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MG TD TF 1500 - 11, 11, 11.

The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.


George Raham [TD4224]

To all. I agree with georg Raham. DO NOT FORGET. we have hear in Stavern a memoriel
pyramid called ( MINNEHALLEN) 1 mile away from me. YOU can see it on the net

ThorAf. NORWAY.TD4490
Thoralf Sorensen (TD4490)

How could I? Dad was part of WWII and now that he is gone, I have custody of the remembrances that he left behind. I did 20 years in the USAF and never dreaded the time I spent serving. Many thanks to all that have done their part.
John Masters

My dad and one of my uncles were in the Merchant Marines. For a short time, on the same ship. One trip I know of was a delivery of supplies crossing the North sea to England and another was a delivery of aircraft fuel and ammunition to Naples Italy. Checking the records of how many Liberty ships were sunk, both surviving the U boat attacks, is a miracle in it's self. I asked my dad once why he went from the Army to the Merchant Marines and he said, "They needed men and since I like the ocean, it was just another job"! I never could understand his answer, until I got older. He passed 3 years ago this March. He was 90 years old. I sure miss him. What a wonderful man he was. PJ
P.S. Jennings

Next year's celebrations will happen at 11 on 11/11/11.

On a memorial erected to honour a British bomber crew that were all killed when their plane was shot down over Norway during WWII the following words are carved in stone:

"They gave their today for our tomorrow"

Simple words with a strong emotional message to us who live.

Jan Kristoffersen

A year ago or so I discovered that the old gentleman across the street survived 93 combat missions in North Africa and South Europe flying Spitfires. Jack is 93 and very quiet about his experiences. I took it on myself to write up his story and spread it thru our community. People like this MUST NOT be forgotten!
We recently achieved a base for Life Flight operations at our small local airport using airport transfers sevenoaks. To mark that achievement and recognize Jack's wonderful history we arraanged to get the Life Fliight crew and Jack together to swap experiences. All had a great time! I'll now try to post a photo of that event. Went over there yesterday to remind him of the Vet Day.

Dick Thomas


Dick Thomas

Good for you Dick,

It's important for us to be reminded about what those members of our armed services went through for the freedom we have to-day. It is also important that those who went though it, know how we feel about them. I'm sure Jack had his spirits lifted because of your effort. The opportunity may not be there next year.

George Raham [TD4224]

Very thoughtful and a great job Dick,
Could you post the story you wrote so we could read it?
I'm sure it would impress us.
George Metz
GF Metz

Would be happy to post it but am very inexperienced. Do you recommend I post it right here?
Dick Thomas

Dick, if you email it to me I'd be happy to post it on Ttalk to share it with all. Bud
Bud Krueger (TD10855)

Thanks very much. Have sent it on to your email address listed on your web site "Ttalk". Please let me know if I screwed it up somehow!
Dick Thomas

Okay Dick. See
Bud Krueger (TD10855)

<Okay Dick. See>

Carl Floyd

Wonderful story!! I wish I could meet him, we would have some things to talk about.

I am puzzled about one thing though. I thought the P-39 was the plane that had twin booms going to the tail assembly. Twin Allison V12 engines. But on the other hand I do remember the name "Airacobra".

Lest we forget.
Bob Jeffers


You are thinking of the P-38 Lightning.

James Neel TD28423

James is correct. The P-38 was the twin boomed, twin engine fighter which was first deployed in the Pacific. It was heavy but really fast.

The P-39 was known as the Aircobra and was a bad fighter plane...slow and underpowered for combat. It's primary armament was a 20mm cannon which shot down the drive shaft and out the prop spinner. In talking with Jack it was apparent that he was happy as a clam to leave them for the Spitfire.

Many don't realize that the Army Air Corps and the RCAF flew the legendary Spitfire in North Africa and Southern Europe. The P-47 and P-51 were in short suppy and used to protect the B-17's out of England. The Americans and Canadians had little with which to provide ground support in the Southern invasion while the production of Spits has grown far beyound the needs of the RAF. So a reverse lend/lease was set up.
It was a remarkable period about which all of us in North American can be proud!
With warm regards,
Dick Thomas
Wooster, Ohio
Dick Thomas

Was the Aircobra the 'mid engined' fighter... I remember one with the engine behind the pilot?

And production of the Spit and Huricane happened everywhere.... Huricanes were built in Hamilton Ontario as well as other locations... not sure if the Spit was built in N/A or not....

R.J. Mitchell should be well remembered.....
gblawson(gordon- TD27667)

The Aircobra was mid-engined. This made the pilot stradle the drive shaft going out to the prop from the engine behind him and the barrel of the 20mm which ran inside the drive shaft also between the pilots legs. Not an attractive design idea.

Dick Thomas
Dick Thomas

Dick, thank you for writing about the "greatest generation". As an Army Aviator from a later generation I understand the sacrifices that he made in order that we can live the way do today. Also, thank you to Bud for making it available to us. Love reading about those WW-II aircraft and the brave men who flew them.
E. R. Constant

I appologize for using so much of this valuable space for a non T matter. The web master has been most generous in allowing me to continue. Those of you who have commented have been most kind.
Thanks very much!

Dick Thomas
Wooster, Ohio
Dick Thomas

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