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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…November 10th.

In memory of those who never came home. On November 10, 1951, while on a combat mission, First Lieutenant Mike Rebo was part of flight of 12 F-84Es attacked by 24 to 30 MIG-15s 30 miles southwest of Pyongyang, North Korea. The last radio mess[...]

On This Day…November 9th.

9th November 1942. Troops loading mines onto an Avro Lancaster as they prepare to lay them in the North Sea.. The installation of a gun in number 2 turret of battleship USS North Carolina (BB55), New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, on the 9th Novem[...]

On This Day…November 8th.

On 8th November 1942 the first U.S. troops lnded in French North Africa with the invasion of Morocco and Algeria. It was hoped (rightly) that the French officers (who had reached an ‘accommodation’ with the Nazis) would baulk at fighting the Ame[...]

On This Day…November 7th.

Originally a passenger ship for operating on the Black Sea, the hospital ship 'Armenia' was sunk on 7th November 1941 by a German torpedo armed Heinkel He 111 while evacuating civilians, hospital staff, and wounded soldiers from the Crimea. Even[...]

On This Day…November 6th.

A stunning Department of Navy photo showing an aerial view of the USS Oaklahoma after being refloated at Pearl Harbour. Taken 6th November, 1943. Been a lot of posts about Glenn Miller on iModeler recently here and today is the anniversary [...]

On This Day…November 5th.

Gunner Kenneth Bratton being removed from the turret of his TBF Avenger aboard the USS Saratoga following a successful strike on Rabaul, 5 November 1943... With Armistice day almost upon us, this photo from Nov 5th , 1918 shows how the US Arm[...]

On This Day…4th November.

General Wilhelm von Thoma surrenders to Montgomery at the 8th Army HQ after the second Battle of El-Alamein on November 4th, 1942. Von Thoma unwittingly gave away the existence of the V1rocket program while a POW, leading to the mass bombing of [...]

On This Day…November 3rd.

G.I’s at Battle of Đắk Tô, Vietnam, November, 1967. On November 3rd, 1942 eighteen thousand Jews were shot dead in Majdanek, Poland. Rounded up in groups of 100 they were lined up beside trenches and murdered. It seems hard to believe, then y[...]

On This Day…November 2nd.

Howard Hughes' 'Spruce Goose' flew for the first and only time today in 1947. The Hercules (H4) is the largest flying boat ever built, and up until 2018 had the largest wingspan of any aircraft that has ever flown. Nicknamed the Spruce Goose [...]

On This Day…November 1st.

The US detonated the world’s first thermonuclear bomb, ‘’Ivy Mike”, on November 1st, 1953 on an island in the Enewetak Atoll, South Pacific. SS 188 ‘Sargo’ (the lead ship for her name) underway during her trials off Provincetown, Massachus[...]