Jack's Air Force is the story of my dad, as he and his friends joined the military after the Pearl Harbor attacks. Dad, was midway through college at UCLA, when the fateful news of December 7, 1941 was broadcast.
Making the movie, The Battle of Britain, took place during my duty overseas in England. At the time, I was stationed on an old RAF-Royal Air Force base, located in beautiful, but isolated East Anglia. Supporting our small Air Police Squadron, was an even smaller RAFP-Royal Air Force Police contingent.
Admiral Graf Spee, a German "pocket battleship," was wanted by the Royal Navy for sinking her merchant ships. They found her in Uruguay.
For 41/2 days the survivors floated in 15 foot swells. Some stayed in groups, some were separated. It was both a horrific tale of death and of survival. The waters were infested with sharks and many men were eaten alive. If the sharks didn't get them, sunburn, starvation and lack of water did.
Dad and his buddies, were midway through college at UCLA, when the fateful news of Pearl Harbor-Dec. 7, 1941, was broadcast over a friends car radio.
5 Japanese Midget Submarines, attempt to sneak into Pearl Harbor, 5 hours before the aerial assault. Research locates 4 of them but where is the fifth?
The Coastal Defense Command, is just one of the subjects I want to cover, which was put in place, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Between respites, to breathe in much needed pure Oxygen, from a tank besides his chair, Jim recounted his tale of survival in a Sherman Tank...He stated that they came upon a small village at the base of a steep mountain range. They were surprised that their was no resistance in the village. After carefully moving through the town, they made their way along a narrow curving road, at the base of a steep mountain range...
Hitlers plan to bomb the United States, came in the form of a secret aircraft, known as The Amerika Bomber.
C.A.P. or Civil Air Patrol, was the brainchild of Gill Robb Wilson during the late thirties. The aviation editor of The New York Herald Tribune, he had the foresight, to see general aviation’s role during a war.