Avro Lancaster & Crew on Flickr.
Two years ago I took a walk through a B-17. Yesterday we walked through this Avro Lancaster. What’ll be next?
A female Lockheed employee works on a P-38 Lighting in Burbank, CA, 1944.
Is it hot in here?
The Liberty Belle Foundation website appears to be down at the moment. Extremely sad news for all involved in the restoration/maintenance/fundraising/love for this bird over the years
This is terrible. I’m happy there were no injuries, but there are not many B-17s left on this earth, and now only 14 are airworthy. It’s truly a tragic loss of one of the greatest aircraft ever built.
Hopefully some parts will be salvaged from this crash that can benefit other B-17s that are in the process of restoration.
‘Operation Tidal Wave’ (Black Sunday)
Best. Desktop. Ever.
On August 20th 1944, 69 Boeing B-29 Superfortresses of XX Bomber Command were engaged by over a hundred Japanese Army and Navy fighters over Yawata. this was the seventh mission for the B-29s over Japanese soil.
This mission also saw the first instance of a ramming attack over Japan when Sgt Shigeo Nobe, flying a Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (屠龍, “Dragon Slayer”), sliced into the wing of B-29 “GERTRUDE C”, piloted by Lt. Col. Robert Clinkscales. The collision caused the bomber’s wing tank to explode - disintegrating both aircraft and hurling wreckage into the B-29 formation. Nobe and his gunner, Sgt Denzo Tagaki, were killed instantly.
There were no survivors from “GERTRUDE C”, which was named after Lt. Col. Clinkscales mother. Also aboard was “Sally”, his pet spaniel.
“CALAMITY SUE” was named after Capt. Stauffer’s baby, born just before the crew departed from America. Only three crew members survived - 2nd Lt. A. Charles Shott (Flight Engineer), 2nd Lt. Irving Newman (Navigator-Bombardier), and Staff Sgt. Walter Dansby (Radio Operator) bailed out and were captured. The peace declaration saved them from excecution.
(The co-pilot, 1st. Lt. James Wine, bailed out and evaded capture for eleven days. He was shot dead on the early morning of August 31st while attempting to steal a plane from Ashiya Airfield.)
The photograph above was developed from a camera found in the wreckage of the “CALAMITY SUE”, showing the moment of impact on the left.
“Dear Parents :
Please congratulate me. I have been given a splendid opportunity to die. This is my last day. The destiny of our homeland hinges on the decisive battle in the seas to the south where I shall fall like a blossom from a radiant cherry tree.
I shall be a shield for His Majesty and die cleanly along with my squadron leader and other friends. I wish that I could be born seven times, each time to smite the enemy…
…Thank you, my parents, for the 23 years during which you have cared for me and inspired me. I hope that my present deed will in some small way repay what you have done for me. Think well of me and know that your Isao died for our country. This is my last wish, and there is nothing else that I desire.
How glorious is the Special Attack Corps’ Giretsu Unit whose Suisei bombers will attack the enemy. Our goal is to dive against the aircraft carriers of the enemy. Movie cameramen have been i here to take our pictures. It is possible that you may see us in newsreels at the theater.
We are 16 warriors manning the bombers. May our death be as sudden and clean as the shattering of crystal.
Written at Manila on the eve of our sortie. [28th October 1944]
Soaring into the sky of the southern seas, it is our glorious mission to die as the shields of His Majesty. Cherry blossoms glisten as they open and fall.”
Beautiful, chilling, sobering, etc. It truly speaks to the honor of the allied forces that fought in the Pacific that they were able to defeat an enemy that was so willing to die.
Dick Winters, a decorated Army officer whose World War II service was recounted in the best-selling book and HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” died Jan. 2. News reports listed his age at 92.
[…] Mr. Winters, who separated from the Army at the rank of major, and his men fought together through D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge and later occupied Adolf Hitler’s mountainside retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, near Berchtesgaden.
A charismatic officer who led by example, Mr. Winters received the Distinguished Service Cross, the country’s second highest decoration for valor, while conducting combat operations on D-Day.
Rest in peace.
This man was true hero.
“This picture, snapped on a mission by Martin B-26 Marauders against a German troop concentration West of Velletri, shows a narrow escape by one of the medium bombers from the explosives of its own formation..”
This is an incredible photo. “Worth a thousand words,” indeed.
Canadian Harvards performing in formation over Geneseo, NY on July 10, 2010 during the annual Historical Aircraft Group airshow.
Shut ‘er down folks. This meme can get no better.
The P-38 is without a doubt one of the sexiext machines ever built.
Look, steelopus, green!
The Spitfire is a genuinely sexy machine. Look at the curves; there are no hard angles anywhere on that girl.