D-Day was arguably the most significant and well-known event in military history. The Allies landed more than 150,000 troops in Normandy, involving 11,590 aircraft and 6,939 naval vessels. There were thousands of casualties.
These Artists Created A Powerful Visualization Of D-Day Casualties
The staggering size of these numbers can actually make it difficult for our brains to truly comprehend the devastation. That’s why these artists set out to create a simple art project with a powerful message. By simply agitating the sand on the beach, they provided a true scale of the lives lost on June 6th, 1944:
This is disgraceful. There was no residency requirement at Pearl Harbor. He should be allowed to live in any VA facility he wants in this country.
A 99-year-old World War II veteran who wants to move from a Minnesota veterans’ home to one in California is frustrated by a state law that requires six months of residency first.
George Vandersluis grew up in Minneapolis and eventually settled in Fresno, California, where he raised his sons after the war. He returned to Minnesota after suffering a heart attack eight years ago to live in a Veterans Affairs facility in Hastings.
His daughter-in-law says that Vandersluis wants to be near his family in California. But she says the new veterans’ home in Fresno won’t put him on a waiting list until he’s established residency.
The hazards and challenges of combat flying in World War II are almost beyond comprehension today. So were the challenges of being a black man in the 1940s, Now imagine what kind of human being it took to meet and overcome both sets of challenges simultaneously.
Our greatest generation is disappearing before our eyes. Most of them are already gone. It will take another 20 years or so for the very last to go but what will we say then? If I am still alive by that time, it will seem lonely, as though another parent has gone. The Second World War still loomed very large indeed when I was born in 1949. It fades a little every year and the day will come, a century or more in the future, when no living person can remember the World War II veterans.
May the day come though, when there are no war veterans at all, for the world will have gone 80 or 90 years without a war.
Former Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. John Mosley, a Denver native who was a trailblazer in collegiate sports as well as the civil rights movement, died Friday, days before the day set aside to honor the sacrifice of those who like him defended the nation.
He was 93.
During World War II, Mosley aggressively sought the right to fly and fight for this county.
“He always said that he had to fight in order to fight,” said his son Eric. “He used that saying as a benchmark in his life. He had to struggle to be able to fight for his country.”
“He always had the determination to be the best he could be and be someone extraordinary,” Eric recalled.
Former Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. John Mosley (Denver Post file)
Mosley excelled despite segregation and the prejudice that once existed. In his youth, blacks were confined by covenants and standards to living in an area just east of downtown. He refused to become bitter.
“I looked at it as an opportunity to move ahead,” he recalled in a 2008 interview. “I was too busy trying to ensure that I got everything I possibly could out of school and also to participate in athletics.”
oy Lofthouse, 92, flew the iconic planes during the Second World War.
This time, she took off from Boultbee Flight Academy in Chichester, Sussex, as a passenger.
After landing, Mrs Lofthouse said: “It was lovely. It was perfect.”
The thrilled grandmother, from Cirencester, Glos said the flight had made her feel “quite young” again.
And referring to the Spitfire, she told BBC 5 Live: “It was the iconic plane, I know they both - the Hurricanes and the Spitfires - played their part, but the Spitfire lasted a lot longer because it’s such a wonderful aeroplane I think.
The nearest thing to having wings of your own and flying that I’ve known.”
But she admitted to having been a little apprehensive before taking to the skies once again.
“I was excited, but aware of my age. So hoping that things went OK.
But not as confident as I did when I used to fly them alone when I was young.’
“But I’m being very cosseted and I’m very grateful. It was incredible to be in a Spitfire again after so long.
I’m so lucky to be given this chance to fly in this again. It’s very hard to describe the feeling.”
The Spitfire used for this flight, ML 407 or the “Grace Spitfire,” is one of a number converted to a two seat conversion trainer configuration after the war. It has full dual controls and Ms. Lofthouse was able to fly the aircraft again during this flight.
It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper—the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world—the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s (BBMF) Lancaster in England.
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The recovered tail section will be housed at the Texas Air Museum near Lubbock.
An Abilene World War Two veteran is reunited with a piece of the aircraft he was flying when it was shot down over France 70 years ago.
In January of 1944, Lieutenant Charles Screws was flying his P-47 Thunderbolt over France while escorting a bomber. After being struck by German fire, he was forced to crash land his plane in a field.
“I dug in there and waited until night time,” Lt. Charles Screws said. “I buried myself into some brush and everything.”
With the help of a French family, Screws managed to escape German occupied France and survived the war.
70 years later, a now 93-years-old Screws found a piece of his P-47 left behind in France arriving to his doorstep in Abilene.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A World War II airman whose remains were found more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany will finally be laid to rest.
A burial with full military honors for Lt. William “Billy” Cook is set for Sunday at a cemetery in Oakland.
The 27-year-old airman and his five-man crew were on a Dec. 23, 1944, mission when they were shot down over Germany.
The crew and their bomber were not recovered until two years ago, when amateur historians found the crash site near the Germany-Belgium border.
Update: More detailed story at SFGate, Recovered Bay Area WWII airman’s remains to be buried
Kodachrome, naturally. Many, many more at link.
I regularly visit the shorpy.com in order to get inspired by the colors of Kodachrome photo film. This website is quite famous and contains a lot of archived photographs, I am sure many of you already know it. My wish was to make a personal selection of photographs I particularly like, in good quality. I hope that you will appreciate them as well. All the pictures have been taken during 1940-1943. Now just look at them and get inspired.
1. “Where’s Adolf?”
May 1942. Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. “Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
October 1942. “Testing electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company. Long Beach, California.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
Petula Dvorak has posted an excellent commentary on the Washington Post’s website about Pamela Geller’s recent anti Muslim bus ad campaign featuring the monster. This is also a pretty good commentary on Godwins in general.
I would like my D6 bus without a side of Hitler, please.
Twenty Metro buses are crisscrossing the nation’s capital with Der Führer on their sides for the next month, thanks to an incendiary, anti-Muslim ad campaign by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
The westbound D6 featured a PNC Bank ad early Monday. Whew. But Shanna Dick is ready for Hitler’s face if it ever appears on that route.
“I just want to draw a big crucifix over his face, so I don’t have to look at it,” said Dick, 44. “Two wrongs don’t make a right. Hell isn’t big enough for him. And the side of a city bus isn’t the right place for that kind of evil, either.”
Adolf Hitler is a little too present these days.