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(LiveLeak)   Color WWII footage of air combat is almost as scary as the music that accompanies it   (liveleak.com) divider line 26
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2013-11-24 09:50:28 PM  
truly terrifying
 
2013-11-24 11:56:36 PM  
Wow, the flak hit the big plane.  It was gut wrenching.
 
2013-11-25 01:31:23 AM  
At 30 seconds I thought the dog farted.
 
2013-11-25 01:51:44 AM  
That was awesome.

Somehow, the music was strangely appropriate.
 
2013-11-25 02:18:25 AM  
best Pink Floyd video EVAR!
 
2013-11-25 02:21:29 AM  

IronTom: Wow, the flak hit the big plane.  It was gut wrenching.


I've seen that plane go down so many times in WWII documentaries and I always thought it was in Europe. But I guess it was in the Pacific.
 
2013-11-25 02:44:15 AM  
My grandpa was in the Navy during the war, and he served on a destroyer. He was in the thick of it for pretty much most of his time in the service and told me once that there were a bunch of Kamikaze Zeros heading in to take them out. He and his best friend got on the AA guns and were systematically taking them down, but there were just swarms of them and they were getting closer and closer. He said that he was certain he was going to die, when he started hearing a chorus of singing start up, it wasn't angelic in its sound, more like the sounds of dying farm animals, like a pig squealing after it's been stabbed (His own words) and a light started getting brighter and brighter til he couldn't see anymore and was just blind firing skyward.

His ship came out unscathed except for a few bullet holes here and there, but for the most part they were fine, albeit they were out of ammunition and had to return to port to get resupplied. Once they hit land a preacher clutching a bible was waiting for the crewmen to disembark and prayed with some of the sailors. He approached my grandfather and asked if he wanted to pray because god delivered him from harm. Grandpa looked at him and said "God had nothing to do with what happened today, only the devil could handle the rage I had, and used me to get more souls. I think I'll stick with him for a while, now if you'll excuse me, I need booze and a whore." The preacher stood there staring at him and shouted "I'll pray for your soul son!" grandpa chuckled and walked off.

Later on he found out that during the firefight he had a light stroke from the stress and the noise he was hearing was the sounds of the zero's coming withing mere feet of his ship as he shot them down.

He's still pretty racist towards Japanese people to this very day. Oddly ok with Chinese though.
 
2013-11-25 02:53:11 AM  

JesterJoker55: My grandpa was in the Navy during the war, and he served on a destroyer. He was in the thick of it for pretty much most of his time in the service and told me once that there were a bunch of Kamikaze Zeros heading in to take them out. He and his best friend got on the AA guns and were systematically taking them down, but there were just swarms of them and they were getting closer and closer. He said that he was certain he was going to die, when he started hearing a chorus of singing start up, it wasn't angelic in its sound, more like the sounds of dying farm animals, like a pig squealing after it's been stabbed (His own words) and a light started getting brighter and brighter til he couldn't see anymore and was just blind firing skyward.

His ship came out unscathed except for a few bullet holes here and there, but for the most part they were fine, albeit they were out of ammunition and had to return to port to get resupplied. Once they hit land a preacher clutching a bible was waiting for the crewmen to disembark and prayed with some of the sailors. He approached my grandfather and asked if he wanted to pray because god delivered him from harm. Grandpa looked at him and said "God had nothing to do with what happened today, only the devil could handle the rage I had, and used me to get more souls. I think I'll stick with him for a while, now if you'll excuse me, I need booze and a whore." The preacher stood there staring at him and shouted "I'll pray for your soul son!" grandpa chuckled and walked off.

Later on he found out that during the firefight he had a light stroke from the stress and the noise he was hearing was the sounds of the zero's coming withing mere feet of his ship as he shot them down.

He's still pretty racist towards Japanese people to this very day. Oddly ok with Chinese though.


My great grandfather commanded an amphibious assault ship in the Pacific. He saw things that haunted him for the rest of his life. Secrets he took to his grave. Somehow, he never showed even the slightest prejudice towards any group of people, and when the war ended he came back with a set of katanas that was gifted to him by a Japanese officer.

