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tsisqua
04-03-2004, 08:33 AM
From the 20th Fighter Group Association's website, webmaster Syd Edwards

http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/6940/

This is about an event that took place in Portugal. Jack was forced to land at a neutral airbase, and it looked like he (and his P-38)were going to be interred for the rest of the war. The Lightning was an oddity to the Potugese, and they refueled it, and were probably going to keep it for their own use. While demonstrating to a curious officer the startup procedure for the P-38, Jack fired up the engines, and dumped the officer on the runway, and took off with a freshly refueled airplane, in essence, stealing his own airplane.

The skin in the pic was made by R_Mutt, and this is my way of saying "thanks".



"Operation Torch"

"It was during this mission that the first of many noteworthy happenings in Ilfrey's career occured. Shortly after take off, Ilfrey lost a belly tank, which meant he would not have enough fuel to complete the mission. He calculated that he had enough to make an emergency landing in Gibraltor, but his calculations proved incorrect and he was forced to land in Lisbon, Portugal. Immediately upon landing he was informed that, as the country was neutral, all pilots and aircraft from outside countries that landed there would be interned. Ilfrey managed to con the Portuguese out of some fuel, and an international incident flared before he had even taxied the Lightning down the runway. He finally made it to Gibraltar, where he was informed that the US State Dept. was demanding for him to return to Lisbon, but General James "Jimmy" Doolittle stepped in and smoothed things out for Jack."

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Tsisqua

[This message was edited by tsisqua on Sat April 03 2004 at 07:44 AM.]

tsisqua
04-03-2004, 08:33 AM
From the 20th Fighter Group Association's website, webmaster Syd Edwards

http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/6940/

This is about an event that took place in Portugal. Jack was forced to land at a neutral airbase, and it looked like he (and his P-38)were going to be interred for the rest of the war. The Lightning was an oddity to the Potugese, and they refueled it, and were probably going to keep it for their own use. While demonstrating to a curious officer the startup procedure for the P-38, Jack fired up the engines, and dumped the officer on the runway, and took off with a freshly refueled airplane, in essence, stealing his own airplane.

The skin in the pic was made by R_Mutt, and this is my way of saying "thanks".



"Operation Torch"

"It was during this mission that the first of many noteworthy happenings in Ilfrey's career occured. Shortly after take off, Ilfrey lost a belly tank, which meant he would not have enough fuel to complete the mission. He calculated that he had enough to make an emergency landing in Gibraltor, but his calculations proved incorrect and he was forced to land in Lisbon, Portugal. Immediately upon landing he was informed that, as the country was neutral, all pilots and aircraft from outside countries that landed there would be interned. Ilfrey managed to con the Portuguese out of some fuel, and an international incident flared before he had even taxied the Lightning down the runway. He finally made it to Gibraltar, where he was informed that the US State Dept. was demanding for him to return to Lisbon, but General James "Jimmy" Doolittle stepped in and smoothed things out for Jack."

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Tsisqua

[This message was edited by tsisqua on Sat April 03 2004 at 07:44 AM.]

tsisqua
04-03-2004, 09:07 AM
Bump

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tsisqua
04-03-2004, 11:11 AM
Ok, Last bump.

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georgeo76
04-03-2004, 11:21 AM
cool story tsisqua, like something out of Indiana Jones

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Dunkelgrun
04-03-2004, 11:31 AM
Nice story, cheers!

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tsisqua
04-03-2004, 12:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by georgeo76:
cool story tsisqua, like something out of Indiana Jones

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This is nothing in comparison to the stories that came out of Maj. Ilfrey's evasion across German occupied France after being shot down by a flak car. Jack may not be the highest scoring ace ever, but he certainly is one of the most colorful characters of the war. His exploits rival those of Greg Boyington in the Pacific. Seems that drinking, fighting, and maybe chasing women are all things that these guys had in common at one time or another. Joe Foss said it the best . . . he said that a good fighter pilot had to be a scrapper . . . not afraid of a fight.

I think that with some guidance from the site's webmaster, that I may post a series of stories about Maj. Ilfrey.

Tsisqua