|01-21-2014 10:34 PM|
I have been a student of WW2 all my life. My main interest is fighter aircraft both Allied and Axis. I have done museum display work. I am an IPMS member.
My Dad served on a B25. All my Uncles were all over the globe during the war.
Below are some pics of an American Spitfire VB Tropical in 1/48th scale. Pilot Major Robert Levine stationed in Tunisia 4TH FS 1943.
|01-21-2014 10:28 PM|
|Baillif||Speaking of I just got back from Charleston. Got to tour the Yorktown aircraft carrier.|
|01-21-2014 10:11 PM|
My dad was a ball turret gunner in the 98th bombardment group. They mainly bombed factories in Southern Germany....he did not talk much at all about the war and I know he was in the hospital when his plane went down and my mom said that wore heavily on him. He mainly talked to me about the silly things they did.
Said they would ride back with the bomb bays open because it was hot and once they were really hungry and the sandwiches were in the back and he went down the catwalk to get them while they were over the Adriatic. I could see him doing that. He was always a daredevil. He was actually trained as a tail-gunner but when they actually were deployed he said the other guy would not get in the ball turret and he was the only one small enough to fit. Then he just stayed there. He took some amazing pictures from the turret and stayed there for the duration. I need to scan them. He went in at 5'6"-140lbs and left at 5'10" 160lbs
|01-21-2014 10:02 PM|
Sp00ks, Your photographs are beautiful. As for the military paperwork, it can be inaccurate. My father had several skills, that caused officers to fight over him. He was coveted as a welder, but a higher ranking officer "stole" him to run communication lines. Nothing in his paperwork credits him with running those lines. It always bothered him, but was never corrected.
|01-21-2014 09:56 PM|
Your grandfather sounds like an amazing man. Most of that generation were. I miss my father every day.
|01-20-2014 10:37 AM|
I never served at the recommendation of my father who served in the Corp in Korea. One of the few times I actually listened to him. Sometimes I do regret that decision.
My father never talked about his tour other than a couple of funny stories. He would never discuss what he did or where he did it. Some of the stories don't match dates with his military documentation. For instance his discharge papers are dated quite some time after he told us he was discharged. He never kept anything from the war, nothing but his military paperwork and a couple of pics of camp lajeune. Now that he has passed, I will never know his role in history, however big or small.
A couple of family photos that I am working on digitizing and restoring.
My Great Uncle before being deployed in the Pacific. WWII: The family story goes that after the war they had to go in and get Wayne, he was still fighting....
My Father in his dress blues. This is exactly how the pic was "colored". I have done nothing to this image. It must have been a style back then.
|01-20-2014 10:03 AM|
I agree, some of the bits and pieces my dad told, I won't repeat here, the other Side weren't the only ones committing atrocities, my daughter in one of her collage class's had to do some WWII research, had to watch shindkers list, we talked about it and I suggested some others for her to watch, also told her, some of her relatives were murdered in the death camps, and some of her relatives did the killing, both sides of my famialy came from Poland and Germany, in the very late 1800's
|01-20-2014 02:39 AM|
|bill||War is he.. no good time. men don't want to talk about it! My grandfather fought in WW 2 "" I used to try and get him to tell me stories" he never said much! When I got out of the military" we talked a little" he still wouldn't say much when he did he would tear up and try not too cry! My grandfather was the strongest man I ever knew! Yes war is he.. Bill|
|01-20-2014 01:18 AM|
|Stevenzachsmom||No, I don't think anyone was saying it was a good time. That's for sure.|
|01-20-2014 01:12 AM|
Well maybe there is a PG 13 version of the Military channel because the shows I've seen didn't make it seem like a fun time to me?
I just like P-38's because they are cool and were a cutting edge at the time, Not sure anybody said it was a good time for anyone?
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