“Flying Fiends” by Jack Fellows

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Image Size: 28" x 18.5"
Paper Size: 32" x 24"

The 30 October, 1944 fighter strike against Sandakan Harbor, North Borneo, Netherlands East Indies was a 750 mile over-water-strike ( each way) for the P-38J/Ls of the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group. Upon reaching the target they were surrounded by anti-aircraft and a stiff barrage of machine gun ground fire. William W. “Pappy” Turner dove on an IJN escort vessel. Hit by defending gunfire, his Lightning was thrown temporarily out of control. Leading 36th Fighter Squadron ace Ken Giroux seen here, was third or fourth over the vessel, striking some high explosives on deck. As the Lightning pilots turned for their three-hour return flight the enemy vessel raged into an inferno. The members of the 36th Fighter Squadron were known as the “Flying Fiends”.