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  • WWII veteran takes final flight on B-24 bomber

    05/12/2012 9:15:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | May 11, 2012 | Jaimee Lynn Fletcher
    The roar of the propellers cutting the air is what sparks memories for WWII veteran Howard Mann. "The sound is the same," he said. "The sound brings it all back." Mann, 92, was a passenger in the B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" that took flight from Long Beach to John Wayne Airport on Friday as part of the Wings of Freedom exhibition at the Lyon Air Museum... The last time Mann was in a B-24 was Jan. 3, 1945, flying over the Pacific...
  • Ford's B-24 production in Detroit in WWII

    03/09/2010 7:50:58 AM PST · by shove_it · 31 replies · 731+ views
    Ford built at least 8000 B-24 aircraft in WWII. This a collection of 291 B&W photos from the Henry Ford Museum taken at the old Willow Run Airport and Ford Motor Co. in Detroit. During the war automobile manufacturing was suspended so that GM, Ford, etc., could concentrate on the manufacture of military vehicles and aircraft. Ford Motor Company's assembly line was located adjacent to Willow Run. The government and Boeing company told Henry Ford during the war that he could not build an airplane like a car on an assembly line. He built the freeway to the plant, built...
  • For 30 minutes, former WWII pilot flies back in time

    01/30/2010 3:47:08 PM PST · by greatdefender · 42 replies · 1,483+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 30, 2010 | Bill Stevens
    Lt. Nick Radosevich had his orders. Soon he would ship out to England and begin bombing targets deep inside Nazi territory. He sought an edge, a good-luck charm. He met a girl. They had some drinks and dinner. Her cocker spaniel had recently delivered puppies. "That's it,'' the handsome 26-year-old pilot said. He picked out a jet black female and named her Penelope — Penny for short. He attached a small metal cylinder to her collar that contained contact information in case Penny should get lost. 2/Lt. Nick Radosevich, 734th Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group. For the long trip from March...
  • NH WWII pilot gets wish for final B-24 flight

    09/25/2009 12:00:33 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 31 replies · 2,610+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9/25/2009 | NORMA LOVE
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - World War II pilot Bernerd Harding feels he has finally completed his mission—65 years after his B-24, nicknamed Georgette, was shot down over Germany. Harding, now 90, flew Friday from Laconia to Manchester aboard the Witchcraft—the last B-24 still flying.
  • Flying Tiger has passed away

    05/23/2008 1:24:53 PM PDT · by No2much3 · 12 replies · 205+ views
    5/23/08 | No2much3
    It is with sad regrets to report that Capt. John K. Nevin USAAC has passed away at the age of 87. Capt. Nevin was commisioned in Jan. 1942. Stationed Kumming China July 1942. Returned Stateside 1944. Received Bronze Star, 3 DFC's, 4 Air Medals, 2 Presidential Citations. Flew "the Hump" keeping the Chinese supplied. Prayers are requested for his family.
  • U.S. to search for missing WW2 airmen in India (B-24 wreck "Hot as Hell" found, flew "the Hump")

    03/17/2008 9:47:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 3,578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/08 | Simon Denyer
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In honour of the crouching, naked blonde painted on its nose, its pilot had named his bomber the "Hot as Hell". But it was a freezing and stormy day as the American B-24 Liberator made its way across the Himalayas on Jan 25, 1944, flying what was known as "the Hump", perhaps the most dangerous route in air transport history. It was one of nine American planes that went down that day as they tried to resupply China's besieged army in the city of Kunming, desperately trying to hold out against the invading Japanese during World...
  • Kansas aircrew brings WW II comrades back from watery grave (Home at Last!)

