Photographer's Note

WWII: It was decided by Allied commanders that a full time strategic bombing campaign would cripple the enemy over time and allow ground troops the advantage they needed to first stop the advancing German Army and then push them back into Germany. This included the practice of daylight bombing raids on German targets. The 1st daylight bombing mission by a US unit was on 4th July, 1942. Two out of the six RAF A-20s were lost. On 17 August 1943, 60 out of 183 American bombers were lost! Almost all the losses coming beyond the range of the bomber escort. In October of 1943, another 60 were lost in a single day.

The bombers of these daylight missions were taking very heavy losses each day from Luftwaffe pilots until an escort fighter could stay with them deep into enemy territory and home again. Enter the North American P-51 Mustang. The bomber crews nicknamed them their "little friends."

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Part of the JSOH 05 Air Show. (Until noon the sun was behind the airplanes and thus very few shots are salvageable. This is one of them)

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Additional Photos by Nikos Bournas (nbournas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 406 W: 18 N: 349] (3229)
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