This is my dad. He flew 50 missions over Germany in a P-38 Lightening between 1943-44 flying with the 48th Fighter Squadron / 14th Fighter Group, based out of Foggia, Italy
When the war was over and he got back home, like a lot of ex WWII pilots, he wanted to keep feeling that thrill of flying. So he scraped together some cash and he bought the airplane below with some other guys.
The shot below is of him flying the Mooney over the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan.
1966 Mooney Executive
This is my family in front of 6459Q. My sister is on the left, my mom is holding me and I’m holding my dad’s Super 8 camera. My dad is on the right, of course. I still have, and occasionally use, that same Honeywell Elmo Super 8 camera. My dad always had a camera with him, it seemed – at least when we travelled.
He gave me the gift of photography and it’s no accident that I’ve spent my entire career with some kind of camera in my hands.
Happy birthday Dad