P-39 AIRACOBRA BROOK­LYN BUM

LT. PETER MCDER­MOTT, 82ND TAC RE­CON SQUADRON, 71ST TAC RE­CON GROUP

Flight Journal - - BRUSHSTROKES -

“I was known as a wise guy from New York, and be­ing Ir­ish, I was used to get­ting into scrapes. That’s why I felt right at home in the cock­pit of a fighter. When I was as­signed my P-39 in New Guinea, I wanted to honor my par­ents back home, who were both huge Brook­lyn ‘Bum’ Dodger baseball fans. The Airacobra served me well, and the nose art was a good-luck charm as I com­pleted 134 com­bat mis­sions with­out a scratch. Not bad for a bum from Brook­lyn.”

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