The Harrowing Job of Mapping Bougainville

Before the Marines would land on Bougainville, the mapping of the island needed to be accomplished.  The B-17, “Old 666” was assigned the mission – one that proved far more dangerous than first expected….

Short video.

 

Contributed by The Old Mainer.

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Presidents Day – Back in the Day – can be seen HERE!  washington

Have a great celebration!!

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 Canadian National Flag Day – Animated-gif-Canada-flag-waving-on-pole-in-front-of-water-picture-moving

The Royal Union Flag, which is also the flag of the United Kingdom, was used as the official flag of Canada until 1965. Various designs of the Canadian Red Ensign were used between 1868 and 1965 but Canada’s Parliament never officially adopted them. The National Flag of Canada’s current design results from a period of discussion, debate and political maneuvering in the early 1960s.

George F.G. Stanley designed the current flag, which is inspired by the Royal Military College of Canada’s flag. The multi-party parliamentary committee formed to select a new flag unanimously chose the design on October 29, 1964. The House of Commons passed the design on December 15, 1964. Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the new flag on January 28, 1965, and it was inaugurated on February 15 in the same year.

Celebrate!!!

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Military Humor – us-navy-navy-air-force-military-demotivational-poster-1266120498

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Farewell Salutes – 

Gerald Bliss – Great Falls, MT; US Air Force, Vietnam, P-61 Black Widow pilot, Bronze Star

Ann Caracristi – Bronxville, NY; US Gov’t cryptologist, WWII, Japanese codebook, NSA Chief

Donal Douglas – Seattle, WA; US Army Air Corps, WWIItribute

Agapito Gonzales – Sante Fe, NM; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Mary King – Toronto, CAN; RC Air Force, WWII

Don Lovetinsky – W.Liberty, IA; US Army WWII, ETO

Stuart Moore – Hot Springs, AR; US Army, WWII

Sylvia Schachne – brn: Notts, ENG/Tom’s River, NJ; British Women’s Land Army, WWII

Edward Swiski – Halboro, PA; US Army, Korea, 187th RCT

Colin Thomson – Hawkes Bay; RNZ Army # 205205, Hawkes Bay Regiment/22nd Battalion

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About GP Cox

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 February 15, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 97 Comments.

  1. What a crew! Another gem you’ve brought to my attention. Will have to check out those other Canadian flag designs.

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  2. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Awesome video!!

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  3. A story we will never forgot.

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  4. Love this tribute to Presidents’ Day. I neglected to do that. :/ Thankp you Brad

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  5. My WWII researching e-friend’s father was based on Dobodura, perhaps during this most frightening and brave mission.

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  6. I;m not sure why, but the Canadian flag stirs something inside me. Not as much as Old Glory, but it is very special.

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    • I think because they have been peaceful neighbors? I have stood and sung their national anthem to honor them and here in Fla. I have many Canadian neighbors – I never have a problem.

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  7. Wonderful story. I just now started following your blog. My dad served as a naval aviator with Bombing Squadron Nine on the Yorktown and Lexington and participated in the battle for Iwo Jima and on to the mainland of Japan. These men were a generation of heroes. I look forward to more.

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  8. Reblogged this on Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings and commented:
    This is some interesting history – enjoy!
    🙂

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  9. Old 666….Incredible story of survival, and so wish they had all made it back. Heros…., all. remarkable documentation. M 🙂

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  10. What a gripping account of the event.

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  11. As a betting man (I’m not) I’d have opted for the seventeen fighters.

    This event puts me in mind of Sakai’s prolonged epic fight against fifteen US fighters (he too survived).

    One can but stand in awe …

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  12. I found the second video far more interesting than the first, well it just had to be didn’t it? Listening to that man I felt that if he was called upon to repeat what he did way back then he’d be right in it, men like that never lose that spark of courage!

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  13. Truly amazing human nature

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  14. That is very good story!

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  15. I am slightly surprised it was called 666! Fascinating reading as always. I had the great pleasure to see some of the Tuskagee airmen at the Houston Air Show a few years back. They looked really good and young for their ages.

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  16. Loved the aircraft joke!!

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  17. Amazing they made it out of there. Not sure if the plane’s apocalyptic number gave them good luck or bad.

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  18. Thanks for your contribution to Canada’s great national symbol! The Union Jack was a powerful symbol of the unity within the British Empire. But modern Canada needed a symbol for unity from within. I am proud to be a Canadian citizen.

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    • As you should be, Peter!! I wish I had more action here in the Pacific with Canadians, but your men concentrated on the ETO, as you well know. If you check back into my Korean War posts, there was plenty for your troops there, that’s for sure!

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  19. Wow, edge of your seat history. Amazing! Thanks, GP!

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  20. Wow, what a story and certainly was surrounded. That was a good video, Everett. Also enjoyed the humor especially the landing strip 🙂

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  21. Wow, what a story, GP. –Curt

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  22. We’ll be covering that story in detail in our new book. Its cover is also an illustration of that mission. Also, you’ll probably like this video:

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  23. I enjoyed the film, which was exciting to watch. Shame about the bombardier KIA though.
    The Canadian flag is always so recognisable. Just a pity that everyone in Europe thinks that the people are either American, or French!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Well, I don’t see how Canadians and Americans are all that far apart when you’re talking about the populace; so I would say the mistake is understandable. I’m really glad you liked the post today, Pete.

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  24. That is an incredible story, GP! And these men restored the plane themselves to go into battle…45 minute dog fight – the endurance and perseverance of these men is amazing. I’ll quit complaining about the small things in life….

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  25. Heroes. one and all. Great stuff.

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  26. Last year I had the opportunity to see one B17 that is still flying, here at the Gillespie County airport [http://tinyurl.com/oefr9ny]. Fascinating!
    Have agreat day,
    Pit

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  27. One of your best Brad!

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  28. Great story and video.

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  29. That’s an incredible story – thanks!

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  30. Thank you, Kathy. I hope your readers enjoy the post.

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