This is quite possibly the last chance for anybody to actually own a piece of a 5th Air Force aircraft (B-25 Mitchell) that has NOT come from a crash site. No, you can't get a propeller blade or a gun turret! But you can get small parts that came from these aircraft as they were being scrapped and they have part numbers on them to identify them. These parts do not come from a long line of owners, but from the man who actually worked at the fields where these planes were scrapped. Do you have a family member who flew in the 5th Air Force? Think of what a nice present something like this might be. It may seem like junk to most people, but it's sentimental treasure to a lot of other people. But one thing for sure, once these are gone, you'll never have another chance to own parts that without a doubt, came from a 5th Air Force plane. If you're interested, go to the AEROTHENTIC site just below. I'm bringing this to your attention because I think it's a great "Once in a lifetime" opportunity. When these pieces are gone, the show is over! CHRIS GUEST-WEBMASTER
A new CD/ROM series created by Justin Taylan and Michael Claringbould about aircraft wrecks from WWII in the Pacific. The first of the series "Pearl Harbor Half Century Retrospective" has over 200 photographs of wreck sites and WWII images including a 38th Bomb Group B-25 wreck in Popondetta.
If you have any interest in the Fifth Air Force at all, then this is the place to see! Michael Claringbould's research will astound you! (Webmaster note- If you love to read, his books are first-rate!)
Another must-see if you have any interest in the Fifth Air Force.
This is another website that will bring memories back for the men who were based in the Southwest Pacific during the war.
Magee Wilkes is a veteran of the 71st and the 822nd Squadrons. He is now a retired United Methodist minister living in Mesa, Arizona. (Webmaster note- His writings and books are among my favorites.) NOTE: Oscar Magee Wilkes passed away February 18, 2002. I'm going to keep his website posted as long as his family keeps it on the Internet. Around 1946, when Magee was a Whittier College undergrad with a family, he received a 1000 dollar scholarship that helped him at a critical time. He requested that a similar scholarship be created at Whittier in his name. Here is the address: The Whittier College General Scholarship Fund, in memory of Magee Wilkes, c/o Whittier College, PO Box 634, Whittier, California 90608. (562) 907-4213
KEN'S MEN-43rd BG
An excellent website! The 43rd Bombardment Group was a heavy bomber outfit that started with B17s and then flew B24s.
The website of the Red Raiders. Cy Klimesh has put together a wonderful site for the 22nd Bomb Group.
One of two websites representing the 345th Bomb Group.
The second of two websites representing the 345th Bomb Group.
A website dedicated to the 500th Squadron of the 345th Bomb Group.
475th FIGHTER GROUP
We can't ignore the men that flew those beautiful P-38 Lightnings! Just can't put into words the emotions of seeing a friendly fighter in times of trouble.
CHARLES LINDBERGH AND THE 475th
An interesting observation of Lindy's somewhat secret tour in the Pacific theater.
THE LOST SQUADRON MUSEUM
This is the website for the recovery AND restoration of a rare early model P-38. This is the P-38 that was buried under 200 feet of ice and brought back up!
"The Flying Circus". One of the original heavy bomber groups to arrive in the Southwest Pacific.
This is a new website representing the 417th. Also, Barbara Votaw is one of the contact people I know of for the 417th for the last couple of years.You can contact her at Bfovo2@aol.com. Her dad, Edmund Fowler, was the pilot of "Tommy's Dixie Gal."
Who are you going to call???
Unknown stories and forgotten places. WWII & Korean war secrets. Unknown stories revealed & places rediscovered. Personal stories of combat & home front, legends, Gremlins, and Foofighters.
A great resource for most any kind of warbird video, available on DVD. There are also many shorts you can view on line.
A fantastic story of the 5th AAF's most resourceful and bigger than life best kept secret. Major Paul I. "Pappy" Gunn was responsible for many of the field innovations that brought success to the 5th AAF's swift success in the South Pacific. A well written biography that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last chapter.
MORE TO COME!