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Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-07-2020 at 07:57:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Remebering Pearl Harbor
  • To all the socialibs, millenials, and GEN X,Y, and Z-ers out there who never had a USS History class, this a big reason why you now have all the freedoms you so vehemently despise. December 7, 1941 -A Day that Will Live In Infamy.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    steveVa    Posted 12-09-2020 at 01:43:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My dad talked about remembering Pearl Harbor. He said the following week they Closed his college where he was a freshman Cadet and drafted him into the Army, where he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He later told my mom that he clearly remembered his 21st birthday. He said that he was flying a B-24 at night over Tokyo where he turned 21 at midnight. I can only imagine being able to look back in your life and see yourself flying a B-24 over enemy territory and being shot at on your 21st birthday.
    God bless them all...

    John in Mich    Posted 12-09-2020 at 21:35:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • What an awesome memory to share. Piloting a B-24 at 21! I have had the good fortune to RIDE in: B-17, B-24, B-25, B-29 over the last 7 years. My bucket list has one more: P-51 Mustang. There IS a two-seater. I'll be 78 next month and I would go in a heart beat! BTW, my piloting skills ended when I soloed in a Cessna 150 in 1964. Got married and all that stopped.

    Steve Dabrowski    Posted 12-12-2020 at 19:13:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • After I got out of the navy in 67 I went home and got a job with a company based at the Monterey (CA) airport. Back then there were still a lot of WWII aircraft around. There were a couple of P51's that often flew in and out of Monterey-they belonged to people who lived in the area. Always took off with the wheels coming up the moment they lifted off the ground and then went nose up at full power sounding great.

    I took some flying lessons then-my mom knew someone with a Cessna 140 he wanted to sell and suggested I might like flying. I was learning in both a Cessna 150 and a Piper Cherokee. I liked the Cherokee a lot more than the Cessna, the 150 felt like hanging from a kite to me while the Piper was a low wing and was more fun.

    One evening we were coming in just at dusk and there was a P51 in front of me and I got to follow him in as he landed.

    My instructor was retired Navy-he had been an enlisted pilot during the war. One day as we taxied out to the runway we passed a F4 Corsair that was parked there and he just remarked that plane was a real killer to fly-obviously from experience. One evening he demonstrated his skill-we were landing and we noticed another plane landing on our runway from the opposite direction as we touched down-and not far away. He immediately grabbed control, banged in the throttle and banked us over to starboard in a quick climb that made that Piper feel like a real plane. I didn't finish lessons-I just didn't have the interest then-but I loved seeing the fighters that were around in private hands back then.

    steveVa    Posted 12-11-2020 at 09:45:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Took my dad and my son to see a B-24 about 10 years ago. My dad showed up with his flight bag, but did not want to go for a flight. He said that the last time he landed he kissed his B-24 goodbye for good. You should have seen the pilots quizzing dad about his flights and gear. My son was wearing dads old flight jacket.
    God bless all who fight for our country and freedom.

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