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XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 04:37 AM
When I was growing up my parents had a neighbor named Pete. He flew B-17s and 24s, and spits and p51s and a lot of other combat aircraft out of bases in Great Britian in WWII, and he was in the airforce until the late fifties. I still go and visit him regularly, he is in his mid eighties now. He gave me some pictures I would like to post I know all would enjoy. I don't know how to do it though. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction. Thanks for your help.


Jumoschwanz

XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 04:37 AM
When I was growing up my parents had a neighbor named Pete. He flew B-17s and 24s, and spits and p51s and a lot of other combat aircraft out of bases in Great Britian in WWII, and he was in the airforce until the late fifties. I still go and visit him regularly, he is in his mid eighties now. He gave me some pictures I would like to post I know all would enjoy. I don't know how to do it though. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction. Thanks for your help.


Jumoschwanz

XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 05:13 AM
Check out the FAQ for info on how to post pictures. To post them, you will need them hosted on the web somewhere. www.freeservers.com (http://www.freeservers.com) will host stuff for free for ya.

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XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 01:30 PM
Thanks for the help. Can you tell me what web page the FAQ is on? Which FAQ?

XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 01:43 PM
Look at the front page of the forum in the upper left corner. See the yellow text? That's it.

Pete sure sounds interesting. Not many people were both bomber and fighter pilots in both US and British planes. Must have been hard.

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XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 01:56 PM
Heres a direct link to the faq.
http://www.mudmovers.com/sturmovik_101/FAQ.htm

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XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 03:47 PM
Here are some details of his flying career. He said you had to do so many missions in bombers over europe before you got to go home, I think it was 24. But there was an option. He said he could do only 18 bombing missions, if he agreed to do a lot more in single seaters, I think he said it was a total of 36 or more. So he flew the b-17. He said they would go over in a V formation, and as attrition took away planes, you would be moved up toward the front of the V until finally he was leader of the squadron or captain. He said every time his squadron went over germany they lost half their bombers. That sounds like a psychological hell. He has a picture of the cockpit of his B-17 on his last mission over Germany. There is a big hole through the co-pilots window. Half his co-pilots head was taken off and his brains were hanging out. Pete said the co-pilot was unaware of it or something, he kept on flying until he was dead. Pete was hit in the leg and they lost an engine and another was sick. He said on the way back the 17 was skimming the waves across the channel and a kind of air cushion between the plane and the water helped keep it up. Then there were the cliffs to get up over to get back to the field. Something about having to get rid of enough fuel to lighten the plane so it could get back Up to the base. He was passing out from blood loss. Crewmembers were hitting him to keep him awake to land the plane. Talk about movie material.
He was a tall guy. He said hi did'nt fit into spits and hurris well at all, so they put him in the american planes. P-51s. He said him and a buddy would go over in a pair and find railroad tracks and follow them to strafe locomatives. He said they would buzz the train first, the train would hit the brakes and everyone would jump out, then they would shoot the sh#t out of it. He was lead one time and he hit a locomotive and the boiler didn't blow. He said he looped it straight up and around and came down behind and below his wingman who was shooting at the boiler with no effect. He said he screwed up, he shot at the boiler and it blew sky hight when his wingman was right over it and it almost took him out, filled the p51 with holes. He almost got the sh&t beat out of him back at base. He did a lot of other stuff to after he came home he did other things for the air force. Like setting up b-17s with something called the "Gypsy Task Force" to bomb germans subs of the east coast of the USA. He was on a team that investigated the b-25 that crashed into the Empire state building in NY, and it is his Stetson hat that Slim Pickens wore in the movie DR. STrangelove! He was stationed at the base out west when they filmed it and he lent his hat for the scenes when he was riding the bomb down. And last but not least, he has the original flight log from the Enola Gay when it dropped the A-bomb. I said "where did you get that?" His answer; "Oh I liberated it". That was it. He has made copies of this log and given them to museums and such. I am surprised the government has not asked him about it. Or maybe he is the government. He was into some deep stuff for a lot of years and has strange stories to tell. He was a certified aircraft mechanic for the air force and helped after the war taking planes out west to the great boneyards. He saw all the air races in the golden age before WWII. Enough already. When i write this stuff down it sounds like a story. But there he is. I guess I could ask him to write something for the forum himself. He writes articles for the Model A Ford club in the US. Drives around in a model A he has had since right after the war.

Later

Jumoschwanz

XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 03:55 PM
what a life!



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XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 04:02 PM
Your friend Pete, have you asked him if he would like to watch, or try the game?

XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 10:24 PM
BUMP.Has he tried the f/b game & anymore luck with the pictures,cheers Trumper

XyZspineZyX
06-18-2003, 05:19 AM
I did mention FB to him, and he said he would check it out sometime. So maybe he will get over here someday. I am wondering if it would be good for a 85 year old vet to experience though. Could he have some kind of relapse and go nuts on me? I guess I will have to talk to him and see if stuff like that bothers him. I will let you know if he gets his hands on the sim, and what he has to say about it for sure.


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