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On This Day…April 14th

On 14 April, 1945, William Reschke flew the new Focke-Wulf Ta 152, ‘White 1’ for the first time.

He shot down a Hawker Tempest (No. 486 – NZ Squadron) flown by Warrant Officer Owen J. Mitchell who was killed.

A first hand description of the dogfight is given below, by Reschke himself.

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Sergeant Maurice Parker from Maine, US, with German lieutenant and sergeant prisoners in Anzio, Italy, 13th of April, 1944.

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Essex-class Aircraft Carrier USS Hancock (CV-19) at the Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 14 Apr 1944, the day before her commissioning.

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An ISU-122 of the Ludowe Wojsko Polskie (Polish People’s Army), one of twenty-one ISU-122s of the 25th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, 1st Polish Armored Corps, Polish 2nd Army, crosses a bridge on the Niesse (Nysa) River on April 14th, 1945.

The ISU-122 was a heavy self propelled gun tank destroyer. The vehicle came to be because the Soviets were able to produce ISU-152 hulls faster than they could produce their 152 mm ML-20S howitzer.

Under pressure to produce more and more tanks, it was realized that there was a surplus of 122 mm A-19 guns, and so the problem was solved – the two were matched.

(ML-20s Howitzer)

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Fighting in the streets of Arnhem, April 14th, 1945.

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F4U 1 Corsairs of VMF-124 on Guadalcanal, 14th April 1943.


4 responses to On This Day…April 14th

  1. An interesting set, David

  2. I agree with Robert … an interesting set, David.

  3. Thanks, Robert. Appreciate you taking the time to drop a comment.

    @roofrat

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