My grandfather on the other side of the family was a 4F, that ended up driving jeeps on a base in the US for the entire war because he couldn't learn to do anything else right. One of the most racist bastards I've ever met.
 
2013-11-25 03:45:18 AM  

JesterJoker55: My grandpa was in the Navy during the war, and he served on a destroyer. He was in the thick of it for pretty much most of his time in the service and told me once that there were a bunch of Kamikaze Zeros heading in to take them out. He and his best friend got on the AA guns and were systematically taking them down, but there were just swarms of them and they were getting closer and closer. He said that he was certain he was going to die, when he started hearing a chorus of singing start up, it wasn't angelic in its sound, more like the sounds of dying farm animals, like a pig squealing after it's been stabbed (His own words) and a light started getting brighter and brighter til he couldn't see anymore and was just blind firing skyward.

His ship came out unscathed except for a few bullet holes here and there, but for the most part they were fine, albeit they were out of ammunition and had to return to port to get resupplied. Once they hit land a preacher clutching a bible was waiting for the crewmen to disembark and prayed with some of the sailors. He approached my grandfather and asked if he wanted to pray because god delivered him from harm. Grandpa looked at him and said "God had nothing to do with what happened today, only the devil could handle the rage I had, and used me to get more souls. I think I'll stick with him for a while, now if you'll excuse me, I need booze and a whore." The preacher stood there staring at him and shouted "I'll pray for your soul son!" grandpa chuckled and walked off.

Later on he found out that during the firefight he had a light stroke from the stress and the noise he was hearing was the sounds of the zero's coming withing mere feet of his ship as he shot them down.

He's still pretty racist towards Japanese people to this very day. Oddly ok with Chinese though.


That story is incredible.
 
2013-11-25 05:11:51 AM  
JesterJoker55:  "now if you'll excuse me, I need booze and a whore."

I like him.
 
2013-11-25 05:54:37 AM  
You know, I'm thinking that having the wing shot off of your plane is probably damn inconvenient....
 
2013-11-25 05:55:13 AM  

JesterJoker55: My grandpa was in the Navy during the war, and he served on a destroyer. He was in the thick of it for pretty much most of his time in the service and told me once that there were a bunch of Kamikaze Zeros heading in to take them out. He and his best friend got on the AA guns and were systematically taking them down, but there were just swarms of them and they were getting closer and closer. He said that he was certain he was going to die, when he started hearing a chorus of singing start up, it wasn't angelic in its sound, more like the sounds of dying farm animals, like a pig squealing after it's been stabbed (His own words) and a light started getting brighter and brighter til he couldn't see anymore and was just blind firing skyward.

His ship came out unscathed except for a few bullet holes here and there, but for the most part they were fine, albeit they were out of ammunition and had to return to port to get resupplied. Once they hit land a preacher clutching a bible was waiting for the crewmen to disembark and prayed with some of the sailors. He approached my grandfather and asked if he wanted to pray because god delivered him from harm. Grandpa looked at him and said "God had nothing to do with what happened today, only the devil could handle the rage I had, and used me to get more souls. I think I'll stick with him for a while, now if you'll excuse me, I need booze and a whore." The preacher stood there staring at him and shouted "I'll pray for your soul son!" grandpa chuckled and walked off.

Later on he found out that during the firefight he had a light stroke from the stress and the noise he was hearing was the sounds of the zero's coming withing mere feet of his ship as he shot them down.

He's still pretty racist towards Japanese people to this very day. Oddly ok with Chinese though.


citizen kane clapping dot gif
 
2013-11-25 08:12:15 AM  
Another, more personal film. The old guy on the Fortress was all of 25...
 
2013-11-25 08:21:46 AM  

JesterJoker55: He's still pretty racist towards Japanese people to this very day. Oddly ok with Chinese though.


Not odd, really. The Chinese were our Allies, and fighting the Japanese as well.
 
