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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…March 30th.

Jagdtiger 131 (Panzerjager Abteilung 653) knocked out in Schwetzingen, Germany, on March 30th, 1945. ____________________ US Navy K-class airship K-111 on exercises with Escort Carrier USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81) off San Diego, California, on[...]

On This Day…29th March.

March 29th is officially the ‘National Vietnam War Veterans Day’ and today, on March 29th, 1975, the last Allied troop left South Vietnam. However you feel about that war, it is important to recognise those who fought there and the men who[...]

On This Day…March 28th

Any landing you walk away from... A F9F Panther of VF-64 (Freelancers) crashes the barrier aboard the USS Yorktown (CVA-10) off Korea, March 28th, 1954... The photo above shows the mothballed Yorktown at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1948. [...]

On This Day…March 27th

Beautiful colourised photo of an Me 262 A-1a photographed just off the Frankfurt autobahn on Match 27th, 1945. As you can see, the Jumo engines and cowling shave been removed and there are live 30 mil shells scattered around the area. The [...]

On This Day…March 26th.

Crewmen hoisting one of USS Miami's paravanes while in the Pacific Ocean, 26th March, 1945. It was only while building my 1/350 model of the Enterprise that I even heard of ‘paravanes’ and I had to ask iModelers what the weird drone like b[...]

On This Day…March 25th.

Dramatic photo of the USS New Jersey (BB-62) bombarding enemy positions near Tuyho, off South Vietnam, March 25th, 1969. Officially decommissioned on 21st August, 1957, ten years later, the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara green lighted a[...]

On This Day…March 24th.

On march 24th 1943, a German pilot named Günther Seraphim of the JG 5, suddenly experienced engine failure on his Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 “Yellow 3”. The circumstances forced him to make an emergency landing in the water near the Norwegia[...]

On This Day…March 23rd

The whole nine yards...Bristol Beaufighter Mk VIF of No. 96 Squadron, RAF being re-armed at Honily, Warwickshire, 23 March 1943. ____________________ Vought F4U 1 Corsairs of VF-12 practising aerial maneuvers - 23rd Mar 1943. VF-12 lost s[...]

On This Day…March 22nd.

In the 1960’s, recently retired Thomas W Kendall, a millionaire (air conditioning) businessman, bought a PBY-5A from the USN and fitted her out as a luxury ‘flying yacht’. In the spring of 1960 Mr Kendall took a pleasure trip around the world [...]

On This Day…March 21st

40mm Bofors gunnery drills aboard USS Makin Island (CVE-93) on 21st March 1945, in preparation for the Okinawa Campaign. Of the eleven US carriers lost in World War II, five were Casablanca Class Escort Carriers like the Makin Island; CVE-5[...]