71ST Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Today marks the 71st Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the famous raid on the Japanese homelands in the opening months of the U.S. involvement in World War 2. Only four of the Raiders are still with us, and they held their last public gathering, with three of the men gathering ...

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Friday, June 24th, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve done up one of these posts, and with the recent loss of the Liberty Belle, I figured it was time to do one on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. One interesting side note on the B-17’s history, and an SF connection, is that Gene Roddenberry ...

Doolittle Raid

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the first bombing of the Japanese main islands during World War 2. The raid, planned and lead by Jimmy Doolittle with a force of 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with all volunteer air crews were successful in their mission and achieved ...

Rest in Peace, Piper Millin

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

D-Day Piper Bill Millin has passed away at the age of 88. For those of you who don't know who he was, he was the British commando under Lord Lovat who played the pipes during the D-Day invasion and immortalized in the movie "The Longest Day". From the NY Times: Mr. Millin ...

Mt. Suribachi Anniversary

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Today is the anniversary of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The flag was raised by five U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman, immortalized in a photo by Joe Rosenthal. Three of the men in the photo were killed in battle. The Battle of Iwo ...