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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… December 11th.

Cannot resist an opportunity to squeeze in a photo of the Enterprise, seen here entering Pearl Harbour on Dec 11th, ‘43, before heading back to the Marshall Islands. This was a few months into what would become a 560 consecutive day mission away[...]

On This Day…December 10th.

The Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Repulse were sunk by repeated attacks from Mitsubishi GM3’s (‘Nell’) and GM4’s (‘Betty’) torpedo bombers. 840 men died in total. A report from the London Gazette newspape[...]

On This Day…December 9th.

Despite losing almost half of his port wing to a Chinese fighter plane (possibly a collision with another Japanese fighter), pilot Kanichi Kashimura was able to nurse his Claude (Mitsubishi A5M) 450 miles to the north to safely land (after four [...]

On This Day…December 8th.

Lt. Commander Donald Shepard fires a flaming arrow at a Viet Cong bunker disguised as a bamboo hut, December 8th, 1967. The ‘Third Fleet’ carriers at anchor in Ulithi Atoll, 8 December 1944, during a break from operations in the Philippi[...]

On This Day…December 7th, 1941.

There can only be one subject on December 7th, a “day that will live in infamy”. USS Arizona. USS Shaw (two photos, below) USS West Virginia USS California USS Nevada USS Pennsylvania (with USS Downes and USS Cassin in the[...]

On This Day…December 6th.

Although there have been a few images that have been difficult to post on this series, today’s is especially so. Many of the photos have shown crews just before their deaths, people before and after their execution, or before performing a heroic[...]

On This Day…December 5th.

On 5th of December, 1945 'Flight 19' disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. This flight was the designation of a wing of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared after losing contact during a United States Navy overwater navigatio[...]

On This Day…December 4th.

A ‘Kate’ B6N2 torpedo bomber explodes in mid-air after direct hit from carrier USS Yorktown, off Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 4 Dec 1943. Photo taken from the aft flight deck of the Yorktown by Photographer’s Mate Alfred N. Cooperman. Apparentl[...]

On This Day…December 3rd.

This is a British Matilda that was captured by the German forces (note the Balkencreuz) and subsequently recaptured by New Zealand troops (3 December 1941) during the battle to open the corridor to Tobruk in Operation ‘Crusader’. Staying in A[...]

On This Day…December 2nd.

Russian T-26 light tanks and T-20 Komsomolets armored tractors advance into Finland during the Winter War, 2 Dec 1939 K-class airship with Blimp Squadron ZP-14 on a stop-over in Oran, Algeria, 2 Dec 1944. Martin B-26G Marauder that suffere[...]