In Europe the tide of war was changing. The Allied invasion had thrown the Germans back and the push to Berlin had begun, hut in the Far East another invasion had taken place – this time by the Japanese.
On 20 October 1944 a composite air force, made up of P-47 Thunderbolts from 261 and 146 Squadrons, carried out a low level attack on the vital Japanese stronghold at Mingaladon Aerodrome near Rangoon. After completing his bombing attack Warrant Officer Thomas “Lucky” Carter flying his distinctive P-47 “Pistol Packin’ Mamma,” engages Nakajima Ki-43 Oscars and Ki-44 Tojo’s along with other Thunderbolts of the unit.
THE LIMITED EDITION
In commemoration of the men who flew and fought in Burma, the Military Gallery is honored that joining artist Richard Taylor in signing the whole edition are three RAF veterans that fought in the campaign, two that flew Thunderbolts in Burma and one of the vital ground crew that prepared the P-47’s for this actual mission. A fitting tribute to all those that fought in the ‘Forgotten War’.
LAC1 BEN EVANS RAF
Flight Lieutenant FREDDIE BALL RAFVR
Flight Lieutenant RAY JACKSON MC