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Taylortony
08-05-2005, 05:18 AM
And an excellent site,



A couple of the pearls from the site


So this one afternoon at the depot, Dad found himself in a Jug whose cockpit suddenly filled with smoke. Fire! He had to bail out. But he didn€t see a need to panic, since his feet weren€t in flames just yet. He took a moment to aim the airplane out to sea so it wouldn€t crash on a civilian, and lock the controls. Never having bailed out before, Dad didn€t know if he could manage to jump far enough to clear the airplane€s tail. He decided to climb out onto the wing, and work his way hand-over-hand along the leading edge out to the gun barrels, clear of the tail, where he planned to let go and fall off. He got all the way out there and happened to look back at the cockpit. The smoke had stopped! Well, shame to waste a perfectly good airplane. He worked his way back, and climbed back in. The fire was out, so he landed back at base. It turned out to be nothing more than some smoldering wire insulation.


He was putting another of these patched-together Jugs through its paces when half of the right wing broke off at the aileron/flap line! After a moment of panic, he discovered it was still controllable as long as he kept it at full throttle, but if he let go of the stick, or thrittled back, the unbroken wing tried to flip the plane over. That also meant there was no way to bail out. So he decided he€d try to fly it onto the runway, gear-up, at 400 mph. But you still have to slow down at some point when you land. When he cut power at just a few feet over the runway, the good wing took authority and the Jug snap-rolled itself once (probably ripping the wing off), slammed down on its belly, and careened down the runway (continuing to roll) shedding parts as it went. The plane plowed through some boarding stairs (an image that stayed with him!), passed under the nose of a parked C-47, and finally slammed nose-first into an embankment. The only part of the airplane left was the cockpit and engine, all in a sort of an accordion shape. Dad, displaying the luck that would follow him throughout the war, was unhurt, though a bit hazey from hitting his head on the gunsight. When people got to the crash site, Dad was a bit delirious, busily flipping switches, trying to turn things off despite there being nothing left on the other end of the switches. I have the top half of the broken joystick grip from that plane...

While knocking around on Okinawa/Ie Shima, Dad and his wingman found an unused Japanese boat which they fixed up and used to tool around the islands with. They had to stop using it , though, when they discovered it was a Kamikaze boat and it still had a ton of explosives in the bow! They€d been tying it up by a davit on the prow, which turned out to be the trigger! Once again, lady luck steps in.


http://www.inpayne.com/dad/dadhistory.html

Taylortony
08-05-2005, 05:18 AM
And an excellent site,



A couple of the pearls from the site


So this one afternoon at the depot, Dad found himself in a Jug whose cockpit suddenly filled with smoke. Fire! He had to bail out. But he didn€t see a need to panic, since his feet weren€t in flames just yet. He took a moment to aim the airplane out to sea so it wouldn€t crash on a civilian, and lock the controls. Never having bailed out before, Dad didn€t know if he could manage to jump far enough to clear the airplane€s tail. He decided to climb out onto the wing, and work his way hand-over-hand along the leading edge out to the gun barrels, clear of the tail, where he planned to let go and fall off. He got all the way out there and happened to look back at the cockpit. The smoke had stopped! Well, shame to waste a perfectly good airplane. He worked his way back, and climbed back in. The fire was out, so he landed back at base. It turned out to be nothing more than some smoldering wire insulation.


He was putting another of these patched-together Jugs through its paces when half of the right wing broke off at the aileron/flap line! After a moment of panic, he discovered it was still controllable as long as he kept it at full throttle, but if he let go of the stick, or thrittled back, the unbroken wing tried to flip the plane over. That also meant there was no way to bail out. So he decided he€d try to fly it onto the runway, gear-up, at 400 mph. But you still have to slow down at some point when you land. When he cut power at just a few feet over the runway, the good wing took authority and the Jug snap-rolled itself once (probably ripping the wing off), slammed down on its belly, and careened down the runway (continuing to roll) shedding parts as it went. The plane plowed through some boarding stairs (an image that stayed with him!), passed under the nose of a parked C-47, and finally slammed nose-first into an embankment. The only part of the airplane left was the cockpit and engine, all in a sort of an accordion shape. Dad, displaying the luck that would follow him throughout the war, was unhurt, though a bit hazey from hitting his head on the gunsight. When people got to the crash site, Dad was a bit delirious, busily flipping switches, trying to turn things off despite there being nothing left on the other end of the switches. I have the top half of the broken joystick grip from that plane...

While knocking around on Okinawa/Ie Shima, Dad and his wingman found an unused Japanese boat which they fixed up and used to tool around the islands with. They had to stop using it , though, when they discovered it was a Kamikaze boat and it still had a ton of explosives in the bow! They€d been tying it up by a davit on the prow, which turned out to be the trigger! Once again, lady luck steps in.


http://www.inpayne.com/dad/dadhistory.html

Luftwaffe_109
08-05-2005, 05:28 AM
Great find http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Stanger_361st
08-05-2005, 07:35 AM
Yes this is a great find . Our squad for the Pacific is the 318th. Othe sites have alot of info on the 318th and the Jugs performance. Also the 318th did take off a carrier with a jug too.

FI-Aflak
08-05-2005, 11:07 AM
This is a great find. Wonderful.

han freak solo
08-05-2005, 04:50 PM
"Me Faddah's Life in the Air" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

I gotta read this later when I have time.