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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:27 pm 
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Per a few requests. A lot of good stuff here for the detailers ... Sources NMNA archives, SDASM archives.

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U.S. air attack with forward-firing rockets against a German U-boat was made by TBF-1C's of VC-58 flying from the CVE USS Block Island on January 11

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Five-inch High Velocity Aircraft Rockets (HVAR) pictured on the wing racks of an F9F Panther at the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in Bethpage, New York, circa 1951

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5-inch High Velocity Aircraft Rockets (HVARs) into position on the wing of an F4U-4 Corsair of Fighter Squadron (VF) 24

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Ordnancemen on board an unidentified carrier prepare to hoist a 1,000-lb. bomb onto a wing rack of an AD Skyraider

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Ordnancemen placing arming wires on 100-lb. bombs on the wing of an F4U Corsair on board the carrier Boxer (CV 21).

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AM-1 Mauler pictured carrying a payload of more than 9,000 pounds that includes three torpedoes, 12 rockets and four 20mm cannon 1949

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TBF Avenger parked at NAS Salton Sea awaiting air to ground rocket training circa 1943-1944

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Navy Douglas AD-3 Skyraider, BuNo 122853 fully armed

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T 43 light weight torpedo suspended from the wing of the AD-4

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Navy AM-1 Martin Maulers, BuNo's 122397 & 122393

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F4U-4 on the U.S.S. Philippine Sea, CV-47, during a carrier strike in Korea taken on August 5, 1950

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Grumman F7F-4N Tigercat armed with a Mark 13 torpedo in flight circa 1944-1946

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AD aircraft loaded with 3000 pounds of bombs

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AM-1 Maulers

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A line of F6F-5 aircraft of VF-3 are lined up on the flight deck of a carrier ready for take off on a mission.

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AD with 14,041 pounds flight loaded; 10,500 pounds of bombs.

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F4U-1D Corsair aircraft of VF-84 on the deck of USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)

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F4U-4 Corsair aircraft of VF-63 are on the deck of USS Boxer (CV-21) being loaded with bombs for Korea.

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Martin AM-1 Mauler

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F4U-1A Corsair aircraft of VMF-224 are in flight in the South Pacific with 1000 pound bombs 1944

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SBD-5 of Bombing Squadron Three Hundred Five (VB-305) pictured in flight carrying aerial rockets. The squadron was based at Segi Island (A new one for me, didn't know SBD's fired rockets)

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TBM-1C of Composite Squadron Eighty (VC-80) on board the USS Manila Bay (CVE-61), WESTPAC, shown here with rockets.

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Loaded with bombs, a formation of SBDs flies over the Pacific en route their target.

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Douglas AD-2 Skyraider, of Naval Air Training Command (NATC), in flight with one torpedo, two bombs, and twelve rockets from Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD

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Underside view of AD-6 Skyraider (A-1H) showing rockets, bomb and fuel tanks

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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ordnance and bomb bay loading for TBF-1 Avenger

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:39 pm 
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A bit more Navy and some USAAF .... USAAF Source (U.S. Air Force Photos) Fold3

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A Bomb-Laden, Rocket-Equipped Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Moves Down Taxi Strip As A 1St Tac Af Fighter Squadron Takes Off On A Mission To Strafe, Bomb And Blast With Rockets

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Armorers Load Rockets On A Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Of The 12Th Af, At A Base In Italy

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Final Check And Inspection Of Rocket Launcher Are Made By A Ground Crewman on a P-47

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Installing a Rocket Launcher By A Ground Crewman on a P-47

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North American B-25 Mitchells Taking Off For Mission To Saseba Harbor, Kyusuhu. This Was The First Mission For The Mark 13 Torpedoe Attached To The 'Mitchell' 47Th Bomb Squadron

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North American B-25 Mitchells Taking Off For Mission To Saseba Harbor, Kyusuhu. This Was The First Mission For The Mark 13 Torpedoe Attached To The 'Mitchell' 47Th Bomb Squadron

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Deck crewmen aboard USS Hornet (CV-12) pull bomb carts loaded with torpedoes near an SB2C Helldiver of Bombing Squadron Two (VB-2)

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Navy TBF-1 Avenger's in flight. The lead plane has just dropped a torpedo

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:45 pm 
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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 'Miss Mary'. Note Rocket Guns Attached To The Wing. Saipan, Marianas Islands, 9 July 1944

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Rocket Installation On A Bell P-39

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Rocket Installation On A Bell P-39

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Rocket Installation On A North American P-51 Of The 14Th Air Force In China. 17 July 1944

