On This Day…March 26th.
Crewmen hoisting one of USS Miami’s paravanes while in the Pacific Ocean, 26th March, 1945.
It was only while building my 1/350 model of the Enterprise that I even heard of ‘paravanes’ and I had to ask iModelers what the weird drone like bits of plastic on my Carrier were.
Essentially, these underwater gliders are used to cut the mooring lines of underwater mines…
USS Grampus (named after a member of the dolphin family) off the coast of Connecticut, US, during her sea trails, March 26th, 1941.
Wellington MkIc of RAF 311 Squadron (KX W R1441) crashed March 26th 1941 in Wretham, England.
The Vickers Wellington was a British twin-engine aircraft mainly used as a night bomber in the early years of the Second World War. It was displaced as a bomber by the larger four-engine ‘heavies’ such as the Avro Lancaster.
The Wellington continued to serve throughout the war in other duties, particularly as an anti-submarine aircraft and was the only British bomber to be produced for the entire duration of the war. The Wellington was popularly known as the Wimpy by service personnel, after J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye cartoons.
A Wellington “B for Bertie” had a starring role in the 1942 Oscar-nominated film ‘One of Our Aircraft Is Missing’.
March 26th, 1950 saw the first flight of the Douglas A2 D ‘Skyshark’. The Skyshark was a turboprop attack plane designed for the navy to operate from escort carriers as an alternative to gas thirsty jets with limited range.
The aircraft was besieged with engine (mainly gear related) problems and by the time the aircraft had a viable platform the Navy had started mothballing the carriers and the orders were cancelled.
USS St. Paul (CA-73) on March 26th, 1968.
St.Paul held the distinction of being the last US warship to fire her guns during the Korean War. In the 1950s, as a part of the US 7th Fleet, she spent an extensive amount of time in Japan and in Taiwan, at times as the flagship of the fleet. She saw extensive action during the Vietnam War. In 1964, she was used for the film “In Harm’s Way”.
A British Achilles tank destroyer on the east bank of the Rhine River On 26th March, 1945. You can see the abandoned Horsa gliders in background.
Lovely shot of P47 D (of the 1st Brazilian Fighter Squadron) based in Tarquinia, Italy. This aircraft was shot down by AA on March 26th, 1945. The aircraft was flown by Lt. Othon Correa Neto (below) who managed to bail out and was taken prisoner.
The Brazilian Unit had a total of 48 pilots who fought alongside the US 350th Fighter Group. Of those 48, 5 were killed by AA fire, 8 were shot down over enemy territory and taken PoW, 6 had to be signed off on doctors orders (‘nervous breakdowns’), and 3 died in flying accidents.
Aircraft carrier Akagi shortly after leaving Port Stirling, Celebes for the Indian Ocean on 26th March, 1942. Note the B5N torpedo bombers on the flight deck and futon mattresses lashed to the carrier’s island superstructure to provide extra protection from attack.