Steve Stevens is a 94 year old author who served with the South African Air Force from 1940 – 1950. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valour for his part in operations over the Balkans in World War II. He was a pioneer of air support to Christian work with the newly founded Mission Aviation Fellowship and was their first oerational pilot in remote areas of South Sudan. He later became a founder member of the Festival of Light. He now lives on the south coast and is still fighting on as a prolific writer despite being in chronic pain.
50 interviews. Lifetimes of stories.
Worth a virtual visit
This morning I walked a little around the USS Midway. The historic aircraft carrier is now a popular museum docked on San Diego Bay. I was there because it’s Memorial Day weekend, and I have personal experiences that make me grateful for America and our brave servicepeople. But I won’t blog about that here.
I was surprised to see a thought-provoking exhibit being set up in the hangar deck of the Midway. I learned it was a project of students at High Tech High, which is a charter school in Point Loma. 50 students interviewed 50 veterans, to learn about war, and peace, and human resiliency.
I took some photos in less-than-optimal lighting, and my flash wasn’t entirely helpful, so I had to apply a good deal…
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A wonderful friendship…
“….The son-of-a-bitch had no legs…” said Old Man Jack from his wife’s blue wheelchair. His arms were making like windmills. Well, windmills as fast as his 88 year old arms could go. He had a comical yet strained look on his face, his bushy white eyebrows still prominent.
But you could see the pain behind those eyes…and in his deadened voice.
Several months have passed since I visited with Old Man Jack at his grave. With Memorial Day around the corner, May 17th was a beautiful day visit him. A recent rainstorm had just passed and the blue skies were painted with thin, wispy clouds.
I could see no one had stopped by since my last visit; at…
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When I think I write too much on my blogs, I just visit this blog and the other sites.
Always interesting articles
World War II was the most segregated war the United States ever fought, according Dr. Yenwith Whitney, a former Tuskegee Airman from Sarasota, Fla.
“Many commanders didn’t want blacks doing anything but menial labor in World War II. They didn’t think blacks were smart enough to do things like fly airplanes,” Whitney, who flew in the all-black 332 Fighter Group, told a packed house at the North Port Library Black History Month lecture.
The retired 78-year-old fighter pilot, who also received an aeronautical engineering degree from MIT, holds a Masters in math education and a doctorate in International Education from Columbia University, proved this nation’s military leaders wrong more than a half century ago. After graduating from a Brooklyn, N.Y., high school during the war, he signed up for the fledgling black aviation program and made it.
“I took my basic training in Biloxi, Miss. I had never been in…
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