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USAAF pilots Thomas McGuire and Charles Lindbergh after returning from a combat mission, at Biak Island off New Guinea, circa Jul 1944; note P-38 Lightning aircraft, possibly McGuire's, in background

Caption   USAAF pilots Thomas McGuire and Charles Lindbergh after returning from a combat mission, at Biak Island off New Guinea, circa Jul 1944; note P-38 Lightning aircraft, possibly McGuire's, in background ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 10 Apr 2010
Licensing  Public Domain. According to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
21 Apr 2011 06:55:14 PM

Lindbergh was with the 475th Fighter Group about 1 1/2 months, and flew some missions shotdown a Ki-51 "Sonia"
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
21 Apr 2011 07:28:29 PM

Charles Lindbergh worked as a civilian contractor for United Aircraft Corp. His job was to evaluated performance for single and twin-engine fighters. Working to improve range for the F4U Corsair flying missions and tests with marine pilots. Later he was attached to the 475th Fighter Group flying P-38s and continued his tests to increase the aircrafts range, through improved throttle settings, and different techniques, he was able to reduce fuel consumption to 70gal per-hour or 2.6mpg. Note* Lindbergh's kill of a Ki-51 "Sonia" on August 12,1944 was not listed in the 475th official group records, Lindbergh left the 475th and returned to the US. Have a World War II training film on DVD that goes through the P-38 cockpit and pre-flight checkout, and flight characteristics. (1943 color)
3. Denn says:
3 Sep 2011 12:58:37 PM

The training film directs the pilot to set the fuel mixture to auto-rich, and leave it there. Lindy, an expert on extracting every bit of mileage if there ever was one, taught the pilots to lean out their engines, thereby improving combat radius.

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WW2-Era Place Name Biak, Papua,
Lat/Long -1.1900, 136.1075
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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944