neal kirby fighter pilot

Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). Col. Neel E. Kearby, a particularly aggressive fighter pilot and motivating leader, often initiated successful flights against superior numbers. Monogram corrected their original P-47D bubbletop error, wing placement on the fuselage. He was leading a three-plane formation and had just claimed his twenty-second victory, when he was shot down on March 5, 1944, over Wewak, New Guinea. Historical Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin. The bombers were escorted by at least 30 fighters !

Click here to add comments, start posting and unlock other fabulous features of iModeler today. float: left; He made an attack and shot it down. If you’re like me you normally find these little details out after you have completed your build………….. BTW, I really liked how your Mustang turned out. #gallery-4 .gallery-caption { Outnumbered and low on fuel, they could have simply ignored this encounter and tried to sneak away while hopefully not being detected by the Japanese crews…but this didn’t happen. Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on July 13, 2017. Col. Neel E. Kearby, a particularly aggressive fighter pilot and motivating leader, often initiated successful flights against superior numbers. / Next I’m tossing around the idea of building up one of my Tamiya Jugs as a plane that Eagleston flew with the yellow nose and skull with cross bones on the cowling. This site and web app uses cookies. Colonel Kearby, commanding officer of the 348th Fighter Group, was the only U.S. fighter pilot to be awarded the Medal of … They had to make do with little. “Kearby, Neel Earnest,” margin-left: 0; I’ll bet your P-39 looks fantastic !!!! After the war, the wreckage of the aircraft lay undisturbed and forgotten until the 1990s. Col. Neel E. Kearby, a Medal of Honor recipient, developed aggressive tactics that exploited the strengths of the P-47 Thunderbolt. margin-top: 10px; Gave us a good P-47 razorback, until the Otaki, and then the Hasegawa came along. Tearing through the enemy formation, Kearby shot down six Japanese aircraft during the engagement. border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; He received flight training at Randolph and Kelly Air Force bases.

If they were all at the same height inside the wing, the ammo would have a hard time passing over each weapon to feed the adjacent gun…and there are four in each wing. This causes them to look uneven along the leading edge. By that time he had joined the United States Army Air Corps and was already in flight training at Randolph Field in San Antonio. You pretty much summed it up. Though not visible today, the unpainted metal areas were once covered in white paint, a common USAAF recognition marking used in the Southwest Pacific.

Moreover, Kearby's tactics as commander of the first P-47 unit in the Pacific Theater led to considerable success for his 348th Fighter Group. But it wasn’t high up on the priority list…………….

On November 13, 2010, the historical marker and a life-sized statue of the fallen hero were unveiled on the grounds of the public library in Arlington, Texas. Support the Handbook today.

At one time the Colonel was in a heated race with another leading US Army Ace… Richard Bong, but that’s another story…. He was posted on 15 May 1940 to No. He was the son of Dr. John Gallatin Kearby, Jr., and Bessie Lee (Stone) Kearby. Ha ha Bernard !!! Moreover, Kearby's tactics as commander of the first P-47 unit in the Pacific Theater led to considerable success for his 348th Fighter Group. } Thanks for the great response David. #gallery-2 img { https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/kearby-neel-earnest. Kearby was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas in 1936. float: left; A There he met and married Virginia King Cochran, and they had three children before Kearby was sent overseas during World War II. Sep 17, 2004 Thread starter #169 This artifact came to the museum in 2004. #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { Join TSHA to support quality Texas history programs and receive exclusive benefits. An exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force features a display of his medals and a full-sized replica of his legendary P-47 Thunderbolt, Fiery Ginger, named in honor of his wife, Virginia. Interestingly, Col. Charles MacDonald, commander of the 475th FG (who had flown with both Bong and McGuire) said that Col. Neal Kirby was the best pilot he ran into during the war. Font size: The holes in the tail were made by the Japanese fighter that shot Kearby down. Really enjoying seeing some of your older builds Louis. By the way, did you happen to notice that the Colonel’s name is spelled “Kearby” rather than “Kirby” ? Great job. (U.S. Air Force photo). Each stripe represented one of the colors of the 348th Fighter Group's three squadrons. For the price you really can’t go wrong with these Revell Monogram kits. He finished his coursework in late 1936 before receiving a diploma in June 1937. It is presumed that Colonel Kearby was shot down by a pilot flying a Ki-43 Hayabusa “Oscar”. } } A The CBI was even worse……… I think that’s part of the reasons why you hardly ever see these planes painted as such. Thanks Mike.

 Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433, National Museum of the United States Air Force™. Colonel Kearby was severely wounded, but managed to bail out.

Handbook of Texas Online, It was not until 1949 that his remains were recovered and returned to Dallas, Texas, where he was buried with full military honors at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. – At least that’s what I’m seein’ on that second B&W photo. margin: auto; text-align: center; The next thing is how the white was sprayed around and on the tail of the plane. Thanks Greg, I like this scheme too.

I’ve got one with most of the conversion work to do a C, and an OLD Microscale sheet to do Hub Zemke’s Moi Tovarisch – with the same early-production wavy camo demarcation. /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */. I think Fujimi did one like that for the Bf-110 C/ D model in 1/48………………. width: 100%; So it’s possible that these areas were simply sprayed free hand without masking between the colors. I have a keen interest on these planes every since I met and became friends with a former P-47 pilot who flew over Europe in 1944. Some of the red, yellow and blue stripes remain on the top of the tail, even after decades in tropical weather.

} } } On March 5th, 1944, the now 21 victory Ace was killed while flying near Wewak (again, since it was a hot spot), when he and his two other pilots he was flying with encountered a group of approximately 15 Japanese aircraft. margin-top: 10px;

It is really an awesome plane.

/* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */, This photo below shows a P-47 with a very similar tail number as the one depicted on my model. } } Yes, I would like to begin receiving history-rich content, news, and updates from TSHA. Colonel Kearby is remembered as one of America’s most acclaimed fighter pilots.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973). For his skill and daring, Kearby received the Medal of Honor. during his final battle. He died of his wounds shortly afterwards. The Pacific theater took a back seat to Europe. There are some who say they saw the Colonel’s plane taking hits on and near the cockpit area. In November 1943, with 12 victories to his credit, Kearby was transferred to the headquarters of the 5th Air Force Fighter Command. Col. Neel E. Kearby, a Medal of Honor recipient, developed aggressive tactics that exploited the strengths of the P-47 Thunderbolt. Font size: More information about this and other usage of our services can be found in: Silently powered by the iModeler software and the many sleepless nights of the webmaster. Great work on a warhorse of a kit! that mitigated individualism. Moreover, Kearby's tactics as commander of the first P-47 unit in the Pacific Theater led to considerable success for his 348th Fighter Group. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he received five Air Medals, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Silver Stars, and the Purple Heart. I used a set of Super Scale decals for it if memory serves me correctly. Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein. Art Leatherwood, rev. Thanks for the kind words Paul. After calling his flight back together he led them safely to a friendly base. float: left; (U.S. Air Force photo), Medal of Honor recipient Col. Neel E. Kearby. It is presumed that Colonel Kearby was shot down by a pilot flying a Ki-43 Hayabusa “Oscar”. On March 5th, 1944, the now 21 victory Ace was killed while flying near Wewak (again, since it was a hot spot), when he and his two other pilots he was flying with encountered a group of approximately 15 Japanese aircraft. Following three years of employment in Dallas, he enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin during the fall of 1934 to study business administration. machine guns literally blew their lightly built aircraft out of the sky. He shot down three planes, then observed one of his comrades with two of the enemy fighters in pursuit. I’m pretty sure that other pilots in his group scored too. And that “by the book” stuff? Hit by heavy machine gun fire, his Thunderbolt named Fiery Ginger IV crashed, and Kearby was killed. Luckily I found an old copy of Zemke’s biography by Roger Freeman and littlefriends.co.uk has a pic of two of Moi Tovarisch with the retrofitted keel and a 75-gallon tank underneath – looks like a fat woman carrying a clutch purse lol.

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