Squadron’s unit patch painting of ‘Willie the Wolf’

The FHC’s P-47D carries a painting of “Tallahassee Lassie,” pilot Ralph Jenkins’ wife. The image was created by artist Staff Sergeant Lynn Trank, jokingly considered, “the only indispensable man in the squadron.” Trank and Jenkins also developed the squadron’s unit patch, featuring Willie the Wolf. Willie, dressed to the nines in formal wear, of course, rides an angry cartoon aircraft amid the clouds. Though adorned in bowtie and tails, Willie is always ready for a fight. He carries a pair of pistols in his furry paws and grips a Warner Brothers-style bomb between his sizable feet.

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