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FReeper Canteen ~ Berlin Airlift: Part 1 ~ December 3, 2012
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Posted on 12/02/2012 5:01:15 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska

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The Berlin Airlift
Part 1:  The Beginning

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For the next four weeks, on Mondays, the Hall of the Heroes threads will be about the Berlin Airlift and its heroes.  I hope the story inspires you like it does me!  Thank you to ConorMacNessa for the thread topic tip!
The Berlin Airlift

PRELUDE TO CONFLICT
At the end of WWII, a defeated Germany was divided amongst the victors, the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France. The Soviet Union took control of the Eastern half of Germany, the Western half was divided amongst the US, Great Britain, and France. Like the rest of the country, the capital city of Berlin, sitting dead in the middle of the Soviet-controlled Eastern half, was also divided into four parts, one half being Soviet controlled, and the rest divided amongst the others. A four-power provisional government, called the Allied Control Council, was installed in Berlin.  This union of governments was to control and rebuild the city of Berlin.



 

By 1948, it became apparent that the Western Powers (Great Britain, France, and US) plan to rebuild Germany differed from the Soviet Union's plan. Currency, German Unification, Soviet War reparations, and mere ideology were among the many differences the two sides had. There would be no compromise. As a result, Stalin wanted them out of Berlin.  In early 1948, tensions between the once former Allies climaxed.  On April 9, 1948, Stalin ordered all American Military personnel maintaining communications equipment out of the Eastern Zone (Soviet controlled Berlin).  Trains were halted on June 1and June10.  On June 21, the Soviets halted a US Military Supply Train and refused it passage to Berlin.  On the 22nd, they placed armed guards aboard, attached a Soviet engine and hauled it back to Western Germany.  In a final move to spurn the Americans, British, and French out, on June 24, 1948, all land and water access to West Berlin was cut off by the Soviets.  There were to be no more supplies from the West.  What was going to happen?  Where were the necessary supplies going to come from for the Occupation Forces?  For that matter, where were the supplies for the 2,008,943 Berliners going to come from?  It was a grave situation.


General Lucius Clay                          Sir Brian Robertson                             General Curt LeMay                       Brig. General Joseph Smith


The Allies were certainly not going to stand for this. Diplomacy failed, Ground invasions were planned, and World War 3 was on the brink of existence.  US Military Commander Lucius Clay had developed a plan by which an armed convoy through Soviet Controlled Germany would break the blockade.  This action would certainly create a war.

A Douglas C-47, the military version of the DC-3.  It is capable of hauling 3.5 tons of cargo.

 

MEAGER BEGINNINGS 
 

However, British Commander Sir Brian Robertson offered an alternative: supply the city by air.  A daunting task.  Supplying the Occupation forces of 2,2679 was easy, but the entire population?  The only aircraft the Americans had available for the task were 5 year old Douglas C-47 Skytrains, which would only hold 3.5 tons each.  After some consultation, the decision was made: it was worth a try.  Earlier in April, US Forces airlifted in supplies to replace the ones being delayed by the Soviets.  This was what became known as the "Little Lift".  West Berlin had two airports, Tempelhof, which was Berlin's main airport and located in the American Sector, and Gatow, in the British Sector.  Supplies could be airlifted in by C-47 and there was nothing the Soviet Union could do about because, in 1945, someone had foresight.  On November 30, 1945, it was agreed, in writing, that there would be three 20-mile wide air corridors providing access to the city. These were unarguable. 

When the blockade began, the Soviets rejoiced, because they believed the Western powers had only one option, to leave Berlin.  But they underestimated the West airlift supplies.  Gen. Clay called upon General Curtis E. LeMay, commander of USAFE and asked him if he could haul supplies to Berlin.  LeMay responded, "We can haul anything".  Two days later Gen. LeMay called upon Brig. Gen. Joseph Smith, Commander of the Wiesbaden Military Post, and appointed him Task Force Commander of an airlift operation estimated to last a few weeks.  The only US aircraft initially available were 102 C-47's and 2 C-54 Skymasters.  On June 26, the first C-47's landed at Tempelhof Airfield, foreshadowing the great operation that was to come.  Smith dubbed the mission "Operation Vittles", because he said "We're haulin' grub."  The British called their part "Operation Plane Fare". 

