Tag: ww II

The Battle of Iwo Jima-36 Days in Hell

One surviving Marine Corps officer thinks the question is still moot: “We saved a lot of airplanes, but whether it was worth the Marine lives to save Air Force planes, I don’t know.” However, the 2,400 Army Air Force pilots who were forced to land at Iwo Jima between its capture and V-J Day had no doubts. Said one, “Whenever I land on this island, I thank God and the men who fought for it.”

The Lonely Lady’s Demise

On this day in 1944, a flight of 32 British Lancaster bombers equipped with “Tallboy” ordnance score two direct hits on the infamous German battle wagon Tirpitz, sending her to the bottom. Like her sister ship Bismarck, the Tirpitz was armed with a main battery of eight 15-inch guns in four twin turrets. After a […]

The Lonely Lady's Demise

On this day in 1944, a flight of 32 British Lancaster bombers equipped with “Tallboy” ordnance score two direct hits on the infamous German battle wagon Tirpitz, sending her to the bottom. Like her sister ship Bismarck, the Tirpitz was armed with a main battery of eight 15-inch guns in four twin turrets. After a […]