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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…July 30th, 1945

I can’t let this day pass without paying tribute to the men of the USS Indianapolis who lost their lives on and after the early hours of 30th July, 1945. Even in a war that engulfed the world, there were few events that resonate with such traged[...]

Elstree Model Show – See you tomorrow?

If anyone from iModeler is heading to the inaugural Elstree Model Show (just outside London) tomorrow, please drop a message here and I’ll make sure to say hello in person. I had no idea this was running until told by David Mills ( @davem ) [...]

On This Day of Days…June 6th.

____________________ The USS Hornet, seen with USS Atlanta (CL-51) in the foreground, behind is USS New Orleans (CA-32). June 6th, 1942, Midway. On June 6, 1942, aircraft from the carriers Enterprise and Hornet pursued[...]

On This Day…June 5th.

Stanley Winfield ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’s first assignment was with Scouting Squadron 5 (VS-5) aboard the carrier USS Yorktown from August 1939 to May 1942, during which time he shot down 3 Japanese fighters and damaged 1 while flying an SBD-3 Dauntl[...]

On This Day…June 4th.

There’s not much left one can say about Midway. My approach to this singular conflict is try and set up this first day of battle proper, and let the images tell the rest of the tale. Early on June 4th, Vice Admiral Nagumo launched his attac[...]

On This Day…

Ju88 crashed after take off in Holland, June 3rd, 1941. ____________________ On June 3, 1943, This MK.V1c Beaufighter ran off the airstrip into ditch when landing at Dobodura, Papua New Guinea. ____________________ Following the shock[...]

On This Day…June 2nd.

Hampden TB.1 (AD852) UB-N - of 455 Squadron, RAAF Leuchars, Scotland, 2nd June 1943. Great angle to see that distinctive Hampden shape. And above, same aircraft and day, in flight. ____________________ On June 2nd, 1943, one of the mos[...]

On This Day…June 1st

A series of well photographed Emil Bf 109E3 of 4.JG26. ‘W3+-‘ (WNr 779) was force landed in France on 1st June 1940. Pretty clear a lot of the infantry were intrigued and excited at the find. The ‘selfie generation was alive and well[...]

On This Day…May 31st.

British Expeditionary Forces try to stand down after being evacuated from Dunkirk, May 31st, 1940. ____________________ By the date alone, you can see where this story is heading to. US. Army Air Force Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress bombers of[...]

On This Day…May 30th.

Lieutenant Commander Harry Greene flies his Boeing Stearman Kaydet over the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Pearl Harbor, May 30, 2016. There are several ISM facilities around the US. Greene is a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air[...]