Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 28, 2017 10:25:14 GMT 12
I came across this White Aviation photo on the National Library website and thought it looked cool, so I loaded the zoomible version to see which aircraft serial it was. Hmm, no serial. Then I realised the roundels look to be faked, and hand drawn on. Looks like Leo White has doctored a Lockheed photo perhaps?
Whites Aviation/Leo White were masters of doctoring photos to meet their needs. Some were well done, some certainly not so. One bad one I remember was an Avenger, with RNZAF markings obviously added via darkroom wizardry. They even had a couple of these "modified" prints on their list of photos available for purchase.
Yep, it is a fake all right, although I was not aware of this one before. Funnily enough the RNZAF itself did actually take an almost identical view of one of its own PV-1s in about June 1944, NZ4616 from memory, and it was a beauty too! However we do not know the identity of the photographer. Would have been funny had it been Leo himself. David D
The June 1944 "shot" of NZ4616 was just one of a series taken whilst operating from Whenuapai, could have been up to a dozen or more exposures including some taken as the aircraft banked away. The aircraft was a brand new one, so its finish was fairly immaculate at the time. David D