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Liberty Belle’s Last Flight

A survival story for heroes in October 1944.

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Balikpapan. A Japanese stronghold in the earlier part of the Pacific war. At the time, it was heavily defended by some of Japan’s best pilots, and the Allies hoped to change that soon. General George C. Kenney in particular felt that if Fifth Air Force was to destroy the oil refineries on the island, it would be a huge setback in Japan’s attempt to hold onto its position in the southwest Pacific. Over the summer, Kenney directed the 380th Bomb Group to bomb several refineries in the area, with little success, though they were a factor in some fuel shortages. By September, he was eager to send his forces back to Balikpapan. There were a few missions flown by the Thirteenth Air Force and the 90th Bomb Group, however, approximately 40% of the planes flown on these mission were either lost or too damaged to be put back in service…

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Current Home Front News

WW II Towers at Gordons Pond

WW II Towers at Gordons Pond

For over 70 years, a series of towers has stood on the shore of the Delaware coast. The towers were used in World War II to help defend the U.S. from enemy ships; crews kept a watch on the ocean and would have alerted the Army at Fort Miles had the enemy ever been spotted.

Three of the towers are going to be refurbished in a joint project between the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, Fort Miles Historical Association, and the Delaware State Parks.

“We want to restore the towers internally and externally so that people can enjoy the history of the towers and see the vistas from the top,” said Ernie Felici, the chairman of the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation.

The three towers are all located along Route 1. Tower 1 is on Fenwick Island. Tower 2 is in Bethany. The third tower is just south of Dewey Beach.

“Right now, we are focusing on Tower 3,” said Felici. “We want to be able to open it up to the general public. The location is perfect.”

This tower is sitting at Fenwick Island, Indian River, DE. There are 11 towers in all.

This tower is sitting at Fenwick Island, Indian River, DE.
There are 11 towers in all.

The site of Tower 3 already has a beach house with a public restroom and parking. According to Felici:

“Our overall goal, however, is to open the area to weddings and events, like with the Indian River Life Saving Station, but right now we are just focused on the restoration. Once that is finished then we will focus on the other activities. The major cost is the stairway system and the internal parts of the tower. We need to secure the stairway for the weather.”

The engineering costs to restore the tower will be the most expensive. The reconstruction of the concrete exterior is a minor cost.

“We have done a preliminary engineering study and we had positive results,” said Felici. “Right now, they are doing a drainage study because, through the years, sand has accumulated at the base.

The groups are currently seeking funds and grants to help in the effort. Felici says that the fundraising efforts are going well.

For the past two years, the Delaware Coastal Preservation Foundation has been named a beneficiary of the Coastal Delaware Running Festival. The Festival is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.

The three towers are included in the Fort Miles Historical Association. There is hope that raising interest in the towers will increase interest in the fort and the history of the region during World War II.

From War History online.

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U.S. Air Force Day – 1 August 19Air Force Song

 

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In the Denver Area – 

History Camp, Colorado

History Camp, Colorado

Madison Jonas, editor and researcher will represent the IHRA (International Historical Research Associates) at the History Camp to discuss General Walker’s disappearance of 5 January 1943.  Check HERE for further details or the IHRA web site.

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In the Ohio Area –  header-logo

Anne T. Bell would like everyone to know about a re-enactment of the amphibious landings at D-Day on this 19-20 August.  For further information, Please check out the official site.

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Military Humor – via the Reader’s Digest – 

Welcome to basic training.

Welcome to basic training.

INCOMING !!

INCOMING !!

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes –

William Almon – St. Louis, MO; US Army Air Corps, WWII, West Point, 11th Airborne Signal Corps

Earl Bosse – Ada, OH; US Navy, WWIImemorialday4

George Davies – Manukau, NZ; RNZ Air Force # NZ427262, WWII, ETO, 75th Sq/RAF Bomber Command, POW

Donald Knudsen – Hopkins, MI; US Army, WWII

Donald Lamb – LeGrand, IA; US Army, 11th Airborne

Claire Poisson – Lowell, MA; WWII, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Denis Sheils – brn: IRE/Philadelphia, PA; US Army, WWII, Korea & Vietnam, Lt. Col. (Ret.)

Richard Sonnenfeld – Oklahoma City, OK; US Army, WWII, Bomb disposal unit

Peter Tomaino – Utica, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO

Ronald Williams – Sydney, AUS; RA Navy # 33579, Korea, Petty Officer (Ret.)

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