A Small Blast From the Past

| November 7, 2019 | 13 Comments

This is an excerpt from a book about Gene Rodenberry’s time in the South Pacific while in the Army Air Force, doing bombing runs in bad weather.


Most of the footage I’ve seen from the Pacific shows clear blue skies and balmy weather, which was simply incorrect. As the author indicates, the crews of these bombers frequently ran into bad weather because meteorology back then was nothing compared to what we have today.

And yet, despite that constant flux and change in weather conditions, they succeeded in their mission, to push the Japanese military back.

A side note: Rodenberry named the UFP starship Enterprise because he had visited the Navy’s aircraft carrier of the same name and was impressed by the way it was run. The real Enterprise was used in filming “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”.

Category: Army, Historical

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    Those B-17 “E” models lacked the chin turret.
    It was a big deal when the “G” model arrived.

    Know a guy that piloted a B24 in the Pacific.
    He is still very much alive and lives in Indiana.

  2. STGCS Ret says:

    I am still in awe of the greatest generation!

  3. STGCS Ret says:

    Side note — Last Veterans day I was riding from one ceremony to the next- I was moving LOL – in front of me I saw a Veteran with WWII hat in the rear window I pulled up alongside and smartly saluted the family – he opened up a grin a mile wide and saluted back.

  4. Doc Savage says:

    “The real Enterprise was used in filming “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”.

    I thought the USS Enterprise ( CVN 65 ) was on deployment at the time and they used the USS Ranger ( CV 61) as a substitute?

    My father was a trekkie, and he was also a plank owner on the USS Enterprise.

  5. The guy that owns Enterprise car rentals, was I believe a crew member aboard the WW11 Enterprise. A couple of times, the big E berthed on one side of pier 12 and we were on the other side. Pier 12 was the carrier berthing pier along with the heavy 8 in. gun cruiser Newport News. Those bugles they played in the morning were loud. You could sometimes see Sailors holy stoning the teak decks in the mornings followed by a swabbing.

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    Cool linky and a good story. Thanks Ex. I just vaguely remembered that Roddenberry had served as an Aviator. Knew none of these details. Never was an original Trekkie. Found that the Kirk’s character’s delivery of his lines annoying, Spock was OK, Bones was a wimp. Was deeply in lust with LT Uhura’s legs.. Like some of the other Star Trek Next Gen (Deanna Troi), DS9 (Jadzia Dax), ST Voyager (7of9).

    Think I saw Roddenberry’s name in the credits for Have Gun Will Travel episodes. (write/director?)

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