Mac passed away in 1982. Mary, his wife, in 2002.
It was after Mary's passing that a group of pictures, Military Records
and old newspaper clippings were discovered that told of Mac's time in
the war. The memorabilia and documents were later divided up
between Mac and Mary's children. I am sure all of it will be passed
down for many generations to come.
On this website we have done our best to put Mac's story together
from all the things that they had saved all those years. Most of the
pictures have not been seen for over 70 years.
Mac flew a P-51 "Mustang" fighter plane during WWII. He was a
member of the 325th Fighter Group, 318th Fighter Squadron.
They were known as the "Checkertail Clan. .
His plane, the "Mary Mac" #40 had red wing tips and a full checker-tail.
The Mary part of the planes name was a tribute to his wife Mary and of
course the Mac part was his nickname.
Click Here to see a video of take-off and flight in late-evening Italy of the Checkertail
Clan aircraft of Gordon McDaniel. Includes flying under a bridge at finale.
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|This is a true story of an American WWII Fighter Ace, Lt Gordon H. McDaniel of Sweetwater, Tennessee.
He was a member of the 325th Fighter Group, the "Checkertail Clan". His friends called him Mac.
|Background is a scanned copy of one of the mission report papers.