"Blackhawk: "This Is My Own, My Native Land"": The Blackhawk Squadron flies from Blackhawk Island, over the Atlantic Ocean, across the deserts of Africa, and into the interior of China, to team up with a famous American group of volunteer aviators. In this region, the Japanese have been using a


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Military Comics #27 is an issue of the series Military Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1944.

Appearing in Blackhawk: "This Is My Own, My Native Land"

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Items:

  • Japanese aircraft launching catapult

Vehicles:

  • six Blackhawk Grumman XF5F Skyrockets
  • AVG Curtiss P-40 Warhawks (one is abandoned and burned)
  • AVG 2-engine cargo planes (at least 4 are destroyed)
  • Japanese fighter planes (some are destroyed)

Synopsis for Blackhawk: "This Is My Own, My Native Land"

The Blackhawk Squadron flies from Blackhawk Island, over the Atlantic Ocean, across the deserts of Africa, and into the interior of China, to team up with a famous American group of volunteer aviators. In this region, the Japanese have been using a catapult drome to launch fighters. The G-forces from this device was killing off aviators at a grim rate, and these pilots were kept alive with strong dosages of drugs. Meanwhile one American flier, Harvey Wilkins, has completely lost his nerve, deserted his unit, and collaborated with the Japanese.

Blackhawk gets captured and tortured by the Japanese, and rescued by the Blackhawks, who escape from the Japanese compound, while Wilkins redeems his recent acts of cowardice by blowing up the enemy ammo dump, with himself inside it, which cuts off the Japanese pursuit of the escaping Blackhawks.

Appearing in Sniper: "The Time the Sniper Lost"

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Supporting Characters:

  • his band of Guerrillas: Carlo Sorro (Dies), others

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Other Characters:

  • Rataku Civilians
    • Esteban Sorro, Carlo's father

Locations:

  • Philippines
    • lonely mountain crag, Sniper's Band's camp
    • Rataku Volcano Island
    • Kaui, town

Vehicles:

  • Sniper's sailboat

Synopsis for Sniper: "The Time the Sniper Lost"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Death Patrol: "Animals For Germany"

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Animals:

  • search dogs (retrievers, as it turns out)
  • whale (Apparent Death)

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Synopsis for Death Patrol: "Animals For Germany"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Private Dogtag: "Dogtag's Robot Double"

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Synopsis for Private Dogtag: "Dogtag's Robot Double"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Pacific Patrol: "Tin Can Alley"

Featured Characters:

  • Pacific Patrol
    • Lieutenant Hugh "Robbie" Robinson
      • PT crews: Lt. Green, others

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Vehicles:

  • squadron of U.S. PT Boats
  • six Japanese destroyers, one cruiser, one submarine, and one patrol ship (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Pacific Patrol: "Tin Can Alley"

(nonfiction account of the "Tokyo Express" part of the Solomon Islands campaign)

Appearing in PT Boat: "Faruk Island"

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Supporting Characters:

  • MTB Squadron Six
  • PT Squadron Commander (not yet named)

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Other Characters:

  • Kohi, turtle fisherman
  • Mwala, his wife
  • Laku, pearl diver

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • at least four U.S. PT Boats
  • Japanese destroyers and troop transports (some destroyed)

Synopsis for PT Boat: "Faruk Island"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Secret War News: "U.S. Shock Troops Conquer Munda"

Featured Characters:

  • Lt. Gene Baxter, 130th Inf.
    • his patrol

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Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Armada of Japanese Zeroes, Mitsubishi bombers, and Aichi dive bombers (101 destroyed)
  • many U.S. P40 and F4U fighters (some destroyed)
  • U.S. landing craft, jeeps, ducks, and tanks (some destroyed)
  • SS McCawley, U.S. transport (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Secret War News: "U.S. Shock Troops Conquer Munda"

(nonfiction account of the New Georgia campaign)

Notes

  • Blackhawk
    • The "Flying Fools" are based on the Real World American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers.
    • Blackhawk gets his first recorded set of bullet wounds. Being a Blackhawk is dangerous.
    • Nagishi is still alive and at large at the end of this story. Also the aircraft launcher itself is not apparently destroyed.
  • Death Patrol:
    • Del Van Dyne, who was absent from last issue, is present in this one. Hank and Jackie are both missing.
    • The Death Patrol's unique compact warplanes are not seen in this story, and no flying takes place.
    • The team once again gets swallowed by a whale; this time it's a real whale.
  • Pacific Patrol:
    • Lieutenant Hugh Robinson was a real person, but has no Wikipedia page. He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in this battle, and lived to the age of 92.
  • PT Boat
    • Paul and Perry are back to working at MTB Squadron Six vice Squadron Eight, with no explanation. There still are no hull numbers on their boats. Their Squadron boss still has no name.
    • Their writer and their artist still have no credits.
    • At this story's end, Perry Tobias is still an Ensign, but is likely to receive a medal.
    • Kohi the fisherman lives by hunting sea turtles.
  • Secret War News
    • "This is an actual story based upon inside facts gathered from U.S.N. Information Bureaus."
    • Fred Guardineer's art shows some explicit bayonet and knife action, and flamethrower work, in this story.
    • Lt. Gene Baxter seems like a real person, and is presented as one, but he has no entry in Wikipedia.
  • The Sniper: Rataku Volcano spews molten rock, but does not explode.
  • Also featured in this issue of Military Comics were:

Trivia

  • Jack Cole signs his Death Patrol art as "Ralph Johns"
  • "MTB Squadron Six" is spelled "MBT Squadron Six" in the splash page of the PT Boat story.



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Recommended Reading

Links and References

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