To those who have expressed their thanks, you are very welcome, I remember learning about this when I was 8 years old and I have loved it ever since if you all get a chance some day, go to Anchorage AK and stop by the Alaska Aviation Museum
AKbear, nice to see the museum is still around...when I visited back in 96-97, it was kinda shabby. I was stationed in Fort Rich and involved in aviation archaeology since the late 70s. Danny
Looks like he drowned, poor guy.
I knew about all this but hadn't seen any photos- very interesting so thanks for posting This is one of those incredibly pivotal moments we can look at and say, THAT'S one single event that influenced the whole war.... kind of amazing when you think about it.
Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...
great post AKbear, never knew about that, I was wondering how the tail section didn't snap off, until you described the ground condition, if the Japanese had only put a little armor around the cockpit & put in the rubber fuel bladders, well who knows how it would have changed the pacific war, but I guess it would have made the zero a little slower. I really wish I could get to Alaska some day, also Would love to go to the Island up there, that we had a battle with the Japanese with. I saw that on the military channel, but my memory is gone, but the story revolved around a former concentration camp escapee, he wanted to go to the European theater & fight the Germans, but ended up in the Pacific, but he fought with honor. thanks again for the story & pic's.
How many of you know that the Chinese recovered two forced landed Zeroes on 26 November 1941 and rebuilt and flew one of them,V-172 tail marking. I could start a thread on it if there is any interest.
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