Major Joseph J Hankes

Contributed by Chris Hankes, son of Joseph J. Hankes (excerpted from email.)

My dad was a hump pilot who flew primarily C46's. This picture was merely him jumping in the cockpit of P47-D-23-RA for a photo opp.  I have many pictures of him around C46's as well.

The photo is of him in the cockpit of a P-47 for a photo op in Burma or China in 1945.  He was a hump pilot who primarily flew C-46s over there, but had trained in fighters and was a flight instructor for several years before being sent over seas.  I am very proud of what he and so many others did for this nation in that troubled time.

I had enlarged this photo to 8x10 from a small photo from his collection. In this enlargement, you can clearly read the following information:

U. S. ARMY MODEL P47-D-23-RA
A. A. F. SERIAL NO. 42-27773

It also says:

Wheel- Lt. E.L. Reimel (or Remel maybe?)
Tail Skid- S/Sgt. R.G. Weeks (I think)

It seems like maybe this bird in a photo might be of interest to someone or their family, but I don't see those names in your database, and I don't know where else to look.  I would certainly be grateful if anyone had additional photos of the C46 w/ "Ginny" on the fuselage that my Dad took over there, but realize how improbable it would be for anyone to connect the dots to find my family with such a photo.  I figured at least here, with names and a serial number, I have something to work with.  Or, maybe no one would be
interested.  Who knows?  I always thought that it was cool that you could read that after I enlarged the photo.  Today, I was finally inspired to do something about it.

Sincerely, 

Chris Hankes

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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