On This Day…December 18th
Some lovely photos of early Mk IX Spitfires at dispersal (Biggin Hill) in the event of air raids. Taken 18th December, 1942.
Typhoon Cobra hit Admiral Halsey’s Task Force 38 on December 18th, 1944 in the Philippine Sea resulting in the loss of almost 800 men. Three ships, the Hull, the Monaghan, and the Spence were capsized and sank. The photo below is the USS Cowpens (CVL-25).
The strange story of Aloysius the Lamb. An R.A.F squadron based in France adopted a lamb as a mascot and named him Aloysius. The lamb and one of the sergeants (pictured ‘feeding’ the animal and looking just a little sheepish) quickly became best friends.
Not to be outdone, the ground staff also had their own mascot, Bully (complete with luxury kennel). Also pictured on December 18th, 1939.
A squad leader of Kampfgruppe Hansen (1. SS-Panzer-Division ”LSSAH”) gives his men the sign to advance. Poteau/Belgium, December 18th 1944.