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. Be sure and visit the
Gallery Section. We have posted many Pictures for you to check out.
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.
|First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Gordon H. McDaniel
(ASN: 0-807583), United States Army Air Forces. On 14 March 1945,
in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, First Lieutenant McDaniel
destroyed five German FW-190 fighter aircraft to become an "ACE" in a single day.
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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.
"The lost images of Ross A. Taylor - Crew Chief and Photographer with the Checkertail Clan Sadly no-one knows where
the family of Ross A. Taylor is now but somewhere out there is a huge archive of Checkertail images and negatives waiting
to be discovered. Ross was last known to reside at 222 Joyce Road, Scott Depot, WV 25530 but since he passed away
there is no known location of his family or wife Mary Lou.
He created this footage with just a small selection of the images he had, I hope one day that the family will be found and
maybe the archive made available for everyone to share the history of "The Checkertail Clan"
"If you know of his family or have any contact details please pass them on to me, Neil Pugh,
at: firstname.lastname@example.org Very much appreciate any help in finding his family and maybe the lost archive of images."
A Message from Neil Pugh