U.S. P-51 pilots climb aboard their aircraft and taxi out for takeoff in Germany, near end of World War II in Europe.
Germany Date:1945, April 14 Duration:1 min 23 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Pilots of the United States Army Air Force 353rd Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing, operating from partially destroyed former German airbase, near the end of the second world war. Crew chief helps pilot in cockpit of a P-51, adjust his shoulder harness. Engine starts and aircraft taxis out. Major L.K. Brueland, wearing a holstered 45 automatic pistol, climbs on wing of his P-51. Partial name "Speck" and 14 and a half swastikas are painted on it. Crew chief helps him don parachute and adjust shoulder harness when he gets in cockpit. Squadron Commander, Major Jack T. Bradley, taxis in his aircraft, named " Margie Maru." His aircraft has 14 swastikas painted on its fuselage.
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