It was determined that the city's daily food ration would be 646 tons of flour and wheat; 125 tons of cereal; 64 tons of fat; 109 tons of meat and fish; 180 tons of dehydrated potatoes; 180 tons of sugar; 11 tons of coffee; 19 tons of powdered milk; 5 tons of whole milk for children; 3 tons of fresh yeast for baking; 144 tons of dehydrated vegetables; 38 tons of salt; and 10 tons of cheese.  In total, 1,534 tons were needed daily to keep the over 2 million people alive.  That's not including other necessities, like coal and fuel.  In fact, the largest quantity of anything required was coal.  It wasn't needed to heat homes as much as it was necessary for industry.  In addition, there was limited electricity, because the city's power plant was located in the Soviet sector, so that was cut off, too.  It was determined that in total supplies, 3,475 tons would be needed daily.  A C-47 can haul 3.5 tons.  In order to supply the people of Berliners, C-47's would have to make 1000 flights each day.  Impossible. 

Initially, Gen. Clay determined that, with the limited number of airplanes available to him, he could haul about 300 tons of supplies a day, the British effort, was estimated to be capable of 750 tons a day.  This leaves a 2,425-ton deficit daily.  Realizing that this kind of tonnage could not be achieved using C-47's, Gen. Clay and Gen. LeMay made requests for more C-54's, for they could carry over three times more cargo than C-47's.  On June 27, an additional 52 Skymasters were ordered to Berlin.
 

A Douglas C-54 Skymaster.  It was capable of hauling 10 tons, almost
3 times as much cargo as its predecessor, the C-47.

 This particular C-54 called "Spirit of Freedom" TM, is currently operated
by the Foundation as a flying museum about the Airlift.

 

On June 28, President Truman made a statement that abandoning Berlin was out of the question.  He then ordered US B-29 Superfortresses to be stationed at British airfields to show the Soviets that the Western powers were not taking this lightly.  We would not abandon these people!

By July 1, C-54's were slowly taking over airlift flights, and they were operating 24 hours a day.  Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfort was made exclusive C-54 base, and Wiesbaden was a mix of C-54's and C-47's.  To accommodate these two different aircraft, General smith established a block system, giving the bigger, faster C-54's priority.  They were also given radio codes to identify each type and the direction it was going.  C-47's going East to Berlin were called "Easy", returning C-47's traveling West, were called "Willie".  C-54's had the names 'Big Easy' and "Big Willie".  Aircraft were also given a spacing of three minutes apart. 

The size of the operation had to be increased in order to sufficiently supply this city and keep these people going.  It needed to be commanded by someone who had expertise in air transport.  That man came in the form of Maj. General William H. Tunner.  He was revered as "The transportation expert to end all transportation experts" by LeMay.  Tunner had previously established the Ferrying Command in WWII, and successfully organized and commanded the "Hump" operation into China near the end of the war.  His reputation was not falsely earned.  Tunner hated to see airplanes parked on the ramp not being utilized. This was a waste to him.  He longed for efficiency and was about to set the standard for all that followed.


....Continued next week.....

 

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1 posted on 12/02/2012 5:01:22 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska
center>Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

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Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

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God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up

2 posted on 12/02/2012 5:04:08 PM PST by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Canteen ping....."The Berlin Airlift: Part 1".


3 posted on 12/02/2012 5:07:47 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Canteen ping....."The Berlin Airlift: Part 1".


4 posted on 12/02/2012 5:07:47 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Canteen ping....."The Berlin Airlift: Part 1".


5 posted on 12/02/2012 5:08:20 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: HopeandGlory
Thanks, Nana Hope, for today's Pledge…((HUGS)). Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.