2013-11-25 09:01:11 AM  
HotWingAgenda:

My great grandfather commanded an amphibious assault ship in the Pacific. He saw things that haunted him for the rest of his life. Secrets he took to h ...

What ship did he command? My father served on several of them from '41 till '43.
 
2013-11-25 09:14:01 AM  

Corn_Fed: That was awesome.

Somehow, the music was strangely appropriate.


The opening piece is... Michael Stearns' "Broken Vows/A Prayer of Kala Rupa/An Daorach Bheac"

I find it most appropriate
 
2013-11-25 09:49:44 AM  
Everything about that was terrifyingly awesome.  Music, footage, even the FDR speech.

Like it or not, there is just something about WW2-era speeches that rings so resoundingly differently than anything we hear today.
 
2013-11-25 11:20:39 AM  
Kinda puts into perspective the sheer destructive power these aircraft had and how, at the end of the day, all that power was being focused on a guy surrounded by wood, canvas, and some thin aluminum in most cases.


Would not want to be on the receiving end of a multiple 20mm and 30mm cannon fire or in a fighter getting shredded by half a dozen or more .50's.
 
2013-11-25 11:41:28 AM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEcpwSenouQ

Better with this music.

-Iron Maiden - Aces High
 
2013-11-25 11:51:56 AM  

IronTom: Wow, the flak hit the big plane.  It was gut wrenching.


That famous footage actually showed a plane hit by bombs from another bomber in the group. In one of the still frames you can see the bomb that did that.
 
2013-11-25 11:56:13 AM  
JesterJoker55

He's still pretty racist towards Japanese people to this very day. Oddly ok with Chinese though.
Why wouldn't he be? (ok w/ the Chinese) Are you saying they're all alike?

I Said [TotalFark]
That story is incredible.


1. So implausible as to elicit disbelief

Yes, yes it was.
 
2013-11-25 12:44:07 PM  
My grandfather was a bomber pilot in WW2.  I saw lots and lots of pictures, but he never once said a thing about it.
 
2013-11-25 03:36:08 PM  
Wife's grandfather flew bombers in the European theater. Numerous times he was escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tails. He held the gentlemen in the highest regards. Said the were among the best fighter pilots he had ever seen in action.
 
2013-11-25 06:02:57 PM  

AntiQ: HotWingAgenda:

My great grandfather commanded an amphibious assault ship in the Pacific. He saw things that haunted him for the rest of his life. Secrets he took to h ...

What ship did he command? My father served on several of them from '41 till '43.


I think he was commissioning officer for the Estes, and may have also served on the Rocky Mount.
 
2013-11-25 07:39:41 PM  
We are one f*cked up species.
 
2013-11-25 11:20:25 PM  
" Dear Jackie,

For the past two hours, I've been sitting here alone in my tent, trying to figure out just what I should do and what I should say in this letter in response to your letters and some questions you have asked. I have purposely not told you much about my world over here, because I thought it might upset you. Perhaps that has been a mistake, so let me correct that right now. I still doubt if you will be able to comprehend it. I don't think anyone can who has not been through it.

"I live in a world of death. I have watched my friends die in a variety of violent ways...

"Sometimes it's just an engine failure on takeoff resulting in a violent explosion. There's not enough left to bury. Other times, it's the deadly flak that tears into a plane. If the pilot is lucky, the flak kills him. But usually he isn't, and he burns to death as his plane spins in. Fire is the worst. In early September one of my good friends crashed on the edge of our field. As he was pulled from the burning plane, the skin came off his arms. His face was almost burned away. He was still conscious and trying to talk. You can't imagine the horror.

"So far, I have done my duty in this war. I have never aborted a mission or failed to dive on a target no matter how intense the flak. I have lived for my dreams for the future. But like everything else around me, my dreams are dying, too. In spite of everything, I may live through this war and return to Baton Rouge. But I am not the same person you said goodbye to on May 3. No one can go through this and not change. We are all casualties. In the meantime, we just go on. Some way, somehow, this will all have an ending. Whatever it is, I am ready for it. Quentin Aanenson.
 
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