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Last Triple Ace dies, age 102

| May 23, 2024 | 23 Comments
Last Triple Ace dies, age 102

Let that sink in. Triple Ace. At least fifteen kills  – in his case, 16 in air-to-air combat.  One Israeli in the Six Day War has 17, and Ukraine claimed one of theirs (since disputed) with 40, but since WWII these have been few and far between.* Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson arrived in the European […]

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And you thought he was just a commie asshole

| April 29, 2024 | 28 Comments
And you thought he was just a commie asshole

Let’s go back in time to WWII and after. There was a group of English spies for Russia known as the Cambridge 4. If that isn’t a household word, perhaps you  older guys will remember names like  Donald MacLean and Guy Burgess –  still nothing?  Howzabout Kim Philby – he fled England to a hero’s […]

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Valor Friday

| April 26, 2024 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

August 1917. The US has now been a part of World War I for months. Vast numbers of men and war materiel have been mobilized. The US Army grows to a size unheard of in the history of the country. As part of that, whole new divisions were being created seemingly every day. Among the […]

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WWII Brit collaborators

| March 26, 2024 | 16 Comments
WWII Brit collaborators

Interesting article in the Telegraph about British collaborators who, once captured, decided to work for the Nazis. We all know the story of the escape attempt from  Stalag Luft III (Air prison 3) near Sagan, immortalized as “The Great Escape”.  Recently, it has come to light that one of the escape participants, Desmond Plunkett,  maintained […]

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Another old girl leaves home

| March 25, 2024 | 20 Comments
Another old girl leaves home

The USS New Jersey left her home in Camden, New Jersey headed to Paulsboro for  repairs. Thence, the most decorated battleship in Naval history will be ‘balanced for dry dock’  at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The vessel, guided by tugboats, docked at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal on Thursday afternoon, where it will be balanced to […]

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Another of the last Pearl Harbor survivors passes

| March 24, 2024 | 13 Comments
Another of the last Pearl Harbor survivors passes

  Richard C. “Dick” Higgins, one of the few remaining survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, has died, a family member said Wednesday. Mr. Higgins passed Tuesday, March 19th in Bend,Oregon at the age of 102. Higgins was a radioman assigned to a patrol squadron of seaplanes based at the Hawaii naval base […]

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Monday Miscellaneous

| March 18, 2024 | 30 Comments
Monday Miscellaneous

A few little things today. Remember all the Afghans who helped us over 20 years in Afghanistan before Biden cut and run  before we pulled out like a trucker from a 16 year old hooker  before we mostly peacefully evacuated our troops and equipment? Seems we are running out of visas…67,000 of them in the […]

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Ahh, the butthurt…

| February 13, 2024 | 104 Comments
Ahh, the butthurt…

Seems VW ran an ad talking about the brand’s history in the US, starting its chronology in 1949. Appropriate, given that the first Beetle (that’s a Type 1 to the cognoscenti) was imported to the US in  – wait for it – 1949. Now, I am not sure if there is anyone even vaguely aware […]

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