Dummi Dummi Kurt
When I learnt that I was an important SS Officer in a previous life I was in a state shock for three days. Doubly so when realised who “I” was!
Twice wounded in 1918 including bullets to the brain and shoulder! I was 25% disabled but that freed my mind.
Kurt Max Franz Daluege (15 September 1897 – 24 October 1946) was the chief of the national uniformed Ordnungspolizei (Order Police) of Nazi Germany. Following Reinhard Heydrich's assassination in 1942, he served as Deputy Protector for the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Daluege directed the German measures of retribution for the assassination, including the Lidice massacre. After the end of World War II, he was extradited to Czechoslovakia, tried, convicted and executed in 1946. The photographic evidence was overwhelming.https://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/186930832aed0a04c2cce56283959ff1.jpeghttps://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/6f81bafaf4ca2da5b95c3018e51b5ac5.jpeg
Why the hat?
It was the wrong badge? I resisted the urge to buy a German one. In 2006 bought the iconic US Army Crusher pilot’s hat following an 8Oth birthday for my Father-in law with a WW2 theme.
The music was Glenn Miller and I was dressed a B17 pilot except for the hat! The first opportunity I got “my hat” to compete my WW2 ensemble together with the “The Mighty Eighth” patch.https://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/978af43a455b6b4a893dea2cd7d45462.jpeg
2001 a Hat Oddity
In 2001 I was retracing my Civil War past life for “Rebel Spirit” my first book. When golden opportunity presented itself.
Located in Pooler, a suburb of Savannah, The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force aims to preserve the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present. At the museum, we heard the unforgettable stories of bravery, experience a bomber mission and briefing, and see the ongoing restoration of the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress. The museum was impressed and offers large group tours for people of all ages, and tours are often conducted by WWII Veterans.
”The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to telling the stories of the Eighth Air Force, which was activated in 1942.
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is home to “Mission Experience” – a video series that allows guests to experience a bombing mission. The museum welcomes student groups of all sizes and ages. Over 20,000 students visit the museum every year, and many visit include overnight stays!
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is home to five static aircrafts, including hundreds of model airplanes. One aircraft, a B-17 named “The City of Savannah”, is dedicated to and named after the 5,000th plane to leave Hunter Army Airfield during WWII. This restored B-17 is the only one with public access in the world.
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force has a large volunteer group, including several WWII 8th Air Force Veterans.
The museum is a nonprofit 501 organization, so it receives no government support. They are funded solely by donations and grants.
If you love to read about history, it has a museum research center, which is center is home to over 10,000 books, diaries and historical documents.
Inside the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is Miss Sophie’s, a delightful restaurant serving lunch items like deli sandwiches, wraps and fresh salads. The restaurant is open for lunch during the week, and is also available for event catering.
The museum has a private art collection permanently on display in the Colonial Group, Inc. Art Gallery.
The museum has an exhibit dedicated to the Girl Scouts in WWII and has a “Women through Time” badge available for Girl Scouts.
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force has a full event staff, available to help plan events from small business gatherings to large, formal weddings. In fact, the museum’s English chapel hosts weddings and memorials year-round.
The beautifully manicured Memorial Garden is perfect for a peaceful walk. There are many beautiful memorials throughout the garden on both sides of the reflective pool. All the memorials in the Garden have been purchased by Eighth Air Force veterans or by their families.
The museum’s powerful and interactive P.O.W. exhibit tells the personal stories of several WWII prisoners of war.
The museum doesn’t just honor the 8th Air Force – it’s also home to exhibits honoring the famed Tuskeegee Airmen, WASPs, and Women on the Homefront.“
The Pilot Inn is our world Famous Family run Pub-Restaurant, situated a stone’s throw (and there’s a lot of them around) from the sea, in the heart of the stunning Dungeness National Nature Reserve.
The isolation of Dungeness had proved an irresistible lure to smuggling gangs; the absence of prying eyes and wagging tongues meant that they could carry on their work undisturbed. In a single week of 1813 free-traders were knows to have landed 12,000 gallons of brandy here. Nor was this the first cargo of spirits to cross the coastline illegally at Dungeness; 180 years earlier the local smugglers lured aground a Spanish vessel, Alfresia. They murdered the crew and looted the cargo of spirits. The ship was used to build the original Pilot which stands in the same place to this day.
A Chance Discovery
The engine and propellor, in the garden of The Pilot, is one of four Wright/Cyclone engines and propeller from a WW11, B17 Flying Fortress bomber (the same aircraft as The Memphis Belle). The artefact was accidentally snagged off Dungeness on the 18th of September 2017, by Joe Thomas and Tom Redshaw (local fishermen).https://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/48cb114061e91b5e48b614f2e9efafd4.jpeghttps://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/d2927d104b2b808501eb360a64c1477e.jpeg
Fast Forward to 2020
Enter Joe Baillie! Dungeness is a magical place, time and space are distorted by it transdimensional nature. The atomic power station, bird reserve and lighthouses all mark it as special. It is a place for answers but what are the questions?
