Consolidated PBY Catalina: The Naked Samaritan.

Interesting subject

The Dreamy Dodo

Rabaul, 1944.
Photo taken after this PBY’s blister gunner rescued a fellow shot down fellow airman. That airman was temporarily blinded and quite unable help himself during the rescue. To further complicate things, the Japanese were quite uncooperative,shooting from the shore. So this brave man stripped off his clothes -you swim better that way,of course- and jumped in to bring him aboard. After this HERO brought the airman abroad they took off in a hurry. Knowing his duties, the blister gunner went ASAP to his post….the dressing could wait.
This photo has achieved somehow an iconic status because of the subject’s beauty -it sure means a lot more than just that.

Photo: Horace Bristol.

Nice the detail of the enemy ships identification poster close to the gunner’s butt.

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Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 3)

Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 3)

Part Three

Masako and Spam Musubi

“There She Goes”

In the climax of the classic Hollywood movie Sands of Iwo Jima above, the words, “There she goes,” is uttered by a fictional Marine played by Forrest Tucker.

You will soon read that those were the words apparently said in a brief conversation between Sgt. Bill Genaust and AP photographer Joe Rosenthal atop Mt. Suribachi on February 23, 1945.

And you thought Hollywood movies were all fiction…¹


mcclue 2 Page 2 of a poignant letter written by Sgt. Genaust to the mother of his buddy, Howard McClue, who was killed in action shortly after Genaust was taken out of combat. USMC archives.

In Part 2, we left Sgt. Genaust recovering from a gun shot wound to his thigh and learning his fellow Marine and close buddy, Howard McClue, was killed soon after.

He apparently felt great loss from the death of McClue and sent a letter to…

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ANZAC Centenary

Pacific Paratrooper

James Charles Martin (1901-1915), youngest Australian KIA at Gallipoli James Charles Martin (1901-1915), youngest Australian KIA at Gallipoli

Anzac Centenary

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since their  involvement in the First World War.

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The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to all Australians and New Zealanders.  The First World War helped define them as a people and as nations.

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During the Anzac Centenary they will remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women. [And I hope other nations will as well.]


The Anzac Centenary Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which they have been involved.   And to honour all those who have worn the uniforms.  The programs involved with the Centenary urge all to reflect on their military…

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WWII Vet and his crew pursued Japanese fleet at Midway

WWII Vet and his crew pursued Japanese fleet at Midway

A story about the PBY Catalina and unsung heroes

War Tales

Frank Arcidiacono was the radio operation aboard a U.S. Navy seaplane assigned to find Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto’s armada. The huge Japanese fleet was steaming toward Midway Island in the North Pacific on its way to attack what was left of the much smaller American battle group during the pivotal days of June 1942.

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Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 2)

Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 2)

Part two

Masako and Spam Musubi

genaust w cam USMC Sgt Bill Genaust posing with his B&H Autoload motion picture camera. My guess – GUESS – is this appears to be a PR shot. If so, it was taken after his actions on Saipan.  USMC photo.

Now trained in motion picture combat methods, Sgt. Genaust is headed into his first combat.  What all Marines train for.

He is headed into a hell hole called Saipan.


USMC map Overview of Pacific Campaign; Saipan is dead center. You can also see Guam and Tinian to the south. Tinian is where the Enola Gay was stationed. USMC report.

The United States had fought her way up the Solomon Islands campaign with great cost.

Saipan was at the edge of the Japanese Empire in 1944. Not only did it have two airfields, the taking of Saipan would allow the US to launch the B-29 bombers against the Japanese homeland.

The Japanese command knew this. …

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Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 1)

Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 1)

Memories from the past – part one

Masako and Spam Musubi

battle_iwojima256 The more immortalized flag was just hoisted in the background, with a few of the seven famous Marines still trying to secure it. The group of Marines in front have just lowered the first smaller flag that had been raised a bit earlier. February 23, 1945. USMC photo.

I assume you know of the iconic flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi by our courageous US Marines on Iwo Jima?¹  It was immortalized, in my opinion, by the most iconic photo of WWII.

But did you know there were TWO flags?  And that THREE cameramen were involved with capturing the two flag raisings?

And did you ever wonder where the movie of the flag being raised came from…or who shot it?


You have seen the above color footage of the US flag being raised on Iwo Jima (above) during WWII countless of times.  On TV.  In movies (that’s important – the…

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