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Old 03-04-2013, 09:19 AM   #21
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My Dad was a pilot for the U. S. Army Air Corps during WW II and flew over Europe out of England from 1942-1945. He made it back. He showed me his flight logbook only once. Never talked about the war. Flew into Berlin in the final phase.
His first duty station after returning from Europe at the end of the war was Wright Field. He left the service in 1945 telling me that he hated the Army and would not stay in.

I became an engineer and worked developing new aircraft at Wright Field, now Wright-Patterson AFB.
I have his Colt 1911 Government, and holster, that he flew with over Europe.

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We killed that many in this country last month, all defenseless..

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We killed that many in this country last month, all defenseless..
Ignorant remarks like that need to be backed up.
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My Dad was a pilot for the U. S. Army Air Corps during WW II and flew over Europe out of England from 1942-1945. He made it back. He showed me his flight logbook only once. Never talked about the war. Flew into Berlin in the final phase.
His first duty station after returning from Europe at the end of the war was Wright Field. He left the service in 1945 telling me that he hated the Army and would not stay in.

I became an engineer and worked developing new aircraft at Wright Field, now Wright-Patterson AFB.
I have his Colt 1911 Government, and holster, that he flew with over Europe.
Picture of that Colt??
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Ignorant remarks like that need to be backed up.
Not so ignorant but possibly out of place. I believe he is referring to the number of babies murdered in the name of women's rights. The numbers there are also staggering.
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As JTJ says--all uborn. Not only last month but also the previous 480 MONTHS as well..

Ignorance??

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As JTJ says--all uborn. Not only last month but also the previous 480 MONTHS as well..

Ignorance??
Ok. I did not make that connection. Not ignorant at all, but misplaced yes.
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The Air Force evaluated both the B-17 and the B-24. The B-24 was faster, had greater range, and carried a heavier bomb load. So why did 8th Air Force select the B-17? Because of its low wing design and less likely to have fires on board. (During testing, several B-24 developed on board fires.) The B-17s low wing design made it more likely to survive a crash landing and be more readily repaired.

In early testing, a B-17 was flown from Seattle to Wright field, Ohio. It was fitted with stress recording instruments. It encountered a storm in route and endured stresses above the recording level of the instruments.

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The B17 could take one hell of a beating and still make it back to base. There are stories of them returning to base missing chunks of their wings or tail.

These planes all somehow made it back to base.



(Even the tail gunner somehow survived this one. He was blown out of the plane)





(This one was hit by a rocket. A 14" fragment actually tore the pants off the turret gunner, but didn't hurt him.)



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It is a wonder any of those made it back. It took some pilot skill. The modern day beast is the Warthog. Those things come back shot to pieces too.
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I lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and remember all vehicle headlights were blacked out over the top half of the lens cover and of course the rationing, and turning in our used cooking oil to the local grocery store. My dad switched our car over from gas to what i believe was LP gas. Hey, I see that there are a few old members on the forum.
Yeah, you and I must be close to the same age. I remember the blackouts, ration books and the little red and blue ration "points". Not much meat or sugar. Limited gas and tires, but my grandfather was a minister and had a "B" sticker for his '38 Packard that entitled him to a little more fuel. All the Hollywood and radio stars who weren't serving in the military were pushing sales of War Bonds.

I especially remember the sound of the air raid siren. In 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis, I lived near a fire station (volunteer company) that used the old WWII siren. Every time there was a fire at night during those terribly tense days, my then-wife and I would freeze.
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