Joseph H. Baillie
Serial number: O-735778
Missions count: 15
POW - 9/6/1943 on Mission to Stuttgart, Germany in Aircraft 4230300 Hell-n-https://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/2bce1b8f29290dee9d33c2cbc3ae9481.jpeg
Mission Aircraft Crew Status POS Call Sign Squadron MACR
Crew 5/13/1943 St. Omer (France) 42-3171 - The Blivit (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP S 335
Crew 5/14/1943 Antwerp (Belgium) 42-29675 - (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP E 334
Crew 5/17/1943 Lorient (France) 42-29709 - Yo' Brother (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP C 334
Crew 5/29/1943 Rennes (France) 42-29702 - Rat Killer (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP H 334
Crew 6/11/1943 Wilhelmshaven (Germany) 42-29768 - Winsome Winn II (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP G 334
Crew 6/13/1943 Kiel (Germany) 42-29768 - Winsome Winn II (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP G 334
Crew 6/22/1943 Huls (Germany) 42-30300 - Hell-n-Back (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP C 334
Crew 6/29/1943 Le Mans (France) 42-30300 - Hell-n-Back (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP C 334
Crew 7/4/1943 La Pallice (France) 42-30300 - Hell-n-Back (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP C 334
Crew 7/17/1943 Hamburg (Germany) 42-30300 - Hell-n-Back (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP C 334
Crew 7/24/1943 Trondheim (Norway) 42-30418 - Pickadilly Commando (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP L 334
Crew 8/15/1943 Merville-Lille Vendeville (France) 42-30300 - Hell-n-Back (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP C 334
Crew 8/31/1943 Lille Meulan (France) 42-30045 - She's My Gal (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP M 334
Crew 9/3/1943 Paris (France) 42-30300 - Hell-n-Back (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Sortie CP C 334
Crew 9/6/1943 Stuttgart (Germany) 42-30300 - Hell-n-Back (B-17F) G.A. Tyler Lost CP C 334https://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/4b62b53843b97be803714c3ce127fb1e.jpeg
The History of Horham and the 95th
The 95th Bomb Group – based in Horham in Suffolk from June 1943 until the end of the war – was famously the first US group to bomb Berlin in daylight during WW2.
The last B‑17 Flying Fortress shot down in Europe was from Horham and the 95th was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (Distinguished Unit Citation) on three occasions, the most of any bomb group.
The group received its first Presidential Unit Citation for maintaining a tight defensive formation in spite of severe assault by enemy fighters while bombing an aircraft assembly plant at Regensburg in Germany on August 17th 1943.
It was awarded the second for withstanding concentrated attacks by fighters during the approach to the target and intense anti-aircraft fire directly over the objective while effectively bombing rail marshalling yards at Münster on October 10th 1943.
The unit received its third citation for the first daylight raid on the German capital on March 4th 1944 – while many participating groups, because of weather conditions, either abandoned the operation or struck other targets, the 95th proceeded to Berlin and successfully bombed a suburb of the German capital despite snowstorms, dense clouds, and severe enemy attack.
The 95th flew more than 300 missions and, as well as strategic bombing sorties, targeting harbours, industries, rail yards and cities, it dropped food and supplies to starving civilians and the resistance in occupied Europe, it supported the D‑Day invasion and ended the war transporting liberated prisoners of war back to the UK.
Glenn Miller also famously played in one of the hangars at Horham Airfield on his final tour before his disappearance.https://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/9004b885a11e1981bb2d2e4aedfb45e2.jpeg
95th Dates & Facts
European Theatre, May 13th 1943-April 20th 1945
Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe, Air Combat, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre.
III Bomber Command, June 15th 1942;
II Bomber Command, June 26th 1942;
Eighth Air Force, May 11th 1943;
VIII Bomber Command, May 19th 1943;
4th Bombardment Wing, May 25th 1943;
Attached to 402nd Provisional Combat Wing Bombardment (Heavy), June 6th ‑September 12th 1943;
3rd Bombardment Division, September 13th 1943;
13th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) (later, 13 Bombardment Wing, Heavy), September 14th 1943-August 1945.
Barksdale Field, Louisiana, June 15th 1942;
Pendleton Field, Oregon, June 26th 1942;
Geiger Field, Washington, August 28th 1942;
Ephrata Army Air Base, Washington, October 31th 1942;
Geiger Field, Washington, November 24th 1942;
Rapid City Army Air Base, South Dakota, December 17th 1942-March 11th 1943;
RAF Alconbury (USAAF Station 102) April 15th 1943-June;
RAF Framlingham (USAAF Station 153), England, May-June 15th 1943 (during May and early June the 95th operated from both Alconbury & Framlingham;
RAF Horham (USAAF Station 119), England, June 15th 1943-June 19th 1945;
Sioux Falls Army Air Field, South Dakota, August 14th ‑28th 1945.
The 95th was the only Bomb Group to receive three Distinguished Unit Citations.
These were for:
Maintaining a tight defensive formation in spite of severe assault by enemy fighters and bombing the aircraft assembly plant at Regensburg, Germany, on August 17th 1943.
Withstanding concentrated attacks by fighters during the approach to the target and intense antiaircraft fire directly over the objective, but still effectively bombarding marshalling yards at Münster on October 10th 1943.
Proceeding to Berlin and successfully bombing a suburb of the German capital despite snowstorms, dense clouds, and severe enemy attack while many participating organisations, because of weather conditions, either abandoned the operation or struck other targets, on March 4th 1944.https://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/2bce1b8f29290dee9d33c2cbc3ae9481.jpeghttps://www.ravenecho.com/static/402/4b62b53843b97be803714c3ce127fb1e.jpeghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1xAFZNUHU