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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…May 5th

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 (Trop) of 7.JG27 - pilot Gunther Hannak force landed in Malta 5th May 1943 and was taken prisoner for the remainder of the war. ____________________ On May 5th, 1945 a Japanese ‘balloon bomb’ killed six people in[...]

On This Day…May 4th.

May 4th, 1943 - Staff Sergeant Frank T. Lusic with his hands full of ordinance beside famous B-17, ‘Meathound’. _____________________ Marine TBM-3 Avengers of VMTB-232 at Okinawa on May 4, 1945. ____________________ ________________[...]

On This Day…May 3rd.

PT-196, an Elco 80-foot motor torpedo boat, in an experimental paint scheme in Bayonne, New Jersey, 3rd of May 1943. The design on the hull was meant to meant disrupt and deceive the eye while the paintwork on the bow deliberately draws atten[...]

On This Day…May 2nd.

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the last Bomber Command raid on Germany during World War Two. The photograph above shows an RAF crew with their Mosquito and it’s 4,000 lbs bomb to be used on a raid against the Kiel canal (Germany) to disru[...]

On This Day…1st May.

Martin PBM Mariner after sinking Japanese cargo ship off Mokpo, Korea. 1st of May, 1945. ____________________ Vought F4U 4 Corsairs disembarking from USS Altamaha at Guiuan Harbour, Samar, Philippines, on 1st May 1945. _________________[...]

On This Day…April 30th.

M24 Chaffee of D-Company (27th Tank Battalion-20th Armoured Division) driving through the streets of Munich on 30th April, 1945. ____________________ ‘Tiger at the Gate’ Berlin, 30th April 1945, by David Pentland. ____________________ [...]

On This Day…April 29th.

Me 262 A-1a of JG/2 flown by Franz Holzinger, captured at Lechfeld, Germany on 29th April, 1945. ____________________ Allied air forces making food drops on Netherlands, April 29th, 1945. ‘Operation Manna’ and ‘Operation Chowhound’ were[...]

On This Day…April 28th.

Kurt Knispel joined the Wehrmacht in 1940 as a soldier in the 12th Panzer Division, and he became a naturalized citizen of Nazi Germany, being born Czechoslovakian. Knispel fought initially on the Eastern Front against the Russian Red Army, an[...]

On This Day…April 27th.

A beautifully haunting memorial to two B-17 crews, one of which went down near Rocheville, France, on April 27th 1944. The Fortress took flak on left wing, caught fire and spun to the ground, crashing near Le Pont Durand, two miles S of Roche[...]

On This Day…April 26th.

26th April 1944, American Thunderbolt dive bombers, some carrying 500 lb bombs take off from an airfield in England. ____________________ Coastal Command Mosquitos pictured landing at their base in Scotland after a raid on Nazi shipping in t[...]