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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… October 28th

Following the theme of downed Battle of Britain aircraft, here is the first Luftwaffe plane to be brought down on British soil. The Heinkel was flying with a Luftwaffe squadron who had been dispatched to destroy Royal Navy vessels in the Firt[...]

On This Day…October 27th

After a few days of focus on the Pacific theatre, there's something of a Battle of Britain theme to begin today. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E (Oberleutnant Karl Fischer) shot down in Windsor Great Park, London. Another BF109E - 'White 13' -[...]

On This Day…October 26th.

A momentous day for iModelers. One of the truly great fighters of World War II, the P-51 was first flown today on 26 October 1940. At Mines Field, Los Angeles, California (now, Los Angeles International Airport), test pilot Vance Breese took the[...]

On This Day…October 25th.

John Basilone. On 25th October (and the hours before and after) in Guadalcanal Basilone transcended the human condition when he held a gun placement with his small team against 3.000 Japanese. His heroics in holding a crucial position have pa[...]

On This Day…October 24th.

One of the most shocking and enduring images from World War 2 was taken on October 24th, 1943. Sergeant Len Siffleet was an Australian Commando captured by partisan tribesman in Papua New Guinea and handed over to the Japanese who tortured, st[...]

On This Day…October 23rd

The Nieuport 17 (No. 1831) of Lt Joseph Maria of Squadron N 77 captured by the Germans, October 23, 1916... Medic James Parks of the 133rd Infantry Regiment carrying a wounded German through the streets of St. Angelo d'Alife, Italy, on 23 [...]

On This Day 22nd October…

The battle of Stalingrad was the largest conflict in the history of warfare. Around two million people were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner (read, killed) in the five month German offensive and Russian defence. This photo was taken on 22nd O[...]

On This Day…October 21st.

The Dornier Do X (the largest and most powerful flying boat in the world) broke the world record for passengers carried when on 21st October, 1929 she flew with 169 people on board. Because of its massive size passengers were actually asked to [...]

On This Day…October 20th

A TBD-1 Devastator of Torpedo Squadron Six (operating from the Enterprise) drops a Mark 13 torpedo during exercises in the Pacific, October 20. General McCarthy arrives at Red Beach, Leyte, October 20, 1944. Historians are divided over the [...]

On This Day…October 19th

The USS Ticonderoga leaving San Diego for Vietnam on this day in in 1966. While in Vietnam the Ticonderoga launched 11,650 combat missions. She was awarded her second Navy Unit Commendation for services in that conflict. A year earlier, in [...]