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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 9th.

This Blenheim MkIV (RAF 53 Squadron) was shot down 9th May 1940. The Blennie lost bearings due to ground mist on return from reconnaissance over Hamm and the Ruhr Valley. She was unable to locate the airfield and forced-landed at Laboissière,[...]

On This Day…May 8th.

A real ‘OTD...’ favourite, the Brewster, here in Suulajarvi, Finland, 8th May, 1944. This BW 374 had 11 confirmed ‘kills’ and was shot down on 12th June 1944. Lt. Taisto Mattila (below) was killed in the crash. ____________________ Victory[...]

On This Day…May 7th.

Republic P-47D-11-RE Thunderbolt coded T9+LK, a captured US fighter.  This aircraft was flown by Zirkus Rosarius (special test pilot of the Luftwaffe, specifically of the Luftwaffe High Command, tasked with testing captured British and Ameri[...]

On This Day…May 6th.

RAAF Lancaster (RF270 JO-V, slightly amended) taking off for a POW airlift to Juvincourt, France, 6th May 1945. It’s worth having a zoom in to some of the ‘graffiti’. Below, picking up some of the (now ex) prisoners. ____________________[...]

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. ____________________ [...]