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I just signed in. US Army retired, 32 years. Interested in Military History, but especially the from the leadership and individual standpoint.  My Name is Owen and I am glad to meet this Band of Brothers

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Hi. I'm Seumas. I was one of the Queens well beloved and trusted. I work as a volunteer in a Scottish Highland Regimental Museum and my two interests are the first World War (which I think began 4th August 1914) especially in the Mesopotamian campaign, and the 36th (Ulster) Division and the activities of the 51st Division in the Second World War .

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forums and just posting to introduce myself.

My name is Matt and I am an avid fan of Military history in general. I came to the forums through the War History Online facebook posts and look forward to participating in the future.

 

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Greetings All,

Thanks for having me. Very much enjoy the many articles. GREAT WORK, guys!

Call me Dan. Seven year Vietnam and Cold War vet as a Tin-Can sailor in the US Navy Pacific Fleet. Interested in Mil Hist from the Napoleonic to current. Current area of interest is the military technological development of post WWII to Vietnam era. Everything from Drawing Board Neverwas to Whatever Works Field Expedient Modifications. 

Sorry if I'm not much of a poster. I'm an over the road truck driver and don't get much free time. But will try as I can. 

Keep It FUN! -- Dan G

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On 11/6/2017 at 8:48 PM, T.A.T said:

Hello,

I am Therese. I'm 50 and Australian. My parents had me very late in life. My father was a WW2 Veteran and my mother lived through it as well. My mothers brother was in 460 Squadron and killed over Germany on May 7th 1942. He was on his 5th bomber mission, his first as Captain of his Wellington bomber. He is buried at Durnbach War Cemetry outside Munich. Most of my family have been to visit there to pay our respects.

My father survived. He served in 215 squadron as a Bombadier / Navigator. He joined up to the day, 1 year after Uncle Reg (above) joined up. Most certainly what saved his life. He trained in Canada and then crossed the Atlantic during the awful days of the German U-boats...a miracle there! He wasn't in the UK long and was deployed into 215 Squadron and they flew via the Middle East to India / Bangladesh. He was based in what is now Bangladesh.

He served with distinction. Earning a DFC from 2 commendations. One for bombing a Japanese supply ship that the allies had been searching for. Apparently they knew this ship was going to supply Japanese troops and had tracked it for a while, then lost it.  Dad was known for NEVER dropping a bomb if he couldn't hit the target. He did not want to kill anyone that he didn't have to. His Captain luckily and crew thought the same, so this day they were on their way "home" carrying ONE bomb. This was a big deal as carrying bombs made the aircraft heavier and it therefore not only used more fuel, but was a bigger target to Zeros as they couldn't fly as fast or maneuver as well. Anyway, dad was looking through his scope and the clouds parted for just a few seconds and he saw the supply ship below! He only got a look at it for a few seconds, but knew the markings and KNEW it was the ship everyone had been looking for. He told his captain, who had to trust him implicitly. They discussed it briefly and the entire crew said "if Fred says it's the X, then we believe him" and they had the ONE bomb. The Captain said "we will only get ONE chance. If we don't hit the target? They will be able to hit us and we'll go down"....They all agreed to take the chance...the pressue must have been immense. Dad would have been 20 years of age at the time! Hard to imagine. Anyway, they broke cover, dived for the ship, it WAS the supply ship and apparently dad managed to drop the bomb perfectly down one of it's middle funnels and blew it to smithereans!!! According to some, this one hit, stopping the supply to the Japanese, had a HUGE effect on the Japanese and certainly helped change things to our side.

He was also commended for his good humour, ability to keep morale high and his good nature and leadership in times of high action. 

He was a great man. He didn't die until a few years ago. He never told us these stories. Mum didn't know until the 1990's and none of us did, what his DFC was for. We eventually found out the story via his crewmates. Most all lived well into their 80s which was wonderful. They were from UK, Australia and NZ. A mixed bag. 215 started as a RAF squadron but became a RAAF squadron, Hence the mixed bag of nationalities.

I've always been very interested in WW2 history. 

Mum lived through it here in Australia. She lived in Brisbane and she drove cars for the Americans:-) She was engaged to an American serviceman who was KIA sadly. She didn't meet dad until 1952.

I am the youngest of 6 kids. I think I'm by far the most interested in dads war history and war history in general.

I have collected tons of memorabilia from dads mates and I intend, one day, to do something with it. I got the idea in my late 30s and wrote to all dads crewmates. Most were still alive and in decent  health and most sent me everything they had and wrote of their recollections of events and their service. It's wonderful material indeed. I have it safely stored and have started on restoration of pictures and typing out the stories etc. It's a massive job and one day, I'll have time to really do something with it all.

Cheers,

Therese

Really great story.  

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Really wonderful story.  Yes - WWII was a communal effort by all.  Interesting article recently about the Yanks that joined the commonwealth forces prior to Pearl Harbor.  Never forget that special generation that served so well.  Bless them all!!

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I am Steven Undercoffer and will be 65 in July. I retired after 32 years Army, and having a military family lineage going back 2 centuries, my mother's in Germany, I have interest in most military topics and subjects. It is good to be aboard with Brothers and Sisters of the same world regardless of background.

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Thank you very much for posting a message here and welcome to the forum! 

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