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Thanks, John. I saw him (from a distance) at the Boeing plant in Wichita back in the '80s. I was working for Hughes Aircraft (Connecting Devices Division) at the time, and had an opportunity go to the Wichita plant for a conference. Why he was there, I don't know, but I thought I recognized him, and asked someone, who confirmed it was him. Of course, he was quite a bit older than in the subject picture.

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Old 06-02-2017, 05:18 PM
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This might not be in the same interesting vein of photos listed, but today I got the new June Squadron catalog, and on the cover is the Airfix 1:72 B-17 with ground support kit

maybe a good source for some extra addons

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Reverse star and circle on hood of bomb truck is interesting.
And as far as the illustration itself, the lack of people in it is causing several different effects. That it looks odd. That it makes it easier to imagine people there and active. Is easier to imagine myself in that scene. That I wonder if Airfix has a figure set available separately. Whether others have figure sets. That such figures are not in the kit.
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Old 06-03-2017, 08:52 AM
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I just got the Squadron catalog yesterday and saw that. $60.00 isn't too bad for both kits. I probably paid close to thirty for the bomber re-supply set alone. I've been using it for reference for eventual card model versions.

If memory serves me right, the star on the hood of the bomb truck was actually applied with gas detecting paint and should be yellow in color.

Airfix does make a set of 1/72 USAAF personnel set. The molds are pretty old (1960s) and for some reason they are molded in soft plastic.
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B-17C 40-2072 - New Reprint of Book on Bakers Creek Crash

The current issue of Air Power History has a review of Robert S. Cutler, The Bakers Creek Air Crash: America's Worst Aviation Disaster of the Southwest Pacific War (Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2016, The Bakers Creek Air Crash (originally published as America’s Worst Aviation Disaster in Australia, Brisbane: Boolarong Press 2014

B-17C 40-2072 had been pressed into service as a troop transport. On 14 June 1943, it crashed on take off from Mackay on the Australian north coast, killing 40 of the 41 men on board.
14 June 1943 - Crash of a B-17 Flying Fortress at Bakers Creek near Mackay
WWII Soldiers Who Were Killed in 1943 Crash Now Have U.S. Memorial

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