From German-navy.de's website:
18.12.1944: After brought in a battle ready state, the Schleswig Holstein was hit by three bombs during an air raid on Gotenhafen. The ship sink on its keel.

However, other references I have for Col Laughlin's attack say it occured on 25 Aug 1944. There are, however, no mentions of German cruisers being sunk or even damaged on this date http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif Also, look at the ship profile painted below his canopy, that doesn't fit the profile of a German light cruiser, but looks very similar to a pre-dreadnought BB.

Here's a quote I found about him on another website:
"Laughlin personally participated in the two most publicized group success stories. On the day of the Brest harbor attack, Laughlin flew two separate missions with the 378th FS and the 377th FS and scored two hits on the German light cruiser.69 He was ultimately given credit for sinking it. On the second of the highly publicized missions, Laughlin planned and led the attack on the dam at Dieuze.70 While it was unclear
whether his 1,000-pound bomb caused the break in the sluice gate that successfully drained the dam, the unit history indicates that his bomb was delivered closest to the desired impact point."

Sounds like a truly impressive man! Yes yes, interogate him for us!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

S! Slater

LStarosta
07-15-2005, 08:32 PM
Is she hawtt?

GR142_Astro
07-15-2005, 09:26 PM
LOL JG7_Rall.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

She's from a different era than me, but a really cool lady no doubt. Slater_51st thanks for that great info. Research takes on a whole new meaning when you have a closer association with the actual participants.

Yes it does sound like he knew how to get the bombs in the pickle barrel. Now I just may have to alter my plans for that Tamiya P47 waitin' in the closet.

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We want to race the Jug. People luv the Jug.

http://www.aero-pix.com/esam03/misc/p47-a.jpg

BigKahuna_GS
07-15-2005, 10:42 PM
S!


That is so very cool Pipper !
What an honor to meet a man of that calibur.

If you get a chance have him fly the P47D-27 in IL2 and post his impressions. Somehow I just have a feeling that Col.Laughlin would be very disapointed in how they modeled his Jug in this sim :abg



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GR142_Astro
07-15-2005, 11:39 PM
Dang, confused with that lousy Pipper again!!! I must fly with that nerd too often.

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Yeah, being a jug fan and seeing that photo on her desk and then getting the whole story was really very cool. At 88 years of age, I just don't know about getting him to try out a video game. I do hope I get the chance to tape record an impromptu chat with him. I would definitely post a transcript here.

With the weak .50s, SEEMINGLY (no official testing) reduced zoom climb and the overdone slewing from side to side, the jug just isn't any fun to fly anymore. At least a patch or two ago if you were disciplined in your engagements you could do quite well. Not so now.

BigKahuna_GS
07-16-2005, 12:05 AM
S!


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Astro---Dang, confused with that lousy Pipper again!!! I must fly with that nerd too often. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry mate---saw the GR142--didnt read much past that--lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I can relate to the age factor and computers.
My dad is pushing 90 and was a USMC fighter pilot in WW2 Corsairs/Hellcats/SBD's & Korea F9F-Panthers. He almost went to VietNam. He had me late in life and I am the youngest of 5 kids at 47y/o. I tried to help my dad fly IL2 when he was 86---the computer and him just didnt mesh well-----lol.

When I look at pictures of my dad when he was a young stud taking off from the decks of carriers it is sad to see him so old he cant drive anymore--he stopped just a couple of years ago his hearing is shot. He just cant hear those Fire Engines coming anymore and pull over.

My dad misses flying fighters every day.

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GR142_Astro
07-16-2005, 01:41 PM
Just make sure you tell him often how thankful folks like us are, that he gave of himself in such an important way.

&lt;S&gt;

VMF-214_HaVoK
07-16-2005, 02:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GR142_Astro:
Just make sure you tell him often how thankful folks like us are, that he gave of himself in such an important way.

&lt;S&gt; </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
RGRT! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
07-21-2005, 06:22 AM
Just saw this one. That's very cool Astro. I've had a few recent opportunities (albeit impromptu, but opportunities nonetheless) and have really enjoyed the tales of a gentleman I met while browsing the WWII books at Barnes & Noble. He was initially a test pilot, then an early instructor then actually flew Helldivers in the PTO.


I sit and listen for as long as he's willing to chat (which on 2 occassions has been over an hour). He still has all of his faculties and has said he never really talked about it much because it seemed that everyone had some type of 'story' and his always seemed a bit mundane in comparison.

TB

Diablo310th
07-21-2005, 10:17 AM
Astro...make a movie showing how the 50's hit and how the Jug flies now and see waht eh thinks. He doesn't ahve to fly..jsut watch. you can relay flight info to him..such as zoom and speed and see if he thinks it realistic or not and how far off.

yeah the Jug isn't alot of fun to fly right now.

GR142_Astro
07-21-2005, 11:36 AM
That's a great idea. I'll see if I can figure out my video out to vcr on my vid card tonight. Seeing pilots like you (Diablo) and Kahuna having some issues with the current Jug, underscores my observations. I have issues with the DM, FM and armament.

It was a great ship a couple of patches ago but you still had to really know what you were doing. THAT was far more historical IMHO than this nothing a/c we have now.

Anyway, I've given his daughter a week on the job to settle in, now for some questions.

