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1 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Mar 19, 2013 7:38:03pm

For once the Daily Mail does a great service, putting out a fitting tribute to a group of men (and a few women) now almost gone. I actually met one such man myself 10 years, and I still count myself as privileged to have done so. The 8th Air Force played a crucial role in the defeat of Nazi Germany, and it paid a horrific price for doing so. The Mighty 8th, and those who served in it, deserve the highest respect from all those who value the freedom they so gallantly helped win for us.

2 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Mar 19, 2013 8:18:02pm

Sweet Jesus… 4x5 Kodachromes. Beautiful. And those colors will be stable for longer than we can know at this point…

Killing Kodachrome was modern Kodak’s greatest sin and it’s the one that will ultimately kill the company - it was the last thing that only they could do.

3 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Mar 19, 2013 8:31:39pm

As an addendum: It was even more fun seeing an American woman, in the Army, taking pictures of the Air Corps getting ready to bomb Germany - with one of the very best of German cameras :) FOTFLMAO x1000.

My Rollie is, by it’s serial number, from 1952 ;)

The image is now my wallpaper.

4 dragonath  Tue, Mar 19, 2013 8:35:12pm

re: #3 William Barnett-Lewis

My favorite camera was a (German made) Kodak Retina Reflex. Okay- maybe it wasn’t the best in reliability or lens selection but it was smoooooth.

5 Flounder  Wed, Mar 20, 2013 5:03:31am

Wow! Thankyou for posting this, I really enjoyed the color pictures. In color, the airmen look like kids, in B&W not so much. If I remember correctly, the B-17 was lightly armed in the nose, which the Luftwaffe pilots quickly figured out. Later in the war the bombers were equipped “chin turrets”

6 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Mar 20, 2013 5:05:45am

“Flying Flit Gun”

I don’t think fighter pilots would be allowed to decorate their aircraft like that nowadays.

7 Locker  Wed, Mar 20, 2013 10:41:00am

My grandfather was a tail gunner in a bomber in WWII. He was shot down over Italy, captured and spent years in several different Stalag’s in Germany.
I have his account written for his debriefing and sometime soon I’m going to transcribe it and post it here for folks to read.

Thank you for this post. IMO it honors his service.

8 Decatur Deb  Wed, Mar 20, 2013 4:54:57pm

re: #5 Flounder

Wow! Thankyou for posting this, I really enjoyed the color pictures. In color, the airmen look like kids, in B&W not so much. If I remember correctly, the B-17 was lightly armed in the nose, which the Luftwaffe pilots quickly figured out. Later in the war the bombers were equipped “chin turrets”

The difference between the ‘F’ and ‘G”’ model.

9 Decatur Deb  Wed, Mar 20, 2013 4:56:06pm

re: #6 Vicious Babushka

“Flying Flit Gun”

I don’t think fighter pilots would be allowed to decorate their aircraft like that nowadays.

They weren’t always allowed then—depended on the chain of command. Some nude noseart was ‘clothed’ later.

10 Decatur Deb  Wed, Mar 20, 2013 4:57:10pm

re: #7 Locker

My grandfather was a tail gunner in a bomber in WWII. He was shot down over Italy, captured and spent years in several different Stalag’s in Germany.
I have his account written for his debriefing and sometime soon I’m going to transcribe it and post it here for folks to read.

Thank you for this post. IMO it honors his service.

If you do a page, I’ll add some stuff about the Decatur Deb.


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