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Dutch Airforce museum Soesterberg

Lockheed F-104G 'Starfighter'

Lockheed F-104G 'Starfighter'

In the former Dutch Airforce base “Kamp Zeist” the Dutch Air Force Museum is located. This museum offers “a flight through time” with an extensive collection of aircraft which are deployed over the years by the Dutch Air Force. The old base exudes a wonderful atmosphere of a glorious past. The museum has a logical layout and the aircraft are attractively drawn in nicely decorated spaces.

Militair Luchtvaart Museum Soesterberg

Militair Luchtvaart Museum Soesterberg

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70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor attack

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941

The forward magazine of USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes during the second Japanese attack wave. To the left of the explosion, Shaw's stern is visible, at the end of floating drydock YFD-2. At right is the bow of USS Nevada (BB-36), with a tug alongside fighting fires. Photographed from Ford Island, with a dredging line in the foreground.

” Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
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I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1941

Pearl Harbor

Sailors stand among wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station as they watch the explosion of the USS Shaw in the background, during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941. (AP Photo)

With this event and legendary words of Roosevelt (this week 70 years ago) the participation of America in World War II became reality. During the attack on Pearl Harbor over 2400 Marines where killed and to nearly 1250 people got injured.
It is good to remember these days and to think about the victims who fell for our freedom. Of course we want to hear stories about heroes and “Airplane Romance” but these days are just dark pages, that will ultimately end in two atomic bombs on Japan and many deaths over the war years.
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