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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 19th

The USS Iowa ( BB-61) was decommissioned in Mar 1949, but the war in Korea brought her back into service in Aug 1951 where she was the flagship of the Seventh Fleet under Vice Admiral Robert Briscoe. Her 16 inch guns regularly bombarded North [...]

On This Day…April 18th

Major Donald Bochkay was one of only 14 Allied pilots to score more than one jet victory. His first kill came on February 9th, 1945 and his second on April 18th, 1945. Both were Me 262s. Bochkay finished the war with 13.83 aerial victorie[...]

On This Day…April 17th

B-25G Mitchell bomber of the AAF TAC Center, Orlando, Florida, United States, 17th April, 1944 AAF Tactical Air Command. ____________________ Lovely photo of the USS North Carolina (BB-55) fitting out at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New[...]

On This Day…April 16th

On 16 April, during an Okinawa air raid, a Japanese aircraft made a suicidal dive (see video below) for the USS Intrepid's flight deck, hitting it so hard that the aircraft’s engine and part of her fuselage penetrated right through, killing ei[...]

On This Day…April 15th

Somewhat aircraft heavy today 'on this day...' ____________________ The national colours being flown for the first time aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) during the ship’s commissioning ceremonies on 15th of April, 1943 at Norfolk, Virginia. [...]

On This Day…April 14th

On 14 April, 1945, William Reschke flew the new Focke-Wulf Ta 152, ‘White 1’ for the first time. He shot down a Hawker Tempest (No. 486 - NZ Squadron) flown by Warrant Officer Owen J. Mitchell who was killed. A first hand description o[...]

On This Day…April 13th.

An unusual mixture of Wildcats and Spitfires. On April 13th the USS Wasp left Glasgow (Scotland) headed for Malta. The British Navy were so low on aircraft in the Mediterranean by 1942 that reinforcements were needed and the only way to get [...]

On This Day…April 12th

FM-2 Wildcat of VC-36 just coming off the catapult while launching from USS Core (CVE-13) during anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic on April 12th, 1944. When production of the new ‘Hellcat’ was to begin in mid-late 1942, contin[...]

On This Day…April 11th.

Seafire III of 899 Squadron, NF441 (K-W) on the HMS Khedive (below) in Northern Ireland, on 11th April, 1944. ____________________ On the 11th April, 1941, German forces surrounded the port of Tobruk which had been captured from the Ita[...]

On This Day…10th April.

On 10 April 1945, the USAAF Eighth Air Force targeted airfields, transportation hubs, and various military infrastructures at Oranienburg, Rechlin, Neuruppin, Stendal, Brandenburg-Briest, Zerbst, Burg, Parchim and Wittenberge, Germany. In to[...]