357th FG New Photos

John Pughes P-51B painted in a red yellow diamond pattern makes a low pass.

In early 1944, the 357th FG received orders to paint their aircraft with red and yellow checkers. Pugh's Mustang briefly was painted with this unusual diamond pattern. The aircraft was soon repainted.

A 354th FG P-51 after crashing landing at Leiston.

In 1949, Lt. Colonel John England (357th FG triple ace), the commander of the Air Force's cadet training school at Nellis AFB, Nevada, formed the "Red Devils," a flight demonstration team using World War II-era P-51 Mustangs. However, the team was also short-lived, because the Mustangs were needed for service in Korea. The Mustangs were painted red. These photos from Johnny Sublett.

John with other members of the "Red Devils."

363rd FS Armorers

"Nellie Jean", assigned pilot Paul Hatala. James Monahon crashed landed in Czeck Republic on Apr 17, 1945 and was a POW for a short time. C5-B, 44-14700.

Anton Shoepke, Shea and Gruber with "Skin N Bones" G4-O, 44-64073.

Irving E. Snedecker, 364th FS, flew "Rovin' Rhoda"

Triple Exposure showing "Gypsy" 44-13691, C5-V. Had been "Passion Wagon"

Merle sketch of part of Triple Exposure above.

"Spook" flown by John Kirla. This photo probably taken in Germany after the war.

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