    03/11/2008 5:53:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 666+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. W. Michael Houk, KS USAF NG
    3/11/2008 - PALAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Palau (AFPN) -- A Kansas Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker crew from the 190th Air Refueling Wing returned the human remains March 3 to American soil after a recovery team recovered from a downed B-24 Liberator shot down near the Pacific island nation of Palau Sept. 1, 1944. According to military reports, the Army Air Forces B-24 was involved in a fight between American and Japanese forces over the island and suffered anti-aircraft fire. Three of the crew reportedly bailed out, one without a parachute, before the bomber crashed into the water. BentProp officials, a...
  • Remains of WWII vet returned to family for burial after 63 years

    12/30/2007 5:46:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 146+ views
    KVOA.com ^ | Lupita Murillo
    The remains of a World War II hero are returned to family members here in Tucson. For 63 years, the family of Tech Sgt. Hyman Stiglitz knew his plane was shot down over Germany. But not until now did the family learn of their loved one's heroic actions. It was the summer of 1944. Tech Sergeant Hyman Stiglitz was a radio operator on a mission flying over Germany. He was in a B-24 bomber part of the 492nd wing. Their target a bridge. But when they hit it not all of the bombs fell out putting the crew in danger....
  • B-24 gunner receives Purple Heart for heroism in WW II

    08/22/2007 5:14:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 985+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Robert Goetz
    8/22/2007 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- The scene in the rotunda of Randolph's Taj Mahal Aug. 21 probably seemed like too much hoopla to one former Army Air Corps staff sergeant. But all the TV cameras and reporters there to capture the moment, the remarks by an Air Force major general and the admiration shown by servicemembers and civilians alike more than fit the occasion -- a long-overdue ceremony to honor a true American hero. With one of his daughters at his side, Roy E. Talbott, 84, a self-effacing veteran who once served as a B-24 gunner...
  • FLYING 'WITCHCRAFT

    03/31/2007 6:32:54 AM PDT · by SouthTexas · 43 replies · 232+ views
    Victoria Advocate ^ | March 31, 2007 | BILL CLOUGH
    He sat there, on the jump seat right behind the cockpit, with the look of authority that only comes with command. His hand rested on his cane. Over his jacket pocket, "fruit-salad" medals he earned in the war. Only his cool dark glasses seemed out of place. On his chest, a button that read "I've Survived Damn Near Everything." Damn near. Six decades is a long time between flights, but today Pat Bednorz was back in the front office of a B-24 Liberator - the first time in 63 years. And he was flying to Corpus Christi. (cont.)
  • Historic war planes landing at Page Field

    01/25/2007 7:56:21 PM PST · by holymoly · 32 replies · 882+ views
    NBC2 ^ | 1/25/2007 | NBC2
    FORT MYERS: Two historic World War II bombers will be landing in Fort Myers Monday. The planes will be open for public tours and even flights. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy Bomber and a Consolidated B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber will be at Page Field from January 29th – 31st. The B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the most recognizable bomber aircraft of WWII, is one of only nine in the nation that are still airworthy. The B-24, the most produced aircraft during WWII, is the only restored B-24 still in flying operation. The bombers are owned by the Collings Foundation,...
  • History flies on bomber's wings [With picture]

    05/11/2006 11:11:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 336+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/11/0511_s1.hts ^ | May 11, 2006 | ALLISON GATLIN
    Two generations of female pilots embraced in the shade beneath a World War II bomber's wings Wednesday afternoon - those who had flown such aircraft when they were new, during the war, and one flying them now as living history exhibits. Flora Belle Reece and Ty Killen, former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots corps during World War II, were on hand to greet the restored bombers from the Collings Foundation's "Wings of Freedom" tour as they arrived for a three-day stay at William J. Fox Airfield. "It's great to be back," Killen said. "For a real-life beauty like...
  • WWII bombers to seek Tucson riders

    03/26/2006 9:19:10 AM PST · by SandRat · 38 replies · 1,218+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    If you've ever dreamed of sailing the skies in a World War II bomber, there may be no time like the present in Tucson. But it'll cost ya. Four vintage bombers will touch down in the city in April, offering rides at about $400 a pop. The events are sponsored by two nonprofit foundations that use the money to help keep the rare old warplanes running. The Old Pueblo has become a favorite stopover for such outfits because our warm-weather city has all the attributes they look for. "Tucson is a hot spot because it has so many retirees and...
  • WWII Operation Tidal Wave - 1 Aug 1943 - Raid on Ploesti

