The last of the Doolittle Raiders has died...
“Everyone wanted to go on that mission,
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The last of the Doolittle Raiders has died...
“Everyone wanted to go on that mission,
This was very interesting.. check it out!
Short clip from the K**I interview
The Doolittle Raid proved how a large airplane could take off from a carrier deck, namely the CV-8 Hornet in 1942.
Aboard USS Ranger (CV-61), the 3d Forrestal supercarrier, and later again, aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), this feat was repeated.
DID YOU KNOW?
Check out this view from inside the Palm Springs Air Museum C-47... Very cool!
Today, December 17th in 1935 was a very significant day in aviation history; The first flight of the DC-3, the military version designated as C-47. It revolutionized air transportation in the 1930's and had an enormous effect in World War II. Over 80 years later, many still fly daily in active commercial and military service attesting to it's durability and uselfullness.
You can fly in our C-47 "What's Up Doc?" right here at the Palm Springs Air Musuem. It is more than a flight experience, it is an experience of history. Check it out and Thanks! https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/warbirdrides/
Palm Springs Air Museum is restoring a PBY Catalina! But, they could use some help. There are some great backer perks on their Indiegogo fundraising page... check it out.
We are restoring a great aircraft hero and life saver to one day fly again! Our United States Navy PBY Catalina. There are some great fun perks coming your way for helping us out! Please take a look and Thanks!
Brilliant animation of JU-88 "Vater und Sohn" by Ronnie Olsthoorn for THE SITE - WW2 Movie- Ronnie will be modeling and animating our JU-388 for the Tunisian airfield scene and the flight to the area where the crates are buried. We are very lucky to have him on board as you can see he is very talented and dedicated to historical accuracy. There will be more info about him when we launch our Indiegogo campaign in early January. #thesitemovie #ww2 #worldwar2 #movie #indiefilm
What was your moment in movie history that got you set up for World War II?
Many classic movies featured model planes, ships, tanks and so on. Nowadays, most is getting CGI treatment. The main reason is that sometimes it is easier than having hundreds of models running all over the place.
But regardless, it also meant an inspiration for future modelers to build their own pieces of history.
How many nowadays still spend hours building kits?
Dieter Leemans, one of our admins, has been at it for 30 years already... How about you?
I travel with my BMW powered oldtimer sidecar to soldiers graveyards to bring wreaths or flowers. Links above.
(nonprofit, unpolitical project)
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My homepage in English, Français und 日本語:
- Posted with kind permission.
Ich fahre mit meinem alten Gespann zu Schlachtfeldern & Soldatenfriedhöfe um zu gedenken und einen Kranz niederzulegen. (unpolitisch & nonprofit Projekt)
Here is one of the vehicles we would like to use in our film THE SITE - Movie - Our Indiegogo fundraising campaign will launch next week. Follow our page for updatees!
Here is raw footage of an Sd Kfz 251 (a converted Czech OT-810) that we would like to use in the film. This vehicle belongs to Panzerfabrik in Colorado. To get this kind of vehicle in the film, we need backers on our upcoming Indiegogo funding raising campaign. So, please share our page so can get as many followers are possible before we launch our campaign. Thanks!
The Weather Page Malta
German submarine U-571 replica spotted at the Malta Dockyard! 😱
Video taken by @steel_fiend
More war movies up coming. Remake or new movie about Midway on its way.
Let’s hope for the best.
Here is something for the lovers of the Lancaster!
Weʼre raising money to Help fund the recovery of "Easy Elsie" the last surviving Avro Lancaster of the famous Dambusters from Sweden back to the UK. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.
Here is some art work I commissioned so we would have a good idea What 8Z looked like. It took several years of research to find some film clips and one still photo of 8Z to determine what she looked like. I also commissioned art work for what Sandbar Mitchell looked like when in service as a TB 25 and as a firebomber and as she will look like once restored.
IF you have Amazon Streaming a Show called the Restorers will be released on Nov 11th, 2018 that will have in episode 2 the recovery of Sandbar Mitchell.
There are several of us working as Admins for this page. I was asked to share some info on the B-25 restoration project I am part of. Here is a narrative on 4 years worth of research that is still a work in progress.
The Warbirds of Glory Museum is restoring a B-25 to flying condition and will be painted as 8Z.
No one knew anything about 8Z, so I started a research project.
You can learn more about the restoration by clicking the links at the bottom of the narrative.
I can answer most questions as well, so ask away.
On March 20, 1945, elements of the 486th and 488th Bombardment Squadrons of the 340th Bombardment Group (Medium) took off to bomb the Campo North Railroad Bridge. This was the 802nd combat mission for the 340th BG. Leading the mission was the 488th, with 3 planes in the chaff/phosphorous element. This element consist of the first planes over the target, dropping aluminum strips (chaff from the starboard rear escape hatch) to confuse the enemy radar and white phosphorus (WP) incendiary bombs to force enemy gun crews to take cover.
