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Amazing story about an American top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber

Millions of Americans served in the armed forces during World War II. They have been called the Greatest Generation. The following is the story of one such man from that generation and his B-17 crewmates. Jack Flynn’s wartime story started like any other Sunday for a seventeen-year-old in December of 1941. However, this Sunday was …

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Ford B-24M 44-50838 blown in half by an Me 262, 4 April 1945

Horrific Images Captured Last Moments of USAAF Bombers during WWII

We’ve compiled a photographic gallery of heart-wrenching images which capture the last moments before disaster of several United States Army Air Force bombers during World War II. All additional information, photographs of the aircraft and crew members and other photographs of downed aircraft for a second article, are appreciated, feel free to contact us or …

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A Giant Abandoned Cold War Bunker in Southern Europe

Somewhere in Southern Europe stands a giant bunker, build within a mountain, that once was a massive, busy complex for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Build during the Cold War era, more specifically around the grounding of the Warsaw Pact, this bunker complex was a home for somewhere around 250 people, who were daily active …

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Operation Overlord: Low Altitude Beach Photographs taken by a P-38

As while ago, we’ve encountered excellent low altitude aerial beach photographs taken by a P-38 “Lightning” pilot during his World War II service. Although trying to contact the author, TripleCrowner on Reddit, we’ve failed to get in touch to gain more information on his grandfather. However, we still wanted to show off these stunning aerial …

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Operation Market Garden brought in Stunning Colorized Images

Operation Market Garden brought in stunning colorized images. Operation Market Garden, which began on September 17 and ended on September 25, was an unsuccessful Allied military operation sustaining between 15,000-17,000 casualties. The battles were mainly fought in the Netherlands in corridor Eindhoven – Nijmegen – Arnhem in World War 2. It was the largest airborne …

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The Central Air Force Museum in Monino, Moscow (Part 2)

The Central Air Force Museum first opened in 1960, on the Monino Air Force base close to Moscow, with a collection of 14 aircraft. Today, the Central Air Force Museum has more than 170 aircraft, together with some other exhibits on display in the museum buildings, making it one of the largest aviation museum in …

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THEN & NOW: Battle of Arnhem. British troops at the Van Olderbarneveldstraat

Then & Now from the Battle of Arnhem in 1944

Koos Winkelman, an avid Dutch traveler and photographer, has made another great photographic Then & Now tribute, this time related to the Battle of Arnhem that occurred during Operation Market Garden in September 1944. His previous works include Amsterdam Then & Now during World War II and Battle of the Bulge Then & Now. Anyone …

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British Landings on Walcheren

Operation Infatuate: Walcheren Landings in 1944

Operation Infatuate Operation Infatuate was the codename given to an Anglo-Canadian operation during the Second World War to open the port of Antwerp to shipping and relieve logistical constraints. The operation was part of the wider Battle of the Scheldt and involved two assault landings from the sea by the 4th Special Service Brigade and …

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Avro Lancaster Bomber

Avro Lancaster Bomber in 21 Extraordinary Photographs

The personnel required to keep one Avro Lancaster flying on operations, taken at Scampton, Lincolnshire. Front row (left to right); flying control officer, WAAF parachute packer, meteorological officer, seven aircrew (pilot and captain, navigator and observer, air bomber, flight engineer, wireless operator/air gunner and two air gunners): second row. Twelve flight maintenance crew (left to …

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SS-Sturmmann Otto Funk, SS-Aufklärungs Kompanie 15, carrying ammo box for MG 42 of SS-Schütze Klaus Schuh, around 2-30 pm in Rots, Normandy. 9 June 1944.

Otto Funk and his unit in Normandy: Now & Then

You’ve probably seen one of the most famous photographs taken in Normandy, 1944, already that show the young Waffen-SS soldier Otto Funk with a ‘Thousand Yard Stare’. Funk was only 18 years old at that time, had been fighting continuously for days; almost no sleep and Allied planes were interfering with every German move which …

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