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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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North American Aviation, Inc. from the Library of Congress

Oktober 1942  B-25 wordt voorbereid op beschildering in de North American Aviation Factory(Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-240)

October 1942 a B-25 is being prepared for painting in the North American Aviation Factory (Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-240)

In case you are bored at a Sunday afternoon and if you like old photos, I can recommend the Flickr photostream of The Library of Congress’. This huge stream contains thousands of pictures from old newspapers but also includes great photo series from the war years in color! My previous post was about the B-25 Mitchell, I found in the archive a really a wonderful selection of pictures from the factory .. Who will say whether the famous Dutch b-25 Duke of Brabant Air Force is in one of these pictures.

Juni 1942 Een vrouw aan het werk aan vliegtuigmotoren in de North American Aviation Factory(Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-142)

June 1942 A woman working on aircraft engines in the North American Aviation Factory(Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-142)

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Spitfire PR Mk. XIX foto’s 1975 Soesterberg

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 80 (ps853)

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 80 (ps853)

In het kader van foto’s uit de oude doos ben ik analoge vliegtuigfoto’s aan het scannen (en restaureren) die mijn vader in de jaren 70 heeft gemaakt! (ik heb het van geen vreemde)  Zo kwam ik bijvoorbeeld deze fotoserie van deze geweldige Spitfire Mk. XIX. en een even Charismatische Piloot tegen.

Piloot Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 80 (ps853)

Piloot Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 70 (ps853)

Deze Mk XIX is een van de laatste types Spitfire. De specificaties liegen er niet om: topsnelheid 716Km/u, Maximale vlieghoogte 13,000 M en met een bereik van 2250 KM heeft deze jager zelfs na de Tweede Wereldoorlog nog een belangrijke rol gespeeld als camera verkenner. Het toestel van deze foto (Reg. PS 853) is tot de jaren 50 in actieve dienst geweest waarna het ook nog meteorologische dienst heeft gedaan tot 1957.
Leuke funfact is dat het toestel later nog is gebruikt in de beroemde film “De Battle of Britain”, De complete historie is hier na te lezen.

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 70 (ps853)

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 70 (ps853)

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