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NUDGE IN REAR CAME TO SOON, SO MITCHELL GUNNER BOMBED WRONG TARGET IN CHINA By Sgt. Marion Hargrove SOMEWHERE IN CHINA–This story has been held back for a while because the fellow was mighty sensitive about […]

P51 ACE JAMES GOODSON MISSING SINCE JUNE 20, AF REVEALS From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes AN EIGHTH P51 BASE, July 14 (AP)–Maj. James Goodson, credited with destruction of 30 German planes–15 […]

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ZERO ACE SADAMU KOMACHI NEEDED CLOSURE

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ZERO ACE SADAMU KOMACHI NEEDED CLOSURE By Henry Sakaida I received the strangest request over a cup of coffee in a Tokyo café back in 1975 when I was a starving college student. I was visiting […]

MISSION CONCEIVED, DELIVERED OF BOMBS ALL WITHIN 10 MINUTES From the July 12, 1944 edition of Stars and Stripes NINTH AIR FORCE HQ, FRANCE July 11 (AP)–What may likely have been the fastest bombing mission ever […]

WWII RESEARCHER HOPES TO FIND MISSING USMC FIGHTER PILOT On July 21, 1945 USMC pilot, Lt. John McGrath took off from Kadena Airfield on Okinawa for a ground attack mission on nearby Iriomote Jima. During his […]

GUN EMPLACEMENTS SMASHED IN SPECIAL MISSION BY HEAVIES By Nathan Asch Stars and Stripes Unit Correspondent From the June 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE BASE, June 11–The Nazi gun emplacements […]

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UNKNOWN AMERICAN PILOT NOW IDENTIFIED

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UNKNOWN AMERICAN PILOT NOW IDENTIFIED By Henry Sakaida On 1 August 1945, the war with Japan was in its final days. Riyogi Honda was walking along the beach of Saeki Bay on the east coast of […]

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GUNNER, MISSING P47 FLIER ARE AWARDED U.S. MEDALS

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GUNNER, MISSING P47 FLIER ARE AWARDED U.S. MEDALS From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Capt. Alwyn M. Juchheim, of Grenada, Miss., now missing in action, has been awarded the DSC for “extraordinary […]

ANOTHER FORT LANDS SAFELY THANKS TO ITS’ CHUTE BRAKES From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A FORTRESS BASE, July 11–Crash trucks were sent onto the runway when a B17 piloted by 1/Lt. […]

FIGHTER PILOTS FLY IN TRIBUTE TO INFANTRY – 9th AF Goes All-Out To Make Ground Job Easier, No Op Too Tough If It Will Help Doughboys By Bud Hutton Stars and Stripes Staff Writer From the […]

YEKATERINA ZELENKO – ONLY WOMAN TO RAM AN ENEMY AIRCRAFT – FACT OR FICTION? By Henry Sakaida The Soviet Union created posthumous heroes to inspire the nation during and after the Great Patriotic War. These individuals […]

GABRESKI, TOP ACE WITH 28 KILLS, CAN’T SEEM TO FIND NO. 29 From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes AN EIGHTH P47 BASE, July 14 (AP)–Lt. Col. Francis E. Gabreski, top American ace, […]

1,100 BOMBERS BATTER MUNICH; TOULON RAIDED – LUFTWAFFE SHUNS A FIGHT, BUT FLAK OVER REICH IS INTENSE; 20 HEAVIES LOST From the July 12, 1944 edition of Stars and Stripes More than 1,100 American heavy bombers–one […]

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3 HONORED FOR RESCUING FLIER FROM WRECKED P38

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3 HONORED FOR RESCUING FLIER FROM WRECKED P38 From the July 14, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A NINTH TROOP CARRIER BASE, July 13–An officer and two enlisted men received the Soldier’s Medal in ceremonies […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF MERLIN PADDOCK AS REMEMBERED BY AN ENEMY PILOT AND HIS WIDOW By Henry Sakaida “I think it was around May 1945 when I met that American,” remembered Takeo Tanimizu, a former Zero […]

AWOL…WILLIAM M. KLIEN – TOP TURRET GUNNER 384TH BOMB GROUP By William Klien Jr. Dad Enlisted on 16 Aug ’40. After the War Broke out he was an airplane mechanic (TSgt). His unit was designated to […]

NINTH AIR FORCE P47S HIT NAZIS IN FRANCE TO AID INFANTRY From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Striking four miles in front of advancing American troops in France, Ninth Air Force Thunderbolt […]

YOSHIYUKI SUMIDA AND WALTER L. ROSE: TWO FORGOTTEN OPPONENTS By Henry Sakaida Growing up as a kid, I would often look through our old family photo album and focus my attention on a young Japanese sailor. […]

GI SHOP TALK – Spiders, Pilot Training, Shoes, Portable Hospital From YANK Magazine A deadly black widow spider is kept at the Army’s precision instrument shop at Columbus, Ohio, to spin its web for the hair […]

JAPANESE REPORT U.S. NAVY BOMBERS RAID IN CENTRAL PHILIPPINES From the September 25, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Two hundred Allied planes yesterday raided several cities in the central Philippines, including Legaspi and Cebu, the […]

1942 SCORE ON US PLANE LOSSES AND ENEMY PLANES SHOT DOWN From YANK Magazine The box score on enemy and US plane shot down in 1942 reads pretty well for our side. In that year we […]


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