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Old 07-30-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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The Last Mission

Went to the museum at Dulles just to see the Enola Gay...in all it's restored glory. Thankfully it was resurrected from a Smithsonian warehouse and given the proper un-apologetic recognition that it deserves.

Hopefully I will get to see Paul Mason at the Miami Everglades RV Resort again this winter. He spends his winters there in his RV, and hosts a movie night several times where he shows the History Channel special "The Last Mission" and tells some great stories. Can you imagine being 24 years old and flying a B-29 over Japan?

91-Year-Old WWII Bomber Pilot Says He's "Lucky" | Bangor, Maine News, Sports, and Weather - WABI TV5
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Pictures do not do it justice, AMAZING in person. GREAT place!
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Thankfully it was resurrected from a Smithsonian warehouse and given the proper un-apologetic recognition that it deserves.
You are so right there. I know it was a horrible thing that happened to Japan but to me it just like the idiot that gets shot and killed by the police when he/she decides to have it out with the law. All he/she had to do was stop and surrender and he/she would not have been shot. All Japan had to do was stop and surrender and the bombs would never have been dropped. Your "un-apologetic" comment is spot on.
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Several years ago I was at Drake Field here in AR and just happened to be there the day CoL Tibbits was there signing his book written about the bombing. It was an honor getting to meet and shake his hand. I read the book then gave it to our Son who is a Lt.Col in the AF and closing in on 19 years service.

We've also seen the Enola Gay and Box Car at Wright Pat.

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I'm a bit envious of your encounter. I was able to meet some of the members of Merrill's Marauders a few years back, as well as Tuskegee airmen. Proud have shaken their hands.

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Several years ago I was at Drake Field here in AR and just happened to be there the day CoL Tibbits was there signing his book written about the bombing. It was an honor getting to meet and shake his hand. I read the book then gave it to our Son who is a Lt.Col in the AF and closing in on 19 years service.

We've also seen the Enola Gay and Box Car at Wright Pat.

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Getting a little off-topic, but I posted this article on my Facebook page;

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You are so right there. I know it was a horrible thing that happened to Japan but to me it just like the idiot that gets shot and killed by the police when he/she decides to have it out with the law. All he/she had to do was stop and surrender and he/she would not have been shot. All Japan had to do was stop and surrender and the bombs would never have been dropped. Your "un-apologetic" comment is spot on.
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I can add some to those types of encounters as well. My Brother lives in Houston and was involved with the CAF. I would visit every year for about 6 years and we worked the "Wings Over Houston" air show every October. Every year they have military vets at the autograph tent. Most of the vets were WWII. They had a fold out that pictured every Vet. I got autographs one year and also took pics then framed it and gave it my Son. On another ocassion some of the Tuskegee Airman were also at the show but their locations took me an hour to find. I got all of their signatures plus got to meet the first black female nurse to have joined the nursing group during WWII. Also got to meet a former Squadron Commander from Tuskegee. Boy was I flying high that day.
I also gave all those signed documents to my Son. When he was attending Air War College he also got to meet and talk with some of the TAM as well. So he added those signatures to his collection.

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That's fantastic! True six degrees of separation from reality to history. You have to wait until the grand kids are actually adults before they can appreciate who these people were and what they did, though. Not unless they make a Tuskegee video game..(OK, they sorta have, but it's not that common to play I don't think).

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