Olivier Dauger, aviation artist
Graphic designer, illustrator, graduate from the Esag Penninghen, Olivier Dauger has been drawing for over thirty years for press, communication, and advertising.
Fan of the ligne claire and of the Franco-Belgian school, he is fond of the 1930’s-40’s (history, design, architecture… and aviation).
He is an ardent admirer of the work of E.P. Jacob, Chaland, Serge Clerc. From 2006 to 2011, his series Ciel en ruine (sky in ruins) sets him as one of the best aeronautical graphic novels artist.
The series Ciel de Guerre, followed by the biography of Hélène Boucher (written by Didier Quella-Guyot) confirmed his talent. His mastering of the aviation theme leads him to be nominated official “Peintre de l’Air et de l’Espace” in 2019.
A Jack of all trades, he also dived into the investigations of Miss Marple and into a political polar titled Les Frères Nowak.
The Corsairs of the Pacific
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair is an American military aircraft that entered service in 1942. Its career far exceeded the era of World War II as its career continued until the 1970s.
The television series “Baa Baa Black Sheep” helped popularise its very characteristic silhouette, with its W-shaped wing (inverted seagull wing).
During World War II, the Corsair operated primarily in the Pacific, with both the US Navy and US Marine Corps Aviation.
The Curtiss P-40
The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was the United States’ third most-produced fighter aircraft during WWII. It flew for the first time in 1938 and remained the only valid and widely available fighter in the American air force.
Their first use by the United States in combat took place on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Out of 99 P-40s based in Hawaii that day, only seven aircraft managed to take to the air and attack the Japanese. They claimed five victories, including four by George Welch. The scenario was quite similar for the 24th Pursuit Group, on the ground of Clark Field in the Philippines, out of the 107 P-40B aircraft based there, there were only 22 left after four days of combat, 26 having been destroyed on the ground. Lieutenant Boyd D. Wagner on his P-40E, did however succeed in shooting down four Nakajima Ki.27 of the 50th Sentai on the 12th, and another on the 16th.
Another famous P-40 fighter group was the 23rd (14th USAAF), which succeeded the Flying Tigers in China, and which operated on this plane until the end of the war with a very good win/loss ratio.
The P-40 ‘Little Jeanne’, which will be visible at Paris Villaroche AIR LEGEND 2021, is a real fighter in the Pacific War. Discover its history here.
The Commonwealth CAC Boomerang
The Commonwealth CAC Boomerang was the only fully Australian-designed aircraft used in World War II.
At the start of the Pacific War, the Royal Australian Air Force had only 175 fighters, moreover, of outdated design.
Unable to obtain aircraft from the British or the Americans, who were already under production pressure, the Australians decided to design their own model.
The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation then produced under licence the CAC Wirraway, derived from the North American NA-33, a training aircraft which would become famous under the name of T-6 Texan.
Lawrence Wacket, chief engineer of the CAC, designed an aircraft based on the NA-33, equipping it with a 1200 hp engine, more than twice as powerful.
The CAC Boomerang, easy to handle and easy to pilot, proved to be a great success. Operational from October 1942, it was not replaced in its role of interceptor until the arrival of more efficient fighters from the United Kingdom and the United States, at the end of 1943.
It remained operational, however, proving to be an excellent tactical support aircraft for ground troops, and distinguished itself in this role until the end of the war.