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February 23, 2021

Fascinating

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:36 am
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Thanks to Twitter, I learned a piece of history today.  I had never heard of this unit or their fight against the Fugo balloons. Amazing.

February 12, 2021

Led Zeppelin Boeing 720

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:42 pm
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A cool article on a piece of both aviation and rock history.

February 3, 2021

Operation Mutton

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:42 am
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WWII is endlessly fascinating.  I learn something I didn’t know all the time.  The latest was Operation Mutton. HP Harrows in combat as anti-bomber aircraft.  Wild.

December 29, 2020

Another “story like this”

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:47 pm
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I linked previously to an interesting story of Polish air combat in WWII.  Here is another one of those endlessly fascinating WWII stories.  A submarine that killed an airplane with a torpedo

December 3, 2020

I love WWII history

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:42 am
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I find WWII history endlessly fascinating.  The video regarding the Japanese attack on Madagascar is just one small example.

November 11, 2020

Civilian pilots at Pearl Harbor

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:43 am
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Anyone who has seen Tora! Tora! Tora! knows that there was a civilian aircraft flying at the time of the Peral Harbor attack. What I didn’t know, at least until I talked to Jim Bates recently, was that there were a number of civilian aircraft aloft, and not all survived.  A really good article here.

October 21, 2020

A new King of the Britons

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:40 pm
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I think this little girl is now the new king of the Britons.

October 16, 2020

The 1942 raid on Oslo

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:17 am
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Listeners to the podcast know that I am engaged in a group build of the Tamiya Mosquito.  Because I have a great interest in the invasion of Norway in 1940, and the subsequent occupation, I decided to build one of the aircraft that participated in the 1942 raid on the gestapo headquarters in Oslo.  These four aircraft were from 105 Squadron and were the first use of the new Mosquito that were acknowledged in the British press.

The raid was not exactly a success.  However it was the first of many of these precision strikes including the Arhaus raid and the Shellhaus raid.  In fact, the Oslo raid was repeated in late 1944.

I am a fan of Stan Stokes prints, and here is a print of the raid.

More on the raid here.

This is the building today.

More here.

October 7, 2020

Amazing

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:17 am
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This story is amazing. I hope the item gets bought and put in a museum in either the UK or Poland.

September 11, 2020

A great website

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:57 pm
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Everything you want to know about Australia at war in WWII.

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