"Lady Satan"

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  1. Stony

    Stony Well-Known Member

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    About 15 years ago I acquired a painted A-2 the belonged to the navigator of a B-17 called "Lady Satan". To make a long story short, through donations from VLJ members and the general public, we got the funds together to send the jacket to the pilot of "Lady Satan" who had his A-2 stolen right after he got to England.

    I contacted his daughter recently (he had passed away some years ago) as I didn't have any pictures of the jacket. She took some pictures and sent them to me today, so I thought I'd post them.

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    The navigator's name is written in ink below the label, R.K. Taylor. He died in his early 40s and his nephew sold the jacket to a collector I know. The co-pilot of "Lady Satan" also had his jacket and it's pretty much identical to this one. They said the crew would give their jackets to the crew chief after every mission and he would have another bomb painted on. As you can see, their are 35 bombs on the back of the jacket, so they were a late war crew.
     
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  2. B-Man2

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    Great story, cool jacket .
    If you know, are there any pictures of the presentation or the vet wearing the jacket?
    Be great if there were.
     
  3. Steve27752

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    Ah yes, I remember it well.
     
  4. MikeyB-17

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    I’d forgotten about that, but yes, I do remember.
     
  5. Pilot

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    Thx for sharing. Wow!
     
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    thanksssssssssss
     
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  7. Stony

    Stony Well-Known Member

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    I have the original magazine article that was in Fly Past, so when I find it I will post the picture that was in the article.

    I remember one of the VLJ members drove from N.C. down to FL to take that picture, but I can't remember who that was. Do any of the long standing VLJ members remember who drove down to take the picture?
     
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  8. Stony

    Stony Well-Known Member

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    Here is the Lady Satan article from the June 2002 edition of "Fly Past". The A-2 I posted pictures of above is the one on the right as you look at the picture. You can see the name and mission bombs are almost identical on both jackets.

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  9. Stony

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    Here is the follow up article from the October 2002 issue.

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  10. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    That's a pretty cool story.
     
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  11. Pilot

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    Thx for sharing this.
     

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