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Monterey13
10-15-2007, 10:11 PM
I never knew it until today. He passed away in 2005. I wish I had known, and asked him about it. I will have some of his original guncam footage soon. It's on VHS now, but they're gonna burn it to DVD for me. Here's his story...


Major George Carpenter, American fighter ace of World War II, flew with the RAF's 121 Eagle Squadron and the famed 4th Fighter Group of the Eighth Air Force. The 'kites' of Major Carpenter were his Mrk Vb Spitfire, P-47C Thunderbolt and the P-51B Mustang. These were the aircraft he flew while shooting down 17 and one-half German planes over Europe. Carpenter destroyed 16 enemy aircraft in a period of less than two months. Unfortunately, on the last of these missions he was hit by enemy fire and was forced to bail out sixty miles west of Berlin. Upon landing he was captured and sent to the Stalag Luft 3 P.O.W. camp. Major Carpenter was captured on April 18, 1944 and undoubtedly would have been one of the top scoring aces of the war had it not been for his capture.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fraber/obitcarpenterg.htm (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/%7Efraber/obitcarpenterg.htm)

http://www.fourthfightergroup.com/resource/carpenter.html

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/thumb_George20Carpenter.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/thumb_George20Carpenter20121.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i274/13thAFMonterey/thumb_George20Carpenter20121-2.jpg

Any of you guys ever hear of him?

joeap
10-16-2007, 03:08 AM
I have now! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Very cool mate.

Esel1964
10-16-2007, 03:48 AM
Monterey13-Cool story,thanks for sharing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

As a kid my Doctor was a veteran of WW2,that was a Doctor on a troop ship coming home with wounded,that was forced abandoned(to lifeboats) by a U-Boat on the surface.

He had a series of about 12 pics that he'd taken hanging in the rooms,that showed the U-Boat,their climbing into lifeboats with all the wounded they could save,and the ship going down after the torpedoing-I used to be mesmerized by those pics,they captured so much-they needed to be published.But,the old doc's gone now,so,that won't be happening.

T_O_A_D
10-16-2007, 06:58 AM
Cool story, I've actually heard of him too.

Looking forward to you sharing the gun cam someday. me hopess.

Esel. those pics if found again would be quite a worth while capture if found, and published or atleast shared. A sequence like that deserves a museum.

Monterey13
10-16-2007, 07:06 AM
When I get the guncam footage, I'll post it on my site and provide a link here for all to view. I was told yesterday that, in at least one of them, he is talking about an ME 109 that he is attacking.

I can hardly wait either.

TgD Thunderbolt56
10-16-2007, 07:26 AM
Very cool.

My childhood Dr. certainly wasn't an ace, but he did train in P-51's and actually offered to take me up in his very own Pony. I remember it was solid yellow (like many of the surplus aircraft in the early 60's that were ultimately used for drones and such).

At the time I was only 4 and my folks said no way. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Wepps
10-16-2007, 07:34 AM
Originally posted by Monterey13:
When I get the guncam footage, I'll post it on my site and provide a link here for all to view. I was told yesterday that, in at least one of them, he is talking about an ME 109 that he is attacking.

I can hardly wait either.

It's something to remember.

All those old farts that tried to give you advice as a kid that bored you, well, they were once....somebody.

Probably somebody you would have respected had you known who they were.

They weren't all aces, but they at least deserve respect for their efforts in life. I was once told the complete saying, "Always respect your elders kid. You never can tell who you're talking to."

buzzsaw1939
10-16-2007, 09:40 AM
So true! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Esel1964
10-16-2007, 10:25 PM
Originally posted by T_O_A_D:
Cool story, I've actually heard of him too.

Looking forward to you sharing the gun cam someday. me hopess.

Esel. those pics if found again would be quite a worth while capture if found, and published or atleast shared. A sequence like that deserves a museum.

I fully agree with you,but they're now in the possession of some rich heir to his money,or more likely since he died before retiring,I'm sure someone got the medical equipment and expensive stuff out,and could have left the pics to end up in a dumpster or some equally disgusting end,for something so rare. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif

Blutarski2004
10-17-2007, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by Wepps:
All those old farts that tried to give you advice as a kid that bored you, well, they were once....somebody.


=====> words that should be tattooed on the forehead of every child so that they can be read in the mirror.

BillyTheKid_22
10-17-2007, 07:51 AM
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Cool!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Diablo310th
10-17-2007, 07:52 AM
Great...I can't wait to see the guncams too. I found out 2 years ago at my grandmothers funeral that my step grandfather was trained to fly the B-29 but teh war ended before he went overseas.

nealn
10-17-2007, 01:31 PM
WAY COOL!

Thanks for posting monterey13.

Neal