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RegRag1977
05-14-2010, 06:56 AM
*****EDIT: see last post for link to full video****

Hi guys,

Just a very good (though sad) video i found on YT about Quentin Aaneson WW2 memories, as he was a young P47 pilot.

Hope you'll like it too.

Jabout
05-14-2010, 08:20 AM
Very good, thanks!

P.S. Is that a typhoon at 2.00?

JtD
05-14-2010, 08:26 AM
Oh man, not very nice to watch but a good document of the war.

Bremspropeller
05-14-2010, 08:36 AM
Very sobering - reminds you that there's more to war than "glorious" newsreel heroes.

His experiences are what brings all involved parties together - they share the horror.

Rjel
05-14-2010, 10:06 AM
Check out Aaneson's A Fighter Pilot's Story. It was originally shown on PBS back in the 90s. It's on DVD and very well done.

http://pages.prodigy.com/fighterpilot/

RegRag1977
05-14-2010, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by Jabout:
Very good, thanks!

P.S. Is that a typhoon at 2.00?

You're welcome!

Did not see at first but after looking at it more carefully, yes, i think it is indeed a typhoon http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

RegRag1977
05-14-2010, 03:40 PM
Originally posted by Bremspropeller:
Very sobering - reminds you that there's more to war than "glorious" newsreel heroes.

His experiences are what brings all involved parties together - they share the horror.

Yep, i couldn't have said it better.

RegRag1977
05-14-2010, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by Rjel:
Check out Aaneson's A Fighter Pilot's Story. It was originally shown on PBS back in the 90s. It's on DVD and very well done.

http://pages.prodigy.com/fighterpilot/

Thanks for the link Rjel, will read it ASAP! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ytareh
05-15-2010, 04:47 AM
Very moving.

Worf101
05-15-2010, 03:13 PM
Watched this when it first aired on Public Televison, great story.

Worf

rnzoli
05-16-2010, 09:05 AM
Very good find. Now I finally understood why flak became so extraordinarily heavy in the shrinking German-held territories, as Clostermann described it in his book. There is also a similar story in his book when a Tempest belly-landed and the pilot suffered fatal burns, but was still "alive" when pulled out from the inferno. Must have been truly sickening

Metatron_123
05-16-2010, 06:26 PM
Yes, I was also reminded of that... Makes one wonder if these people ever really managed to adapt to civilian life later on... It was worse for the infantry etc too.

RegRag1977
10-25-2010, 05:42 AM
Hi Guys,

spending some (too much) time on YT looking for interesting stuff, i found this: the complete video of Quentin Aaneson's "Fighter pilot story", i'm sure you guys will enjoys it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...B&index=1&feature=BF (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EVUZZjuDHw&p=3B0EAAC4A074242B&index=1&feature=BF)

PhantomKira
10-26-2010, 08:09 PM
Who is it that convinces people to talk like that on TV? Can't he relate his story in a normal tone of voice like a normal human being?

Buzzsaw-
10-26-2010, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by rnzoli:
Very good find. Now I finally understood why flak became so extraordinarily heavy in the shrinking German-held territories, as Clostermann described it in his book.

There were two million Germans engaged in manning AAA weapons in 1944. To provide a comparison, the German Army units involved in the Normandy campaign were 900,000 strong.

30% of all German heavy artillery production was devoted to flak guns, 88mm or 128mm. Those numbers don't include production of light 20mm and 37mm flak weapons.

As the Wehrmacht retreated into Germany, they depended more and more on the intrinsic flak defences of the cities they were defending. The strongpoints in Berlin during the Red Army siege of the city were the huge flak towers mounting 128mm heavy flak guns.

Despite the huge amount of flak P-47 pilots encountered, the aircraft still managed to have a better survival per sortie record than the P-51 or P-38. Despite the fact P-51's spent most of their time flying escort for heavy bombers, a far safer role than ground attack. 80% of the ground attack Fighter Groups in the 9th AAF, the American tactical airforce on the continent were P-47 units. When P-51's or P-38's were used in the ground attack role, they didn't do nearly as well.