WWII History Articles

VISITING DUCKY LOUIE, “CHINA’S LITTLE DEVIL” By Henry Sakaida In September 2016, I made a road trip up to the San Francisco Bay Area with friends to meet and interview Dr. Lawrence Louie, a retired dentist. […]

JOSEPH VAN DER HAEGHEN THE PERFECT B-17 PILOT By Maxine Van der Haeghen My husband of 63 ½ years, Joe Van der Haeghen, died early in the morning of January 1, 2009. He was 91 ½ […]

The last Samurai: Sakae Ōba and the largest banzai charge of the war in the Pacific 大場 栄 By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com Thousands of Japanese soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the Battle of Saipan […]

ADDITIONAL DUTIES REQUIRED – AN ARMY OFFICER LEADS A TRUCK CONVOY TO INDIA AND ENCOUNTERS MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR By Cletus Nelson In the spring of 1945 a total new phase of my military life […]

WWII EXPERIENCES OF A B-17 FLYING FORTRESS PILOT By Allyn C. Lewis One Year after Japan’s “dastardly attacks,” I enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. The actual date of my enlistment […]

Italian war crimes and atrocities in Greece during WW2 By Pierre Kosmidis of ww2wrecks.com The Italian occupation of Greece, from 1941 up until 1943, when the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini collapsed and the Italians swiftly […]

THE SS JOHN HARVEY DISASTER – UNINTENTIONAL RELEASE OF ALLIED CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN AN ITALIAN PORT By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net SS John Harvey was a U.S. World War II Liberty ship. This ship is […]

P-38 ACE MAJOR RALPH WANDREY PERFORMED A MIRACLE! by Henry Sakaida Many veterans returned from the war with souvenirs to remember their life and death adventures. As the years passed, the items began to lose their […]

THE ROUT AT THE ALAMO BY HENRY SAKAIDA The story of the Battle of the Alamo as you know it today, is a patriotic concoction of myth and truth. I’ve always loved the story ever since […]

Kazys Škirpa-Lithuanian Diplomat; Russian Teacher and War Criminal By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net There are several things that amaze me in the story of this man. Firstly even though I have read a lot about the […]

Stop that Island! The remarkable story of HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net Without trying to blow my own trumpet, or in this case my countries trumpet, it is a well know fact that […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF COL HARRY R. MELTON JR. by Henry Sakaida PART I You know the old saying: “One thing leads to another…” Back in 1980, I met a very nice gentleman in Tokyo named […]

GIVING CLOSURE TO USMC FIGHTER ACE KEN WALSH by Henry Sakaida Back around 1981, I was asked a favor by USMC fighter ace Ken Walsh, the Medal of Honor recipient. He was credited with 21 victories […]

Salvaged and restored: The story of the Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden 紫電 probably flown by Kaneyoshi Muto 武藤 金義 By Pierre Kosmidis On November 18, 1978, Japanese scuba divers discovered approximately 200 meters from the shore in Jyoen Hisayoshi […]

SOVIET “MEDALS OF HONOR” FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES BY HENRY SAKAIDA I’m sure that many of you have lost something very dear to you…perhaps a family ring, a special souvenir or keepsake, a […]

The German American Bund – History of the Nazi Party in America By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net Supposedly 22,000 Nazi supporters attended a German American Bund rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden in February 1939, under […]

The salvage and restoration of Bf 109 G-2 “Yellow 3” By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com On March 24th 1943, German pilot  Günther Seraphim of the JG 5, suddenly experienced engine failure on his Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 […]

“Oria” shipwreck, the watery grave of 4,000 POWs in 1944 By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com The sinking of the steamship “Oria” in Gaidouronisi, a tragedy in the dark years of the Nazi occupation of Greece in February […]

LYDIA LITVYAK SOVIET FEMALE ACE DIDN’T DIE IN COMBAT By Henry Sakaida Blonde, bold, and brave. Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak was one of only two female fighter aces in history. She disappeared during aerial combat in August […]

MARCH 30, 1945 MISSION TO BREMEN – 384TH BOMB GROUP By Eugene Spearman By March 30, 1945, I had already flown 23 missions. The sergeant woke me and said, “Spearman, briefing at 0400. You are flying […]

FOUND: A Junkers 88 lost on May 14, 1943. Spectacular photos by Italian scuba diver Marco Bartolomucci By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com Italian scuba diver Marco Bartolomucci describes his experience diving at a spectacular WW2 aircraft wreck, […]

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