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Piper L-4 grasshopper ''Rosie the Rocketer''

148k Diloph  4 months ago

Welcome!!!

@Warhawk95 Thanks for the bazookas!

I sorry I forgot to tag you to begin with

this plane is just a Piper J3C, or L-4H plane, turned into a military plane

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Charles Carpenter
Picture of a man standing in front of a light aircraft
Charles Carpenter and his L-4 Grasshopper, Rosie the Rocketer (s/n 43-30426) mounting a trio of bazookas just outboard of the jury struts
Born August 29, 1912
Edgington, Illinois, US
Died March 22, 1966 (aged 53)
Champaign, Illinois, US
Nationality American
Occupation Teacher
Military career
Nickname(s) Bazooka Charlie
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Battles/wars World War II
Lt. Col. Charles "Bazooka Charlie" Carpenter (August 29, 1912 – March 22, 1966) was a United States Army officer and army observation pilot who served in World War II. He is best remembered for destroying several enemy armored vehicles in his bazooka-equipped L-4 Grasshopper light observation aircraft.[1]

Contents
1 Early life and career
2 World War II service
3 Postwar service
3.1 Rosie the Rocketeer
4 References
5 External links
Early life and career
Carpenter was born and raised in the town of Edgington, Illinois. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.[2]

World War II service
Upon arriving in France in 1944, Carpenter was assigned an L-4 Grasshopper for artillery spotter role and reconnaissance missions. Assuming a 150-pound (68 kg) pilot and no radio aboard, the L-4H had a remaining cargo or passenger weight capacity of approximately 232 pounds (105 kg).[3][4] The additional weight of radio and radio operator often exceeded this limit. Inspired by other L-4 pilots who had installed bazookas as anti-tank armament on their planes, Carpenter added bazooka launchers to his plane as well.[4][5][6]

Within a few weeks, on September 20, 1944, during the Battle of Arracourt, Carpenter was credited with knocking out a German armored car and four tanks.[6] Carpenter's plane, bearing USAAF s/n 43-30426, was known as Rosie the Rocketer (a play on Rosie the Riveter), and his exploits were soon featured in numerous press accounts, including Stars and Stripes, the Associated Press, Popular Science, the New York Sun, and Liberty magazine. Carpenter once told a reporter that his idea of fighting a war was to "attack, attack and then attack again."[7]

After destroying his fifth enemy tank, Carpenter told a Stars and Stripes correspondent that the "word must be getting around to watch out for Cubs with bazookas on them. Every time I show up now they shoot with everything they have. They never used to bother Cubs. Bazookas must be bothering them a bit."[8][9]

By war's end, Major Carpenter had destroyed or disabled several German armored cars and tanks (he was officially credited with six tanks destroyed).[6]

Postwar service
In 1945, Carpenter became seriously ill, and was honorably discharged from U.S. Army service in 1946. He returned to work as a history teacher at Urbana High School in Urbana, Illinois, where he worked until his death in 1966 at the age of 53.[10]

Rosie the Rocketeer
In October 2017, the same L-4H that then-Major Carpenter had flown in World War II was located at the Austrian Aviation Museum (german: Österreichisches Luftfahrtmuseum) at Graz Airport, and was acquired by the Collings Foundation for restoration to its WWII appearance by a restorer in La Pine, Oregon,[11] with the restoration reported as complete on July 4, 2020.[12] The aircraft is now on public display at the Collings Foundation's American Heritage Museum.

