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Captain William Bee OBrien (deceased)


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Captain William Bee OBrien (deceased)

William O'Brien was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His father Terence O'Brien was an oil-field worker, and his mother, Agnes, was a nurse. Obee O'Brien graduated from Oklahoma Military Academy and trained as a pilot before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps service in 1942. He took flight training at Luke Field in Phoenix and in Nevada before arriving in England in late 1943. Willaim OBee O'Brien flew P-51 Mustangs with the 357th Fighter Group, scoring his first enemy plane on March 6th, 1944, during a bomber escort mission to Berlin. He flew 77 combat missions, most with the 363rd Fighter Squadron, and became an Ace, with 5 victories. During his service with the 357th Fighter Group's 363th Fighter Squadron of the 8th US Air Force, O'Brien also earned eight Air Medals, including Distinguished Flying Crosses and the French Croix de Guerre. The French decoration was a unit citation bestowed in recognition of the role of the 357th Fighter Group in the liberation of France. After the war, O'Brien earned bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Tulsa, becoming a geophysicist for Stabdard Oil Company. Sadly Captain William Bee O'Brien died on Sunday 5th March 2006 of heart problems. He was 84.

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 A pair of P51D Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, escort a damaged B17G Flying Fortress of the 381st Bomb Group back to its home base of Ridgewell, England, during the Autumn of 1944. ......
Last One Home by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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A pair of P51D Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, escort a damaged B17G Flying Fortress of the 381st Bomb Group back to its home base of Ridgewell, England, during the Autumn of 1944. ......

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 In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxio......
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.
Price : £160.00
In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxio......

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 In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxio......
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
Price : £220.00
In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxio......

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  In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxi......
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian. (XX)
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In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxi......

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 In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxio......
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian. (Y)
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In a scene that was repeated almost daily throughout the long war years, the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group have returned from a gruelling mission to their base in Leiston, Suffolk. As they clamber out of their aircraft, all eyes are turned anxio......

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  The 357th Fighter Group was thrown into action soon after arriving in England in February 1944.  Being the first fighter group equipped with P-51 Mustangs, great things were expected of them, and they did not disappoint; in the final year of the wa......American Eagles by Robert Taylor (AP)
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The 357th Fighter Group was thrown into action soon after arriving in England in February 1944. Being the first fighter group equipped with P-51 Mustangs, great things were expected of them, and they did not disappoint; in the final year of the wa......NOT
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 P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group clash with Me109s in close combat as they struggle for air superiority over the heart of Germany, during the desperate days of 1945.  It had begun - the end game was inexorably in play.  The final defeat of G......The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor. (E)
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P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group clash with Me109s in close combat as they struggle for air superiority over the heart of Germany, during the desperate days of 1945. It had begun - the end game was inexorably in play. The final defeat of G......

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Nicolas Trudgian P-51 Mustang Print Pack.
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Aviation Print Pack. ......

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Mustang Mayhem by Nicolas Trudgian.
Mustangs Over the Mediterranean by Nicolas Trudgian.
Checkertail Clan by Nicolas Trudgian
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.
Guardian Angel by Anthony Saunders.
The Yoxford Boys by Gerald Coulson.

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USAAF 357th Fighter Group Aviation Art.
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Hot Pursuit by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Warm Winter's Welcome by Nicolas Trudgian.
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.
Winter of 45 by Philip West.
Guardian Angel by Anthony Saunders.

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Massive Discount Mustang Aviation Print Pack.
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Mustang Mayhem by Nicolas Trudgian.
Mustangs Over the Mediterranean by Nicolas Trudgian.
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.
Checkertail Clan by Nicolas Trudgian
Guardian Angel by Anthony Saunders.

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P-51 Mustang Aviation Prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Checkertail Clan by Nicolas Trudgian
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.
The Yoxford Boys by Gerald Coulson.

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Special Sale Pack of 5 Prints - 4 FREE!
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Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.
The Struggle for Malta by Ivan Berryman. (F)
LCT 312 by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Typhoons Over Normandy by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Dinah Might by Ivan Berryman.

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Pack 634. Pack of two Mustang aviation prints by Richard Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Red Tail Escort by Richard Taylor.
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.

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357th Fighter Group Mustang Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Philip West.
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Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.
Winter of 45 by Philip West.

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Nicolas Trudgian Mustang Aviation Art.
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Titles in this pack :

Warm Winter's Welcome by Nicolas Trudgian.
Last Man Home by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Captain William Bee OBrien (deceased)

Squadrons for : Captain William Bee OBrien (deceased)
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Captain William Bee OBrien (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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357th Fighter Group

Country : US
Yoxford Boys

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357th Fighter Group

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363rd Fighter Squadron

Country : US

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363rd Fighter Squadron

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Aircraft for : Captain William Bee OBrien (deceased)
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Mustang



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Manufacturer : North American

Mustang

The ubiquitous North American P-51 Mustang, which many consider to be the best all-around fighter of WW II, owes its origins to the British Air Ministry. Following Britains entry into WW II in 1939, the RAF was interested in purchasing additional fighter aircraft from American sources, particularly the Curtiss P-40. Curtiss, which was busy, was unable to guarantee timely delivery so the British approached North American Aviation as a possible second source for the P-40. North American chose to propose its own fighter design which would use the same Allison engine as the P-40. Utilizing new laminar flow wings, the North American fighter was expected to have performance better than the P-40. Developed in record time the new aircraft was designated as a Mustang I by the Brits, whereas the USAAF ordered two for evaluation which were designated XP-51 Apaches. Intrigued with the possibility of using this aircraft also as a dive bomber, North American proposed this to the USAAF which decided to order 500 of the P-51 aircraft to be modified for dive bombing use. Designated as the A-36 Invader, this version of the Mustang utilized dive flaps, and bomb racks under each wing. Some reinforcing of the structural members was also required because of the G-forces to be encountered in dive bombing. A-36s entered combat service with the USAAF prior to any P-51s. In early 1943 the 86th and 27th Fighter Bomber Groups of the 12th Air Force began flying A-36s out of Northern Africa. Despite some early problems with instability caused by the dive flaps, the A-36 was effective in light bombing and strafing roles. It was not, however, capable of dog fighting with German fighters, especially at higher altitudes. Despite these drawbacks one USAAF pilot, Captain Michael T. Russo, who served with the 16th Bomb Squadron of the 27th Fighter Bomber Group, was credited with five confirmed aerial victories in the A-36, thereby becoming the first mustang ace.

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