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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.

Items Signed by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Harris

 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 : £94.00
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

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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 April
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
21April1918Manfred Richthofen, a WW1 Ace with 80.00 victories, died on this day
21April1918Manfred von Richthofen, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
21April1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. C. E. Robinson of 1 Squadron, was Killed.
21April1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. Colebrook of 54 Squadron, was Killed.
21April1941Oberleutnant Erwin Fischer of 1.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 121 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21April1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. W. R. Farley of 151 & 46 Squadrons, was Killed.
21April1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Sgt. J. Gillies of 602 Squadron, was Killed.
21April1945Oberfeuerwerker Karl-Anton Thomas of Sprengkommando der Luftwaffe in Münster was awarded the Knight's Cross
21April1994Captain Tom Blackburn, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
21April1994John Blackburn, a WW2 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day
21April1997Group Captain Brian Black Jack Walker, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
21April2009Harry Hill, a WW2 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
21April2009Richard Suehr, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

 

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