Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Image of the Day: First B-32 to enter combat

B-32 'Dominator' ser# 42-108529, The Lady Is Fresh' of 386th BS - 319th BG, Yonton, Okinawa. This was the first B-32 ever to enter combat service, and the first of her kind from the factory. Seen here after her stop-over from Luzon, to her new unit. Her name seems very apt, as she was fresh off the line, and freshly painted for the task. This is a very rare shot indeed.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Truth of War

As I have been scanning and posting our many color slides of the WWII era, (8200 thus far out of probably 18000), pictures like this are the most distressing. What a terrible cost of a war, simply to get America out of a depression. It is now common knowledge that Japan was provoked by the US to attack Pearl Harbor; WWII could have been avoided. But it was politically expedient to have the war.

This is a 1944 picture of Normandy, France, where an estimated 425,000 men from both sides died. The framers of that war have met their reward.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Image of the Day: A RAF "Halifax" Bomber

"Friday the 13th" (RAF, "Halifax" bomber) was one of the most successful RAF bombers of the war. She finished with a 128 missions to her credit, and was placed in Oxford Street, London (in front of Lewis' department store) so people could visit her. A replica (the only surviving example in world), now stands at the Yorkshire Air Museum. We at were more than happy to donate a large print of this original plane to go with their display in England. (Image date, 1945)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Image of the Day: Remember When

Remember the "Victory Gardens?" This one is growing corn in the middle of the street in Salinas CA. Note the Gulf gas station with 18 cent per gallon gas. However, that 18 cents was real money, for silver supported the dollar until 1964. America officially went into bankruptcy when hard metals were removed.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Image of the Day: Black Sheep Sq

F4U Corsair. 1st Lt Robert W. McClurg after a raid on Rabaul, May 44. Part of Pappy Boyington's black Sheep. VMF-214.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Image of the Day: American Delights, 1943

Daytona Beach.... yes, sir! Once settled back in the United States with his wife, Dorothy Helen, Jeep Crowder wasted little time in making up for lost time. Combat in P-40s and A-36s over North Africa, Sicily, and Italy had been more than rough, particularly as the Crowders had been married a very short time before Jeep shipped out. Dorothy Helen is on the right, money out, ready to chose from a variety of pure American delights... whatever the stomach can stand.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Image of the Day: Tuskegee Airmen, "Red Tail" P-51D, 332 FG

Side view of a "Red Tail" Tuskegee P-51D, taken in November, 1944, at Naples, Italy. 99th FS, 332FG.