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Two more photos of aircraft, one is what I believe to be a recon plane and the other is a P47

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History Man

Photos of the man whose estate these came from, these are some studio portraits along with a family member of his.

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Cobrahistorian

Holy cow! You've got some awesome stuff there! I have several shots of "Sizzling Suzie". Gotta run to dinner, but I'll be back on in a bit!

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The photos of theGerman aircraft are from when Hans Ulrich Rudel and some of his pilots interrupted a 405th victory parade as they flew into surrender and avoid the Russians. A couple of them broke thier planes on landing. One of the pilots did get his girlfriend out in his 190.

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Cobrahistorian

Sizzling Suzie was a 510th FS airplane. I think you've got a few shots of 510th airplanes along with 509th. The small twin-engined airplane is a UC-78. I was just going through a similar grouping I picked up last year that documents the 365th FS. There are still some awesome photo groupings out there!

 

Jon

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Great photos! I love the 405th FG. Very nice lot of items!

 

I have a large 405th FG grouping myself with lots of photos. The group that I have came from a pilot with the 510th FS. (Jenkins Jerry Junkers) Their patch has been my avatar since I joined this forum. It's cool to see more from this group! Thanks for sharing!

 

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The photos of theGerman aircraft are from when Hans Ulrich Rudel and some of his pilots interrupted a 405th victory parade as they flew into surrender and avoid the Russians. A couple of them broke thier planes on landing. One of the pilots did get his girlfriend out in his 190.

 

Funny you mention this. I also have some photos of Rudel and his cohorts planes coming in to the 405th airfield in my 510th FS pilots group. I always thought that had to be a cool way for these guys to end the war. By having one of Germany's top pilot come in to your airfield and surrender.

 

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History Man

Thank you for the comments, it really is a great group and I am glad I saved it from being split into the wind.

 

I am posting a larger photo of the 3rd one that I posted, could this be Rudel walking with some US troops? You can see what looks to be the oakleaf of his KC sticking out of the overcoat.

 

Also, has anyone come across other photos of the girlfriend coming out of the FW-190, this is probably one of the more interesting photos in the group.

 

Philip

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Johnny Signor

Chief Ski-Uma is one of those P-47's some of the others are also well known in models and art prints, the emblem on the nose of the B-17 G is that of the 334th Bombardment Squadron/95th Group.

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Great photos! I actually just started a 1/48 scale P-47 that I am going to be painting up as Look No Hands!. Thanks for posting!

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WOW!!! as a photo collector I love the history in these images. A great pickup and glad they are still a grouping.

 

Mike

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Thank you for the comments, it really is a great group and I am glad I saved it from being split into the wind.

 

I am posting a larger photo of the 3rd one that I posted, could this be Rudel walking with some US troops? You can see what looks to be the oakleaf of his KC sticking out of the overcoat.

 

Also, has anyone come across other photos of the girlfriend coming out of the FW-190, this is probably one of the more interesting photos in the group.

 

Philip

There are a number of photos of the event in "Thunder Monsters over Europe-a History of the 405th Fighter Group in World War II" by Reginald Nolte. The Luftwaffe officer in your photo is Major Karl Kennel, Rudel's exec. Apparently Rudel and company were being served some "refreshments" in an office when a 405th pilot who had been shot down, wounded and made a PoW came by. His wounds had not been treated. He'd escaped and evaded back to the 405th. He was none to happy about the nice treatment afforded Rudel and crew. He ended up grabbing the food tray and throwing it out the window.

 

There is one image of the pilot and his girlfriend in the book. I can scan them and post them if you like.

 

Interestingly enough I have a number of photos of 405th pilots too. Apparently they had lots of cameras :)

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You 405th interested folks know about "Dottie Mae" I'd imagine. Last wartime loss when it went into an Austrian lake. Recovered some time ago now and being restored to flight.

 

This is an old site but it has some nice images of the Jug basically as recovered. Haven't seen any updates lately but it has the makings of a fantastic restoration. The ultimate collectable :)

 

http://www.stearman-aero.com/Aviation-P47-Tunderbolt.aspx

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History Man

Thank you for the comments and 38Driver for the extra information, it really is a great group and am glad to have kept it together.

 

Philip

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Hello I am looking for information about the 405th FG. Have photos of where planes from this group landed in Hessisch Lichtenau is in Hessen Germany. I would be happy to receive more information.

 

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