References
Gallagher, Wes, Charlie Fights Nazi Tanks in Cub Armed With Bazookas, The New York Sun, 2 October 1944
"Bazooka Charles Goes After Nazis". Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. 1944-10-03. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
Piper Cub Weight & Balance Calculation, retrieved 24 October 2011
Fountain, Paul, The Maytag Messerschmitts, Flying Magazine, March 1945, p. 90
Francis, Devon E., Mr. Piper and His Cubs, Iowa State University Press, ISBN 0-8138-1250-X, 9780813812502 (1973), p. 117
What's New in Aviation: Piper Cub Tank Buster, Popular Science, Vol. 146 No. 2 (February 1945) p. 84
Gallagher, Wes, Major Charles Carpenter, Once History Teacher, Now Legend in Patton's Army, The Rock Island Argus, 26 September 1944
The Stars and Stripes, Western Europe ed., Nancy Sector (France), (September 20–30, 1944)
Bazooka Charlie Becomes Tank Ace Today, Prescott Evening Courier, 11 October 1944, p. 2, retrieved 23 February 2015 from Google Books
In Memoriam, Urbana High School Class of 1962, retrieved 23 October 2011
Hogan, Jackson (March 9, 2019). "La Pine man restoring plane flown by 'Bazooka Charlie' in World War II". bendbulletin.com. The Bulletin (Bend, OR). Retrieved May 13, 2019. In 1944, U.S. Army pilot and artillery spotter [Major] Charles Carpenter was in France, fighting in the 4th Armored Division of Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army, when he had a crazy idea...Carpenter strapped three bazookas under each wing of his 1944 Piper L-4H, a frail reconnaissance plane not typically used for combat, flew over the German army and blasted multiple Panzer tanks and armored cars north of the town of Nancy. It earned him the nickname “Bazooka Charlie.”...75 years later, the Piper L-4H — nicknamed “Rosie the Rocketer” — has found its way to a rural garage near La Pine, where it's being restored by a retired engineer.
Hogan, Jackson (July 4, 2020). "La Pine man completes restoration of legendary WWII plane". bendbulletin.com. The Bulletin (Bend, OR). Retrieved September 7, 2020. After a year and a half of painstaking work, “Rosie The Rocketer,” a WWII-era Piper L-4H airplane, has returned to its original 1944 condition, when it was outfitted with bazookas to blast Nazi tanks in France.

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 56.5ft (17.2m)
  • Length 36.5ft (11.1m)
  • Height 15.7ft (4.8m)
  • Empty Weight 4,297lbs (1,949kg)
  • Loaded Weight 6,624lbs (3,004kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.377
  • Wing Loading 7.6lbs/ft2 (37.1kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 871.4ft2 (81.0m2)
  • Drag Points 6093

Parts

  • Number of Parts 577
  • Control Surfaces 5
  • Performance Cost 2,047
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    Bazooka Charlie is coming for your panzers

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    148k Diloph

    @MadBeaver2 thank you

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    This flies really well, and it's super forgiving. Good suspension, low part count, looks great. 10/10 overall.

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    148k Diloph

    @WiFly man nobody READS ANYTHING, its a freaking wiki

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    9,154 WiFly

    What's that bloody long description?

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    148k Diloph

    Yeah, it flew like 1000ft+ irl@YourLoocalKid417

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    @DieLoaf yeah I just couldn't get it very high that's all but I flew it on the D Day map and it was fine

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    148k Diloph

    Doesn’t matter, proof it took off for me is one pic in desc, has me taking off from runway@YourLoocalKid417

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    @DieLoaf its probably bc I flew it on the regular map

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    148k Diloph

    @YourLoocalKid417 MIsterT's normandy map,

    it flew at 80mph, and it takes off for me so idk

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    it seems that it docent have enough power to lift off the ground also what map is in the screen shots

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    148k Diloph

    I don’t know how unbelievably mad I would be if a kid broke my 3,000 dollar pc@ShocK69

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    1,323 ShocK69

    @DieLoaf around 250 to 300 ig, cuz thats what my potato phone can do Tysm :)) my kid broke my pc thats y.....

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    148k Diloph

    What’s the part count that works@ShocK69

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    1,323 ShocK69

    @DieLoaf yeah! Sure why not

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    148k Diloph

    I bet@SilverStar

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    8,256 SilverStar

    Very nice, I had flown in an airplane which was a Cessna L-19, quite similar, it's a cool airplane.

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    148k Diloph

    If I did it would be a bland plane, u want that?@ShocK69

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    1,323 ShocK69

    Man can u make a few parts version of this?? Ty :)

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    warhaw

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    @DieLoaf your welcomr

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    Thankss@AviationCat007

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    Oh dang sorry I forgot@WarHawk95

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