National Geographic : 1946 Feb
Our (lobal Strong Arm 145 © National Geographic S iety Koilidchrom . I. S. Armyfl Air Forices, icial "On the Ball!" Signals Ike's Pilot with Circled Thumb and Forefinger Army Gen. Dwvight D. Eisenhower christened his namesake, an Eighth Air Force Flying Fortress, with a bottle of Mississippi River water. Ike suffered its first major battle damage on its 65th mission. Over Germany flak tore a propeller from its hub; the blades narrowly missed the General's picture.