Thursday, October 6, 2011

Got my plane! (13 Nov 1943)

An excerpt from Fogg in the Cockpit, The Wartime Diary of Howard Fogg:

Saturday, November 13, 1943: Wretham

Got my plane!

Captain Pezda of the 370th (Fighter Squadron) and I went to Wattisham in the command car. Captain Irvine flew down to lead us back. I have a P-47D-10, 275104, with a P&W (Pratt & Whitney) R-2800-63 engine. Eleven hours on the ship. Flies beautifully. It’s a thousand pounds lighter than the D-2s.

I landed at dusk with field lights after coming in Xtee (cross-wind) first try. First pilot to land with lights here. Captain Malley (Control) all excited. Me too!

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