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World War II

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The famous World War II B-17 bomber "Swamp Ghost" arrived recently at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. It didn't fly in, however. It came by parts! It was lost in 1942 and rediscovered decades later in a swamp in Papua New Guinea.

James ‘Ginger’ Lacey brought down more German aircraft than anyone else during the Battle of Britain with a tally of 18. In July 1940 he was awarded a parachute and scarf in recognition of his actions in bringing down a Heinkel which had bombed Buckingham Palace. He is photographed wearing the parachute and scarf made specially for him. The scarf bore all the names of the workers in Australia who made the parachute for him.

Irmgard Huber, chief nurse at Hadamar Institute, poses in the corridor of the euthanasia facility. The euthanasia killings began in Aug 1939 with the murder of disabled infants and toddlers. In addition to the mentally and physically disabled, thousands of others met their end at Hadamar, including healthy Jewish Mischling children (the children of mixed marriages), tubercular Eastern European forced laborers (Ostarbeiter), German geriatric patients, and disabled German soldiers.

Irish doctor, Robert Collis, carrying child Holocaust survivor Zoltan Zinn-Collis, Bergen-Belsen 1945. After the war, Dr. Collis adopted 5 orphans from Belsen, including Zoltan and his sister. A True Hero.

BRITISH AIRCRAFT PILOTS hand dropped the first bombs until the introduction of the bomb rack on the fighters and the giant bombers.


Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb.

Tom Oxendine was the first American Indian Navy pilot. As a navy pilot, Oxendine took part in 33 battles during WW II. On July 26, l944, he defied radio communications and landed his seaplane under Japanese gunfire and in adverse weather to rescue a downed airman. For this, Oxendine received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served in the jet age as a fighter pilot and flight instructor in the Korean and Vietnamese wars.

30th January 1933: Soldier and statesman President Paul von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (1847 - 1934) handing over the rule of Germany to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Recent Updates - When it all began

Handsome young sailor celebrating the end of the Second World War - New York, 1945 ~ WWII

Karl Wahl (24 September 1892 – 18 February 1981) was the Nazi Gauleiter of Swabia from the Gau inception in 1928 until the collapse of Nazi Germany in 1945. Wahl's own statement after the war was that "nobody could be found in Swabia who had personally been harmed by him", but makes no reference to the last 500 Jewish citizens of Augsburg, who disappeared in concentration camps in the years following the Kristallnacht, when the Augsburg Synagogue was destroyed.

The Malmedy massacre, near the Belgian town by the same name, in which 80 American prisoners of war were murdered by their German captors during World War II. The massacre was committed on December 17, 1944, by members of Kampfgruppe Peiper (part of the 1st SS Panzer Division), a German combat unit, during the Battle of the Bulge.

Dramatic Photos - Malmedy massacre

9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day.

9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day.

WWII Tanks on normandy beach 1944.

June the 1st 1944. 6.45 pm. Embarking in Portland Harbour.

Master Sgt. George Hire watched first Japanese bomb hit dry dock at Pearl Harbor. “After the first wave of Japanese fighters attacked, came a wave of torpedo bombers that concentrated on sinking all the battleships along ‘Battleship Row. I was about 100 yards away from the Battleship Arizona when it blew up. It wasn’t the first big ship to explode. It blew up a little later than some of the other battleships. During the 2nd wave attack a Japanese plane crashed right in front of us”

Dec 23, 1942 - Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the first of the traditional Christmas shows. His travel to Alaska, then a U.S. territory, required a special permit. In 1997 Bob Hope was designated an honorary veteran for his humanitarian services to the United States Armed Forces by Congress. He is the only individual in history to have earned this honor. #wwii


A U.S. soldier mocks Hitler for the camera, World War II.

Nadezhda Popova was a Russian pilot during WWII. The German military called her one of the "Nachthexen", or "Night Witches" She flew 852 decoy missions in a canvas-winged plane. Dropped food and medicine to Russian marines trapped on the beach at Malaya Zemlya. She had to fly so low that she heard their cheers. After the mission, she found 42 bullet holes in her plane.She died on July 8, 2013 at the age of 91

.}Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston, she would later change her name to Edda von Heemstra to protect herself from the Germans in 1940. Later she would take her famous surname from her great grandmother, Kathleen Hepburn and the rest is history{.

"Tweedland" The Gentlemen's club: Audrey Hepburn Natural born "chic" ... Aristocratic style .... Noble Soul ...

WW2 Parachute Crash Test Dummy.

Navajo Code Talkers on Saipan, June 1944

United States Navy portrait of Paul Newman: "Most Americans know actor Paul Newman had an Academy Award to his credit, but few know his list of awards also include a Navy Combat Action Ribbon and the coveted Combat Aircrew Wings he got while serving as an aviation radioman and aerial gunner during World War II."

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Vintage WW2 Poster