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"Tempest Turner" Jacket

DAYTON, Ohio -- "Tempest Turner" aviator jacket on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- "Tempest Turner" aviator jacket on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

"Tempest Turner," an 18th Bomb Squadron B-17, was named for movie actress Lana Turner. The donor, pilot of the aircraft, painted this B-15 jacket at war's end with the emblem of the 34th Bomb Group and counters to indicate 19 bombing missions. The "grocery sacks" show six missions making food drops for Dutch food relief as part of Operation Chow Hound. The ball and chain represent a gratifying flight on May 11, 1945, to fly French slave laborers from Austria to Paris. The former prisoners didn't realize they had been liberated until they saw the Eiffel Tower.

This jacket was donated by Mr. Lester E. Thompson, Granite City, Ill.


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