What’s in a Name?

From the researchers who not only know and understand the fighting in the southwest Pacific area, but the men involved!

Please read in honor of Sr. Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton – Woodbridge, VA; US Navy, Iraq & Syria, Bronze Star, KIA on Thanksgiving


From Ken’s Men to the Air Apaches, units of Fifth Air Force had thought of a wide variety of nicknames for themselves. This week, we thought we’d cover the origins of the sobriquets for the 312th, 22nd, 43rd, 38th and 345th Bomb Groups.

The Roarin’ 20’s: The 312th Bomb Group gave themselves this nickname in late March or early April 1944. For the most part, their insignia of a lion jumping through the zero in 20’s wasn’t added as nose art. The men usually used their group logo for signage and patches.

Ken’s Men: Over their years of service during WWII, the 43rd Bomb Group looked up to three men in particular: Gen. George C. Kenney, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Walker and Maj. Kenneth McCullar. Walker and McCullar were killed in action, but the stories of their leadership stuck with the Group for the rest of their war. To honor…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 26, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the reblog! It was a nice surprise, given that the post is over a year old.

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  2. Excellent read ~ it’s interesting to learn the origin of names.

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  3. I could swear I made a comment yesterday about the coincidence of The Roaring 20’s being the subject of the last few posts on my blog (and of my first name being Ken), but apparently it disappeared into cyberspace, aka The Wild Blue Yonder — speaking of which:

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    • I even checked my spam, Ken, I suppose it did go to cyberspace! But I love that video – the theme song is magnificent, isn’t it!? I see our fellow blogger bydesign001’s gravatar image on it. I need to thank him also for that!

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  4. Very interesting post and what are the men of the 312 Bomb group creatief with their names.Sorry I like only your posts the last time.I have a lot of volontierswork and my youngest daughter has rescently cancer and I Try to help her so she can rest.


  5. I still adore that insignia/icon for the F14. (Shamelessly use it myself on occasion …

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  6. Cool artwork!
    And I love the history and the stories you share in your blog! You keep important things, events and people alive for us in 2016!
    Thank you, GP, and hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  7. Very interesting. Follow that blog and always good articles.

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  8. Good post, GP. It took me a while to decode the patch. There’s a lot in there!

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  9. I love looking at artwork on the air planes. I remember thinking they were scary when I was a kid and living on base. But now I really like the scary ones with the sharp teeth!

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  10. They were creative. I enjoy the backstories and the “art” of them. Thanks, GP.

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  11. that’s so interesting, i never realized the stories behind them –

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  12. Always interesting to see the nose and tail art on those aircraft, and to know some of the history behind it too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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