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Lt. Wade B “Nick” Charlton, Vestaburg, PA., 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21221 UN-C/ “Pinky”. Lt. Charlton named his a/c from the pink elephants seen in the film “Dumbo”. Artwork showed “Pinky” wearing a flight helmet and looking through a yellow telescope at an old Pennsylvania road sign - Route 88, this being the main road from Pittsburgh to his home town of Vestaburg. He said that when he and the other pilots had too much to drink, they of course saw pink elephants; so he took it a step further. What if the pink elephants got drunk? They would see a vision of the sweetest sight in the world which was the road back home.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis

 

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