Robert Scott; Arthur of “God is my Copilot”
“Old Exterminator” P-40K
Artwork and research are by Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
Print Size is 18×24″
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Robert Lee Scott Jr.
By Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
Robert Scott enlisted in the Army in 1927. Scott served as a Private in Company F, 22nd Infantry from 1927 to 1928. In 1928 Scott finally gained an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy where he hit the books hard. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry on June 10, 1932. Scotties next goal was to earn his wings. His wings were finally pinned on his uniform on October 17, 1933 at Kelly Field. He was officially transferred to the Air Corp where he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on May 2, 1935. Scott flew every airplane the Air Corp had including twin engine bombers. Scottie was promoted to Colonel on February 2, 1942 and ended up becoming a flight instructor. He was stationed at Cal Aero Academy at Ontario, California. While he was training American pilots for the possible up-coming war the conflict in Europe was raging.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Scott volunteered for combat right away. Scott was quite disappointed for at the age of thirty-three he was considered too old for combat duty. However things changed and he was assigned to a squadron to fly B-17’s. With the loss of the airfields in China the mission for the whole group changed. The B-17’s they were to fly in combat in China were given to American units in North Africa. Scottie and the other pilots continued on their trip but they were now assigned to fly with the newly formed Assam-Burma-China Transport command. Instead of flying Boeing Bombers in combat Bob found himself flying cargo planes over the “Hump” taking supplies over the earth’s highest peaks to American bases in China.
At this time Bob was itching for combat and not in a cargo plane. The Flying Tigers were becoming famous for their exploits and they became his heroes. The American Volunteer Group was always outnumbered by enemy fighters and bombers yet the group was always victorious. Now here was Scottie flying back and forth over these ridiculously high mountains risking his life to bring the A.V.G. aviation gasoline, oil, food, medical supplies, and aircraft parts.
Clair Chennault was impressed by Bob’s positive attitude and gave Scott a P-40. He called his fighter “Old Exterminator.” From then on Scottie became more or less a freewheeling self-imposed fighter pilot. The very first thing he did to his fighter was to personally draw with a piece of caulk the famous Flying Tiger shark teeth at the opening of his radiator on both sides of the fuselage. He told me that he painted the design on the fighter himself. All the while he was painting Scottie knew that he was the luckiest man in the world.
His first missions were against Japanese troop movements, convoys and barge traffic. The Japanese were using winding mountain roads that were on the sides of the mountains and in valleys that Scott had to navigate with care. The very act of attacking these enemy convoys was more dangerous than the return gunfire the Japanese offered up to him. Robert L. Scott was so effective in his attacks on the Japanese that he was called a “One Man Air Force.” Scott was injured in combat and while he was recovering he wrote the book we now know as “God is my Co-Pilot.” On July 4, 1942 he officially became the commander of the 23rd Fighter Group. Scott scored his first aerial victories on July 31st when he claimed a Type 97 twin-engine bomber and a Zero. He became an Ace in fifty-six days during four aerial encounters.
Scott returned to the United States as a Double Ace. After the war ended Scott stayed in the Air Corp through the transition to the new United States Air Force. He also transitioned into the new jet aircraft that were introduced to the Fighter Squadrons. He was made Commander at several Air Bases with one of his assignments as Commander of the 36th Fighter-Bomber Wing stationed in Germany from March 1, 1951 to May 30, 1953. He finally retired from the Air Force with his last assignment at the Office of Information as a Brigadier General in October 1957. One of his final goals was to become a General.
Robert Lee Scott served our country with a heroic military career. Scott earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He also earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster. Finally he earned the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. The British honored Scott with the British Distinguished Flying Cross for his combat achievements for his raids on Japanese troop movements.
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