George Cross – A Wartime Log

George Cross – A Wartime Log

RAF 23 Squadron

The Prisoner of War Diary of my father George Cross, who was an Observer/Navigator with his Pilot Jock Irving in his 23 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito on the night of 30th September, 1944 when things went wrong at the end of another successful Intruder mission over Nazi Germany. Please watch, enjoy and share

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GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT!

Christmas is just a few weeks away.

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Bagotville – 75 Years of Air Defence

Only 14 limited / luxury editions are still available at $300 : numbers 18 – 34 – 35 – 37 – 38 – 40 – 44 – 46 – 58 – 60 – 63 – 68 – 73 and 74. Signed by Colonel Darcy Molstad, CO 3 Wing Bagotville, box with metal inlays, challenge coin, dust jacket, embossed and stamped cover.

Regular edition is $60.

WWII : No. 3 OTU, No. 130 Sqn, Hurricane, Harvard
The 50s : Vampire, Sabre, CF-100
Supersonic era : CF-101 Voodoo, CF-5
The high-technology era : CF-18

Lots on 413 Sqn, 432 Sqn, 440 Sqn, 425 Sqn, 433 Sqn.

* 512 pages
* 1,600 pictures
* 175,000 words
* 14 illustrations / cartoons
* 19 paintings
* 12 profiles
* Bilingual
* Hard Cover
* Printed and Bound in Canada by Friesens

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Remembrance Sunday – Fogo Churchyard – Lest we forget.

Remembrance Day 2017

Aviation Trails

On this, Remembrance Sunday, we pay tribute and homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, to those who put their lives on the line so that we may live peacefully and free.

Not far from the former RAF Charterhall airfield in Berwickshire, is a small church that dates back to the late 1600s. The hamlet in which it stands, Fogo, is small. In 2004 it had a population of just 21 people, yet it is the resting place of 16 service personnel from the Second World War. These are Commonwealth graves with men from: the Royal New Zealand Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves;  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves; Royal New Zealand Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force, all of whom died in service on and around RAF Charterhall.

Fogo Church The sixteen men lay together in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission site.

These are those sixteen…

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Remembering the Vietnam War this Veteran’s Day

Remembering Vietnam

The Unwritten Record

In honor of Veteran’s Day and in conjunction with the opening of the National Archives’ newest exhibit, “Remembering Vietnam,” we’re highlighting some of NARA’s Vietnam era film footage. You can read more about the exhibit here and here. If you would like to conduct research relating to the Vietnam War, NARA has created a portal accessible here.

The Vietnam war brought the front lines of combat to America often mere hours after events occurred creating an increased need for film footage. The images broadcast in America’s living rooms during the war were often captured by military combat photographers. The increased demand for footage was answered by both private sector journalists and the United States government. The military increased their production of photographs and moving images and because of this, NARA’s motion picture holdings relating to the Vietnam war are quite expansive. Included in the collection are…

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November 9, 2013 In the Company of Heroes

November 9, 2013 In the Company of Heroes

About the duty to remember…

Today in History

On November 9, 2013, there occurred a gathering of four, a tribute to fallen heroes. These four are themselves heroes, and worthy of tribute. It was to be their last such gathering.

This story begins on April 18, 1942, when a flight of 16 Mitchell B25 medium bombers took off from the deck of the carrier USS Hornet.   It was a retaliatory raid on Japan, planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle of the U.S. Army Air Forces.  It was payback for the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, seven months earlier.  A demonstration that the Japanese home islands were not immune from attack.

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Launching such large aircraft from the decks of a carrier had never been attempted, and there were no means of bringing them back. This was to be a one-way mission, into enemy occupied territory.

Fearing a breach in operational security, the mission was forced to…

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