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 Individual stories of the war years from the people who lived them. These stories are sometimes heroic, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, or sometimes simply remembering things that should never be forgotten.

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This Me109 ("Gustav") is at the USAF Museum. Our thanks to them for the picture.

or the Perils of being Kilroy

Yorlik's Messerschmitt

Jerry Kilroy (known as Yorlik) brings a laugh to the story of being Kilroy with a tale of a downed Me109. Jerry is Mike Kilroy's father. See Mike's web site at www.kilroywashere.com.

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Seaman Orus Kinney

 

Nazi Smart Bombs

"Smart Bombs" were new in Desert Storm, right? Wrong! They were new in 1943. In a 12/27/00 NBC newscast, they referred to the loss of the H.M.T. Rona, a British transport carrying 2000 U.S. Army troops. 1015 men were lost. 606 were saved. According to NBC, it was the greatest loss of US Army personnel at sea of the war. The Rona was lost to Nazi guided bombs (technically: "Radio Controlled Glide Bombs.") Read Orus Kinney's account of his and others efforts to thwart them while serving with Admiral Moon at Utah Beach.

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During preparations before the June 1944 Normandy landings, the U.S. lost 700 servicemen in a landing rehearsal off the coast of England.

The History Channel on Sunday , May 13 10:00 PM Eastern. Military Blunders, Operation Tiger: Disaster before D-Day.



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Bombardier J Elliott

A Bird's Eye View

Here's a hair raising story from WWII that doesn't directly involve combat although combat was close at hand and came before and after. Don't miss this one from a "defensively equipped merchant" ship of the Royal Maritime Regiment RA.

 

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Sgt. Joe Tillery
Erding, Germany, 1945

Sgt Joe Tillery

At last, here's one of the funny stories my brother told me about his adventures and misadventures in WWII. His stories are probably what started my interest in WWII on a personal level. Joe is a Story Teller in the grand old Texas tradition. He was the stereotypical older brother when we were youngsters, always pulling tricks on me. He became my hero and lifelong role model when, as a 12-year-old, I watched him proudly go off to war. Joe never saw a situation he couldn't find humor in. To hear  him tell it, nothing happened to him in occupied Germany that wasn't funny. He got back from the war and like other veterans set about catching up.

His love of animals led him to become a veterinarian and build a beautiful animal hospital in Jackson, MS. He is now a very active retiree. He hasn't lost a bit of his sense of humor!

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Lets face it! What's a site about WWII and Korea without mention of VD movies and short-arm inspections. Sgt. Joe Tillery reminds us with his usual humor.

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Black Thursday, The Schweinfurt Mission

by Wally Hoffman
Schweinfurt, the mission against the main ball bearing plant which supplied most of the German war effort, was the "Gettysburg" of the 8th Air Force as it was the bloodiest and worst loss of the Air War over Europe. We lost 65 planes (60 over Germany) that day which meant 650 men were Missing in Action. The Germans threw everything at us but we still bombed the target. At the time it was only another rough mission. Now 56 years later, I find it is considered one of the pivotal events of World War II.

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This B-17g is at the USAF museum in Dayton, Ohio. This picture and text is a re-print from their booklet published by The Air Force Museum Foundation. "The Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935. Few B-17s were in service on December 7, 1941, but production quickly accelerated. The aircraft served in every WWII combat zone but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets."
Read Wally Hoffman's thrilling story of the real war 5 miles up over Germany. What does a 20mm shell sound like hitting the skin of a B-17? How does a gunner cope with the real terror watching ME-109s attacking? Read on . . .

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Wally Hoffman's "Black Thursday"

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Gene Carson's Addition

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Wally Hoffman's "The Frustrated Christmas"

 

 

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The Battle of the Driniumor River & 124th Infantry

M/Sgt Paul Tillery

Whether deep in the jungles (picture on left) or at sea on a listing old Troop ship, M/Sgt Tillery doesn't miss a thing. His detailed knowledge of the strategy and tactics doesn't interfere with this gripping personal story that takes him from Camp Blanding to Mindinao to the Golden Gate.

"Dense jungle was found here on Morotai but not as much of it as there was in New Guinea — not as marshy either. From this pic you can see that by getting down or a step or two backward an enemy could pass within a few feet and neither would be aware of the other."

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Bill Hoover  WWII Kilroy Was Here Korean
On the beach at Saipan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cpl. Bill Hoover, USMC

If you ever wondered what it was like to be a Marine in the battle on Saipan, this will make it clear. In one chilling paragraph, Bill Hoover puts you there and starts a series of unforgettable stories. Click on small pictures to get larger view.

