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Historians Union  Follow for WWII military/aviation facts and photos, as well as random photos from throughout history. I do not own material posted.

OCTOBER 3rd, 1949 - Oakland, California: Bill Crouch, of the Oakland Tribune, captured this Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of a VERY close call at an air show in 1949.

Pilot Chet Derby was performing a loop-the-loop in his biplane, before a crowd of 60,000. Three B-29s were aiming to fly through Derby's smoke trail, but due to mistiming, the B-29s were over show centre too early. At the top of his loop, Chet Derby's biplane came within five feet of hitting the B-29's wing (www.Sierrahotel.net).
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MAY 16th, 1943 - MÖHNESSE, GERMANY: On this day in 1943, the British Royal Air Force sets into motion a plan to bomb key dams in order to flood the Ruhr region of Germany. Operation Chastise, part of a larger strategy of “area bombing” begun a year earlier was led by Guy Gibson, one of the RAF’s best bomber pilots. Leading 18 bombers at low altitude across the North Sea and Holland, Gibson lost six bombers and 56 of his crew (out of 133) who were shot down before reaching their destinations, the Mohne, Eder, and Sorpe dams. The surviving aircraft succeeded in destroying two of their three targets, causing the Ruhr river, a tributary of the Rhine, to flood the surrounding area, killing 1,268 people, including, unfortunately, 700 Russian slave laborers. Gibson would be awarded the Victoria Cross for his successful, though costly, raid (Caption - History.com, Photo - Dailymail).
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Last summer, I had the fortune of being able to travel to England and to RAF Scranton, the home of the RAF Red Arrows and the former home of 617 Squadron. It was magnificent to sit in Guy Gibson's office chair, and to see shells of the bombs and depth charges dropped by Lancasters throughout the war. There was truly a great tribute to all of the airmen who perished during this raid. If you're ever in the area I really recommend you go!
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MAY 7th, 1945 - DAM SQUARE, AMSTERDAM: Dutch civilians hide behind lamp posts after German soldiers open fire on a crowd celebrating the surrender of Germany. 32 people were killed and 231 people were wounded (photos courtesy of Amsterdam Red Light District Tours).
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Today is May 8th, the anniversary of the Victory in Europe! On this day in 1945, thousands of people rejoiced as one front of the global conflict finally concluded. This post demonstrates that the end to the fighting in Europe was not clear cut, as seen on May 7th, 1945. Units of the German Army in extremely remote locations (parts of Norway, for example) surrendered as late as September of 1945, as there was a complete and utter break down of communications at the end of the war. In the case of Norway, a German weather station heard news of the surrender, but continued to broadcast weather observations to peace time Europe until a Norwegian boat captain finally came to their remote island in September of that year. Be sure to thank a veteran for their service today!
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MAY 1st, 2011 - TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: Firefighters from Ladder 4 of the FDNY react to the news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. 7 firefighters from Ladder 4 were killed on September 11th, 2001, when the Twin Towers collapsed (NY Times).
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APRIL 17th, 1970 - ABOARD THE U.S.S. IWO JIMA: With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth.

On April 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon. However, two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission control on Earth, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.

The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, as well as providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13‘s course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, tragedy turned to triumph as the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean (Photo - NASA.gov. Caption - history.com). #history #historiansunion #dailyhistory #nasa #apollo #apollo13 #space #spacetravel

JUNE 19th, 1941 - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: "This Stockholm youngster probably exclaims in Swedish, 'Hey pop, wait for me!' as he runs ahead of his mother while his dad marches by on parade" (official photo caption, histclo.com)
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During World War Two, my great grandfather served in the Swedish army. My grandma told me that he often went away for months at a time, patrolling the boarder of Sweden and Norway. He was issued a heavy wool coat which, after the war, was turned into several jackets and dresses for the children of the family. He was also issued skis and a rifle. The soldiers often had to provide for themselves, meaning they had to hunt for their own food! An interesting comparison to other militaries of this time. #history #historiansunion #worldwartwo #wwii #military #dailyhistory #sweden #swedishhistory #swedishmilitary #skiing

MAY, 1940 - NETHERLANDS: A group of German Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) wave at a Junkers JU-87 Stuka dive bomber during the Battle of the Netherlands (Info from worldwartwophotograpghs.blogspot.com).
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FEBRUARY 26th, 1993 - WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK CITY: On February 26, 1993, terrorists parked a rental van in a garage underneath the World Trade Center’s twin towers and lit the fuses on a massive homemade bomb stuffed inside. Six people died and more than 1,000 were injured in the subsequent explosion, which carved out a crater several stories deep and propelled smoke into the upper reaches of the quarter-mile-high skyscrapers. At the time, it was one of the worst terrorist attacks ever to occur on U.S. soil (Caption: History.com, Photo: New York Post)
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AUGUST, 1944 - PARIS, FRANCE: American soldiers take in the beauty of the recently liberated city of Paris. This is one of my favorite pictures from World War Two - it reminds me of all of the stories of Americans who had never left their home town before, and all of the sudden they found themselves in extraordinary places all over Europe. What is your favorite picture? Comment below! (Image credit - Wikimedia). #history #dailyhistory #historiansunion #worldwartwo #wwii #military #liberation #jeep #jeepwillys #paris #army
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If you look close enough, you can find historical significance in even the smallest of items. Going from yard sales to flea markets, I look for vintage items that interest me - things others may normally pass up. Military items to automobile memorabilia, if it is a good price, I'll probably get it. Pictured above is a General Electric Mazda car light tin (with contents) from the early 1920s, and a French Gras bayonet from 1883. I got both for only a couple of dollars each. What do you collect? #history #dailyhistory #historiansunion #vintage #antique #bayonet #oldcars
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SEPTEMBER 12th, 1940 - GOODWOOD, ENGLAND: German airmen, who had parachuted from a Heinkel HE-111 (wreckage in background), is marched away by members of the British Home Guard (World War Two Daily). #history #dailyhistory #historiansunion #aviation #worldwartwo #wwii #military #militaryaviation #airforce #Luftwaffe #Heinkel #battleofbritain #homeguard #homedefensevolunteers
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25 FEBRUARY, 1863 - NEAR FREDERICKSBURG: "The Great Snowball Battle." Two back-to-back snowstorms in February of 1863 provided the ammunition for a friendly snowball battle amongst rival divisions of Confederate troops near Fredericksburg, Virginia. On February 19, eight inches of snow fell on the region. Two days later, nine inches of snow fell. On February 25, sunny skies and mild temperatures softened the deep snow cover, providing ideal conditions for making snowballs.
During this time, the Confederate Army was camped near Fredericksburg. Some of the Divisions of the army had been reorganized, which had created friendly rivalries between the Confederate brigades and regiments. This helped spark a huge snowball battle near Rappahannock Academy in which approximately 10,000 Confederate soldiers participated. One soldier who participated in the snowball battle described it as one of the most memorable combats of the war.” The battle started on the morning of February 25, 1863, when General Hoke’s North Carolina soldiers marched towards Colonel Stiles’ camp of Georgians, with the intent of capturing the camp using only snowballs. The attacking force, composed of infantry, cavalry and skirmishers, moved in swiftly. Battle lines formed and the fight began with “severe pelting” of snowballs. Reinforcements arrived from all sides to assist the brigade under attack. Even the employees of the commissary joined the snowball battle. Soon, the attacking soldiers were pushed back. (Image: fold3.com, Caption: weatherbook.com)
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