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    Book Captures True Story Of B-17 Crew’s Resilience In WWII

    Growing up, I knew the basics about his father’s war history. He was a B-17 pilot and stationed at Thurleigh, England with the 306th Bomb Group. His plane was named the Susan Ruth after my oldest sister who was one year old at the time he went overseas. He flew combat bombing missions over occupied […]

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    This Man’s Innovative Spirit Gave America Hope 75 Years Ago

    The situation in America was looking very bleak 75 years ago.  Germany’s war machine was running at full power in Europe.  To the West, Japan’s war machine was looking extremely daunting as well.  The devastating blow by the Japanese to the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor meant that any American attack on Japan territory would […]

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    PHOTO ESSAY: The WWII Museum Is an Avgeek Must-See!

    The National World War II (WWII) Museum in New Orleans covers all aspects of WWII. It emphasizes the personal dimensions of combat, often told through first-hand combat accounts of soldiers, sailors, Marines, as well as seen by politicians and civilians. Still, no account of WWII is complete without recognizing the aircraft that were instrumental (or […]

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    Hell Hath No Fury Like a Sea Fury

    One of the few prop fighters to shoot down a jet.  The Sea Fury was fierce. On February 21st 1945, the prototype Hawker Sea Fury flew for the first time. The Hawker Sea Fury was designed by legendary British designer Sydney Camm and manufactured by Hawker for the Royal Navy, but began as an effort […]

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    Japan Never Saw It Coming Thanks To These Brave Men

    Deception, heroism, and smart planning by Task Force 58 led to a successful wave of attacks that crippled imperial Japanese forces in the Pacific. Between the 16th and 17th of February 1945, US Navy Task Force 58 conducted the first carrier-based strikes against the Japanese home islands since the Doolittle Raid in April of 1942. The […]

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    If The Nazis Didn’t Kill You On A Mission, The Spartan Lancaster Could

    “The biggest threat wasn’t the Germans.  It was the cold.” Aviation was pretty spartan back in the 40s by today’s standards.  The aircraft wasn’t pressurized, heat was nearly non-existent and the quarters were cramped.  There were operational hazards at every turn. If every bit of exposed skin wasn’t covered, you could get frost bite in […]