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@dirtylittlefokker david leigh-smith

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Professional psychologist, father of four, musician, modeler, lecturer. Tired.

My modeling defaults are building dioramas and WWII aircraft. Enjoy WW2 history, reading, single malt scotch whisky (without the ‘e’), music, good food, bit of philosophy, and general history.

On This Day…April 23rd.

Posted a similar view of carriers at rest in Puget Sound; here are slightly different ships. USS Essex, USS Ticonderoga, USS Yorktown, USS Lexington, USS Bunker Hill, and and USS Bon Homme Richard at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washing[...]

On This Day…April 22nd

US soldiers inspect an abandoned Sturmtiger of Sturmtiger-Morser-Batterie 1002, near Caleb, Germany, April, 1945. @kapa86 iModeler ____________________ Spitfire MkIXs of RAF 73 Squadron, taxing at Prkos near Zadar, Yugoslavia on 22nd o[...]

On This Day…April 21st.

On April 21st, 1918, Manfred Von Richthofen was shot down in a dogfight over Vaux-sur-Somme, France. Many theories exist as to the true identity of exactly who shot the bullet that killed the ‘Red Baron’. For many years common wisdom had it t[...]

On This Day…April 20th

Interesting day, April 20th. Some say it is a ‘cursed’ day, a day when more than statistically normal amounts of tragedy occur. From the birth of Adolf Hitler to Columbine, to Deepwater Horizon (and that’s just the last few years), many say ‘420[...]

On This Day…April 19th

The USS Iowa ( BB-61) was decommissioned in Mar 1949, but the war in Korea brought her back into service in Aug 1951 where she was the flagship of the Seventh Fleet under Vice Admiral Robert Briscoe. Her 16 inch guns regularly bombarded North [...]

On This Day…April 18th

Major Donald Bochkay was one of only 14 Allied pilots to score more than one jet victory. His first kill came on February 9th, 1945 and his second on April 18th, 1945. Both were Me 262s. Bochkay finished the war with 13.83 aerial victorie[...]

On This Day…April 17th

B-25G Mitchell bomber of the AAF TAC Center, Orlando, Florida, United States, 17th April, 1944 AAF Tactical Air Command. ____________________ Lovely photo of the USS North Carolina (BB-55) fitting out at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New[...]

On This Day…April 16th

On 16 April, during an Okinawa air raid, a Japanese aircraft made a suicidal dive (see video below) for the USS Intrepid's flight deck, hitting it so hard that the aircraft’s engine and part of her fuselage penetrated right through, killing ei[...]

On This Day…April 15th

Somewhat aircraft heavy today 'on this day...' ____________________ The national colours being flown for the first time aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) during the ship’s commissioning ceremonies on 15th of April, 1943 at Norfolk, Virginia. [...]

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 o[...]