6 posted on 12/02/2012 5:13:44 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


7 posted on 12/02/2012 5:15:30 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


The Spirit Of The Age

December 3, 2012

Every age has its own thoughts, ideas, and values that influence the culture, the “spirit of the age.” It is the kind of growing consensus that morally lulls us to sleep, gradually causing us to accept society’s latest values.

The apostle Paul called this corrupting atmosphere the “course of this world.” Describing the lives of the believers at Ephesus before they encountered Christ, he said that they were “dead in trespasses and sins” and “walked according to the course of this world” (Eph. 2:1-2). This is the world’s peer pressure—a satanically inspired system of values and ideas that cultivates a lifestyle that is independent of God.

Jesus intends for us to live in the world (John 17:15), so worldly influence is nearly impossible to escape. But He’s given us His Word to so permeate our thinking that we don’t have to become conformed to the world’s values (Rom. 12:1-2). Instead, God helps us walk in His light (Eph. 5:8), in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25), in love (Eph. 5:2), in truth (3 John 4), and in Christ (Col. 2:6).

As we walk in God’s power and spend time in His Word, He gives us the strength to live according to kingdom values and not the spirit of the age.

Father, You have made us alive in Christ and now we
have a new kind of thinking that differs from the world.
Teach us Your kingdom’s values that we might
learn to walk in love. Amen.
Although Christians live in this world,
their allegiance is to heaven.

Read: Ephesians 2:1-10

You He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world. —Ephesians 2:1-2
Bible in a Year:
Ephesians 1-3


8 posted on 12/02/2012 5:19:50 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

My fatherIL was part of the flights in the first day.
He was caption on a DC3.
They were moving supplies, landing unloading and leaving.
He said it was very exciting.
The freight line he flew for was American Overseas (then he worked for Flying Tigers freight), he had originally been flying for them during the war transporting troops to Europe.
He had some great pictures and stories.


9 posted on 12/02/2012 5:22:43 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Aloha Night Owl! ((HUGS))
10 posted on 12/02/2012 5:23:42 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul the usual suspects!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

(((HUGS)))


11 posted on 12/02/2012 5:46:28 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: StarCMC
Thanks, Star, for today's "Berlin Airlift: Part 1"


12 posted on 12/02/2012 5:47:02 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I have always admired both the pilots, crews and everyone who wsa involved in the Berlin Airlift. I especially like the story of the pilots dropping candy to German children during their landings in Berlin.


13 posted on 12/02/2012 6:07:39 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: left that other site

Good evening, ML...((HUGS))

Did you and Linda have a good day? Any garage sales this weekend?


14 posted on 12/02/2012 6:14:20 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Today, Lind and I did “La Dolce fa niente”

Nada...nothing.

And it was perfectly lovely! LOL.


15 posted on 12/02/2012 6:25:07 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; Fawnn; MoJo2001; Soaring Feather; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; MikeWUSAF; ...
Air Force Bump!


16 posted on 12/02/2012 6:25:30 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; Fawnn; MoJo2001; Soaring Feather; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; MikeWUSAF; ...
Air Force Bump!


17 posted on 12/02/2012 6:25:44 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor, and thanks for today’s sustenance for body and soul.


18 posted on 12/02/2012 6:29:16 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: svcw

Welcome to the Canteen, svcw, and thanks for sharing your Dad’s experiences. Those airlift pilots were something else. Their job was not easy, yet they did it again and again.

We thank him for his service to our country, and to the people of West Berlin.


19 posted on 12/02/2012 6:34:19 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: darkwing104

Good evening, retired Air Force dduck.


20 posted on 12/02/2012 6:35:35 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Good evening, spel....and they all should be admired for the tough job they did, day in, day out.


21 posted on 12/02/2012 6:36:56 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Great topic. I remember it well.

I even told some of my grand kids the story,along with my own poorly sketched maps,but they got the picture.

Memories.

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22 posted on 12/02/2012 6:37:38 PM PST by Mears
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good evening Kathy!


23 posted on 12/02/2012 6:43:54 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Yes, and 24/7.


