On This Day…November 29th.
F6F Hellcat of VF-1 lands at Tarawa Atoll (Betio) on November 29, 1943.
18 year old Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya is led to her death on November 29, 1941 for her crimes as a Russian partisan. She was tortured before her hanging and her body left for weeks on the gallows with the placard on her neck saying, “Arsonist”. She had burned houses containing German communications.
Her last words were, “Hey, comrades! Why are you looking so sad? Be brave, fight, beat the Germans, burn, trample them! I’m not afraid to die, comrades. It is happiness to die for one’s people!” and to the Germans, “You hang me now, but I’m not alone. There are two hundred million of us. You can’t hang us all. They will avenge me.”
Adolf Galland in his flying gear with his dog, Schweinebauch (Pork Belly), Northern France, November 29th, 1940.
This USMC decorated the back of his work jacket with what he called a “Jawja” peach (presumably his girlfriend was a southern girl…). On board the USS Lexington (CV-16) 11/29/1943.
USS Maryland (BB-46), also known as “Old Mary” by the crew, is hit by a kamikaze pilot in the Philippines 29th Nov 1944.
Henri Bureau, US Army, Vietnam, November 29th, 1966.