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528 - The Enchantress

528 - The Enchantress

Kwitcherbitchin in the Clouds

Kwitcherbitchin parked North Field Iwo Jima 1945

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542

 

 



458th

458th
462nd

506th Patch

The three Squadrons (457th: 458th: 462nd:) of the Group had similar markings in different colours and also had a different series of identification numbers (457th: 500-549, 458th: 550-599, and 462nd: 600-649). The squadron markings consisted of painting the fin, rear fuselage and tail all over in a colour. As shown here, the 457th was green; the 458th had dark blue diagonal stripes over the natural metal background, and the 462th was yellow. Otherwise the finish was standard in natural metal, including propeller spinner, with Olive Drab anti-glare panel.

The 506th Fighter Group Constituted as 506th Fighter Group on 5 Oct 1944 and activated on 21 Oct. Equipped with P-51 aircraft. Moved to Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Feb - Apr 1945, the air echelon flying patrols from Tinian (Map)(Satellite View) before joining the rest of the group on Iwo Jima (Map)(Satellite View) . The group, assigned to the Twentieth AF, flew its first mission from Iwo on 18 May when it bombed and strafed an airfield in the Bonin Islands . Afterward attacked airfields, antiaircraft emplacements, shipping, barracks, radio & radar stations, railway cars, and other targets in the Bonin Islands or Japan. Also provided air defense for Iwo and escorted B-29 during bombardment missions from the Marianas (MAP) to Japan. Received a DUC for defending B-29's against attacks from fighter aircraft during the period 7-10 June 1945. Returned to the US in Dec 1945. Inactivated on 16 Dec 1945.

 

506th FG Plane #, S/N,

er Group P-51 Database


SN

Plane #

Sqd Nose Art Pilot(s) Notes

472615

500

457th Watters / Anthony (C.O)

472640

501

457th

Margie



472599

502

457th


Dolan / Worthen?



503

457th





504

457th


Strain



505

457th





506

457th





507

457th

Lakanookie (r)




508

457th


J. Benbow



509

457th




472---

510

457th



wrecked 5/29 (Alston)


511

457th





512

457th





513

457th

Connie J

Hutchinson/Cawley



514

457th

Erma Lou

Albrecht/Newcomb



515

457th





516

457th





517

457th

Lady Dee

Messall



518

457th





519

457th





520

457th





521

457th





522

457th

(pinup under cockpit)


c/c Granfield


523

457th





524

457th




472555

525

457th




472603

526

457th

Mrs. Ross ( r)

C. Ross


472557

527

457th

HEL-ETER / Lil Toddie

Winnen/Alston


472871

528

457th

The Enchantress

William Saks

44-72671 / 071 -> 46th


529

457th





530

457th




463291

531

457th

Nip 'Nocker

Wes Murphey



532

457th





533

457th





534

457th





535

457th





536

457th




4724?54

537

457th




463983

538

457th


Grennan or Jatczak

J.Benbow 7-16-45

473379

539

457th

Lil Ole Meanie II

Hetland/Hinkle


472854

540

457th

KWITCHERBITCHIN

W. Lawrence/A. Kinvig


472856

541

457th


George Hetland / Miller

JingBau?

472570

542

457th

Broadway Gal

Gardner/Jatczak

Fighting Lady


543

457th


544

457th

545

457th

546

457th

547

457th

548

457th

549

457th

472584


457th



J.Best 6-1-45

472562


457th



R. Griffith 6-1-45

472593


457th



R. Klippel 6-1-45

463930


457th



L. Kloiber 6-1-45

472885


457th



W. Saks 6-1-45

472666


457th



J. Winn 7-28-45

472607

550

458th

Madam Wham Dam

H. Shipman

H. Scandratt 6-1-45

472663

550

458th

(Kock) Hound

H. Shipman

solid tail

472579

551

458th

Delta Queen

J.B.Baker


463902

552

458th

Mrs. Beak

Ed Mikes



553

458th

Bakersfield Baroness

Middaugh/Bilous



554

458th

Round Trip / Butch Replies

Sowers/Dostal



555

458th

The Old Lady/ My Darlin Betty Ann

Coleman/Coltman


472558

556

458th

The Boll Weevil / A Neat Package

Bennett Commer / Seegers


463909

557

458th

Irresistable

Field/Tatro



558

458th





559

458th





560

458th





561

458th





562

458th





563

458th

Mary Lou

F.C. Carmody


472553

564

458th

Lady Diane

R.W.Barnes

R.Harvey 6-1-45


565

458th

Honey Kay / Now Hear This

Gallagher / Allen



566

458th





567

458th

Puddin

McCabe / Leake



568

458th





569

458th





570

458th

Mrs. Wolf

Davis / Todd



571

458th

Norfolk Gal

Warfield/ Elliott



572

458th





573

458th

I've Had It

Kempert / Craig



574

458th




472602

575

458th

My Madge / Julia'll Fool Yer

G. Marcott


472612

576

458th

Little One / The Fetter Moichaint (Jean)

