dr_hermes (dr_hermes) wrote,

There's a story behind each little flag

From March 1943: "Technical Sgt. R.W. Greenwood, a Marine, sits in the cockpit of a Grumman Wildcat fighter plane, based at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, that is credited with shooting down 19 Japanese aircraft, as illustrated by the number of Japanese flags on his plane. Several different pilots have flown the ship during successful missions, but Sgt. Greenwood has remained plane captain. (AP Photo)"

See now, if we had this practice today, you could go into an auto parts store and buy decals to put on your front fender. Cats, dogs, possums, wheelchairs, kids on bicycles...
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