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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 […]

FIGHTER PILOTS OF THE NINTH AIR FORCE IN FRANCE ARE DECORATED From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A NINTH AIR FORCE ADVANCED HQ, France, July 10–Sixteen fighter pilots were awarded 15 DFCs […]

MEMPHIS BELLE BACK–REPORT OF ETO PREMIERE OF FILM AT HOME AIRBASE From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A FORTRESS BASE, May 12–The flak-scarred Memphis Belle, first Fortress to fly back to the […]

THE ADVENTURE OF 3 MICE AND 40 CATS -LT. URBAN DREW AND PILOTS OF THE 375TH FIGHTER SQUADRON MIX IT UP WITH THE LUFTWAFFE By Sidney Rosenblatt YANK Field Correspondent A FIGHTER BASE, BRITAIN (By Cable)—“There […]

SOVIET ACE VIKTOR LOZOVSKI RAMMED A GERMAN ME-109 By Henry Sakaida Intentionally ramming an enemy aircraft in a dogfight took nerves of steel, skill, and a lot of luck. Soviet pilots exhibited extreme hatred toward their […]

19TH TACTICAL AIR COMMAND GETS THANKS FOR AID FROM 3RD ARMY NINTH AIR FORCE HQ, FRANCE, Sept. 24—For their “tireless efforts” in harassing and obliterating large numbers of enemy vehicles and troop concentrations ahead of Lt. […]

A MOTHER’S TEARS – A TELEGRAM REPORTING A SON MISSING IN ACTION By Sidney Ukraine Standing at the door was a young boy in a Western Union uniform. My mother never associated this with the hundreds […]

LEST WE FORGET – A GI WANTS WWII VETERANS TO REMEMBER WHAT THEY FOUGHT FOR Dear YANK: Not so many months after they returned from the last war, many of our fathers and older brothers and […]

Roald Dahl – WWII Royal Air Force Flying Ace and Spy By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net For decades I have been enjoying his stories from ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and ‘BfG’ to the creepy ‘Tales […]

LIEUTENANT COLONEL JIMMY STEWART IS NAMED B24 WING CHIEF OF STAFF From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A LIBERATOR BASE, July 15–Appointment of Lt. Col. James M. Stewart, of Indiana, Pa., the […]

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 […]

GIANT BLOW IS STRUCK BY EIGHTH AND NINTH AIR FORCE PLANE FLEETS 2,000 U.S. Craft Alone Batter Nazis: French Fields Now in Use From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes The greatest single […]

SAIPAN BATTLE ENDS IN TOTAL DEFEAT OF JAPANESE From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes The battle for Saipan, stepping-stone to Japan and the Philippines, is over. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced in […]

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 […]

FIRST MISSION ON A BOMBING RAID OVER SAINT-NAZAIRE By Sgt. Saul Levitt YANK Staff Correspondent ENGLAND—Somebody out to write a story about a briefing room, with the lights going on and off and the experts stepping […]

300,000 DEAD IN SINGLE BOMBING RAID ON DRESDEN By Dan Regan Stars and Stripes Staff Writer From the May 5, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes WITH THE FIRST ARMY—The Allied air raid on Dresden on […]


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