Get an aerial view from an aircraft called MICKEY.


Delivered to the AAF on July 8, 1944, this “H” model went into service with the 389th Squadron in March 1945. The pilot was Maj. James M. Wylie, the 389th Squadron C.O., and he named the aircraft MICKEY, after his wife’s nickname. When S/Sgt. Orian E. Hackler, the crew chief, asked about a tail identifier, Wylie replied that it would be nice to have “X,” for “X marks the spot.”

Wylie claimed this aircraft was a “pilot’s dream,”, and he flew most of his missions in it. On one, he almost lost control of it over Nichols Field on February 6, 1945. An unexploded 20mm shell tore through one wing and the plane swooped towards the ground before Wylie regained control and returned his damaged mount to Mangaldan. Afterwards, the aircraft received only occasional small arms hits. The profile painting shows MICKEY at Mangaldan during April 1945, with 67…

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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 September 1, 2018, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing the story over here, GP!

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  2. What a beautiful story ❤️

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  3. Great to read this story

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  4. I enjoyed reading the post. Thanks for sharing the link.

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  5. Wonderful story, thanks for link.

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  6. Apparently pilots aren’t quite as superstitious as sailors about renaming their craft! It’s neat that we can trace the history of some of the machines that went to war, as well as that of the people.

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  7. These are machines. Thank you for sharing GP! Have a great weekend. Michael

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  8. Good to hear that both the crew and their aircraft survived the war.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. “this aircraft was a “pilot’s dream,” Hmmm… Was the A-20 more agile than the B-25? While it soldiered on till ’45, I’d have thought the Mitchell would have replaced it by the end of 43.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this post from IHRA about Mickey, its brave pilots and its numerous missions. Sad to read that they scrapped the plane later. Salute to all those men!

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  11. Great story. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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