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Lieutenant Colonel Bill Harris

Ace with 16.00 Victories

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Before joining the Army Air Force, Bill Harris had served in the US Navy for 4 years he got his flying wings and on 30th October 1942 was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Luke Field, Arizona and assigned to the 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group. Flying a P-38G, Harris scored his first victory on 7th June 1943 by destroying two Zeros over the Russells. On the 16th Harris shot down two Zeros over Guadalcanal during a noontime attack by the Japanese. On 4th October he claimed a Zero on a B-24 escort to Kahili to become an ace. After downing a Zero three days later, on the 10th he was credited with two Zeros on a morning mission to Kahili and that afternoon downed one Zeke confirmed and shared a probable. Promoted to captain, on 27 October Harris became a double ace when he destroyed a Japanese dive-bomber over Treasury Island. Flying out of the Treasury Islands on 9th February 1944, Harris was credited with three Zeros on a sweep over the Admiralties, followed by another pair of Zekes over Vanakanau Airstrip on the 15th. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, Harris was sent to the Philippines to command the 18th Fighter Group in the spring of 1945. On 22nd June he downed an Oscar over Mandai Airdrome to become the top P-38 ace in the Thirteenth Air Force.

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 Stan Stokes painting depicts a P-38 mission flown by 10 Fighter Group pilots Milton B. Adams, Joe Gunder, and Bill Harris in early February 1945. The 18th Fighter Group, part of the Thirteenth Air Force, moved its base of operations to Lingayen Gulf......Moonlighting by Stan Stokes.
Price : £140.00
Stan Stokes painting depicts a P-38 mission flown by 10 Fighter Group pilots Milton B. Adams, Joe Gunder, and Bill Harris in early February 1945. The 18th Fighter Group, part of the Thirteenth Air Force, moved its base of operations to Lingayen Gulf......

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Manufacturer : Lockheed

Lightning

Designed by Kelly Johnson the P38 made its maiden flight on the 27th January 1939 and introduced into service in 1941. they cost $134,284 at the time each and a total of 10,037 were built. The Lockheed P-38 was introduced as a inceptor fighter but soon proved a valuable long range bomber escort for the 8thUS Air Force's B-17 and-24 bombers as they bombed targets further into Germany.

Aviation History Timeline : 21st October
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
21October1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
21October1940Hauptmann Dietrich Hrabak of II./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Hauptmann Heinz Bretntz of II./Jagdgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Hauptmann Walter Storp of II./Kampfgeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Major Edgar Petersen of I./Kampfgeschwader 40 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Major Joachim Hahn of Kampfgruppe 606 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, P/O W. S. Williams of 266 Squadron, was Killed.
21October1941Former Belgian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O V. M. M. Ortmans of 229 Squadron, was Taken prisoner.
21October1942Oberleutnant Hans Heindorff of Fern-Aufklrungs-Gruppe des OBdL was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberleutnant Iro Ilk of 1. (K)/Lehrgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberleutnant Josef Peteani of 7./Lehrgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberleutnant Josef Prentl of 1./Flak-Regiment 29 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberstleutnant i.G. Torsten Christ of Chef des Generalstab VIII. Fliegerkorps was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1958J Trollope, a WW1 Ace with 18.00 victories, died on this day
21October2000Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. D. Bisdee of 609 Squadron, Passed away.
21October2000Group Captain John Bisdee OBE DFC, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
21October2000John Bisdee, a WW2 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day

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