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#1 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:07 PM

I got this nice little set from a friend as part of a larger overall deal.
 
 
 
Sgt Sugarman was a B-26 gunner with the 344th Bomb Group 494th Bomb Squadron. His B-26 was named "Georgia's On My Mind". He flew 65 missions with the 344th from April '44 thru Sept '44. He flew 2 D-Day sorties in support of the landings. On his 65th and final mission they lost an engine and were forced down around the front lines. Luckily they were picked up by allied troops and returned to their base.
 
 
The Group:
 
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#2 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:08 PM

The A-2:

 

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#3 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:09 PM

Front Paint

 

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Back Art:

 

 

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#4 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:10 PM

Wearing jacket:

 

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#5 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:11 PM

His Plane:

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Him with Bombardier:

 

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Edited by JDK, 09 May 2014 - 08:58 AM.


#6 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:12 PM

Official Flight Log:

 

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#7 baker502

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:13 PM

Great grouping JDK!

#8 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:15 PM

May '44

 

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Showing when they went down:

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Edited by JDK, 09 May 2014 - 09:01 AM.


#9 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

More Paper:

 

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2.

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#10 littlebuddy

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

why isnt there an green with envy   smiley ??????



#11 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

1.

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2.

 

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#12 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:17 PM

Mission photo:

 

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:19 PM

Gunner Class Book:

 

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2nd in from right middle row

 

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2.

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#14 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:20 PM

494th Bomb Squadron Design:

 

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That's it.

 

Thanks for checking it out!

 

JD


Edited by JDK, 09 May 2014 - 09:10 AM.


#15 JDK

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:21 PM

Thanks guys for compliments and for checking out the group!

 

JD



#16 History Man

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:24 PM

Another stunning group JD, that A2 jacket is just too cool with the artwork on it! Thanks for posting.

 

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#17 38Driver

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:33 PM

Beautiful.  You sure have the magic touch JD :)



#18 AAF_Collection

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:03 AM

Very nice JD,thanks for sharing it for us to drool all over :)

 

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#19 Terry K.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:13 AM

 Doesn't get any better that that!



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:14 AM

Whatta group! JD, just when I think that you've posted a group that would be hard to beat (i.e. Air Apache group(s) ) you are able to top yourself with a D-Day A2 with documentation!  Outstanding!



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:03 AM

Great group! 



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 04:03 AM

JDK,
Outstanding group hard and they do not get much nicer than this! Thanks for sharing.
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#23 JDK

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:17 AM

Many thanks for the compliments guys.

 

When it comes to bomber crew groups, Lately, I find my interest leaning towards the light groups (B-25,B-26, A-20 ect) vs the heavies. 

 

That doesn't mean I would be afraid to pick up a nice B-17 group though if I found one!  :lol:

 

JD



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 07:06 AM

That is one AMAZING grouping.I agree with little buddy, where is the green envy face.Great picture of him wearing the jacket.



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:43 PM

Really a great jacket! Can't believe the guy did 65 missions holy cow!




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