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Hey, That’s My Dad!

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments by

A son finds his father in a fading wartime image By Frederick A. Johnsen Part of the enjoyment of viewing WW II photographs is seeing the never-ending panorama of men and women at work during the war. Young and cocky fighter pilots, winsome women serving donuts or riveting bombers, and mechanics lounging for a moment [...]

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Gallery: de Havilland DH84 Dragon

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments by

The Bi-winged Birth of European Air Travel Words and photos by Geoff Jones Many British and Commonwealth air routes were established by airlines using de Havilland’s 6-passenger seat, twin-engine biplane, the DH84 Dragon. The Dragon’s first flight (November 1932) pre-dated the better-known DH89 Dragon Rapide (or Dominie in military service) by two years, although both [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Aircrew Sidearms

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments by

The last ditch defense By Barrett Tillman Murvaux, France, September 29, 1918. The mortally wounded American ace slid from his SPAD and staggered into the tall grass. As German infantry approached he drew his Colt M1911 pistol and prepared to die fighting. The Arizonan fired at least three rounds in the dusk encounter before he [...]

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In Theater: The Glorious Gooney

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments by

Mary Co-ED II By Stan Piet  The backbone of the initial Allied assault against Erwin Rommel’s Atlantic Wall was the unsung heroes of the AAF’s Troop Carrier Command. Evolving from the pre-war Air Service & Ferrying Command, a specific need for the Army’s expanding parachute units led to the division of the now AAF’s transport [...]

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In Theater: The Heavy-Hitting Jug

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments by

Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II – Capt. Fred Christensen By Stan Piet Seventh ranking American ace of the European Theater, Capt. Fred J. Christensen, Jr. stands with the other legends of the 56th Fighter Group that brought the Republic Thunderbolt into service and remained true to their charge until the VE-Day victory. As with many WW II [...]

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War’s Ultimate Weapon

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments by

By Budd Davisson There’s a certain amount of elitism attached to what we do here at Flight Journal: all of our focus is on aircraft and their pilots. In fact, as you worked your way through the preceding articles to this final page, you probably couldn’t help but glory in the deeds accomplished by those [...]

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Aviation Insider: A Pilot’s View of D-Day

May 23, 2014 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman In his memoir, Lt. Col. Richard E. Turner recalled D-Day for the Ninth Air Force’s 354th Fighter Group at Maidstone, Kent. He described the “Pioneer Mustangs’” rare D-Day missions: night escort of troop carrier aircraft and gliders.   Since the 25th of May, the group had been informed that it was on a [...]

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Milton Caniff & The Art of War

May 07, 2014 No Comments

By Rachel Morris Milton Caniff never served in the military, but, his spirit was on virtually every battlefield of WW II. His artwork on the nose of fighters and bombers and in thousands of military papers touched those in combat in ways nothing else could.     Born in 1907, Caniff moved from Ohio to [...]

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