The "Gipper" Stands Proud!

 

 

Our Very Own Babe

This photo came from my sister who holds the family album. This is my favorite of me about 1950 or 1951. I was 10 or 11 years old.

I was a war brat and this photo was taken in Japan, since my Father was a B-29 pilot and stationed there. This was taken at Camp Hakida Airforce Base near Fukuoko on the Island of Kushu. (not sure of the spelling of any names).

We had just landed after flying routine area and shore patrol in the vicinity in a flight of 4 Grumman Hellcats. I was flying between the legs of the Navy commander in this plane. During the flight, we flew a gunnery practice excercise which was to shoot at a decoy float target anchored off shore in the Japan Sea.

He let me fly the plane and shoot at the target using real bullets. So, as you can see I had a big smile on my face. I was thrilled with doing what I had just finished doing.

I figure, I might have been the USA's youngest fighter pilot that day. This day it was the Navy's youngest pilot.

Cheers,
Harry "Gipper" Morris

 

And now with modern "spy" cameras

let's get a closer look

 

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