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P-38G "Miss Virginia" April 18th, 1943. Operation Vengeance

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hawkeyededic #1 Posted 25 May 2017 - 05:53 PM

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P-38G "Miss Virginia" 347 FG, 339th FS, Guadalcanal, assigned to Lt Robert Petit, flown by Lt Rex Barber on April 18th 1943.

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"Miss Virginia" was the personal aircraft of Lt Robert Petit of the 339th FS, operating from Kukum Field, also known as Fighter 2 Airfield, which was a part of the Henderson Field complex on Guadalcanal. This aircraft displays 3 kill markings on it's nose, Lt Petit having been credited with sinking a Japanese Destroyer on March 29 and downing a pair of A6M2-N Rufe fighters, a version of the Zero equipped with floats instead of landing gear, on February 27.


<<<Rex Barber and Operation Vengance>>>


The planes true claim to fame occurred on April 18th, 1943 when 1st Lt Rex Barber borrowed the plane for what would prove to be the longest intercept mission of WWII, Operation Vengeance. The mission was specifically to kill Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and was based on United States Navy intelligence on Yamamoto's itinerary in the Solomon Islands area. The death of Yamamoto reportedly damaged the morale of Japanese naval personnel, raised the morale of the Allied forces, and was intended as revenge by U.S. leaders who blamed Yamamoto for the attack on Pearl Harbor which initiated the formal state of war between Imperial Japan and the United States.


Lt. Barber received his commission as a U.S. Army officer and his pilot's wings on October 31, 1941. He joined the 70th Pursuit Squadron, which arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in December 1942 and while flying a P-39 Airacobra scored his first victory on December 28th 1942 by shooting downing a Japanese bomber. After transferring to the 339th Fighter Squadron, flying P-38 Lightnings he shot down 2 Zero fighters on April 7th 1943.


Lieutenant Barber figured prominently in the Yamamoto interception, also known as Operation Vengeance. Intelligence sources had learned that Yamamoto would be flying in a "Betty" bomber on an inspection tour of Japanese bases in the northern Solomon Islands. Historian Donald P. Bourgeois credits Barber with the sole kill of Yamamoto's aircraft. In 1991, Barber and Captain Thomas George Lanphier, Jr. were officially credited with half a kill each in Yamamoto's bomber after the Air Force reviewed the incident. Barber also shared a second Betty destroyed on the same mission. In 2003, Barber was credited by the Governor and Legislature of Oregon with the sole kill after an inspection analyzed the crash site and determined the path of the bullet impacts, thereby validating Barber's account and invalidating Lanphier's claim. However, despite numerous appeals, the US Air Force refused to reverse its 1991 ruling giving each pilot half credit for the kill.


After his tour of duty ended in June 1943, recently promoted to Captain, Barber requested a return to combat. Late that year, he joined the 449th Fighter Squadron in China, still flying P-38s. He claimed three further Japanese planes probably destroyed and damaged, but he was shot down on his 139th mission, bailing out near Kiukiang on April 29. He was rescued by Chinese civilians, who treated his injuries and escorted him to safety five weeks later. At the end of the war, Barber attained the rank of major and commanded one of America's first jet squadrons. He retired as a colonel in 1961.


There are 3 versions of this skin in the compressed file.


First is a Custom skin with all markings painted on, this version requires the files to remove the US markings found HERE .


Second is a Default version which has all markings painted on except the US National markings and requires no additional downloads.


Finally there is an Unmarked version, this is a simple Olive Drab camouflage version with no markings at all, and is intended to be used with the in game markings, nose art and emblems, it does not have the name or any other markings on it.


You can download it at: P-38 Miss Virginia.zip



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That looks great, nice work !!




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Kind of awesome, even Yamamoto would agree! 

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