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P51 Crash, Fredricksburg, TX (17 November 2018)

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  • D1566
    Needs retiring.

    P51 Crash, Fredricksburg, TX (17 November 2018)

    Sad news;

    https://www.voanews.com/a/vintage-wo...s/4663409.html


    https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/lo...t-13401941.php
    Last edited by Moggy C; 18th November 2018, 14:18.
    Martin
  • Sopwith
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    #2
    Yes very sad to hear

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    • trumper
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      #3
      So sorry

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      • Newforest
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        #4
        https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nationa...ay-2018-11-17/

        https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=218042

        Aircraft was N4132A, 'Pecos Bill'. R.I.P.
        http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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        • D1566
          Needs retiring.

          #5
          Further news;

          https://www.statesman.com/news/20181...rg-plane-crash

          RIP both.
          Last edited by D1566; 20th November 2018, 06:34.
          Martin

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          • 1batfastard
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            #6
            Hi All,
            Very sad news about this brave war hero and the Mustang pilot, RIP Sir's...........

            Geoff.

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            • Propstrike
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              #7
              It is a cruel irony that Mr Losada survived a wartime tour in B-17s , but even 70 years later, it was in a WW2 combat aircraft that he was to lose his life.

              At least his ending was couragous, challenging old age and its expectations , not destined to sadly fade and wither away , like so many of that age.
              Last edited by Propstrike; 20th November 2018, 15:49.

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              • J Boyle
                With malice towards none

                #8
                If given the choice to "go" that way or slowly fading in an OAP home.....
                There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                • Propstrike
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                  #9
                  ''Vincent Losada was born on May 2, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in a Spanish community with his family. When he turned 18, Vince decided to join the United States Army Air Force and was stationed as a cadet in different states including Texas and Florida. When he completed his training, he joined the 487th Bomb Group and was assigned as a bombardier to a B-17 called The Big Drip Jr.

                  When he first met his new crew, they were all complete strangers, but they soon became like a family. The men of the Big Drip Jr. arrived in England in early December 1944 and were stationed at Lavenham Airfield in Suffolk, England. They flew 24 missions bombing different targets in Germany, but the 25th would change the life of Vince forever. As he was releasing the bombs an Anti- Aircraft hit him and almost completely tore his right arm off. His crew put a tourniquet on him and went back to England as fast as they could. Unfortunately, Vinces arm could not be saved, and since that day, he has adapted and overcome.

                  In 1948, Vince joined the Possibilities Unlimited Club, an exclusive group for amputees, created to encourage and support each other. They had their own baseball and football teams and proved that their handicaps could not stop them from living normal lives.'' facebook

                  Thank you for your service.



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