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Rocket Installations Under The Wings Of A Republic P-47 Of The 353Rd Fighter Group Somewhere In England May 1944

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Rocket Installations Under Wing Of A Republic P-47 Of The 353Rd Fighter Group, England May 1944

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Rocket Launchers Are Installed On Both Wings Of A Curtiss P-40 At An Airbase Somewhere In China

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Piper Cub, used by U.S. Ground forces, an artillery Liaison plane is shown in flight after its conversion into a rocket firing craft by installation of bazooka guns under each wing

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P-38J-10-LO 459th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group. Piloted by Maj. Willard J. Webb. Five of Webb's kills were in the air, while he also destroyed three Japanese air

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P-38G 43-2295 fitted with M8 4.5 inch 'bazooka' type rocket tubes at Eglin Field's armament test center. The only combat unit of record to utilize the installation was the 459th Ftr

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North American P-51 With A 1000 Pound Bomb Under Each Wing And Bazookas In Position. 7 August 1944.

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Rocket weights 40 lbs and is 33 inches long

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TBD-1 of Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) releases an aerial torpedo during training operations in the Pacific.

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TBD-1 pictured releasing torpedo during flight testing at Hamptom Roads, VA

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TBD-1 torpedo mounting

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TBF dropping a torpedo

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TBF dropping a torpedo

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TBF-1C Avenger from Torpedo Squadron Fifteen (VT-15) leaving from flight deck of USS Essex (CV-9)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:55 pm 
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TBM-3 Avenger of Marine Torpedo Bomber Squadron Three Hundred Thirty-Two (VMTB-332) pictured dropping supplies for Close Air Support Training out of Marine Corps Air Station Ewa

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TBM Avenger, with Torpedo Squadron Fifty-One (VT-51) on the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30), during the Battle of Leyte Gulf getting armed with a torpedo

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TBM-3 Avengers of Marine Torpedo Bomber Squadron Two Hundred Thirty-Two (VMTB-232), Marine Air Wing Thirty-Two (MAW-32), pictured in flight over southern Okinawa

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TBM-3E and SB2C-4 Avengers, with Torpedo Squadron Eighty-Three (VT-83) and Bomber Squadron Eighty-three (VB-83) on CV-9 (USS Essex), shown in flight on bombing mission over Mokodate, Japan

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Two T4M-1's with Torpedo Squadron 2B (VT-2B) pictured on the deck of the USS SARATOGA (CV-3)

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Rockets Aid this B-17 Fortress In Short Take Off. Twelve Rockets Mounted Beneath The Wings Of A B-17 Flying Fortress Of The U.S. Army 8Th Air Force

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After Rolling Only 372 Feet, Half The Distance It Would Take Without The 12 Rockets Mounted Beneath The Wings

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Mark, thank you again for the time and effort taken to put together another fantastic photo thread.

I'm always surprised to see how banged up some ordnance looks. It always struck me as something you might want to handle with great care!


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Your welcome! 8)

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A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress delivers its load of high explosive and incendiary bombs over the city of Nurnberg, Germany

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A Consolidated B-24 Liberator Bomber Of The 15Th Af Drops Its Bombs On The Rail Yards At Krems, 35 Miles Northwest Of Vienna, Austria, On 2 April 1945

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A Load Of Bad Luck Is Unleashed From North American B-25 Number 13 As Mitchell Bombers Of The Us 12Th Af Open Their Bomb Bays Over Nazi Troop Concentrations

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A typical B-29 bomb load

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Armorers Load 500 Pound Incendiary Bomb Into Bomb Bays Of A Boeing B-29 Superfortress In Preparation For Bombing Mission Over Tokyo, Japan. Isely, Field, Saipan, Marianas Islands

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Armorers Of The 91St Bomb Group Load 1,000 Lb. Bombs On The New External Bomb Rack, Under The Wing Of A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress At The 91St Bomb Group Base In Basinbourne UK

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Armorers Of The 525Th Bomb Squadron, 379Th Bomb Group Load A Bomb On A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress In Preparation For A Mission Over Enemy Territory. 29 February 1944, England

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B-17's in the Solomon Islands being loaded with bombs

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B-24 Liberator Bomber Of The 15Th A.F. Drops A Load Of Fragmentation Bombs On The Aidrome At Neuberg, Austria On 26 March 1945

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B-26's of the 444th BS, 320th BG over a target in Italy August 1944

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses Drop Bombs On Enemy Installations

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 15th Air Force attacked the Pardubice Airdrome in Czechoslovakia, on 24 August 1944

