Discussion in 'Weapons & Technology in WWII' started by MarcoCole, Jan 9, 2020.
Man we wrecked this thread real good.
"Anything worth doing is worth doing disastrously."
It deserved to be wrecked, the thread starter was a spammer.
I'm beginning to like the latest spammers. They're putting a little effort into trying to look legit. Plus it gives us threads to wreck with no consequences. Kinda like a cheat day on a diet.
Everybody remembers the pilots but no one remembers the ground crew who patched together wrecks and got them flying again. Must have been some administrative people too.
Japan was very aware of them and their national origins. But when you invade another nation, are you going to complain if someone from a neutral nation shows up for the brawl? Isn't there a saying in law that to seek equity, one must do equity?
I think that the pilots got something like $600.00 for each Japanese plane they shot down. That's a lotta money for 1942, and that's almost $9,500.00 in today's dollars according to one of the many inflation calculators available on Google. Sooooo since the flyboys can't fly or fight they aircraft without support from the ground crew, do you think that the pilots did (or should've) "tipped out" the ground crewmen after getting paid for the kills, sort of like how a cocktail waitress tips out the bar backs and busboys? The usual tip out rate is 15% for those not intimately familiar with cocktail waitresses SOP....
Tip for groundcrews [lol]. That is amusing. Sorry sack of sh*t/cheapskate didn't tip me, I'll fix his fuel line and he can be a guest of....
If they were paid in silver coin it would be $11,880 today. If paid in gold it would be around $32k.
So yes the ground crew should be tipped out if we're talking that kind of scratch being paid out!
A-58. You raise a good issue. I remember Galland cursing out his crew chief for installing some armor plate in his canopy. Galland got rapped in the head when he closed it. Then he got into a dogfight and that plate stopped a bullet. Galland then tipped the crew chief because he valued his scalp/life.
Vague memories of a "bonus pool" based on the squadron's overall kills. Clunky brain says "bonus equal to up to 100% of salary if X planes shot down." Bombers were worth more than fighters. Again, forty year old memory.
They were paid $500 per aircraft. $600(monthly) was a pilot's base pay, $675 for flight leaders.
As to "tipping", I doubt it. Payment was not done by the AVG paymaster, but by the CAMCO office in NYC, and the money deposited directly into the pilot's bank account.
Given that the enlisted men were making a minimum of $250 a month, and it was China(a Chinese "dollar was worth about 2 cents on the black market), money was not an issue.