Air Force

A Real Miracle in a B-17

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(from Mike Collins, one of our frequent contributors) 

B-17 “All American” (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew

Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.

Co-pilot- G. Boyd Jr.

Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle

Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge

Engineer- Joe C. James

Radio   Operator    Paul A. Galloway

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The Only Time America Was Bombed in WWII

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(H/t to Ray Kasey)

During the dead of winter, March 21st 1944; Miles City, Montana; local residents woke to their quaint little town being overrun and submerged by the rising frozen waters of the Yellowstone river. Ice jams were building quickly, raising the subzero river water levels over 16 feet. As the blocks of ice, slush and freezing waters flooded into the city, residents were forced to flee their homes for safer grounds..

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“Blue” by John “Slick” Furneaux, US Air Force F-15 pilot

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(Taken from Steven Lane Snith’s Reaper’s Lament, stories by pilots who mostly should be dead. Well-worth the read.)

The Reaper’s a wily scoundrel who knows that, on a sunny day, the ocean is the same color as the sky. Blue.

Not long after my transition from the F-4 Phantom to the F-15 Eagle at Bitburg Air Base, Germany, I was sent to Langley AFB, Virginia to maintain F-15 proficiency with the 94th Fighter Squadron, Eddie Rickenbacker’s “Hat in the Ring” Squadron. This ...

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Save One For Hachioji

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When my family and I first came to Japan, in Spring,1972, we flew on an American contract airline, via Honolulu and Wake Island, from Travis AFB, California.

We arrived at Yokota AFB in the northeast outskirts of greater Tokyo at night. An Army staff car and driver picked us up and took us the two and a half hour trip to Camp Zama, the old Japanese Army military academy grounds, and dropped us off at a BOQ, where we would stay ...

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P-51 Mustang

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(From our friend, Mike Collins, who loves ythese stories as much as we do,)

This 1967 true story is of an experience by a young 12 year old lad in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  It is about the vivid memory of a privately rebuilt P-51 from WWII and its famous owner/pilot. 

In the morning sun, I could not believe my eyes.  There, in our little airport, sat a majestic P-51.  They said it ...

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By An Angel’s Kiss, CPT Andrew Ross, 29, SFC Eric Emond, 39 and AF SSG Dylan Elchin, 25 (Afghanistan)

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

Army Captain Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, VA, and

Army SFC Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, WA, both of 1st Bn, 3rd Special Forces Gp, Ft Bragg, and

AF SSG Dylan J Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, PA, of 26th Special Tactics Sqd, ...

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VETERANS TALES HOTLINE for STORIES

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If you’re not too handy with writing we have some good writers here, so just pick up the phone and call me 804-318-1750 or email me at VassarB@gmail.com and let me start you out.

All I need is your name, service branch, and era of service. It can be your story, or your uncle’s story, your dad’s, your mother’s, or granddad’s, or your best buddy.

It’s even free, although we’d appreciate you dropping a few bucks into the tin cup, then ...

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