Capt. Vic Tatelman's Photos


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These are pictures from Vic Tatelman's collection of his 2 Air Apaches planes 'Dirty Dora' and 'Dirty Dora II'.  Both were assigned to the "Bats Outa Hell" 499th Bomb Squadron of the 345th Bomb Group.  Those depicted are Victor Bright, Max Ferguson, Willie Graham, William Kemerling, Gordon King, Bill Parke, Herman Quinius, Dick Rizzo, Perry Scott and Norm Walker.

The first section has photos of the original Dirty Dora.  Captions were supplied by Capt. Tatelman.

'Unknown' is airplane mechanic Herman Quinius who was picked out by his brother Webster

Here are his photos of Dirty Dora II.

The Air Apaches were given the honor of escorting the 2 Japanese Betty bombers on the Surrender Mission from Kyushu to Ie Shima.  Vic Tatelman was co-pilot in the 499th Bomb Squadron's B-25J Betty's Dream.  Note the 2 Japanese bombers can be distinguished by the nose glazing and one is missing the last half of its tail glazing.  These are images from Vic Tatelman's collection.

Here are a few more Surrender Mission photos from my collection:

Here's a nice set of color images supplied by Capt. Tatelman.  The 2 color pictures of him are outstanding!

During the Korean War Capt. Tatelman transitioned to jet fighters.  Here he is about 1952 learning the ropes of the F-86. 

Many thanks to Capt. Tatelman for sending these for all to see.

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