24 posted on 12/02/2012 6:56:04 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

Only the American armed forces would give back to the enemy they just destroyed!

God love them! Thanks for sharing this, Galz!


25 posted on 12/02/2012 7:06:50 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Thanks Kathy,

He then ordered US B-29 Superfortresses to be stationed at British airfields

Another job for Google...Never knew that and have never heard it mentioned before either.
43rd bomb group to RAF Burtonwood.

26 posted on 12/02/2012 7:12:53 PM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Those early days of aviation were incredible, actually not much different than the first space travel.
I love your posts.
Thanks for keeping up with them.


27 posted on 12/02/2012 7:20:25 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

My wife and I just finished watching the Big Lift. Interesting to see all the USAF personnel in the movie, as well as Berlin as it appeared in 1950.


28 posted on 12/02/2012 7:20:47 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: left that other site

I like those kinds of weekends.....no time schedule.

I just got back from a McDonalds run....my Dad came in with a bunch of bills and asked, “Can you get dinner for us”? The place he wanted is closed on Sundays, but he decided on “that new thing from McDonalds”. It took a while and a few question before we decided he wanted the CBO...cheddar, bacon, onions. When I got home with their dinner my Mom said he’s been talking about it for days. Now he’s happy.


29 posted on 12/02/2012 7:22:18 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha and good afternoon, Hawaii...((HUGS))

Still having to do the sock bit? It is zero here and dropping.

Calls to your mainlanders going well? Are they cold?


30 posted on 12/02/2012 7:29:51 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha and good afternoon, Hawaii...((HUGS))

Still having to do the sock bit? It is zero here and dropping.

Calls to your mainlanders going well? Are they cold?


31 posted on 12/02/2012 7:30:16 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: moose07
Good morning, moose....

Burtonwood Airfield in 1945

The facility was transferred to the United States Army Air Forces in June 1942 to become a servicing centre for the United States Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces aircraft. Burtonwood was also known as Base Air Depot 1 (BAD 1), although an RAF presence continued until October 1943.

Burtonwood was the largest airfield in Europe during the war with the most USAAF personnel and aircraft maintenance facilities. The roar of the engines in the test beds could be heard for miles around, especially at night. By the end of the war 18,000 servicemen were stationed at Burtonwood. According to some sources Burtonwood was placed strategically so that it was out of range of Luftwaffe bombers, but this is not true as several Nazi raids were made on the facility. During their leave periods, American servicemen from Burtonwood virtually took over the centre of nearby Warrington.

With the end of hostilities, control of Burtonwood was returned to the RAF in June 1946 and became an equipment depot operated by No 276 Maintenance Unit.

In November 1946 six B-29 Superfortress bombers from the USAAF Strategic Air Command 43d Bombardment Group were sent to Burtonwood, and from there to various bases in West Germany as a "training deployment". In May 1947 additional B-29s were sent to Burtonwood to keep up the presence of a training programme. These deployments were only a cover-up, as the true aim of these B-29s was to have a strategic air force permanently stationed in Europe. The American presence continued with an echelon of United States Air Force personnel using the facility as a maintenance base for C-54 Skymasters used during the Berlin Airlift.

32 posted on 12/02/2012 7:54:25 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Mears

Good evening, Mears.....thanks for sharing your memories with your grand kids.

The more kids that learn our history the better.


33 posted on 12/02/2012 7:58:30 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: y'all; Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; MS.BEHAVIN; mylife; NYTexan; TASMANIANRED; SandRat; ...

Whooooo's ready for Monday, Night Owls?
Not THIS birdie, that's for sure!
Hope all of you have a GREAT week! :)
((((hugs))))

34 posted on 12/02/2012 7:58:43 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

Good evening, Luv....The Berlin Airlift, a story that needs to be told again and again and again. Thanks to StarCMC for putting it together for us to relearn and admire.

Hope you had a great day.


35 posted on 12/02/2012 8:07:46 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: svcw

All aviation pilots seem to be fearless....they things they did/do to advance aviation and space travel. Astounding!!!

