Roger …

by Captain Albert Hailpar, USAAF

Raunchy Roger, the indestructible USAAF fighter pilot, never plunges earthward for collection by a mortician with a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles. He always lands among his brother pilots to the accompaniment of a big horse laugh, is in the air again in a jiffy, pulling bigger and better boners.

In these cartoons Training Aids Division's poster series of Do's and Dont's hammer home object lessons to fighter pilots. Caricature takes the grimness out of the posters, without minimizing their basic seriousness. Making an uninitiated fighter pilot recognize potential danger before it occurs, teaching him what plenty of fighter pilots learned the hard way, is Raunchy Roger's task.

Flying a hot ship in friendly skies is a job that calls for perfect coordination, top health and skill. Add to these, capable opponents with murder in their hearts and you've got a job that allows for no margin of error.

There may be surface clowning, but Roger's exploits make their point. There are many pea-shooters still flying today because, unlike Raunchy Roger, they remember their Do's and Don'ts.

This article was originally published in the June, 1944, issue of Air News magazine, vol 6, no 5, pp 34-35.
The pages (LH page RH page) depict poster warnings for prospective fighter pilots.
Drawings credited to AFTAD.

Drawing captions:

US planes are P-47; German planes are Me-109 or Ju-88. All are stylized for cartoon representation.