Skip Bombing in Forts

Very interesting.

The American Warrior

43rd bg briefing 1942 australia450 Men of the 64th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group prepare for a mission against the Japanese on November 17, 1942. The photo was taken at Mareeba, Australia. L-R: Captain David Hassemer, 2nd Lt. Jacob Franz, Lt. John Crockett, Lt, Raymond Holsey, Captain Eugene Halliwill, Lt. Jack Ryan and Sgt. John Rosenberger.

Though the B-17’s role in Europe has been studied for decades, the Flying Fort started its USAAF combat career in the Pacific. The 19th Bomb Group, stationed in the Philippines in 1941, carried out the first American B-17 raids of WWII. Later, the 19th moved to Australia, supporting the Dutch East Indies campaign along with the 7th Bomb Group before joining the fight over New Guinea and Rabaul. The 7th later went on to serve in the China-Burma-India Theater.

A B-17 in Northern Australia, May 1942.As the 19th held the line, the first squadrons of the 43rd Bomb Group…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 10, 2015, in WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Great piece of historical military history, the pictures provide great illustration of the forces in play at the time.

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  2. DOLCE DOMENICA 🙂

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  3. hello gp cox its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada sez he had never herd of this tekneek until he read the faymus doorstopper cryptonomicon by neal stephenson wot deskribed its yoose dooring world war two!!! it only mayks a breef appeeranse but aparently it wuz a memorabul wun!!! ok bye

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  4. In retrospect (everything’s obvious in retrospect, no?) some sharing, and an adaption of Barnes-Wallis’s dam-buster bomb? Especially against carriers …

    I’m always impressed that anyone could hit anything from 20000 feet—but they managed it.

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  5. I agree what a interesting story, Everett!

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  6. Fascinating story GP.

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  7. Schönes wek-end lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  8. ‘Bouncing bombs’ in the Pacific. Who knew? Nice one, GP.
    There is something about the Flying Fortress. It looked ahead of its time, and had great lines.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. You are right, this is very interesting reading, GP Cox, thanks very much for reblogging!
    Best regards from Norway and Norfolk from the four of us,
    Dina & co x

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