On This Day…December 14th
On 14th December, 1931, Douglas Bader crashed his Bristol Bulldog while executing a roll at ‘naught feet’ in response to a dare. In the first photo below his shoes can clearly be seen in the foreground of the devastated Bulldog. He famously returned to flying after losing both legs in the accident, accruing 22 ‘kills’ before being shot down in France, ultimately ending the war in Colditz.
‘Operation Hurricane’ was a 24 hour continuous bombing strategy that was designed and executed to demoralise & panic Germans while showing the overwhelming strength of the allies air superiority. Over 24 hours on December 24th, 1944 Bomber Command flew 2,589 sorties, lost 24 aircraft, dropped Over ten thousand tons of bombs and killed over 2,500 civilians in Duisburg alone. The Lancaster on the left (below) is seen dropping 4 lb incendiary bombs; on the right the aircraft is releasing 36 lb incendiaries and a 4, 000 lb ‘Blockbuster’ bomb.
December 14th, 1984 saw the first flight of the Grumman X-29.
Missouri Infantrymen (19th Infantry Regiment) pose for an early New Year message for the folks back home, Kumsong front, Korea, 14 December 1951.
M4 Sherman, Italy, Dec14th, 1943.