Cross Junction, VA
Shoot-out Over Saigon
Painting - Oils On Portrait Canvas
On 10 April, 1945, the 42nd Bomb Group�s Mission #48 was�assigned to the men of B-25J "Nasty Nancy". Their job was�to fly a racetrack route at 10,000� over the city of Saigon, in broad daylight and lure Japanese fighters into a brawl. Japanese fighter groups stationed near Saigon had been taking a continuous toll on allied aircraft operating in the area. The plan was to lure the fighters into a trap using one lone B-25 as bait, the battle-weary "Nasty Nancy".��Waiting high above "Nasty Nancy" in the thin cloud cover were American P-38�s poised to attack when the call sign "Little friends, Come Down and Play" was given. The ensuing battle saw "Nasty Nancy�s" tail gunner,�William Outlaw (right) duel approaching fighters with his .45 caliber pistol after the jamming of his heavy machine guns.�Many of the Japanese fell for the ruse and a considerable number were subsequently shot from the sky. The crewmen of "Nasty Nancy" were officially credited with 4 kills, and lived to tell the tale of this wild "Shoot-Out Over Saigon".
November 15th, 2012
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