Warrant Officer Thomas ‘Lucky’ Carter in his distinctive P-47 Pistol Packin’ Mamma, and other Thunderbolts of 261 and 146 Squadrons (RAF), engage Nakajima Ki-43 Oscasr and Ki-44 Tojos during a ferocious low level strafing attack on the Japanese held Mingaladon Aerodrome near Rangoon on 20 October 1944.
Overall size: 21" x 31"
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Signed by two RAF P-47 pilots and a mechanic, all who saw action in Burma
Flight Lieutenant Freddie Ball
Sent out to Burma in 1943 and originally flying Hawker Hurricanes in the ground attack role, Freddie flew throughout 1944 and 1945, finally converting to Republic P47 Thunderbolts in June 1945. In September 1945, after parachuting into Java while on loan to Force 136 (SOE Burma), he was to win the Military Cross where his actions saved countless lives during the state of anarchy there following the surrender of the Japanese forces on the island. His citation concluded “Throughout the long and dangerous period Flight Lieutenant Ball continually carried his life in his hands and his performance of his duties was an inspiration to all.”
Flight Lieutenant Ray Jackson
Spending all his flying career with 34 Squadron, Ray was posted out to India and the Burma Front in 1943. Originally flying Hurricane IIc’s he was forced to bail out over the dense Burmese jungle in 1944. He was to win his Military Cross for his successful evasion of the enemy through the Japanese controlled jungle, and made his way back to the Allied lines. Recovering, Ray was then grounded for a while but used his first-hand experiences to lecture at the RAF “jungle survival” school. Back at 34 Squadron in 1945, he converted to P47 Thunderbolts and again flew in combat in ground attack sorties to support the advance of the Army.
LAC1 Ben Evans
Ben Evans spent Christmas Day 1943 on a ship, not knowing where he was going. He subsequently found out when the ship finally docked in India in January 1944. Ben was posted to join 146 Squadron and initially worked on Hurricanes, and then 146 Squadron became one of the first Squadrons in the Far East to be equipped with the P47 Thunderbolt in March 1944.
Ben worked as a fitter on Thunderbolts, and was to see out the war against the Japanese right up to September 1945.
He saw action on the Imphal Plain, through Burma and, to complete his posting, spent Christmas 1945 in Rangoon.
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