8Z was part of a three-plane flight to suppress the flak gun positions protecting the Campo Rail bridges. The six man crew flying in 8Z that day is 2nd Lt. James E. Jacobs -Pilot, 2nd Lt. Hardy D. Narron -CoPilot, S/Sgt Medard R. Tafoya -Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer, 1st Lt. George W. Hammond-Bombardier, S/Sgt Jack B. Willingham- Radio/Gunner, S/Sgt Melvin E. Kelley -Tail Gunner. The flak suppression flight required these three planes to break off from the main group two minutes before the bomb run would start. They would first drop chaff, to disrupt the radar used to aim the flak guns. Then they would drop Phosphorus bombs with fuses set for air bursts. This caused the Germans to head for cover until the Phosphorus had landed and burned out. In this scenario, by the time the Germans returned to their flak guns, the bombing run would be complete. The use of WP was considered by the Germans to be a violation of the Geneva Convention, and a War Crime. Crews from this element took great risk of being executed or being sent to a concentration camp if shot down and captured. Knowing the three aircraft that broke off from the main bombing force were heading for the flak positions the Germans concentrated their fire on them. The 488th BS and 486th BS both followed with boxes of 12 and 6 planes each, respectively (for a total of 21 planes over the target). Conditions over the target were reported as CAVU, with slight haze. Ship 8Z (B-25J-2, 43-27537) piloted by 2nd Lt. James E. Jacobs was in the Number 2 position (on the right side of the lead plane) of the chaff/phosphorus flight. S/Sgt. Kenneth G. Bryan (Turret Gunner of 8B, the lead aircraft) reported that three to four bursts of heavy flak had hit them, and that “8Z was vitally hit, fell behind and announced over the VHF that they were feathering a engine.”
A B-25, without bombs, could fly on one engine but could only maintain an altitude of 6,500 feet at best. The crew of 8Z knew the mountains around them were higher than their B-25 could fly over on one engine. There had been only one B-25 that returned to Corsica, their home base, after losing an engine in the Brenner Pass area and that happened only three days before this mission. That pilot was one of the most experienced pilots in the group and he was lucky to find a pass low enough to get through on one engine.
The crew of 8Z radioed they were bailing out. They had flow south from Campo for some 50 miles into the Valley of the Sun and then turned into the Rabbi Valley where the crew dropped their remaining five Phosphorus bombs (The M-47 Phosphorus bomb weighed 97 pounds) into the woods away from the locals. They managed to turn around and head back to the Valley of the Sun some 3 kilometers from where they dropped their remaining bombs. Three crewmen bailed out into the Rabbi Valley (Kelley, Willingham, Hammond) and the remaining three crewmen (Tafoya, Narron and then Jacobs) bailed out while crossing the Valley of the Sun and watched 8Z crash into the side of a mountain. Once on the ground, the crew of 8Z were quickly captured by the Germans and put in the jail in Male’ and held there until later being transported to the Gestapo holding cells at the Bolzano concentration camp on March 23rd. The Camp walls are still in existent and the rest of the camp was torn down and low income housing built within the walls. The camp address is Via Resia 80 Bolzano. It should be noted the Germans had some 4,000 soldiers looking for resistance fighters and OSS agents in this area and the crew of 8Z landed in the middle of this German force searching for enemy combatants.
The book “The Brenner Assignment”, by Patrick K. O’Donnell, details the OSS operations in the Brenner Pass and mentions the fate of the 8Z crew. The Gestapo (SS) had orders to interrogate all persons who parachuted into German occupied territory to determine if they were air crew or saboteurs. Saboteurs were to be shot and air crew sent to Luft Stalag VIIA. SS-Sturmbann-fuehrer August Schiffer was in command of the local Gestapo and SS-Untersturmfuehrer Heinz Andergassen and SS-Oberscharfuehrer Albert Storz were under Schiffer’s direct command. The SS/Gestapo headquarters was in the Italian Army Corps Building Piazza 4 November, 6 Bolzano. The building still exists today and in use by the Italian Army. Prisoners often were transported to the Gestapo headquarters for interrogation or sometimes were interrogated in the holding cells at the concentration camp.
