Incredible Heroes Of WWII

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, "Yankee Lady...

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, “Yankee Lady” (4/5) (Photo credit: jimflix!)

Heroic B-17 Flight

by Pacific Aviation Museum on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1:41pm ·

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943 between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II.  An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron.  When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17.  The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away.

The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak.  The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through – connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged.   There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunner’s turret.  Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed , except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still flew-miraculously!

The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane.  The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart.   While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.

When the Bombay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section.  It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane.  When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off.  The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position.

The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off.  They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home.  The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky.  For a brief time, two more Me109 German fighters attacked the All American.  Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters.  The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns.  The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn.

Allied P51 fighters intercepted the All American as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown below.  They also radioed to the base describing the empennage was “waving like a fish tail” and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out.  The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from the Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base.  Lt. Bragg signaled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been “used” so five of the crew could not bail out.

He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane and land it.   Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away.  It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear.  When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been injured.

No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed onto the ground. The rugged old bird had done its job.

If I Were the Devil

Paul Harvey, 2005

Paul Harvey, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul Harvey now deceased commented frequently on radio. His popularity was worldwide. I loved his daily noontime show The Rest of the Story kept me tuning in for more. He took stories from and about real people and made them fascinating. A friend sent this video which he did in nineteen sixty-five. Two things strike me about this piece. First, it sounds like it was written about today’s problems. Second, he is spot on with his analysis.

People Said It Didn’t Matter

English: The White House, Washington, D.C. Sit...

English: The White House, Washington, D.C. Site plan and principal story plan, architectural design. Français : Plan original du site et de l’étage noble de la Maison Blanche, à Washington, D. C. (Etats-Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This collections of “Whens” came to me from fellow Patriot Chuck. He comments often on my posts, and regularly sends me material of significance. This collection of Whens sums up the direction being taken by O and the attitude our fellow countrymen had four years ago. Now that O has to defend his actions the public attitude is somewhat different. I for one, hope my fellow citizens see through the stupidity of accepting the positions, the company kept, and the record of the “ONE” unchallenged. The list below has his very successful record of transforming America. The rest of  us wonder where the jobs are. Here is the the article “Americans Are You Sure It Doesn’t Matter”  by Fred Brownhill, published on September 23, 2011 in Constitution Legal Watch. This list that has been floating around the internet ever since.

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Looking back thru the past 4 years, many “Whens” pop up. Read them all to better understand where we are going as a country.

WHEN – he refused to disclose who donated money to his election campaign, as other candidates had done, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he received endorsements from people like Louis Farrakhan, Muramar Kaddafi and Hugo Chavez, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- it was pointed out that he was a total newcomer and had absolutely no experience at anything except community organizing, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he chose friends and acquaintances such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who were revolutionary radicals, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- his voting record in the Illinois Senate and in the U.S. Senate came into question, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he refused to wear a flag lapel pin and did so only after a public outcry, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- people started treating him as a Messiah and children in schools were taught to sing his praises, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he stood with his hands over his groin area for the playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he surrounded himself in the White House with advisors who were pro-gun control, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage and wanting to curtail freedom of speech to silence the opposition, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he said he favors sex education in kindergarten, including homosexual indoctrination, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- his personal background was either scrubbed or hidden and nothing could be found about him, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- the place of his birth was called into question, and he refused to produce a birth certificate, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he had an association in Chicago with Tony Rezco – a man of questionable character and who is now in prison and had helped Obama to a sweet deal on the purchase of his home – people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- it became known that George Soros, a multi-billionaireMarxist, spent a ton of money to get him elected, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he started appointing White House Czars that were radicals, revolutionaries, and even avowed Marxist /Communists, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he stood before the Nation and told us that his intentions were to “fundamentally transform this Nation” into something else, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- it became known that he had trained ACORN workers in Chicago and served as an attorney for ACORN, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he appointed cabinet members and several advisers who were tax cheats and socialists, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he appointed a Science Czar, John Holdren, who believes in forced abortions, mass sterilizations and seizing babies from teen mothers, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he appointed Cass Sunstein as Regulatory Czar who believes in “Explicit Consent,” harvesting human organs without family consent and allowing animals to be represented in court, while banning all hunting, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he appointed Kevin Jennings, a homosexual and organizer of a group called Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network as Safe School Czar and it became known that he had a history of bad advice to teenagers, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he appointed Mark Lloyd as Diversity Czar who believes in curtailing free speech, taking from one and giving to another to spread the wealth, who supports Hugo Chavez, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- Valerie Jarrett, an avowed Socialist, was selected as Obama’s Senior White House Advisor, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, said Mao Tse Tung was her favorite philosopher and the person she turned to most for inspiration, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he appointed Carol Browner, a well known socialist as Global Warming Czar working on Cap and Trade as the nation’s largest tax, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he appointed Van Jones, an ex-con and avowed Communist as Green Energy Czar, who since had to resign when this was made known, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- Tom Daschle, Obama’s pick for Health and Human Services Secretary could not be confirmed because he was a tax cheat, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- as President of the United States , he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , people said it didn’t matter..

 WHEN- he traveled around the world criticizing America and never once talking of her greatness, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- his actions concerning the Middle East seemed to support the Palestinians over Israel , our long time ally, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he took American tax dollars to resettle thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to the United States , people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he upset the Europeans by removing plans for a missile defense system against the Russians, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he played politics in Afghanistan by not sending troops early-on when the Field Commanders said they were necessary to win, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he started spending us into a debt that was so big we could not pay it off, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he took a huge spending bill under the guise of stimulus and used it to pay off organizations, unions, and individuals that got him elected, people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he took over insurance companies, car companies, banks, etc., people said it didn’t matter.

 WHEN- he took away student loans from the banks and put it through the government, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he designed plans to take over the health care system and put it under government control, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he claimed he was a Christian during the election and tapes were later made public that showed Obama speaking to a Muslim group and ‘stating’ that he was raised a Muslim, was educated as a Muslim, and is still a Muslim, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he set into motion a plan to take over the control of all energy in the United States through Cap and Trade, people said it didn’t matter.

WHEN- he finally completed his transformation of America into a Socialist State, people woke up— but it was too late.

Add these up one by one and you get a phenomenal score that points to the fact that Barrack Hussein Obama is determined to turn America into a Marxist-Socialist society.

All of the items in the preceding paragraphs have been put into place. All can be documented very easily. Before you disavow this do an Internet search. The last paragraph alone is not yet cast in stone. You and I will write that paragraph.

Will it read as above or will it be a more happy ending for most of America ?

Don’t just belittle the opposition. Search for the truth. We all need to pull together or watch the demise of a free democratic society. Pray for Americans to seek the truth and take action for it will keep us FREE. Our biggest enemy is not China , Russia , North Korea or Iran . Our biggest enemy is a contingent of politicians in Washington , DC . The government will not help, so we need to do it ourselves.

 Question….will you ignore this, or pass it on to others who don’t know about Obama’s actions and plans for the USA, so that they may know how to vote in November, 2012 and the ensuing years?

 It’s your decision. I believe it does matter. How about you?

WHEN- November 2012 comes, it will matter who you vote for!

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