Air travel has become a major part of our society, with industries and individuals depending on air transport for their livelihood. But have you ever wondered what happens to the artifacts of our airborne culture when they’re no longer needed? In many cases, they’re simply abandoned and forgotten. (images via: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields) Military airfields often have a rich [...]
thetimes-tribune.com: Antiques decorate a good portion of Michael Skovira’s home in Jessup. Many recall the building’s past as the Skovira family grocery store, like the slicer, cash register, scale and glass display case. Others serve as mementos from Mr. Skovira’s time fighting in Europe during World War II. There’s a shell casing that holds flowers and pens; a carbine rifle [...]Read more...
The National World War II Museum will sponsor a 10-day trip tied to the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. The cruise aboard the vessel Silver Cloud will start May 30, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, a center of espionage during World War II. It will move along to key sites on the French coast, where on June 6, 1944, [...]Read more...
45news.yahoo.com: A Washington woman given a stack of World War II-era letters that a friend bought at auction was so moved by the correspondences that she tracked down the family of the author, reports KGW.com in Portland, Ore. The woman, Shawn Story, who lives near the Oregon border in La Center, received the letters, written by Sgt. Delbert Steele to [...]Read more...
theglobalist.com: But that is peanuts compared to what could have been the Soviet occupation of Hokkaido and possibly the northern part of Honshu. Lucky Japan! Second, witnessing the Israeli occupation of Palestine and remembering the American occupation of Japan, one is struck by how much comparatively the latter was a bed of roses. When Japan surrendered and the United States [...]Read more...
Based on the book “Escape from Davao” by John D. Lukacs. Narrated by Dale Dye. April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan’s most notorious prison camps. The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor, and the prison from which they [...]
GUY GIBSON: DAMBUSTER By Geoff Thompson Published by Pen & Sword Aviation ISBN: 978 1 78159 055 3 Is it really seventy years since the Dams Raid? It cannot be that long, surely? Those men they are in the pantheon, they live forever, like all their comrades. I remember the elegy for a rear gunner: My brief sweet life is [...]
bellinghamherald.com: On June 24, Whatcom County pilots Jeff Geer and Alan Anders plan to fly from Bellingham in Anders’ World War II-vintage T6-F Texan warplane bound for Fairbanks, deep in the heart of Alaska. The 2,100-mile flight is a training leg in their ambitious effort to create a multi-part documentary, “Warplanes to Siberia,” about the secret U.S. program that delivered [...]
thetimes-tribune.com: Antiques decorate a good portion of Michael Skovira’s home in Jessup. Many recall the building’s past as the Skovira family grocery store, like the slicer, cash register, scale and glass display case. Others serve as mementos from Mr. Skovira’s time fighting in Europe during World War II. There’s a shell casing that holds flowers and pens; a carbine rifle [...]
Oxfordtimes: In a new book about 12,000 heroes, 90-year-old Peter Clarke expresses surprise to find himself on the first page. But an hour in his company reveals just why this softly spoken former solicitor, who has settled near the River Thames in Abingdon, is there as he recalls being on the banks of another river, the Lower Rhine in the [...]
By Dr David Stafford for the BBC Centre for World War Two Studies, Edinburgh University How were the huge risks involved in D-Day overcome, and if the D-Day landings had not succeeded, what kind of a Europe would have prevailed? D-Day success was no sure thing and failure would have meant military and political catastrophe. No-one knew this better than [...]
Theatre: North Africa Location: Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya), on the border with Egypt. Players: Allies: Lieutenant General Noel Beresford-Peirse’s 13th Corps consisting of 7th Armoured Division and 4th Indian Division. Germany: General Erwin Rommel’s Deutsches Afrika Korps including 5th Light Division and 15th Panzer Division. Outcome: A failed attempt to relieve the siege of Tobruk. After Operation Brevity [...]
nj.com: One of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, local hero Clayo C. Rice, passed away at the age of 89 on Wednesday at JFK Hospital-Stratford Division. Rice was drafted out of Bridgeton High School during World War II, but later received his degree, and also received an honorary doctorate from Tuskegee Institute, in Alabama. For President Obama’s [...]
The Telegraph reports: It is bold of Radio 4, and its presenter, Michael Portillo, to challenge the orthodox account of the First World War, says Charles Moore Perhaps the greatest of all journalistic cichés is, ”One thing is certain: things will never be the same again.’’ In the case of the First World War, however, one might think it is [...]
An Irish World War II veteran granted a pardon after fighting in the British army has laid a wreath to remember his comrades. Phil Farrington joined relatives and supporters at Islandbridge war memorial in Dublin to remember men who joined Allied forces and were blacklisted on their return to the Irish Republic. BBC: The Irish government announced a pardon for [...]
therepublic.com: The notion he could bring home extra pay for indulging his adventurous side was enough motivation for Chuck Kaifes of Rostraver to volunteer for a new Army parachute unit while he was waiting to be shipped overseas during World War II. “He said, ‘I was the first one up there,’” according to his wife, Evelyn. “They told them jump [...]
The Telegraph reports: For more than 70 years, it lay in 50ft of water off the Kent coast, until last week when it was raised from the seabed in a restoration project by the RAF Museum. Now the full story behind the Dornier Do-17Z can be told after research in Germany and Britain by The Telegraph pieced together the Nazi bomber’s final [...]