    08/01/2005 6:15:24 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 11 replies · 2,158+ views
    USAF Museum Web Site ^ | Jan 17 1997 | USAF Museum
    WWII Combat Europe Ploesti, Rumania 1 August 1943 While Allied and Axis forces were battling in Sicily, the AAF staged one of the war's most daring heavy bomber raids. The target was the Ploesti oil fields in Rumania, estimated to be supplying 60% of Germany's crude oil requirements. Shortly after dawn on August 1, 1943, AAF B-24s took off from bases in Libya and headed toward the heavily defended target, deep inside enemy territory a thousand miles away. Over Bulgaria, clouds broke up the B-24 formations and the bombing elements became widely separated. Tracked by German radar which alerted Rumanian...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers the Raid on Magdeburg (January 1945) - June 23rd, 2005

    06/23/2005 3:28:38 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 48 replies · 2,257+ views
    Aviation History Magazine | September 2001 | Gary Rosentrater, as told by Glen M. Hotz
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Operation Pointblank (1943-1944) - May 23rd, 2005

    05/22/2005 10:36:38 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 61 replies · 3,816+ views
    World War II Magazine | November 1998 | Brian Todd Carey
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • Bonnie Henry: WWII lark resonates even now (Lady Freepers TISSUE ALERT)

    12/29/2004 5:50:28 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 830+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12/29/04 | Bonnie Henry
    It began as a lark. Two young women working in the cockpit of a Liberator bomber during World War II leave their names and addresses for the pilots to find. "I didn't expect to hear from anybody," says Mildred Lemons, who now lives in Arivaca. But a couple of months later, she did hear from one: Douglas Gordon Elliott, a flight engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force. Until the war's end, he and Lemons would correspond. And then both just drifted away. "I don't know who quit first," says Lemons. "I was married. The war was over." Suddenly, it...
  • Out of the Blue: Finding Buddy

    06/24/2004 4:05:52 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 783+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 24 June 2004 | JOANNE KIMBERLIN
    Out of the Blue: Finding Buddy Fern Lord holds a photograph of her brother, Buddy, who was lost in a B-24 crash in World War II. When told that remains found in New Guinea are likely those of her long-lost brother, Lord said, “I know it sounds strange, but after what we’ve been through, that would be a happy ending.We want to give him a proper burial before it’s time for ours.” JOHN H. SHEALLY II/THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT By JOANNE KIMBERLIN, The Virginian-Pilot © June 24, 2004 SUFFOLK — Fern Lord is 81. She was 21 when her brother Buddy disappeared....
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Big Week - (20-25 Feb, 1944) - June 3rd, 2004

    06/03/2004 12:00:09 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 85 replies · 1,418+ views
    www.ibiblio.org ^ | W.F. Craven and J.L. Cate
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers 376th Heavy Bombardment Group (1942-1945)- Nov. 12th, 2003

    11/12/2003 12:00:15 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 118 replies · 4,211+ views
    http://376hbgva.com/history.htm ^ | Captain Jack Preble
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. Welcome to "Warrior Wednesday" Where the Freeper Foxhole introduces a different...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Ploesti Raid - Aug. 1, 1943 - Jan. 27th, 2003

    01/27/2003 5:37:14 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 141 replies · 14,746+ views
    U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. We hope to provide an ongoing source of information about issues and problems that are specific to Veterans and resources that are available to Veterans and their families. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel free to address their specific circumstances or whatever issues concern them in an atmosphere of peace, understanding, brotherhood...
  • The B-24 LIBERATOR

    07/24/2002 8:06:24 AM PDT · by RMrattlesnake · 18 replies · 742+ views
    rockey mountian Rattlesnake Press ^ | 24july02 | Darren Morrison
    The Liberator By Darren Morrison “Liberator” was the name given to a weapon of war called the B-24 bomber. Though this plane was in the shadows of the famous B-17 flying fortress, the B-24 was a remarkable aircraft in its own right. The Liberator had a number of virtues which made it a highly sought-after bomber: it was fast (300 m.p.h. at 30,000 feet); capable of carrying a payload of 8,000 pounds; and had an operational range of approximately 2,290 miles. The Liberator was the most sought-after bomber in World War II. This plane had an outstanding war record in...