It is our pleasure to honor our troops and veterans.


36 posted on 12/02/2012 8:19:54 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Morning Kathy,
Thanks for the Extra data.
Used to play on an old B17 airfield when on vacation as a kid in the New Forest, so was well aware of B17s, Liberators ,Thunderbolts etc.
This came as a bit of a surprise as i've never heard it mentioned, thought B29s were only used in the pacific theatre.
Will post some pictures i've taken of a large USAF museum we've got over here ,sometime.

It's been -4/5 C here for the last few nights, but tonight is +5.

37 posted on 12/02/2012 8:23:16 PM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: LUV W

I must confess...I am NOT ready for Monday. I have to repair, somehow, the pocket thingy in my coat. It seems to have ripped out and every time I get near the pocket, my fingers enlarge the hole. *sigh*


38 posted on 12/02/2012 8:26:29 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: DeaconBenjamin; StarCMC
Good evening, Deacon....

The Big Lift is a 1950 drama film shot on location in the city of Berlin, Germany, that tells the story of "Operation Vittles", the 1948–1949 Berlin Airlift, through the experiences of two U.S. Air Force sergeants (played by Montgomery Clift and Paul Douglas).

The film was directed and written by George Seaton, and was released April 26, 1950, less than one year after the Soviet blockade of Berlin was lifted and airlift operations ceased. Because the film was shot in Berlin in 1949, as well as using newsreel footage of the actual airlift, it provides a contemporary glimpse of the post-war state of the city as it struggles to recover from the devastation wrought by World War II.

Part 3 of StarCMC's series is "Operation Little Vittles". It will be posted on December 16th.

39 posted on 12/02/2012 8:45:37 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: moose07

Glad you’ve warmed up a bit. Right now we are in a really cold spell. It is -18C right now at my house and still dropping. I’m tired of it being this cold. d:o)

Hope you stay warmer. Looking forward to your pictures.

The next 3 weeks will be more about the Berlin Airlift.


40 posted on 12/02/2012 9:16:38 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I await with anticipation.... :)


41 posted on 12/02/2012 9:23:33 PM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I hate when that happens! It’s like that hole is a magnet for fingers! LOL!


42 posted on 12/02/2012 9:47:27 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: moose07

d:o)


43 posted on 12/02/2012 9:52:13 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: LUV W

I’ve got it pinned and am starting to sew it. After that is done I’ll see what I can do to beef it up. It is not going to be pretty. LOL!


44 posted on 12/02/2012 9:59:53 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

((HUGS))Good morning, Ladies. Thanks for this morning's thread, Star. How's it going?

45 posted on 12/03/2012 1:15:04 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: blackie; E.G.C.; Arrowhead1952; ConorMacNessa; Allegra; Mrs.Nooseman; beachn4fun; Jet Jaguar; ...



46 posted on 12/03/2012 1:23:45 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night Troops, wherever you are.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep all of us free and safe.

Thanks, unique, for the pastries.

Coffee is always on........

How about a donut?

Cookies?

Veggies?

Snacks?


47 posted on 12/03/2012 1:26:37 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: E.G.C.

Good Monday morning, E...((HUGS))...hope you and Bo enjoyed the weekend.

Have a great Monday. It is -4 degrees here. BRRR!! I’m off for bed.


48 posted on 12/03/2012 1:57:00 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Sleep well, Kathy!

*HUGS*

I'm out the door to the Office - see you this evening!



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

49 posted on 12/03/2012 2:52:21 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




Good Morning To Our Valiant Troops, To Our Vets, To Our Families, Our FRiends, Our Allies And To All Canteen Denizens!

Godspeed our Troops around the Globe, especially those in combat!

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May The Lord Protect And Uphold Our Troops In Their Vital Mission!

May He Keep Safe Their Families During Their Time Of Separation!

May He Preserve And Uphold The American Nation In This Time Of Adversity!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

50 posted on 12/03/2012 2:53:50 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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