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Bo_Nidle
07-23-2005, 05:02 AM
I skinned Col. Laughlins a/c back in the days of il2skins.com.

If you are interested I can e-mail it to you or post it a http://www.flying-legends.com

I think perhaps she might appreciate the fact that later generations remember and appreciate the sacrifices and courage of her father and his generation.

I did a similar thing for two former 359thFg P-51 pilots and it gave me a very real connection to the events of that time.

P.M. your e-mail m8.

Diablo310th
07-23-2005, 09:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bo_Nidle:
I skinned Col. Laughlins a/c back in the days of il2skins.com.

If you are interested I can e-mail it to you or post it a http://www.flying-legends.com

I think perhaps she might appreciate the fact that later generations remember and appreciate the sacrifices and courage of her father and his generation.

I did a similar thing for two former 359thFg P-51 pilots and it gave me a very real connection to the events of that time.

P.M. your e-mail m8. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Bo....that's cool. Astro....how about printing out a copy of Bo's skin and frame it and have him autograph it? Also i would frame a copy of it and give it to her/him. Use high quality photo paper so it looks like a picture. Keep us informed cause this is a great thread.

Bo_Nidle
07-25-2005, 12:45 PM
I have posted the new skin at http://www.flying-legends.com hope you like it.Please feel free to show it to the lady in question.If you do can you P.M. me?

I have posted a screenshot at the paint schemes forum.

Platypus_1.JaVA
07-25-2005, 01:52 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JG7_Rall:
Is she single? Your kids would dominate in IL2 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

A daughter of aa WWII veteran would be pretty old by now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Well Astro, that is nice for you. You should have sojme intresting stuff to talk about in lunch-breaks. Unfortunatly, in my kind of work, there aren't really women. Anything female is most likely my boss.

The grandson of a very skilled and famous Dutch PTO pilot (Asjes I thought) is now flying F-16's in our airforce. Flying must be in his family http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

KIMURA
07-25-2005, 02:25 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GR142_Astro:
That's for sure. Especially about this one:
1 German Light Cruiser Destroyed
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wasn't that "German light cruiser" a German minesweeper in Italian service???!!!!

GR142_Astro
07-25-2005, 09:20 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bo_Nidle:
I have posted the new skin at http://www.flying-legends.com hope you like it.Please feel free to show it to the lady in question.If you do can you P.M. me?

I have posted a screenshot at the paint schemes forum. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is great Bo_Nidle.

I've been out of pocket for a few days and missed this. Great idea Diablo, I think I will do just that M8.

Wiggums
07-05-2011, 09:00 PM
Ummmmmmm... this may be a bit award and on an old thread, but you guys are talking about my mom... Col. Joseph Laughlin was my grandfather, and the only one of his daughters that works and has that picture up (I have it now) is her. So this is a bit strange...

Badsight-
07-06-2011, 01:37 AM
so were you googling your mom , or your grandad to find this thread ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Wiggums:
you guys are talking about my mom..... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>(not since 2005)

Wiggums
07-06-2011, 11:52 AM
my grandad

Bo_Nidle
07-06-2011, 01:54 PM
If you wish I can forward a few screenshots of the skin I did of your Grandads plane. I still have it and it proved one of my more popular efforts.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b194/BoNidle/5x5.jpg

Mysticpuma2003
07-07-2011, 01:38 AM
Bo, I think it's fair to say it wasn't just because it's a great skin that it was popular, it was because everyone was impressed and wanted to see how in the world you actually managed to map the checker texture around the nose so well!

Brilliant job!

Wiggums, this thread is really old so I'm just wondering if your Grandfather is still around and in good health?

Best wishes, MP

Jamhawk4
07-16-2012, 08:12 PM
Mysticpuma,

I am Wiggums older cousin, and another grandchild of Col. Joe. I was bored at work and wanted to see if there was anything new on my grandfather and this thread popped up. After reading through, I noticed no reply was put to you guys about my grandfather. I wanted to let you know that Col. Joseph Laughlin passed away on Friday, February 17, 2006. While we knew he was sick and had limited time left with us, he was taken before we had a chance to say goodbye. He was an amazing pilot, husband, father, grandfather, and role model. I had only recently looked to him as my hero when he passed, but that was what he was, to us and to the men who flew with. Thank you guys so much for inquiring about him and his life. I hope that he is never forgotten. With people like you, maybe he never will be.

Bless you!

Jamhawk4
07-16-2012, 08:18 PM
Here is a link to his obituary:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kinfolkkorner/MILITARY/PEARLHARBOR/josephlaughlin.html

And here is a link to my favorite story about my grandpa:

http://www.b-26mhs.org/archives/manuscripts/fighter_group_b26.html

Bo_Nidle
07-18-2012, 01:07 AM
Hello mate,

Sorry to hear of your Grandfathers passing.

I hope it is of some comfort to you and yours that brave men like him continue to generate respect and inspiration in people to this day.

If there's one place on the internet that really appreciates what your Grandfather and his generation did in those dark days, it's here.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b194/BoNidle/DSC_1213P-47DNX47RPBigChiefP-47DNX47DFP-47DNX9246BHunHumterXVIP-47DNX647DWickedWabbitrightfrontinflightl.jpg