B-17G kit by BrickAddiction.com! I modified it to match the colors of the 94th bomb group... Huge credit to Sheldon for the amazing kit!
Frederick Walker was a Brigadier General who had worked his way up through the ranks during the air war over Europe. Castle was the son of a West Point grad, and since he was the firstborn son to the West Point class of 1907, he became the class godson. This would be important years down the road for Castle, as he himself would graduate from West Point in the 30s, and come back to active duty to serve under one of his Godfathers, none other than Major General Ira Eaker. After being on Ira Eaker's 8th AF staff, he was given command of the 94th BG after the previous CO had been lost in action. Then a Major, Castle began to get the unit's morale up through solid leadership, and flew over 25 missions as the lead pilot. His leadership in the face of the enemy earned him a promotion to commanding officer of the 4th Combat Bomb Wing, the parent unit of the 94th. The 94th and her sister units, all under the 4th Combat Bomb Wing, had their tails painted in a very distinct bright yellow color, with V's on the right wing in different colors to denote the units. Castle , even though his position didnt require it, still would fly as lead pilot on missions, something many other General officers wouldnt do. Castle continued this until Christmas Eve, 1944. On December 24, 1944, Castle flew as co-pilot on the lead aircraft of the 487th Bomb Group, RAF Lavenham, England, on his 30th combat mission. The mission fell fifteen minutes behind schedule because of problems assembling the massive force, and the 487th missed its rendezvous with escorting P-51 fighters because the fighters were late in arriving due to the weather. The lead bomber also experienced an intermittent problem with one of its four engines and was attacked by German ME-109 fighters while still over Allied-held territory in Belgium.
Castle's bomber fell away from the formation almost immediately and he instructed the deputy commander by radio to take over the lead. The B-17 struggled with control and moved some distance away from the protection of the bomber force, where it was again attacked. The pilots attempted to return to the bomber column but a third attack set both engines on the right wing on fire. Castle ordered the bomber abandoned but it spun into a dive. The pilots recovered from the dive and seven of the nine crewmen parachuted. The pilot was observed in the nose of the airplane hooking on his parachute, with Castle still at the controls, when the fuel tank in the burning right wing exploded, putting the B-17 into a spin from which it did not recover, crashing near Hods, Belgium. Of the nine crewmen, five survived the crash.
Frederick W. Castle was interred at the American Cemetery and Memorial at Henri-Chapelle, province of Liège, Belgium.
General Castle died a true leader, who epitomized the fighting officer of World War II.
After rewiewing all of your WWII birds, I'm still amazed by this one. You did such a great job!! Creating those beauties with lego seems to me such a challenge.
Yes, I'm a big fan of WWII's warbirds but I build 72thscale plastic model planes. For 28 years...
Keep up the great work!!
Glad everyone likes the B-17G! Again, all I did to this design was customize it to match specific units (I chose the 94th BG and 398th BG), and also a few other cosmetic changes (The nose section, added radial engines, etc). The awesome design came from Sheldon at www.brickaddiction.com. He might not be on MOCpages or any other site but his own, but he has serious talent!
Quoting Marc dZ
Very true! If you go to www.brickaddiction.com you can see the original model that was designed... I have modified the nose a little bit, and the tail and wing tips. I plan on making a few changes still... The radial engine is a challenge I look forward to conquering. Still the credit goes to Sheldon who did the work designing this... I am amazed at his skills, quite extraordinary. Both him and I are working on b-25s, should be finished soon.
Very nice warbird!! Its size must be quite serious, wow!! I like the overall shape (very faithful), the bomb bay, the movable flaps and landing gear and your choice concerning the yellow tail. I would just try to improve the noze (pretty hard, though) and the engines to get closer to the B-17's radial engines.