In the case of our 8Z crew, they were interrogated in their holding cells at the Bolzano Concentration Camp. The interrogations took place March 23rd. The crewmembers were beaten to get information from them. The Gestapo was looking for information on American radar guided bombing techniques. It was here that Schiffer learned that three of the crew had been on at least 40 bombing missions (Narron and Hammond were on their 41st mission) with one being on his 61st (Tafoya). Schiffer decided these three men would be shot “while trying to escape.” 2nd Lt. Hardy D. NARRON CP, 1st Lt. George W. HAMMOND B, S/Sgt. Medardo R. TAFOYA EG were the three crewmen Schiffer selected for ex*****on. It should be noted the Dresden firestorm happened only six weeks before the crew of 8Z bailed out. The Germans were very angry about the bombing and labeled all air crews as gangsters. On March 24th three of the 8Z crewmen were taken to a house near the Bolzano airport and held for some 13 days before being sent to Stalag VIIA where they were held till the end of the war.. On that same day, a car was sent to pick up the three men to be executed. They climbed into the car under the pretense they were being taken to a prison camp on the edge of town near an aerodrome. On the way to the camp the vehicle “conveniently” broke down and the men were told to get out of the car and were then shot “while trying to escape.” Two died at the scene and one was still alive. The one wounded prisoner (S/SGT Tafoya) was taken back to the holding cells. He lived thru the next day and was shot in the head on March 26th. These three dead crewmen were taken to the Cemetery of the Resurrection at Bolza¬no and buried. The cemetery is still in existence and the address is Via Maso della Pieve, 7, 39050 Bolzano BZ, Italy.
The three surviving 8Z crewmen were sent home after they were liberated from the POW camp. They did not know the fate of their fellow crewmen. Jacobs received letters from the missing crewmen’s families asking what happened to their sons. The military when they sent telegrams and letters informing the families their sons were Missing In Action also included friends of the crewmen the families could contact. All of the 488th staff home addresses were listed in the 488th squadron book. Jacob’s sent letters to the families and met with some of the families to discuss what happened to 8Z and contacted the military asking what happened to his missing crewmates. The military was actively looking for the missing 8Z crewmen.
After World War II ended, War Crime Trials were convened to try the Germans for their war crimes. The OSS had lost an agent by the name of Captain Roderick Stephen Hall and the OSS was very aggressive in finding out what happened to him. As a result of their investigation, it was determine Schiffer, Andergassen and Storz were the ones who murdered CPT Hall plus several Allied POWs includ¬ing the three aircrew of 8Z. Melvin Kelley, the tail gunner, gave a deposition of what happened to the 8Z crew while under interrogation by Shiffer, Andergassen and Storz. Kelley was in a hospital recovering for some three months from his injuries we believe were incurred by the Gestapo interrogators. The military sent a person to Kelley’s home to do the deposition which was presented as evidence at the trial.. At the end of the trial, they were found guilty and sentenced to be hung. The driver of the Gestapo’s car was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement. The bodies of the three murdered 8Z’s air crew were recovered and two were sent home to the States for burial, Tafoya in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, Hammond in the family plot and the family decided to leave Narron in Italy as the father did not want the family to go thru the grieving again when his remains were returned to the states in 1949. Narron was buried at the US ABMC cemetery in Florence.
The three SS officers were hung on July 26, 1946, at the Peninsular Base section near Leghorn, Italy. The SS men were initially buried in the US Military Cem¬etery, at Castelfiorentino, but later moved, in 1964, to the German Military Cemetery at the Futta Pass.
There are two other B-25’s that carried the tail code 8Z. Very little is known about these two aircraft. The first 8Z was a B-25D-5 (serial # 41-29994) that served its time and was replaced with a new B-25J. This B-25J-1 (serial # 43-27537) was shot down on March 20th, 1945 and replaced by a new, natural metal, B-25J-10 (serial # 43-35946) that survived the war and was flown back to the States by an unknown aircrew.
Jacobs, Willingham, and Kelley returned to the states to live out their lives. Willingham did not talk about his wartime experiences and his surviving family only knows he was shot down and was a POW…We are still trying to locate the family of Kelley. Jacobs worked for Sears and ran into two other men who were at the POW camp.
You can contact Warbirds of Glory if you have any further questions: https://www.warbirdsofglory.org
Ask any buff about Japanese WW II Aircraft and they will no doubt mention most of the time the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen, commonly known as the 'Zero', surpassing its official codesign 'Zeke'.
But there were other, more advanced designs out there. Meet 'Tony'.
The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien was another of the oft-forgotten yet impressive Japanese-brand fighter designs. -------------------------------------- In case you wa...
Winner of the California American Legion Press Association Best Videography John E "Jack" Mummert Award.
Shared on behalf of the kind Mr. Tom Anderson!
Inland Empire Wing - Commemorative Air Force and the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team Hell of a way to die - Wings over Camarillo Air Show 2017
Winner 2nd Place California American Legion Press Association Best Video 2017.
Shared in kindness by Tom Anderson!
Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and local reenactment Airborne group Airborne Tribute to the Paratroopers of World War II, Riverside, Calif...
B25/PBJ with the barn doors open. Wings Over Camarillo
Join us this Saturday September 1 at the CAF hangars and hear about the history and restoration of this bomber followed by an aircraft walk-through. Details on the website.
4607 Lakeview Canyon Rd, Suite 356
Los Angeles, CA
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