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Custom Painted A-2, “Big Noise From Kentucky”


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Just got this back from my buddy to finish off my AAF impression, and in time for Conneaut too. Thought you all might like a look. Ive never posted jn the reenacting section on here but I felt this deserves it.

 

Based on the B-24H “Big Noise From Kentucky” of the 718th BS, 449 BG. She performed 26 combat missions over Southern Europe, shooting down 6 German fighters before being shot down herself over the Ploesti Oil Fields. Her first pilot was Lt. Fletcher S. Porter of Georgetown, KY. He was KIA over Italy a few months before she was shot down. He named the plane when the squadron was commissioned and the name was kept by the crew after he was killed in his honor. This jacket is to be dedicated to Porter and the crew of “Big Noise.”

 

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Porter’s grave back here in Kentucky and original photos of the plane

 

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GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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