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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…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[...]

On This Day…April 25th.

Hurricane Mk IIds of RAF 6 Squadron, Gabes, Tunisia. These photos of the ‘Flying Tin Openers’ (tank busting squad, see emblem below) were all taken April 1943. ____________________ Soviet and US troops meet up across the river Elb[...]

On This Day…April 24th.

A pilot rests under his Gustav-2 between sorties in a Utti airfield, Finland, 1943. ____________________ USS Maryland (BB-46, ‘Old Mary’) and destroyers USS Hovey and USS Long in the Miraflores Locks while transiting the Panama Canal, 24t[...]

On This Day…April 23rd.

Posted a similar view of carriers at rest in Puget Sound; here are slightly different ships. USS Essex, USS Ticonderoga, USS Yorktown, USS Lexington, USS Bunker Hill, and and USS Bon Homme Richard at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washing[...]

On This Day…April 22nd

US soldiers inspect an abandoned Sturmtiger of Sturmtiger-Morser-Batterie 1002, near Caleb, Germany, April, 1945. @kapa86 iModeler ____________________ Spitfire MkIXs of RAF 73 Squadron, taxing at Prkos near Zadar, Yugoslavia on 22nd o[...]

On This Day…April 21st.

On April 21st, 1918, Manfred Von Richthofen was shot down in a dogfight over Vaux-sur-Somme, France. Many theories exist as to the true identity of exactly who shot the bullet that killed the ‘Red Baron’. For many years common wisdom had it t[...]

On This Day…April 20th

Interesting day, April 20th. Some say it is a ‘cursed’ day, a day when more than statistically normal amounts of tragedy occur. From the birth of Adolf Hitler to Columbine, to Deepwater Horizon (and that’s just the last few years), many say ‘420[...]