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces drop their bombs on the railroad yards at Brod, Yugoslavia on 2 June 44

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Bombs are being loaded in a Boeing B-17 Flying ofrtress to help the invasion army penetrate Hitler's ofrtress on the Second Front

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Bombs Have Been Loaded Under The Wings Of The Republic P-47 Arkansas Traveler Of The 353Rd Fighter Group In Preparation For Its Participation In The D-Day Invasion, 6 June 1944

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Consolidated B-24 Drop Tons Of Bombs On The Nazi Airdrome At Orleans, France During A Raid On 14 June 1944

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Consolidated B-24 Liberators Of The 8Th Af Drop Tons Of Bombs On Enemy Installations At Zwiesel, Germany During A Raid On 20 April 1945

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Douglas A-20S Of The 410Th Bomb Group Returning From A Bombing Mission, Fly Over A Pockmarked Airfield Somewhere In Europe

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Douglas A-26 Invaders of the U.S. 9th AF dropping bombs on a Siegfried Line strongpoint in the path of American ground forces

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Ground Crewmen Ready To Load A 500-Lb Bomb Under The Belly Of A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Of The 79Th Fighter Group Based At Capodichino, Italy

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High Explosives Drop From Bomb Bays Of Third Air Division Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses On 11 April 1945

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Huge Two-Ton Bombs Are Shown Here As They Drop From The Bomb Bays Of A Flight Of 58Th Bombardment Wing Superfortresses And Head For The Japanese City Below

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Incendiary Bombs From Two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses Drop On A Japanese Target

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Lt. Col. Wallace E. Hopkins, Washington, Ga., drops two 500-pound bombs from wing racks of his North American P-51 Ferocious Frankie

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Member of the Armament Crew loads 260 pound fragmentation bombs onto the wing tank rack of a North American P-51 Mustang. Each rack holds three bombs. Clark Field, Manila, Luzon

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North Africa-Men load bombs on Curtiss P-40's of the 9th AF's 57th Fighter Group, before they take off on a mission to Russia. 1943

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P-40s carry 1000 lb bombs. 25th Ftr Sq, 51st FG, April 1943

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One last one ....

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P-40s carry 1000 lb bombs. 25th Ftr Sq, 51st FG, April 1943

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P-40s carry 1000 lb bombs. 25th Ftr Sq, 51st FG, April 1943

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To Increase The Load, Two External Bomb Racks, Carrying 1000-Lb Bombs Are Added To This Boeing B-17 Of The 303Rd Bomb Group At Molesworth, England. 18 September 1943

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To Increase The Load, Two External Bomb Racks, Carrying 1000-Lb Bombs Are Added To This Boeing B-17 Of The 303Rd Bomb Group At Molesworth, England. 18 September 1943

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Two 12Th Air Force North American B-25 Mitchell Bombers, Part Of A Precision Bombing Formation Over The Rail Bridge At Torreberreti In Northern Italy

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With This Bomb Loading Device, Bombs Are Quickly Loaded On Wing Racks Of 9Th Air Force Bomber Command A-20 Havocs, Based In England

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:01 pm 
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Good Gawd! It must have taken you hours to load the pics and post them, not to mention finding them and saving them in some kind of order so you can retreive them. I'm flamboozled and flabbergasted with the volume and quality! Big Ol' Gold Star for Mr. Mark!

And it didn'tt affect my opinion whatsoever to see the 384th B-17 delivering the goods either... :wink: :drink3:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:05 am 
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Naw! Doesn't take too long at all if you know how to search, where to look and how to post them. it's something I like to do when I have time. Everyone has a hobby (or should anyway) I love these old photos and it's important IMHO that all who have an interest in this stuff get a chance to see them. There's a lot of great history and a lot to learn from these old photos. I'm a History major as well so they have always interested me. You guys who asked for some ordinance photos ... Well here ya go! Hope some of them helped. And by all means save the one's you like. Their all free and belong to all of us so have at it.

And the gold star bit? ... Naw! I'll pass on that, ... if you like em that's good enough for me :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:38 am 
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Wow, Mark, another great collection! I really appreciate your efforts, especially the 8th and 9th AF pics. You always manage to find some that I've never seen before!
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Another absolutely SPECTACULAR collection, and a heartfelt *THANK YOU* from this lifelong modeler- you've once again turned up a ton of pics I've never seen before. The rocket rails on the SBD and the bazookas on the Piper Cub are the highlights from this for me, but I deeply appreciate all of it!

Really, really, really good work sir. :)

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Great shots as usual Mark. Thanks for posting them.

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