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Comments on: Staff Listing http://www.p47millville.org America's First Defense Airport Mon, 22 May 2017 01:38:44 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 By: Bryce Hand http://www.p47millville.org/staff-listing-2/#comment-10 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:54:20 +0000 http://www.p47millville.org/?page_id=13536#comment-10 Born in 1936, I was a kid during WWII.

My family often visited my Millville grandparents, especially in summer. After church — must have been around ’41 — we’d sometimes drive out to Millville Airport, which was then being converted to a military field. I vividly remember Dad showing me orange-ish quartz pebbles that had been broken by heavy equipment. I was impressed! The culprits — rollers and graders were standing around on the runway-to-be, but were idle on Sundays. (Sure wish I still had some of those broken pebbles!) I can’t help but think: No way would access to a military-facility-in-progress be possible today!

I loved watching those P-47s fly low over Grandma’s house at 316 Fulton Street… sometimes chasing the white target banner towed by a B-25(?)… and their occasional two-plane dogfights right overhead. We often heard machine gun fire. The excitement one day was because a stray bullet hit Dalton’s jewelry store “over town” on High Street. And there was the afternoon I envied the “big kids” (i.e. teenagers) across the street who rode home on their bikes one afternoon hauling a piece of a just-crashed P-47. (Again… Can anyone imagine such a thing happening today?)

My question to you is how to configure a model P-47 to be faithful to the planes I so enjoyed. I remember them as rather plain, dark gray(?), and I understand they had a white M (“Millville”) on the fuselage.

Can you help?

Bryce M. Hand
Emeritus Professor of Geology, Syracuse University
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