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  • Defending Hill 351: Allies Work Together

    On March 26, 1953, 16 F-51 Mustang fighter-bombers of the newly-created Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) led by Maj. E. Yul Yoon furiously attacked Communist ground forces attacking Hill 351. The air-to-ground action was being directed by a USAF T-6 Mosquito airborne forward air controller flown by Maj. William Light and ROKAF Capt. Sang E. Wie
  • Douglas B-26C (A-26C) Invader

    During the Korean War, the Douglas B-26 played an important part in the U.S. Air Force's interdiction campaign against communist ground forces. Initially, B-26 crews flew during the day, but the introduction of the MiG-15 jet fighter forced them to fly most missions at night.The Douglas B-26 (originally designated the A-26) was a World War II
  • Duty Above All: Tech. Sgt. Sator “Sandy” Sanchez

    Please note: This item is temporarily in storageTech. Sgt. Sator "Sandy" Sanchez was an aerial gunner on B-17s during World War II. He began his combat career with the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 334th Bomb Squadron, in the fall of 1943. After having flown the required 25 combat missions with the 95th Bomb Group, Sanchez volunteered to stay on,
  • Davis Leads the 99th Into Combat

    Segregation required the 99th Fighter Squadron to have a black leader. After three white officers commanded the squadron, 1st Lt. George S. Roberts became the first black to command the squadron in June 1942. In August 1942, Capt. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was chosen to lead the outfit overseas. One of just two black line officers in the Army -- the
  • Disney Pins on Wings

    The Insignia Art of Walt Disney Productions During World War II"The insignia meant a lot to the men who were fighting ... I had to do it ... I owed it to them."  - Walt Disney, 1901-1966 Walt Disney Productions created approximately 1,200 designs during World War II for both American and Allied military units. Designs were also created for other
  • Defeat from the Sky

    The combined efforts of the 8th, 9th and 15th Air Forces were a vital contribution to the final Allied victory in Europe. The primary foe of the Army Air Forces (AAF) in Europe, the Luftwaffe, was destroyed as it unsuccessfully tried to defend the Reich.For the last six months of the war, AAF aircraft struck German targets at will. Germany's cities
  • D-Day Paratrooper Uniform

    This figure, dressed and equipped as a typical D-Day paratrooper is hooked up to a static line and ready to jump. Paratroopers wore specialized jump suits with large pockets to carry extra rations, ammunition or grenades. The paratrooper helmet, a modified version of the standard infantry helmet, had a modified liner with forked straps to secure
  • D-Day Invasion Dummy

    One of the least-known episodes of the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944, was the use of straw-filled and inflatable rubber dummy parachutists for deception and diversionary tactics. They were fitted with explosive devices fused to detonate near the ground, thus giving the illusion of gunfire and confusing German defenders. Dummies
  • D-Day

    The first Allied amphibious troops hit the beaches of Normandy at 6:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944. Constant air cover was flown over the vast sea armada and the assault beaches, and only three Luftwaffe airplanes were sighted the first day. For the next several weeks while the Allies strengthened and consolidated their positions on the ground, the U.S.
  • Down to Earth: USAAF Tactical Strike in Europe

    The ground attack operations of the USAAF's 9th Air Force in western Europe and 12th Air Force in southern Europe crippled enemy air power, paralyzed enemy mobility and destroyed enemy units and materiel. Their efforts played a key role in the defeat of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.Tactical Air Power Defined The U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF)
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