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 About D Day plus 5 on Saipan, I was watching for Japanese soldiers along the beach that were sneaking in to give directions for artillery fire. I was sitting in the turret of a armored Amphib. About 2300 I saw the faint outline
of what appeared to be a Marine walking along the beach. There was no moon, and the only light was from a fire burning about a hundred yards away. Japanese soldiers had a habit of wearing U.S. Marine helmets and carrying a M1 when they could find them. In the dark they were hard to identify by a silhouette. When the guy got to about 50 feet of me, I asked the usual

Camp Del Mar, the day they dropped the atomic bomb. Bill Hoover  WWII Kilroy Was Here Korean

 

 1945, Camp Del Mar. The day they dropped the atomic bomb.

" Who goes there". The answer came back in perfect English. "ITS ME, GI JOE. A MARINE LIKE YOU". So I aimed about 8 inches below the outline of his helmet and shot him.  The next morning there was one dead

Japanese officer in the sand. I never heard of a Marine calling hiself G I Joe. I don't think I ever will.

Semper Fi
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Bill H.

With Sgt Jiggs, 1939 Bill Hoover  WWII Kilroy Was Here Korean

With Sgt. Jiggs, 1939. 16 year old.


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JIM FAIRCLOTH
Chief Warrant Officer, W-4, USAF (Ret)
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Tales from the old Eglin Army Air Base
All by
JIM FAIRCLOTH
Chief Warrant Officer, W-4, USAF (Ret)

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"THE MARSHALL
AND 15 MINUTE"

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"EGLIN FIELD DOG"

This a moving and poignant tale of a mongrel dog and some tough Army troops at a tiny Eglin Army Air Field in 1940. It's hard to imagine the current huge, sprawling Eglin AFB as a small firing range manned by only 35 soldiers but it was. This is a story of GIs who never lost their humanity and of one Warrant Officer who remembers.

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"A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN LEGION"

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"DAWN TO DUSK MAUGHN"

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TSgt. M. J. Allan. 1943

Letters Home

TSgt. Mel L Allan.

A remarkable series of memoirs compiled by TSgt Allan from his letters home. These stories cover his experiences as a very green young man departing from San Francisco to a seasoned Crew Chief with his own P-38 to keep flying. Read about 1942 Australia as seen through the eyes of an American youngster. You can watch and feel him maturing before your eyes as you read these gripping stories.

Letters Home

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 The Sad story of Admiral Wilcox.

Thanks to Capt. William Addison, USN, Ret.

On 27 March 1942, at 0310 in the morning, "Man Overboard" alarm sounded on the USS WASHINGTON. Immediate muster of all ship and flag personnel revealed the only absentee was Rear Admiral John W. Wilcox, Jr., USN, the new Task Force Commander.

The Story

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Capt. John Tilley, 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, January, 1945

P-38 Ace

Capt. John Tilley

While reading Captain Tilley's story, I was reminded of a part of Tom Brokaw's book "The Greatest Generation." In it, he tells of an old man, Gordon Larsen. He . . . "complained about the rowdiness of the highschool teenagers the night before. My mother, trying to play to his good humor, said, ‘Oh, Gordon, what were you doing when you were seventeen?' He looked at her for a moment and said, ‘I was landing at Guadalcanal.' Then he turned and left the Post Office."

Captain Tilley casually remarks that he was one of three officers in his squadron qualified to lead his squadron into combat. This at age 21! The matter-of-fact telling of his story is electrifying! This at that age most of us were still going to spring break, graduation parties, and trying to figure out how we would graduate and still maintain our party responsibilities! By age 21, Captain Tilley was an Ace combat pilot! By age 21 Captain Tilley had received a DFC, seven Air Medals, and a Campaign ribbon with seven battle stars. Read his thrilling narrative.

His story.

His comments on the "Ace" Classification and decorations


Howard Richardson WWII Kilroy Was Here Korean

 Broken Arrow!

1st Lt. Howard Richardson, Great Ashfield, England, 1944 (Later promoted to full Colonel)

His Story

The Rest of the story (updated in 2005)

In June 2004, media sources screamed breathlessly about radiation 10 times above normal in Wassaw Sound near Savannah, Georgia. They had just discovered that there was a nuke lost there in 1958 (see Colonel Richardson's story above.)

The resulting studies determined that there was no increased level of radiation, they still don't know where the remains are and even if found it is in the best interest of the public to leave it alone! To read the complete report and cover letter in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, click the star.

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There is one glaring error in the report. Colonel Richardson explains here....



I would like to contact anyone stationed at the following bases on or before Feb. 5 1958: 444th FIS ADC Charleston, SC AFB and the 792nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, North Charleston, SC.

I have just started assembling information about a mid air collision that happened about 70 west of Charleston, SC on Feb 5, 1958 that will ultimately become a novel.

Charles D. Richardson

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 Pensacola, FL

Lt. Col. Bob David

Rattleston, England 1943. 3rd Air Division commanded by General Curtis LeMay. Lt.Col. David was a Squadron Commander and "Combat leader." He flew 42 combat missions. Later promoted to full Colonel

 

His Story


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