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L4 grasshopper and pilot

Article about: My neighbor was a ww2 pilot who flew Piper L4 grasshopper for Gen. Patton. He was part of Patton's headquarters staff and took Patton up on many occassions. He does not talk much about his e

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    My neighbor was a ww2 pilot who flew a Piper L4 grasshopper
    for Gen. Patton. He was part of Patton's headquarters staff
    and took Patton up on many occasions. He does not talk much
    about his experiences but has shared some stories and a few pictures with me.

    Here he is with his dog Mac starting his plane.
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    gregM
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    myself around.

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    He "liberated" a Messerschmitt 108. He loved this plane and
    at the end of the war, flew it all over Germany. He tried to get
    permissin to bring it home but was denied.

    Also in the picture is Charlie. He was a German LW mechanic. They
    befriended him and kept him around to help service the aircraft. My friend
    said that Charlie "could fix anything"
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    gregM
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    myself around.

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    here he is with a captured German Storch. He said it was roughly
    the Luft version of his Piper but said the quality was terrible and that these things really were not safe to fly.
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    gregM
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    I have left out his name as I am sure he would probably be a little
    embarassed by my posting these. He has good stories about
    Patton and his service in ww2 but I will wait untill I get permission
    from him to tell his tales.

    I just thought you might find the aircraft interesting.
    gregM
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    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    VERY interesting. I run Lbirds.com - Liaison aircraft, pilots, restorations, and more!... and would like to ask if you'd email me about this.

    Ryan

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    Greg,

    Thanks very much for posting this. You are very fortunate to have a neighbor like that! About the Fieseler Storch, this aircraft had a stall speed of an INCREDIBLE 32 mph...32mph. Also, this was the type of aircraft used to whisk Benito Mussolini away from captivity.
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    Quote by Rhino1 View Post
    VERY interesting. I run Lbirds.com - Liaison aircraft, pilots, restorations, and more!... and would like to ask if you'd email me about this.

    Ryan
    Ryan, thanks for the posting...very nice site you have. Welcome to the forum from fellow Texas boy.
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    Quote by Rhino1 View Post
    VERY interesting. I run Lbirds.com - Liaison aircraft, pilots, restorations, and more!... and would like to ask if you'd email me about this.

    Ryan
    email sent
    gregM
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    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Over the coarse of the summer, I have been working on a little
    gift for my friend. --- I surprised him with it this afternoon.
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    gregM
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    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    This afternoon he was telling me that the closest he ever came
    to crashing was when he was flying at treetop level and came
    under heavy small arms fire. When he landed, he discovered that
    the struts holding the landing gear together had been shot apart
    and when he landed, one of wheels folded up on him. He counted
    eleven bullet holes but no serious damage.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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