Down In Flames

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  1. Njaco

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    Theres a reason why there is the cliche "Going down in flames". Sometimes we forget just how dangerous it was for these young men...
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    I've always been affected by the visceral drama of the A-20 bomb run.
     
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    My extreme thanks to those crews.
    For the ones that did not survive, R.I.P.
     
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    Amazing what these crews put themselves through. Brave men all of them. No matter what nation they flew for.

    :salute:
     
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    An amazing series of highly evocative pics. The one of the B-24 rolling onto its back with the port wing breaking away is, IMHO, one of the scariest pics because you just know that the build-up of G inside that airframe will stop most, if any, of the crew from getting out. The last pic of the B-26 and its separated port engine may be from the same series of pics as a truly scary piece of film footage taken from another B-26 and showing the aircraft formating on its port side being hit by flak on the port engine. The engine falls off and the B-26 immediately flicks onto its back and starts spiralling earthward. Seems like the pilot had no time to react.

    Brave men all!
     
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    It's ashame that the majority of people today have absolutely no idea what it takes or has taken to keep their world a better place. My thanks is not much for what has been given but it and my respect is all I have to give in return.:salute:
     
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    It is amazing. :salute:
     
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    Yes, the terror is beyond the imagined. I have been in several life and death situations, but none so terrible as these. Training aside, you react on a viscaral level.
     
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    Exactly. :salute:
     
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    Thank you for putting the pictures together Njaco. It's almost mind numbing to even think of being inside those planes.

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    I think thats why I did it - that and the "accident gawker syndrome". I didn't want to be disrespectful but I think these pics are powerful.

    Anybody want to add to them are welcome to.
     
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    The picture sequence of the A20 crashing was taken by an automatic strike camera. No one knew about what happened to the crashing plane until the film wa d veloped and the photo guys saw it. I have more details on it if anyone is interested. Its in the book about the 312th BG.

    The picture of the B24 starting to role on its back; I believe there is a tragic story to it. This was a "end of tour" milk run on a lightly defended target. All the crewman were on their last mission. As fate had it, one of the few AA guns at this target had the proverbial 1 in a million shot and hit the wing.
     
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    I often feel that images like this should be 'rammed down the throats', figuritively speaking, to many of the present generation who don't give a toss for anyone or anything except themselves, just to really ensure they know and fully understand what was sacrificed so that they can be the Rs holes they are.
    Many thanks and the greatest respect to all who had to endure such terror.
     
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    What the hell???? I usually catch these things.....
     
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    [cough, cough] :lol:
     
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    How the heck can anybody keep up with all these threads and their relationships? Ofcource Njaco should have in this case, but that will dealt with by us uber-Mods.

    [cough, cough]

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