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BuckyD
05-23-2013, 01:36 PM
23 May 1943: On this date in history~ Sixteen Japanese Mitsubishi Betty bombers from their Paramushiru base in the northern Kurile Islands, attempted attack against U.S. forces at Attu Island in The Aleutians, but were intercepted by five P-38 Lockheed Lightnings from the 11th USAAF's~ 54th Fighter Squadron/343rd FG, who shoot down five and damage seven. Two P-38s are lost and one pilot missing. Later, Russian Intelligence confirms only five Bettys manage to return to base following the encounter.

http://www.hlswilliwaw.com/aleutians/Amchitka/html/amchitka-scrapbooks-higgins.htm

“Remember The Heroes of The Forgotten Front!”

:cool: -DBD

Sky Critter
05-23-2013, 01:49 PM
Thanks for sharing that!

Big_Jim
05-23-2013, 03:47 PM
http://www.hlswilliwaw.com/aleutians/Amchitka/html/amchitka-scrapbooks-higgins.htm



Nice pic there, Bucky....were you the photographer on that flight? :cool:

BuckyD
05-23-2013, 05:09 PM
Wish I could claim credit for that beautiful & breath-taking color A-2-A period capture! Obviously~'before my time', Brad. Of course you're aware that this was posted in sincere respectful-tribute to honor the valor & memory of these courageous WW2 American combat fliers on the anniversary. I did have the rare-privilege of briefly-knowing 3 of our vets who participated in this extraordinary mission~ Harry Higgins, John Geddes & Fred Moore (~along w/a number of their Aleutian squadron mates). True patriots & fine gentlemen all, from~"The Greatest Generation".

:cool: DBD

(Higgins, btw, was from Seattle.)

Big_Jim
05-23-2013, 10:20 PM
Wish I could claim credit for that beautiful & breath-taking color A-2-A period capture! Obviously~'before my time', Brad. Of course you're aware that this was posted in sincere respectful-tribute to honor the valor & memory of these courageous WW2 American combat fliers on the anniversary. I did have the rare-privilege of briefly-knowing 3 of our vets who participated in this extraordinary mission~ Harry Higgins, John Geddes & Fred Moore (~along w/a number of their Aleutian squadron mates). True patriots & fine gentlemen all, from~"The Greatest Generation".

:cool: DBD

(Higgins, btw, was from Seattle.)

Oh, it was more of a response to something you said to me many years ago when I said you were 'getting old'...and you said "Getting? Man, I'm already there..."

J.A.W.
05-23-2013, 11:36 PM
I guess the F-82s could've done the same to any nuke toting Soviet B-29 reps in the years following too.

Anybody seen that fantastic H.Hughes 'Jet Pilot' movie with ol' Duke Wayne & luscious Janet Leigh?

BuckyD
05-24-2013, 11:25 AM
:confused: Well, alrighty then. 'And now back to our scheduled-pgm'~ :rolleyes:

:cool: DBD

J.A.W.
05-24-2013, 07:13 PM
If the link between Bettys going down & H.H. seems tenuous, then I will add..

Howard Hughes was known for making his flying movies with 'top-flite' production values,

& 'Jet Pilot' does show some excellent footage of Arctic Airbase operations..

H.H.'s attention to detail & hands on micro-management
also seems - to extend into Miss Leigh's costuming..

sledge39
05-25-2013, 11:38 AM
...Anybody seen that fantastic H.Hughes 'Jet Pilot' movie with ol' Duke Wayne & luscious Janet Leigh?

Jet Pilot - just the flying scenes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4Zsmr8nXsI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG9tV0QAKfA

...and the full movie...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIx_PT-xlGU

J.A.W.
05-30-2013, 02:02 AM
Brilliant.. thanks S/39.. Fantastic deep colour film, & too bad H.H. didn't leave a bequest for Reno racing..