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On This Day…January 13th

B17-G Flying Fortress (42-31604) ditched in Loch Quoich, Western Scotland on 13th January 1944. The aircraft was on a transatlantic ferry flight from Goose Bay, Canada to Nutts Corner (Northern Ireland) when, 600 miles off the Scottish coast, [...]

On This Day…January 12th

Pilot Edwin L. King of 350 Fighter Group with his flak damaged P-47 following the ‘Silver Star’ mission of 12 Jan. 1945. The ‘Jug’ is 7D3 42-29300. Crew Chief Henry Embry took the photo after King had to return to base at Pisa, Italy, having [...]

On This Day…Christmas Eve

The Christmas Truce is one of the most famous and iconic events of the First World War and has burned itself into our collective consciousness. Late on Christmas Eve 1914, the British Expeditionary Force heard German troops in the trenches opp[...]

On This Day…December 19th

Destroyed TBM Avenger on the hangar deck of the USS Monterey (CVL-27) on December 19, 1944. The Monterey was named after the Battle of Monterey in California, during the Mexican–American War in 1846. The damage was caused by the typhoon ‘Cobra’ [...]

On This Day…December 9th.

Despite losing almost half of his port wing to a Chinese fighter plane (possibly a collision with another Japanese fighter), pilot Kanichi Kashimura was able to nurse his Claude (Mitsubishi A5M) 450 miles to the north to safely land (after four [...]

Family, Friends, Food, Florida and Flying but not necessarily in that order…..

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Jaime Carreon and Joe Caputo (fellow Imodelers) for the very first time in person. The misses and I headed to New Smyrna today with Jaime and Joe............ The first stop was a great visit at American[...]

On This Day…December 5th.

On 5th of December, 1945 'Flight 19' disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. This flight was the designation of a wing of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared after losing contact during a United States Navy overwater navigatio[...]

On This Day…November 22nd.

The incomparable Colonel Lewis 'Chesty' Puller, Commanding Officer, 1st Marines. Taken 22 November 1950 at Chigyong. Some quotes from 'Chesty'; "Great. Now we can shoot at those bastards from every direction." (On being surrounded). "Son, when[...]

On This Day…November 15th.

15th November 1967 saw the only fatality of the X-15 program during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams lost control of his aircraft which exploded mid-air over the Mojave Desert. TBM-1 Avenger of VT-87 launching from[...]

On This Day…November 14th.

The deck crew of the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) clearing snow from the flight deck, off Korea, 14 Nov 1950; the F4U-4B Corsairs belong with US Marine Corps squadron VMF-323. The Badoeng earned six battlestars in Korea. This following photo [...]