Illustration of Bombs to be Loaded on P-47s for an Air Interdiction Mission

Title

Illustration of Bombs to be Loaded on P-47s for an Air Interdiction Mission

Subject

Preparing planes for missions always included ordnance, but sometimes would require extra fuel tanks to be loaded up

Description

Grounds crews were responsible for getting extra fuel tanks loaded on the planes if the missions called for it, and they gave the aircraft a once over before the pilot came out to do the same. Ordnance men would have to prep bombs before loading them on the planes, giving them the opportunity to send a little message of their own to the enemy.

This illustration can be found in The Commemorative History of the Ninth Air Force book.

Creator

United States Army Air Corps

Source

National Museum of the United States Air Force - Research Division

Publisher

United States Air Force

Date

1945-1946

Files

Ninth_AF_Thunderbolt_humor.JPG

Collection

Citation

United States Army Air Corps, “Illustration of Bombs to be Loaded on P-47s for an Air Interdiction Mission,” A Look At United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Laughlin, accessed April 8, 2020, https://coloneljoelaughlin.omeka.net/items/show/15.