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"Blackhawk: "The Coward Dies Twice"": The Blackhawks jump into a dogfight over the channel between German and British planes. As they destroy the Germans, one of the British fighters deserts. When the dogfight is finished, the Blackhawks find the runaway Spitfire and escort it to [[Blackhawk I


Quote1 Boys and girls, Vladim, our Blackhawk designer has just revamped our Grumman Skyrockets to suit our own needs .. Here are the plans, we'll use them in our next adventure! Quote2
-- Blackhawk



Appearing in Blackhawk: "The Coward Dies Twice"

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  • Walt (Single appearance) (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for Blackhawk: "The Coward Dies Twice"

The Blackhawks jump into a dogfight over the channel between German and British planes. As they destroy the Germans, one of the British fighters deserts. When the dogfight is finished, the Blackhawks find the runaway Spitfire and escort it to Blackhawk Island. There, Blackhawk treats the young Brit with kindness but the rest of the team want nothing to do with a coward. A message arrives saying the Germans are going to seize secrets that could help them build an atomic bomb from a French scientist at the Radium Institute in Paris. The Blackhawks take off and after a series of rousing fights, rescue the scientist. But back on Blackhawk Island, they get another message that tells of a German Luftwaffe raid on its way to wipe out the Blackhawks. The British deserter finds his courage and takes off, arriving just in time to crash his Spitfire into the German bombers, redeeming himself in his death.

Appearing in Archie Atkins, Desert Scout: "Surprise Attack"

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  • Archie Atkins

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  • Achmed
  • Jack Bailey

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  • Billy the goat

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Synopsis for Archie Atkins, Desert Scout: "Surprise Attack"

Archie, Jack, and Achmed happen across a German camp. Their mascot, Billy the goat, distracts the Germans while they plant explosives and otherwise keep the Germans busy until reinforcements arrive.

Appearing in Loops and Banks: "Back to Flight School"

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  • Loops McCann
  • Banks Barrows

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Synopsis for Loops and Banks: "Back to Flight School"

"Banks" Barrows and "Loops" McCann join the US Marines in the Philipine Islands. While on a training flight, they are forced down by a typhoon. They go to a nearby shack and discover that is the base for Japanese agents who are planning an attack on an American aircraft carrier due to arrive any minute. The new Marines overcome the Japanese and save the carrier.

Appearing in Miss America: "At the Wax Museum"

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Synopsis for Miss America: "At the Wax Museum"

Miss America uses her magical powers to defeat a gang of saboteurs.

Appearing in Shot and Shell: "The Boobs in the Bomber"

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  • Sam Shot
  • Slim Shell

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Synopsis for Shot and Shell: "The Boobs in the Bomber"

Bantam Colonel Sam Shot and his sidekick, Slim Shell, are delivering bombers from America to Britain, as navigator and radio operator, respectively. Once in the air, they discover that their pilot and copilot are actually enemy agents. The agents land the bomber (which is not a seaplane) on the ocean near a German submarine. The good guys get back control of the plane, blow up the sub and somehow manage to take off from the water.

Appearing in Yankee Eagle: "The Von Weissman Affair"

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  • Jerry Noble

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  • Sam the eagle

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  • Kurt von Wessmann (Single appearance) (First appearance)

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  • Senator Noble

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Synopsis for Yankee Eagle: "The Von Weissman Affair"

A German espionage agent is picked up at sea by a fishing trawler. He soon siezes control of the trawler and sails it to Wahsington, DC, so he can attack Senator Noble. Meanwhile, Jerry Noble, the Yankee Eagle and the senator's son, is using his unusual ability to communicate with animals at the zoo. When he learns that his father has been kidnapped, he and the animals execute a rescue, including a biplane forced down by an eagle.

Appearing in Death Patrol: "The Battle of Bordeaux"

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  • Del van Dyne
  • Butch O'Keefe
  • Gramps
  • Hank
  • Slick Ward
  • Stoney Rock (First appearance) (Dies)

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  • Colonel Rider

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  • 50 miles west of Bordeaux
  • Bordeaux

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Synopsis for Death Patrol: "The Battle of Bordeaux"

The Death Patrol convicts save a cargo ship from a German submarine. On shore, they discover that the Red Cross ship's cargo of food is being stolen by German agents, and is to be sent to Germany instead of the starving French people. Waiting until the stolen food is loaded aboard a freight train, they board the heavily-guarded train, and methodically toss out the food alongside the tracks, to be picked up by Frenchman. When the guards catch wise, there's a shoot out, and they uncouple some cars to improve the odds, but a lot of soldiers are stationed atop the front end also. Stoney gets shot dead. The Death Patrol fights their way past them and into the cab of the locomotive. Butch kind of knows how to operate a steam locomotive, but not really, and soon the train is racing forward out of control. Very luckily the tracks take them directly to a German air base, into which the train crashes, to extremely destructive effect. The Death Patrol steals an airplane, and make their escape, then are almost shot down by friendly fire when they approach their own aerodrome in the German plane, but manage to land it safely.

Appearing in The Blue Tracer: "Message in a Mirage"

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  • Boomerang Jones

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Synopsis for The Blue Tracer: "Message in a Mirage"

A British recon plane is forced down in the African desert. The crew is soon under attack by Axis forces. They sent up smoke signals which are seen by Wild Bill and Boomerang. They fly the Blue Tracer to the rescue, defeating the enemy forces and delivering the important photographs back to headquarters. To get there, they defeat enemy tanks on the ground and enemy aircraft in the sky.

Appearing in Secret War News: "British Mystery Squad"

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Synopsis for Secret War News: "British Mystery Squad"

This issue's secret war news is about a British motorcycle commando in action on the French coast where they kidnap a German general and traitorus French general.

Notes

  • The Coward Dies Twice is reprinted in The Blackhawk Archives, Volume One.
  • The Blackhawks are flying Grumman XF5F Skyrockets in this issue, and will be again in later issues, but the next three issues will show them flying a very modified version of this warplane, with a standard single rudder. Blackhawk directly addresses the readers, at the end of the story, to display blueprints of these aircraft.
  • Bob Powell is also credited as Bud Ernest in this issue.
  • Includes a one-page feature titled "Sabotage" by Tex Blaisdell and Lake French.
  • Includes a two-page text story by Tex Blaisdell titled "Award for Youth Bravery", about a fifteen year old British boy, John Thomas Cain, youngest winner of the George Medal for his work in rescuing injured from a bombed out building.

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