Major Jan Linzel- WW2 Hero.

On May 5,2019 on the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. One of the heroes who contributed to this liberation passed away aged 103. Like me he was Dutch and like me he had a love for Ireland and we both ended up making this emerald isle our home. But where I amContinue reading “Major Jan Linzel- WW2 Hero.”

James Stewart and Walter Matthau in 453rd Bombardment Group.

The title is not a tagline for a Hollywood blockbuster, although it should have been. I am sure it would have made a great movie. James Stewart and Walter Matthau did serve together in the 453rd Bombardment Group during WWII. Prior to becoming a Hollywood icon,Walter Matthau was a radioman-gunner in the U.S. Army Air ForcesContinue reading “James Stewart and Walter Matthau in 453rd Bombardment Group.”

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines-WWII style.

One of the aspects of WWII that always fascinated me was the aerial battles and the skills of the pilots of the various air forces. Not only did they have to be skilled in combat they also had to try to keep flying whilst being attacked,well with the exception of  the Kamikaze pilots I assume.Continue reading “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines-WWII style.”

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines-WWI style

World War I was the first major conflict involving the large-scale use of aircraft. Tethered observation balloons had already been employed in several wars, and would be used extensively for artillery spotting. Germany employed Zeppelins for reconnaissance over the North Sea and Baltic and also for strategic bombing raids over Britain and the Eastern Front. Aeroplanes were just coming into military use at the outset of the war. Initially, they were used mostlyContinue reading “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines-WWI style”

Heroic Airmen with a difference and a bit of naked history.

Before I go in to the blog I have to warn you that this blog contains an image of an adult nature.So if you are offended by it,get over it. U.S. Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Alan Magee fell out of a burning plane at 22,000 feet without a parachute. And he lived. Magee wasContinue reading “Heroic Airmen with a difference and a bit of naked history.”

Seymour Zimmerman-WWII Hero

Who is Seymour Zimmerman? To be honest I don’t know. All I know he died for my freedom and his name is on a memorial stone  in the American War Cemetery of Margraten in the Netherlands.8,3001heroes who sacrificed their lives are buried there. Unfortunately Seymour’s body was never found. This is all I know of him.Continue reading “Seymour Zimmerman-WWII Hero”

Frankly my dear I DO give a damn-Clark Gable in WWII.

Clark Gable was a Hollywood star and among the most famous figures in the world when two events altered his life. First, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, hurtling the United States into World War II. Then, the following month, Gable’s beloved wife Carole Lombard was killed in the crash of a DC-3 airliner returning fromContinue reading “Frankly my dear I DO give a damn-Clark Gable in WWII.”

Operation Outward- Balloons of war

During the night of 17 September 1940, a gale tore loose several British barrage balloons, sweeping them across the North Sea to Scandinavia. The balloons’ trailing steel cables caught up in power lines, shorting them out. They also brought down the antenna for the Swedish International radio station. When complaints about the incident reached London,Continue reading “Operation Outward- Balloons of war”

Forgotten History-The Swiss Airforce during WWII.

Although Switzerland remained neutral throughout World War II, it had to deal with numerous violations of its airspace by combatants from both sides – initially by German aircraft, especially during their invasion of France in 1940. Zealous Swiss pilots attacked and shot down eleven German aircraft, losing two of their own, before a threatening memorandumContinue reading “Forgotten History-The Swiss Airforce during WWII.”

James M. Hansen-an American Liberator.

  Returning from a bombing raid of Germany’s Ruhr Valley in 1944, American pilot James M. Hansen’s fighter plane ran into trouble and crashed. James was killed instantly. The Allies, who buried him in the temporary American military cemetery in the village of Molenhoek near the Dutch city of Nijmegen, placed this wooden cross onContinue reading “James M. Hansen-an American Liberator.”