Arguably, the most famous name in the U.S Army Air Force was James Stewart. He was the genuine article; a God-fearing, American idol who was as earnest and unassuming as he was famous. A natural leader, Stewart applied the talents and personal qualities that made him a star of the silver screen to the pursuit of … [Read more…]
Edward Paretti of Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson, New York passed away in the summer of 2014, he was 93. Mr. Paretti served as a tail gunner in the 448th BG. In 2007 I videotaped an interview with him in which he described a combat encounter with ME-262 jet fighters on 4th April 1945. On that day Mr. … [Read more…]
It’s a warm evening and Norwich is a great city to stroll in. I’m making my way over cobbled streets towards Tombland, an ancient quarter and home to a popular collection of restaurants, bars and one wonderful old bookshop. The Heritage League has invited me to their Sunday night reception at the Maids Head.
Hurtling down narrow roads and country lanes, I was on my way to Kirby Bedon, five miles south of Norwich, to learn about a crash-landing during the war that had left it’s mark on this small, English village. I’d met Janet Rush a few years earlier at an open day at the Seething Control Tower … [Read more…]
The English city of Norwich in the county of Norfolk was a focal point for the 8th Air Force in England. By the beginning of World War Two London had become