WULFE HOUND – THE FIRST B-17 CAPTURED BY THE NAZIS: On December 12, 1942, twenty B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 303rd Bomb Group took off to join other Eighth Air Force bombers in a strike against […]

WWII Aircraft Gather Near Houston to Honor Veterans On Saturday June 18, 2016, four WWII aircraft gathered at the Hooks Airport in Spring, Texas to honor five WWII veterans. The veterans honored all flew combat  missions over […]

Reflections of Our Gentle Warriors – By Brad Hoopes: For over a decade, Brad Hoopes has interviewed and recorded the experiences of over 350 WWII veterans. He now has compiled 70 of these incredible experiences into […]

WWII Veterans receive decorations from France France honored American WWII Veterans with awards in a ceremony on Wednesday at the Levine Museum of the New South in North Carolina. WWII veteran John “Worth” Newman remembered being a […]

Luftwaffe Fighters Shot down by the Eighth Air Force In early 1944, General Jimmy Doolittle, the newly appointed commander of the American Eighth Air Force, made a critical policy change that would hasten the destruction of […]

Gilbert Erb – WWII Pilot Who Landed on a Car By Henry Sakaida Back in November of this year, my historian friend Justin Taylan blew into Los Angeles to give a TV interview. Since he had […]

Air Gunners – Get that Fighter! WWII Army/Navy Training Guide Air Gunners played an integral role in the defense of American bombers during WWII. During the 1930’s, the Army Air Corps adopted the doctrine of long […]

The Memphis Belle: The Dramatic, Fictionalized 1990 Film The Memphis Belle: The Story of a Flying Fortress by Hollywood director William Wyler was a 1944 released documentary film which followed a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Memphis […]

The Memphis Belle and William Wyler, the Story of the Story In 1943, Wilhelm Wyler returned to his native Germany flying at 25,000 feet in a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Memphis Belle. As a Major […]

Greetings from the Mighty 8th Air Force: Written by Jonathan Abbott On Monday, August 17th 1942, twelve American bombers took off for Rouen, France. They were the main force of eighteen bombers sent under Royal Air […]

B-17 Hero in the Philippines, Hewitt T. Wheless: When Hewitt T. Wheless was a kid in Menard, Texas his classmates nicknamed him ‘Nun’ because “There was scarcely none of him at all”. As he grew up, […]

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Ball Turret Sheds Light on Wartime Romance

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by:

A WWII Ball Turret Sheds Light on a Wartime Romance: Seventy years after World War Two, Italian historians found a Sperry ball turret in the cold depths of the lake. A ball turret alone would be […]

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