"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

KirbyGrams

Digging around the internet, I found this link from the Eagle Flying Museum right down the road in Mineral Wells, Texas (soon to be moving to Bourland Field, Cresson, Texas) .  Seems the founders took a liking to our own MF Kirby and cataloged some of his  KirbyGrams.  I’ve re-posted them with permission from the EFM founders, Jim Wilson and…

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Bloody Tuesday

World War II: Raids on Rabaul in November 1943 Originally published by World War II magazine. Published Online: June 12, 2006  The abandonment of Guadalcanal by Japanese forces in February 1943 ended a grueling six-month campaign and brought the first American offensive operation of World War II to a victorious conclusion. It was, however, only the beginning of a difficult…

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Lt Robertson’s 80th Yearbook

Lt Robertson 80th Yearbook This  bit of Headhunter history comes from new LTM JR Robertson, son of LTMs John (D) and Lorraine Robertson and is a copy of his dad’s yearbook from the Japan-Korea 1950-1951 era. Permanent link is in History>Korea>Korea Memoirs Priceless. Enjoy.

Neil O’Keefe’s Photos

P-38 Nose Art

For the life of me, I cannot remember who sent these to me. To our anonymous benefactor, “many thanks”! Priceless bits of history.   Jaybird, if you need me to explain the meaning of Kirby’s plane’s name, contact me offlist….  

Update from “Blue” Ward (79′-80′)

“My Brothers Tex, Lude, Nogas: The site looks rich with great promise.  Stories, tales and history too bountiful not to be told in the finest format for the ages. Thanks for the (otherwise) thankless efforts chicos, much appreciated by many. Greetings from always-blue skies of SoCal High Desert, 7 KM from former George AFB aka Southern California Logistics Airport which…

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World War II Photos of George Welch

Capt George S. Welch made history as one of only a handful of 14 American pilots that managed to get airborne during the attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of 7 December 1941.  Four lost their lives to the overwhelming odds.  As a 2nd Lt at the time, he was credited with 4 of the 10 enemy fighters shot…

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More misc. World War II photos

November 1944 Morotai Island

This photo, taken in November 1944 on Morotai Island, was sent in by Howard “Pete” Sheehan (kneeling, second from left, with shirt).  It shows 214 aerial victories—just eleven short of our final WWII tally of 225.  Of the 19 crouching men, Pete ID’s some as (L to R): #1 (no shirt) Mark Damon; #2 Pete; #4 Bill Dwinell; #5 Hugh…

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Misc. World War II Photos

These 7 photos were sent in on 8 May 2002 by Johnny Roth, son of “Rusty” Roth, and captions were added on 8 June 2002 by Ken Lloyd.

October-November 1944 Numfoor Island

These 5 photos were sent in by Ken Lloyd on 25 April 2002.  They were all taken in the October-November 1944 period on Numfoor Island.  “The P-38’s are “L” models that we had just been outfitted with to replace our P-38’s that we took from Moratai and delivered them to the 475th Group on Leyte.  The Nips had destroyed most…

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O.J. Harris

These are two photos of O.J. Harris, sent in by his son, Cliff Harris, on 16 July 2002.  O.J. passed away on 1 May 2001.  Cliff is working on a story to go along with these photos.  It will be posted here when we get it.  Thanks to Cliff for sending these in.