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Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 49FG8FS Yellow 57 Pilot Richard J. Vodra New Guinea, 1943

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Hi There -

My cousin just pointed me at your site

Very cool and very nicely done. Im sure Dad would have been thrilled.

Richard Vodra was my father and Id like to offer a couple of corrections to the text.

First, name of the plane: Squirrel Bait. Nope.

Squirlbate.

My father wasnt illiterate, and in fact had been a professional writer even before the war. He liked to play with spelling and the spelling of Squirlbate was intentional. Its done correctly on the skins pictured.

He was not from Louisiana. He was born in Los Angeles in 1920, grew up there, and returned there after the war. Thats LA as in Los Angeles, not Louisiana. They didnt have the two letter state abbreviations back then. Could they both have been from Los Angeles? This may be the source of the confusion.

Heres the paragraph that this is correcting:
P-40N Warhawk 49FG8FS Y57 Pilot Vodra New Guinea 1943 01
Photos 01: The unnumbered P-40 with the checkered .rudder was the aircraft of Capt. Richard VOdra, an ace with the 49th Fighter Groups 8th Squadron. Dick is the middle man in the photo. His aircraft number was 57 and later bore the number and the nickname of Squirrel Bait. Another 49er, Lt. Danny Moore, also flew a similiar marked P-40 with checker rudder. It was a personal joke between himself and Joe Littleton. Both were from Louisiana and as Joe got shot up pretty roughly by 'Wewak Willie' or 'Sakie of Wewak' a colorful Zero pilot who flew a Zero that was completely checked overall, Danny painted his rudder as a challenge to the Checkered Zero to come up and fight so he could defend the honor of Louisiana.
(Above Right)

The only recommendation Id offer on the skin is to make the checkerboard a little ragged as it is in the photos. The operating conditions they had when stationed in New Guinea were primitive and, to hear Dad tell it, so were these planes, compared to the Zero and the other planes the Americans were deploying. Whenever he saw a rendition someone had done of his plane, its one of the first things his eyes fell on.

Some of the poetry in the tail graphics being imprecise is intentionally contrasting to the engineering precision of the Zero, along with the superior supply infrastructure and human support that plane got compared to the Zero. Dad said that his mechanic serviced 24 planes alone, often making repairs from parts scavenged from felled planes. The un-straight checkerboard emphasized the underdog qualities of the plane, the pilot and the way that many Americans on New Guinea often felt.

Perhaps he just didnt have a ruler. He was very good at making up stories after the fact.
I hope this is helpful. Its a beautiful job. I wish he could see it.
Thank you,
Lisa Vodra
Daughter of Richard Vodra

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 49FG8FS Yellow 57 Pilot Richard J. Vodra New Guinea, 1943

Profile 00: P-40N, 8th Fighter Squadron (49th Fighter Group), New Guinea, 1943, flown by Capt. Richard J. Vodra. Vodra downed two Zekes with this aircraft in the 8thFSs big serial battle over Oro Bay on May 1943. He later decorated the Rudder of his P-40N with Black and White checks in the autumn of 1943 at Mariliana.

Planes and Pilots: Curtiss P40 Vol 3 From 1939 to 1945.

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 49FG8FS Yellow 57 Pilot Vodra New Guinea 1943 01

Photos 01: The unnumbered P-40 with the checkered .rudder was the aircraft of Capt. Richard Vodra, an ace with the 49th Fighter Groups 8th Squadron. Dick is the middle man in the photo. His aircraft number was 57 and later bore the number and the nickname of Squirrel Bait. Another 49er, Lt. Danny Moore, also flew a similiar marked P-40 with checker rudder. It was a personal joke between himself and Joe Littleton. Both were from Louisiana and as Joe got shot up pretty roughly by 'Wewak Willie' or 'Sakie of Wewak' a colorful Zero pilot who flew a Zero that was completely checked overall, Danny painted his rudder as a challenge to the Checkered Zero to come up and fight so he could defend the honor of Louisiana. (Above Right)

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk 49FG8FS Yellow 57 Pilot Vodra New Guinea 1943 02

Photos 02: Capt. Dick Vodra, wears the over water dress favored by the fashion-conscious pilots of the SWPA. The Mae West was a must. Modelers note the ragged lines of the rudder checks and take heart. [R. Vodra]

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