WWII History Articles

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, […]

THE FORCED INTERNMENT OF CANADIAN JAPANESE DURING WWII The White Man’s War When World War One started, Ryoichi Kobayashi was 23 year years old and a stranger in Canada. The Great War brought out Canada’s strong […]

Mystery solved! The Greek “kamikaze” who rammed an Italian CANT Z.1007 bomber By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com A front-page of the “Daily Mirror” newspaper, dated November 4, 1940, features the story of Greek fighter pilot “Captain Demetriou, […]

Sadaaki Akamatsu, Japan’s “Pappy Boyington” by Henry Sakaida “Akamatsu stunned his superior officers by his conduct. Instead of attending pilot briefings and waiting on the flight line like the other men, he had his own warning […]

SEND ME OFF TO WAR – A BOY DOES HIS PART FOR THE WAR EFFORT By Bill Rawlinson It was the summer of 1943 and war raged in Europe and the Pacific. Civilians were encouraged to […]

Leros Island, 1943: The underwater museum of WW2 aircraft wrecks and shipwrecks By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht. […]

TAIL GUNNER ON “ACES AND ATES” A B-17 WITH THE 384TH BOMB GROUP By Edward McDonald During World War II I was a tail gunner on a B-17 named Aces and Ates. I crashed twice before […]

LUCKY KAMIKAZE PILOTS – THE STORY BEHIND THE FAMOUS PHOTO by Henry Sakaida When I was a high school sophomore in 1968, a military collector gave me a  picture of a group of Army Kamikaze pilots […]

“Fix bayonets!” – 11 am, Tuesday 27 May, 1941: The ANZACs ’ charge at “42nd Street” on Crete By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com On May 27, 1941 the Battle of Crete was lost for the Allied forces, […]

DID ZERO ACE SABURO SAKAI FORCE HIS FOE TO PARACHUTE NEAR PORT MORESBY? By Henry Sakaida Thanks to the Internet and access to old WWII records which were not available decades ago, dedicated historians can now […]

American Commander in Bastogne to German Commander: Nuts Snow fell on the morning of December 22, 1944, covering Belgium in a whiteness that muffled the wooded land in a serene and unworldly silence. Looking out from their […]

ROBERT STAHLHUT – A B-17 TOP TURRET GUNNER’S FATEFUL MISSION Robert Stahlhut was a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-17 in the 8th  Air Force’s 384th Bomb Group. In September of 1943, the 8th  Air Force was […]

ISKANDER GALIEV BRINGS THE AFGHANISTAN WAR TO THE RUSSIAN AUDIENCE By Henry Sakaida Proxy wars usually don’t go well. Major international players intervene in a foreign country’s civil war, only to incur massive casualties and financial […]

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