On This Day…January 4th
I’ve posted several photos of soldiers and airmen with their pets and mascots, but this one seems somehow special. This photo of a GI (535th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 99th Infantry Division) waking up to be greeted by his pal captures the man/dog relationship perfectly. Taken just outside Bastogne, January 4th, 1945.
A soldier of the British Expeditionary Force shows the cramped conditions in a Mk1 Matilda in Northern France, Jan 4th, 1940. Interestingly, the word, ‘Deoch’ seen on the tank’s hull means ‘drunk’ in Scots Gaelic. Coincidence, I’m sure.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a 54-inch, 800-pound globe which was installed near his White House office desk in Washington on January 4, 1943. Presented by the Army, it brings this global war into focus for the commander-in-chief of U.S. forces. Might have been a good thing to have kept it in that office in perpetuity.
Flight Officer Melvin Hoffman of the 82nd Fighter Squadron (8th AF) made a hard landing in his Mustang at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England, UK; Jan 4 1945. Given the oil covering the windscreen, I’d say he did pretty well. The Pony was the personal aircraft of Lt Edwin B Anderson, listed as Failed to Return from bomber escort to Hannover just weeks after this photo was taken.
BL 9.2 inch Mk X coastal defense gun at Gibraltar, 4th January, 1942. Maximum firing range of 26 miles.
A German B109 shot down by French pilots is being placed for public show in the Exhibition Hall on the avenue Des Champs Elysees, Paris (January 4, 1940). For a small fee the public could examine the aircraft, the proceeds going toward the French Airmens’ Welfare Fund.
On 4th January 1989, two United States Navy F-14 Tomcats from the USS John F. Kennedy shot down two Soviet manufactured Libyan MiG-23 ‘Floggers’ which the Americans believed were attempting to engage them over the Mediterranean Sea about 40 miles (64 km) north of Tobruk, Libya. The dogfight caused some controversy, not least because of the (temporary) old school painting of the downed Flogger on Gypsy 202’s fuselage (below).
This last photo, of the Flogger ‘kill’ on the fuselage, was taken by our very own Robert Royes (@roofrat) serving on the USS Kennedy immediately after the ‘Tobruk Incident’. Thanks, Robert!
Y ¡Feliz cumpleaños! S. Cubas! Esperoque tengas un buen día!