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A VETERAN’S STORY: Interview with The Last Raider

A VETERAN’S STORY: Interview with The Last Raider

By Pete Mecca The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing World War II Days at Falcon Field lived up to expectations once again this past weekend. A gorgeous B-25 was on display to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan early in WWII. Reenactors, vendors, even operable B-25 gun turrets for the young and “very thin” young-at-heart enthusiasts[Read More…]

by April 29, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles
Nose view of Consolidated B-24D Lady Be Good crash site. The plane made a surprisingly good pilotless belly landing and skidded 700 yards before breaking in half and stopping. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A VETERAN’S STORY: The Ghost Liberator — Lady Be Good

By Peter Mecca She was not appealing and handled like a long haul tractor/trailer with 18 flat tires. Historically treated as the red-headed stepchild of heavy bombers in World War II, especially when compared to the sleek and popular B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator was still a rugged aircraft and destined to become the most produced American bomber in[Read More…]

The 324th Signal Company, Aviation, Hickam Field.

No Ordinary Soldier: My Father’s Two Wars

By Liz Gilmore Williams I flew into Honolulu in late March 2013, filled with excitement. The GPS device I’d brought from home refused to work as I drove my rental car out of the airport into the third worst traffic in North America. Thank goodness I had directions to my rented condo. I found the place, 13 floors up on[Read More…]

A VETERAN’S STORY: The wickedest Flying Witches

A VETERAN’S STORY: The wickedest Flying Witches

By Pete Mecca. To call a female pilot a “flying witch” in 2017 could bring condemnation, censorship, and protesters trampling down the weeds in my front yard. So, stick with me on this: The flying “Night Witches” of World War II gained the nickname from an adversary, out of respect for their bravery and lethal sneak attacks. Moral of the[Read More…]

by February 13, 2017 1 comment A veteran's Story, Articles, WWII Events
P-47 Thunderbolt Mystery

P-47 Thunderbolt Mystery

Who are Eva and Edith? AirCorps Aviation, the warbird restoration shop based in Bemidji, Minnesota, has found an interesting artifact within the wing of the 1944 Republic P-47D-23RA they currently have under restoration. This particular aircraft is known to have served in the 5th Air Force during WWII and was abandoned at Dobodura Airfield, in Papua New Guinea. A number[Read More…]

by February 7, 2017 0 comments A veteran's Story, Articles, WWII Events