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B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« on: September 09, 2009, 05:15:58 PM »
B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO : The tragedy of the Tondalayo unfolded around 9.15pm, when the Tondalayo ,returning from a leaflet drop on Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, was crossing inland over the east coast. At the same time two enemy aircraft, homeward bound after a sneak raid, were heading easterly at a lower altitude, which no doubt confused the defenders. At 12,000 feet, over Clacton-on-Sea, exploding shells set the aircraft alight in the area of the waist gun positions, severing control cables and injuring the Bombardier, Lt Connie Morton., who sustained injuries to his eyes and right leg. The aircraft rapidly descended to 8,000 feet, and was heading for an emergency landing at Woodbridge when the aircraft was hit again, crippling her further and this time injuring the tail gunner. It was at this point the 'bail out' order was given, all the crew abandoned the aircraft apart from Aber and Harper. Captain Stonerock (naviagator) was the last crewman through the hatch at 5,000ft , and later reported that both Aber and Harper had their harnesses on, but not their chutes, so it can only be assumed that they had insufficient time or altitude to do so.
This all matt black special operations aircraft was attached to the 406th Night Leaflet Squadron based at Cheddington, and was the personal aircraft of the unit's commander, Lt Col Aber, being retained by him when the squadron converted to Liberators. Aber was on his 51st mission when he was shot down. Lt Harper had flown Spitfires with the RCAF, before volunteering for a tour on 'Heavies.'
 
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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2009, 07:55:49 PM »
Nice & evil looking.  I like it Nate.  Great job. :aok
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2009, 11:17:57 PM »
A bold skin for your first time out of the gate :aok Looking forward to see what else is next.

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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2009, 03:21:30 AM »
That is a beautiful skin. seductive, sexy and evil.
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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2009, 11:27:17 AM »
Another Tondalayo, I had no idea there were two planes with that name.  There was a well known B-25 in the 345th BG in the Pacific that had quite a harrowing ordeal while attacking Rabaul. 
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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2009, 04:28:04 PM »
Another Tondalayo, I had no idea there were two planes with that name.  There was a well known B-25 in the 345th BG in the Pacific that had quite a harrowing ordeal while attacking Rabaul. 
Just take a look at how many known B24's have the same name well almost the same. http://www.b24bestweb.com/Pics-T-TONA-TONH.htm My guess a popular song or movie of that era is the cause of the multiple vehicles with the same or similar type of name.


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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2009, 04:59:26 PM »
From what I understand Tondalayo was a character in a movie during the 40s.  "White Cargo" was the movie and Hedy Lamarr was "Tondalayo.
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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2009, 09:54:17 PM »
From what I understand Tondalayo was a character in a movie during the 40s.  "White Cargo" was the movie and Hedy Lamarr was "Tondalayo.

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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2009, 02:39:27 AM »
That's Hedley!

Looks good, looks rather evil. :)

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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2009, 12:13:19 AM »
Oh yes... a plane on a training mission was shot down.
riiiiiiight.


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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2009, 02:37:45 AM »
How is a leaflet drop a "training mission"?
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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2009, 03:56:38 AM »
Don't listen to krusty, the rest of us don't. If he spent as much time working on his own skins instead of complaining about other peoples then his might start looking half way decent.



As for the skin, it looks good. Would you mind posting a hires photo so we can get a better look at the detailing.
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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2009, 08:48:51 AM »
Oh yes... a plane on a training mission was shot down.
riiiiiiight.


IMO not "worthy" of being in AH. But hey, we have skins just as unworthy already in-game.
Confused about the training mission comment? Please elaborate.

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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2009, 11:34:05 AM »
Don't listen to krusty, the rest of us don't. If he spent as much time working on his own skins instead of complaining about other peoples then his might start looking half way decent.



As for the skin, it looks good. Would you mind posting a hires photo so we can get a better look at the detailing.

You know (and Krusty don't take this wrong or anything, you're a great guy), but I have to agree Larry.  It's almost like playing that someone in golf or any other sport and saying "Hey, even though you're beating my brains out I Saw this, this, and this wrong with your swing.  You need to fix that right away to become good..."
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Re: B-17G-65-BO 43-37516 TONDALAYO
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2009, 07:45:46 PM »
lol
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