Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 - Page 32

stop, fortunately uninjured. Now, even though the gear had tested perfectly on our model on the ground, when we lowered the gear in flight, the right gear would not lock down. So, we brought it in and the right gear failed after touchdown and it slid to a stop on the same runway, almost 60 years to the day later, just as Schilling’s plane had done! Incidentally, Schilling’s plane was repaired and on December 23, 1944, he and Hairless Joe shot down five German fighters in a huge dogfight over Germany. On our model, I decided not to make temporary repairs and fly it again due to a very strong crosswind and muddy field, and put it on display, instead, for the rest of the airshow weekend. The airshow itself was great, and talking with the local modelers and attendees of the airshow very This photo was taken at Halesworth Air Field, which the 56th Fighter Group flew out of for about 9 months from July 1943 until April 1944. They were then moved to Boxted Air Field until the end of the war. Halesworth is located about 50 miles northeast of Boxted. (FYI: All fighter groups based in England were placed in bases near the coast so that they could penetrate as far as possible to escort the bombers in missions deep into Germany. This was especially true for the earlier P-47 models that had a limited range for escorting the bombers). The Bronze Plaque above on the memorial reads: This memorial plaque to commanding officer Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke and the 56th Fighter Group is located outside the visitors’ center at Halesworth Air Field. They were based here for about nine months before moving to Boxted in April 1944 where they stayed until the end of the war. The 56th Fighter Group became known as “Zemke’s Wolfpack” and was arguably the most successful fighter group operating out of England with the USAAF during that time. This splendid memorial to the 446th BG lies outside the original entrance for the air base at Bungay (Flixton). All traffic and personnel passed by here on their way in and out of the base. My dad flew out of here with the 446th BG, a B-24 unit, and later flew out of Alconbury in B-17s and B-24s carrying special radars that could “see” through the clo Ց