Peace Bombers Arrive

From the most thorough researchers on the Pacific War…..

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The title and written content of this week’s post come to you from the 63rd Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group’s history. Once again, we’re focusing on that August 19, 1945 flight that stopped over in Ie Shima on the way to Manila to discuss the Japanese surrender.

On August 19th, the men on Ie Shima witnessed history in the making, as at 12:30 p.m. two white Jap Bettys approached the island escorted by hordes of P-38s, 2 PBYs, two B-25s and other elements of our efficacious air force. After making two trips around the island, the Bettys landed gracefully on Mocha strip which was lined up with M.P.s and thousands of curious soldiers. As the ships taxied down the runway, their bespectacled engineers stood half out of their open top hatches. They were bedecked in most elaborate flying attire—leather jackets, flying helmets, and goggles. One couldn’t help but think how uncomfortably…

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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 February 2, 2019, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 54 Comments.

  1. I couldn’t believe it! Those Japs were allowed to carry their swords!

    I doubt they’d have treated the Yanks with the same respect if they had been victorious and don’t doubt that they’d have found plenty of use for those self same swords.

    That was a fine post Thanks for reblogging it GP

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  2. What a wonderful piece of footage, a joyous occasion indeed after all the gut wrenching slog of battle.

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  3. The end of a Feudal culture trapped in their own outdated ideals – that killed millions on it’s way out. Was there any evidence they had shame for what they did?

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    • In their eyes, the country was justified in its actions for survival, plus all it learned from the US and European countries. Individuals did feel shame for some of their own actions during the war.

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  4. The video is awesome! I read about this scene somewhere before and I’m telling you the folks back home were ecstatic beyond belief that the war was over.

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  5. That must have felt like they were really taking part in ‘history’, GP. No surprise that the Japanese servicemen were determined to look their best, even up to the last days.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. Loved the video input GP. Thanks!

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  7. Their pride never vanished to the very end it seems.

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    • They hadn’t been defeated in 2000 years and they felt Allied soldiers were nothing but mercenaries, while they fought for the Emperor and homeland – didn’t seem logical they would lose.

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  8. I don’t know if you’d want to publicize this, GP, but I thought I’d mention it. An Army combat engineer who served in Guam, the Philippines, and Saipan during WWII is turning 93 in April. He loves mail, but rarely gets any, so his family is asking people to send him a card between now and his birthday. You can read the article here. His name is Recil Troxel, and his address is 2684 North Highway 81, Marlow, Oklahoma 73055. It’s legit. If you do a search for his name, the reports about it are all over the tv stations and so on.

    He’s suffering from cancer, too. I’ll put a card in the mail this week. It’s not often we actually can do something for a veteran like this.

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  9. I visited and left a comment — not only because the video was interesting, but also because I remember Ed Herlihy. I would have recognized his voice immediately, even if I hadn’t been able to put it with a name. He not only did newsreel narration, he also pitched Velveeta cheese, back when it came in a balsa wood box.

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  10. Best work, great information! Thank you GP! Best wishes, Michael

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  11. That video is amazingly sharp and clean.

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  12. Oooohhh … he’ll get growled at! You’re not allowed to call them ‘Japs’ these days. Tut!

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    • I can’t help how they talked back then and i won’t apologize for them either. What can I tell you?! 🙂

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      • I’m sure a lot of Filipinos still called them Japs. My generation especially. I’m one of them.

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      • Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher said:

        “Never explain, never apologise”

        You don’t have to, Sir, to me—

        —I am often the receiver of “Gasp! Shock! Horror!” for being honest. I tread delicately through minefields of PC and try desperately not to hurt the feelings of the innocent (as we all should) (won’t happen though …) and love to pop the bubbles of the smug, the self-righteous, the complacent, and especially the wannabe controllers. Control the ‘thinking’ and you control the person; which is not good. For him.

        Anyone who does what those bast— people(?) … routinely did are in my own mind sub-human vermin. No matter how clever, or ‘brave’.
        Thankfully enough of them were exterminated to force a rethink on the part of their controllers.
        Japs, Nazis, krauts; why may we not call a spade a spade? Why is thinking these days being cunningly misguided; so as to rewrite history?

        I’ve been (briefly) to Japan and/but have looked into their culture sufficiently to (a) ask WTF? and (b) to stand in absolute awe …

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  13. Fascinating history, GP. Thanks for sharing.

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