"HC-6 det onboard USS San Diego (AFS-6) 1979. Some of the guys displaying a prize obtained while on liberty in Rome. Stubwings were painted after leaving Norfolk. Each det had a different design on their aircraft."
photo by Jim Strates (not Straits?), 1979 (via)
“Squadron Leader J A F MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, ‘JX-Q’, at Tangmere, Sussex. MacLachlan flew bombers in France in 1940, but transferred to fighters in June 1940 and shot down 6 enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain.
He joined No. 261 Squadron RAF in Malta, as a flight commander, and was shot down in February 1941, as a result of which his left arm was amputated. He quickly returned to operations after being fitted with an artificial limb, flying with No. 73 Squadron in North Africa, but in July 1941 returned to the United Kingdom to take command of No. 1 Squadron.
The Hurricane is sporting his personal emblem showing his amputated arm waving a ‘V’ sign. He was again shot down in 1943 and became a prisoner-of-war, by which time his score had risen to 16.5 victories [Critically injured, he died on 31 July 1943].” (via)
"Future Hero of the Soviet Union Lt. Alex Alelyuhin in his Yak-1" (via)
Could its current resting place be underneath Freeman Field..?
“Ferguson’s “Victorious Virgin” flew the squadron’s 2000th four-engined sortie on 21 March, 1945. The 4000 lb "cookie" bomb was painted by Ferguson and labeled, “An Easter Egg for Hitler.” This is the only known example of ‘nose art’ on a bomb.” (via)
”..Shortly after we settled in, Chuck drove us to the base to show us the X-1. He purposely hadn’t told me he named the plane Glamorous Glennis, but there it was, written on the nose. He did that with his Mustang in England, but this was an important research airplane, and I was very surprised. And proud. He said, “You’re my good-luck charm, hon. Any airplane I name after you always brings me home..” “
Glennis Yeager. From "Yeager: An Autobiography"