Ruble/Pilecki


473385

577

458th

The Relunctant Wagon / Dear Gloria

D.Richmond


472517

578

458th

Lil' Mudcat

Wheeler / Lockney


472559

579

458th

Satan's Flame/Maggie

Harris


464015

580

458th

Shirley II / Augusta Wind

M.Starin / Peterson


462959

581

458th

Calamity Jane

P.Ewalt


472672

582

458th


Andy Anderstrom



583

458th




584

458th



585

458th



586

458th



587

458th



588

458th



589

458th

Miss Pris

N. Johnson

472606

590

458th

Little Que

Q. Lee


591

458th

Miss French / Dottie's Delight

Kesley / Jensen


592

458th

Susie Kay / Kid Scunney

N. Smith/ Schlack

472883

593

458th


Bodfish/Bishop

T.Harrigan 7-8-45


594

458th

Cherokee Rose ®

Phillips/Lambert



595

458th




473399

596

458th


R.McDowell



597

458th





598

458th




472970

599

458th

Anything Goes

Pete Nowick/Ed Connor

44-72870

473369


458th



P.Ewalt 8-3-45

472578


458th




472547

600

462nd

Tallahassee Lassie

T. DeJarnette


472892

601

462nd

Pterodacytl

Findley / W. Willis


472550

602

462nd

Meatball

Balhorn/Treacy


472560

603

462nd

Little Jo

Sabin/ Gayle?


463647

604

462nd


Hawke / Dingee?



605

462nd





606

462nd

Traipsin' Trollop

Wedum / Torgerson


472861

607

462nd


Grant / Miller



608

462nd





609

462nd





610

462nd





611

462nd





612

462nd




472583

613

462nd

Reciprocating Lady

Weld/McFarland



614

462nd


Diaz


472581

615

462nd

My Bonnie



472588

616

462nd

Shanghai Lil

Linfante / Bash


472572

617

462nd



E. Crenshaw 6-1-45


618

462nd


Lee ?


472587

619

462nd

Hon. Mistake

Bercaw / Ebersole



620

462nd


Wickman ?



621

462nd





622

462nd





623

462nd





624

462nd




472632

625

462nd

Ida's Imp

Freeman / Cornett


472600

626

462nd


Wilson? / Jutras? / Sullivan ?


472623

627

462nd


Rice


472622

628

462nd


Dingee ? / Stewart? / Graham?



629

462nd




630

462nd

Forever Amber

McNall

472243

631

462nd

Talkin' Turkey

Gourley


632

462nd




633

462nd




634

462nd




635

462nd




636

462nd




637

462nd



472667

638

462nd

Corky - Belle of Auburn

Kubis / Linfante then Comfort


639

462nd



472620

640

462nd

The Shawnee Princess / Empire Commuter

Charles Seale


641

462nd

Dinny B


472652

642

462nd



472855

643

462nd

Providence Permittin'

Dietz / Colley

463959

644

462nd

Sandra Leigh

Reese


645

462nd




646

462nd




647

462nd




648

462nd




649

462nd



472563


462nd



G. Loomis 6-1-45

472608


462nd



A. Ridley 6-1-45

472601


462nd



L. Smith 6-1-45



462nd

Funny Face



 

Missions to Japan

May/June

June

July/August

  • 28 May - Fighter Strike against airfields in Tokyo area
  • 1 June Black Friday - VLR Fighter Escort of XXI BomCom maximum effort against Osaka
  • 7 June - VLR Fighter Escort of XXI BomCom maximum effort against Osaka
  • 8 June - VLR Fighter Strike against airfields in the Nagoya area
  • 9 June - VLR Fighter Strike against airfields in Nagoya area
  • 10 June - Fighter Escort of B-29s against Tokyo area
  • 11 June = VLR Fighter Strike against airfield
  • 14 June - Bonin's mission
  • 15 June - Escort of B-29s over Osaka area.
  • 19 June - VLR Fighter Strike against Kagaraigahara and Meiji airfields
  • 23 June - VLR Fighter Strike against airfields in Tokyo area
  • 26 June - VLR Escort of B-29s over Nagoya and Kobe
  • 27 June - Fighter Strike against Japanese airfields in the areas NE and E of Tokyo
  • 3 July - Death at Chichi Jima - tale of the rescue attempt of a downed pilot
  • 14 July - TSUKUBA primary target with the 462nd Fighter Squadron providing close escort for two photographic B-24's over the Yokosuka Naval Base
  • 16 July - this is the mission in which Captain Benbow was lost over Nagoya, Japan.
  • 28 July - stories from Jack K. Westbrook, Edwin Warfield III.
  • 3 August - Ed Mikes rescued after being strafed by Jap Zeroes.

 

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