357th FG New Photos
357th FG Ace,John Kirla sitting on the wing of "Cooter."
"Cooter" flown by William Gruber, 44-14152. G4-W
Hank Gruber, 362nd FS. Pilot of "Cooter"
Lt John Sublett, 362nd FS.
John and other pilots in briefing room.
John with his Mustang, "Lady Ovella", G4-Q, 44-11190
Rare WWII color photos of John and "Lady Ovella"
John was an Ace with 8 confirmed victories.
More shots of "Lady Ovella"
John Sublett spent time as a flight instructor before entering the war. He was unhappy that he wasn't in the war, but realized later the extra year as an IP probably kept him alive. The additional flying time and training really paid off. John usually had six students and flew all six everyday. Once he sat through 82 landings in the back seat of a T-6 in one day. Ouch! These photos of John were supplied by John's son Johnny.
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