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#1 Clunkmeister

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:35 AM

Anyone ever seen that old newsreel of the Mustangs starting up and featured front and center is a bare metal Mustang with The Deacon on the cowl?

I know there was a guy in the ETO called Deacon complete with a cartoon character on the cowl, but the one I remember was very plain Jane....

Ring any bells? Anyone?

Someone once said it was a Korea newsreel, bu I can't recall...

That buggy sticks in my mind....

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:50 AM

Korea ... Deacon ... NMF P-51D ...

Rings a very faint bell .... I'll "think on it" and let you know Clunk
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:14 AM

Could it be Col Hess?
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:14 PM

Anyone ever seen that old newsreel of the Mustangs starting up and featured front and center is a bare metal Mustang with The Deacon on the cowl?

I know there was a guy in the ETO called Deacon complete with a cartoon character on the cowl, but the one I remember was very plain Jane....

Ring any bells? Anyone?

Someone once said it was a Korea newsreel, bu I can't recall...

That buggy sticks in my mind....


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:37 PM

Thinking along those lines too.

Go to http://www.littlefri...ery.php?Group=4 for a profile http://www.littlefri...2&searchString= of Hively's P-51B in camo with a full illustration (4th Fighter Group). There's also phots of P-47s marked as The Deacon. Hively's hometown is up for question too (Ohio or Oklahoma. I think Oklahoma is correct). Go to http://www.littlefri...ery.php?Group=4 for more.

Dean Hess' Korean '51 was marked differently, but I went down that same path at first, too.

Edited by Jim Starling, 19 August 2012 - 04:51 PM.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:26 PM

Howard Hively is the right answer, but I always thought the Russian mission was with the "B" model profiled at http://www.littlefri...2&searchString=http://www.littlefri...2&searchString=

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:32 AM

I know about Howard Hively, but I'm not sure he flew in Korea....

That D model could be the one....maybe....

I've seen that old clip a million times on tv, but I can't find it myself...
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:36 AM

That clip is on the finishing credits on the old Discovery Channel series ' Great Planes ' Its in colour so it could be later than WWII.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:20 PM

That clip is on the finishing credits on the old Discovery Channel series ' Great Planes ' Its in colour so it could be later than WWII.

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That is a Iwo Jima Mustang in that clip... A 21FG/531FS Mustang with white nose...

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:11 AM

THAT'S the one I want todo next. So plain Jane it hurts, but it's cool....
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