Marinell knows that patience will be rewarded.
66 years ago Marinell was assigned to USAAF 504th Squadron of the 339th, The date was 30th June 1944.
Originally piloted by Capt.Bradford V. Stevens, Who named the aircraft " Marinell ".
During a routine fighter sweep,The aircraft was lost in action on the 13th August 1944.
Piloted by Lt.Myer R.Winkelman, Marinell was shot down near Feuguieres, France, Where it crashed into a house.
Lt.Winkelman was killed, The wreckage of Marinell almost disappeared from record, But somehow survived the years,
It turned up for sale in the late 1990's, The Tail Fin still bearing the last 3 digits of her USAAF serial number.
The aircraft was bought by Maurice Hammond in 1998, Where the wreckage was transported to his UK airfield at Hardwick on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Here began a meticulous and painstaking re-build, This was was to take almost 10 years to complete,
It required a replacement engine, A Packard built Merlin engine was discovered in a garage located in a near by Suffolk village, This was stripped & rebuilt, Other parts had to be constructed from new in the USA.
Yes, Marinell knows how to wait, After 66 years whats a few more minutes....!
My little tribute to all those young men & women who endured and those who fell.
Shooting data, ISO 200, Aperture f/8, Shutter 1/500s, Focal length 500mm, Hand held with Optical stabilizing ON.
|Camera:||Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||Sigma 150-500mm, f/5 - f/6.3, APO, DG, OS. |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|