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Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased) - Art prints and originals signed by Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased) Robert James Rankin was born on 23rd October 1918 in Washington, D.C. Joining the Army Air Corps on 6th March 1941, he served in the enlisted ranks until he became an aviation cadet on 15th July 1942. He graduated from pilot training at Luke Field, Arizona on 11 April 1943. Posted to join the 56th Fighter Group, he arrived in based at Halesworth, England in April 1943 and was allocated to the 61st Fighter Squadron. His victories steadily mounted and by the end of the war his tally stood at 10 aerial victories. Rankin's record day came on 12th May 1944, flying in bomber formation to deceive the enemy into mistaking them for the bomber force, at a predetermined point the 56th fanned out into flights of four to encounter enemy fighters forming up to intercept the "bombers". Rankin led his flight to an attack on 25 plus Me-109s, claiming two kills. A short time later, he and his wingman joined with the Group Commander who was circling with 50 plus enemy fighters. Providing cover for the Group Commander, Rankin destroyed three Me-109s. He became the European Theater of Operations first P-47 pilot to score five victories on one mission. Rankin served in the Korean War, serving as director of operations for the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing. During the next 11 years, he commanded six fighter-Interceptor squadrons. On the 9th November 1963 Rankin was promoted to Colonel , he retired as Vice-Commander of the 20th Air Division on 1 April 1973. Shorty Rankin passed away on 14th March 2013.Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased)"> Robert James Rankin was born on 23rd October 1918 in Washington, D.C. Joining the Army Air Corps on 6th March 1941, he served in the enlisted ranks until he became an aviation cadet on 15th July 1942. He graduated from pilot training at Luke Field, Arizona on 11 April 1943. Posted to join the 56th Fighter Group, he arrived in based at Halesworth, England in April 1943 and was allocated to the 61st Fighter Squadron. His victories steadily mounted and by the end of the war his tally stood at 10 aerial victories. Rankin's record day came on 12th May 1944, flying in bomber formation to deceive the enemy into mistaking them for the bomber force, at a predetermined point the 56th fanned out into flights of four to encounter enemy fighters forming up to intercept the "bombers". Rankin led his flight to an attack on 25 plus Me-109s, claiming two kills. A short time later, he and his wingman joined with the Group Commander who was circling with 50 plus enemy fighters. Providing cover for the Group Commander, Rankin destroyed three Me-109s. He became the European Theater of Operations first P-47 pilot to score five victories on one mission. Rankin served in the Korean War, serving as director of operations for the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing. During the next 11 years, he commanded six fighter-Interceptor squadrons. On the 9th November 1963 Rankin was promoted to Colonel , he retired as Vice-Commander of the 20th Air Division on 1 April 1973. Shorty Rankin passed away on 14th March 2013.Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased)">

Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased)

Ace with 10.00 Victories

Robert James Rankin was born on 23rd October 1918 in Washington, D.C. Joining the Army Air Corps on 6th March 1941, he served in the enlisted ranks until he became an aviation cadet on 15th July 1942. He graduated from pilot training at Luke Field, Arizona on 11 April 1943. Posted to join the 56th Fighter Group, he arrived in based at Halesworth, England in April 1943 and was allocated to the 61st Fighter Squadron. His victories steadily mounted and by the end of the war his tally stood at 10 aerial victories. Rankin's record day came on 12th May 1944, flying in bomber formation to deceive the enemy into mistaking them for the bomber force, at a predetermined point the 56th fanned out into flights of four to encounter enemy fighters forming up to intercept the "bombers". Rankin led his flight to an attack on 25 plus Me-109s, claiming two kills. A short time later, he and his wingman joined with the Group Commander who was circling with 50 plus enemy fighters. Providing cover for the Group Commander, Rankin destroyed three Me-109s. He became the European Theater of Operations first P-47 pilot to score five victories on one mission. Rankin served in the Korean War, serving as director of operations for the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing. During the next 11 years, he commanded six fighter-Interceptor squadrons. On the 9th November 1963 Rankin was promoted to Colonel , he retired as Vice-Commander of the 20th Air Division on 1 April 1973. Shorty Rankin passed away on 14th March 2013.

Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased)

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 The 56th Fighter Group was led by some of Americas greatest fighter leaders of World War II and was home to many of its leading fighter Aces.  Under successive commanders Hub Zemke, Robert Landry and David Schilling, the 56th destroyed more enemy ai......
The Wolfpack by Robert Taylor. (AP)
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 The 56th Fighter Group was led by some of Americas greatest fighter leaders of World War II and was home to many of its leading fighter Aces.  Under successive commanders Hub Zemke, Robert Landry and David Schilling, the 56th destroyed more enemy ai......
The Wolfpack by Robert Taylor. (B)
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The 56th Fighter Group was led by some of Americas greatest fighter leaders of World War II and was home to many of its leading fighter Aces. Under successive commanders Hub Zemke, Robert Landry and David Schilling, the 56th destroyed more enemy ai......

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 The 56th Fighter Group was led by some of Americas greatest fighter leaders of World War II and was home to many of its leading fighter Aces.  Under successive commanders Hub Zemke, Robert Landry and David Schilling, the 56th destroyed more enemy ai......
The Wolfpack by Robert Taylor. (C)
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The 56th Fighter Group was led by some of Americas greatest fighter leaders of World War II and was home to many of its leading fighter Aces. Under successive commanders Hub Zemke, Robert Landry and David Schilling, the 56th destroyed more enemy ai......NOT
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 Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
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Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......

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 Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor. (AP)
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Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......

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 Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor. (B)
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Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......

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 Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor. (C)
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Duxford became home to the 78th Fighter Group when they arrived in England with their P-47B Thunderbolts in 1943. The objective of the American fighter units was to gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe in support of their daylight bombing campaig......

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Pack 756. Pack of two Thunderbolt aircraft prints by Robert Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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The Wolfpack by Robert Taylor. (B)
Thunderbolts and Lightnings by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)

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The Wolfpack by Robert Taylor. (B)
Thunderbolt Strike by Robert Taylor.

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Pack 760. Pack of two P47 Thunderbolt prints by Robert Taylor and Simon Smith.
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The Wolfpack by Robert Taylor. (B)
Return From Bremen by Simon Smith.

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Pack 761. Pack of two P-47 Thunderbolt prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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The Wolfpack by Robert Taylor. (B)
Duxford Pair by Ivan Berryman (GS)

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P-47 Thunderbolt 78th Fighter Group Prints by Richard Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
Duxford Pair by Ivan Berryman.

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P-47 Thunderbolt Aviation Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
Zemke's First Fan by David Pentland.

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P-47 Thunderbolt Aviation Art Prints by Richard Taylor and Simon Smith.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
Return From Bremen by Simon Smith.

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Pilot Signed P-47 Thunderbolt Prints by Richard Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
Thunderbolts and Lightnings by Nicolas Trudgian.

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P-47 Thunderbolt Prints by Richard Taylor and Stan Stokes.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
Bridge Busting Jugs by Stan Stokes.

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Pilot Signed P-47 Thunderbolt Aviation Prints by Richard Taylor and Stan Stokes.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
Bridge Busting Jugs by Stan Stokes. (B)

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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor.
Herky's Big Day by Stan Stokes.

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78th Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt Prints by Richard Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor. (AP)
Duxford Pair by Ivan Berryman (AP)

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P-47 Thunderbolt Artist Proof Edition Prints by Richard Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor. (AP)
Thunderbolts and Lightnings by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

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Days of Thunder by Richard Taylor. (AP)
Bridge Busting Jugs by Stan Stokes. (B)

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Squadrons for : Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased)
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Colonel Robert J Shorty Rankin (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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56th Fighter Group


Country : US

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61st Fighter Squadron

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