Mural of a Polecat slick on a restaurant in Batavia, New York
In honor of Batavia's annual "Wings of Eagles" air show, artist
Vinnie Del Plato painted aircraft murals on several buildings in Batavia.
This one is on the wall of "Chuck's Tavern", 341 Ellicott Street.
In 1996, a few weeks before The Moving Wall visited Batavia, New York,
Vinnie called VVA Chapter 193 to ask if we had some helicopter pictures
from the Vietnam War. I eagerly loaned him many photos and encouraged him
to add "192" to the door, First Lift Platoon markings, and
"356" as the tail number.
Although the 192nd AHC was part of the First Aviation Brigade, another
veteran stopped by when Vinnie was painting the mural. He convinced
Vinnie to add the logo of the First Cavalry Division, Airmobile. Our aircraft
also did not have the POW/MIA logo, which was designed several years
after the war.
Photo by Jim Schueckler.