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1941 - 44: AIR WAR

Supermarine SPITFIRE MK IX - Haun's most loved aircraft.

 

This photo may actually be from Post-War India assignment, 1945.

1941  -  Haun was among first American pilots to arrive in England.

 

American-made Thunderbolts, Mustangs, and Lightnings had yet to arrive in early '42.

But no U.S. fighter aircraft were available: "Such a cryin' shame!"

 

12th Squadron Field Operations, EnglandNames unknown for now

Squadron Leader Haun had some of America's best...

 

Haun's close friend "Pappy" Walker shot down July 14, 1943. "As we were suiting up Pappy was acting sort of strange. He didn't speak and had a faraway look about him. When we cranked up I looked over and gave him the high sign, but he didn't answer, just sat there looking straight ahead."

not all of whom came home...

 

It wasn't only the "Black Sheep Squadron" that sang the "Wiffenpoof Song."

as they all sang, "We're poor little lambs who have gone astray..."

 

Pick the leader in this lineup!

Is this a German Stuka?

as the job got ever more serious...

He could have gone to Hollywood instead.Chapter 10, where Haun meets the old fellow playing THE WARSAW CONCERTO on a barrel organ in the street accompanied by antiaircraft fire and searchlights.

...even time off in London brought new excitement.

 

Everbody wanted that picture to be remembered by in case they didn't make it.

So  everybody posed for the Folks At Home.  But Jim Haun had found a

Chapter 11: Where the Spit's glide ratio helps him across 70 miles of Channel without ditching.

love: "Without a doubt, the Spit was  the sweetest airplane I ever flew."

 

The New Zealand Commanders were aloof at first, wondering if these Americans they had been ordered to take were up to the deadly game.

"Farmed out to the R.A.F." as Johnny Checketts' wingman -  July 1943

 

A witness to history

[Small print:] "To commemorate the PRANGING of 1000 Hun planes..."

 

He told the lad in the nose to bail out. That boy broke his ankle on landing, married his nurse, and shipped home!

A-20 incident described in Chapter 10, where Major Haun has to belly-in.

 

Chapter 13: Haun gets to watch the Invasion fleet from the cockpit of a brand new P-51.

Time for the invasion nears, but the 12th Squadron just waits for orders.

 

Jim and Eleanor kept up a steady stream of correspondence throughout the war.

Thoughts of a kid at home...   and in 1944, "a home" in Normandy at last.

 

 

"Yes, Virginia, you can fly the C-54 solo."

 

Jimmy Haun, Jr.  stormwatch@bellsouth.net
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Revised: November 13, 2009.

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