UPL 19722

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22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Photo of a "Droop Snoot*" P-38 specially fitted to carry out Elint** work. Four A/C were specially fitted like this and were assigned to the 7th PRG. This shot gives a good view of the extra position in the nose and the equipment used. Detached to 192 Sqn RAF***. * The 'Droop Snoot' field conversion entailed the removal of the nose armament and associated equipment to make room for a prone bombardiers position with the installation of a plexiglass nose, a Norden bombsight, side windows and an emergency hatch. The theory was for a formation of P-38's to drop their bombs on the formation lead 'Droop snoots' signal with the precision of the Norden bombsight ensuring the accuracy of the formations bombing. An idea championed by Lt Col Cass Hough and Lt Col Dan Ostrander. ** Elint - Electronic intelligence, the collection for analysis of electronic signals [radio and radar] from enemy transmissions. *** 'Between September 1944 and February 1945, USAAF two seat lightnings were attached to the squadron and in November 1944 much time was spent in searching for radio signals from V-2s, though these were later found to be uncontrolled' [V2's had on-board guidance systems].

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: Base Air Depot 3 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 801st Bomb Group 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 36th Bomb Squadron 857th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: Base Air Depot 3 801st Bomb Group 36th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: Base Air Depot 3 801st Bomb Group 36th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: Base Air Depot 3 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 801st Bomb Group 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 36th Bomb Squadron

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Date: 1 Jan 2016 12:58:03
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