Ace Clark in the cockpit of a P-51 D Mustang a few years and fewer pounds ago. My favorite plane. My dad helped draw plans for this WWII fighter. I've posted earlier about him and it, but didn't have this shot. My goal this year, unfulfilled for several years, is a ride in an open-cockpit bi-plane, a la WWI. Maybe they'll let me strafe GOP headquarters. When I was a little boy, I drew pictures of the P-51 in combat with the Germans. When my Dad was a little boy, he drew pictures of English bi-planes in dogfights with the Germans.
The cost in American lives, in the air, on the ground, and at sea was terrible in WWII. This is the American Cemetery at Maddingly, Cambridgeshire, taken by my Air Force son Vance when he was stationed nearby.