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He flew 1,404 combat missions and participated in aerial combat on 825 separate occasions.

He was credited with shooting down a total of 352 Allied aircraft: 345 Soviet and seven American while serving with the Luftwaffe.
During the course of his career, Hartmann was forced to crash-land his fighter 16 times due either to mechanical failure or damage received from parts of enemy aircraft he had shot down; he was never shot down by direct enemy action.

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After the war he flew jets in the American Air Force.
He returned home from Soviet captivity in 1955 and joined the Luftwaffe in 1966. He was trained (in the USA) on US fighter planes. Since the German Army / Luftwaffe used these. But he did not fly "in the American Air Force".
He returned home from Soviet captivity in 1955 and joined the Luftwaffe in 1966. He was trained (in the USA) on US fighter planes. Since the German Army / Luftwaffe used these. But he did not fly "in the American Air Force".
Maybe I could have worded it better, (in/with) I was not claiming he was a US military pilot.
1942, Panzerjager Marder I France. This vehicle belongs to the 15th Infantry Division stationed in France.


Official German designation: 7,5cm PaK40/1 auf Geschützwagen Lorraine Schlepper(f)
Main armament: 7,5 cm PaK 40/1 L/46
Chassis: Tracteur Blindé 37L
Ordnance inventory designation: Sd.Kfz.135
Armoured Fighting Vehicle Type: tank destroyer
During late June 1942, the German High Command (Oberkommando des Heeres – OKH) predicted that at least 20 Marder Is would be ready for operational field test trials by the end of July 1942. Two Panzer Divisions, the 14th and 16th, were initially chosen for this purpose. In July, the OKH decided that the first Marder I were instead to be given to the 15th, 17th, 106th and 167th Infantry Divisions and to the 26th Panzer Division once they were available in sufficient numbers.
37 years old cdr Tadeusz Gorazdowski, the Commanding Officer of the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Piorun, at work on his typewriter on the bridge, July 1944.

Battle of Kaimakchalan - Florina. A Serbian sentry in a front line trench. Balkan Front, September, 1916.


(note the French Berthier rifles)
(Photo source - © IWM Q 32330)
Colourised by Doug
The Commanding Officer, Lieut Cdr Bolesław Romanowski, (centre) with his officers and men on board the Polish Navy ORP Dzik beneath their Jolly Roger success flag.

26 February 1918
British soldiers helping Father Leon Peulmeule, the temporary curate of Armentieres, to remove statues and relics from the Church of Saint Vaast which has been damaged by shell fire. Armentieres.


(Photo source - © IWM Q 8544)
McLellan, David (Second Lieutenant) (Photographer)
Colourised by Doug
Members of the 'French Squadron SAS' (1ere Compagnie de Chasseurs Parachutistes) during the link-up between advanced units of the 1st and 8th armies in Tunisia, January 1943.

The French SAS squadron were the first of a range of units 'acquired' by Major Stirling as the SAS expanded and here members pose for the cameraman. Colourised by Paul Reynolds.

Martin B-26 Marauder​

The Martin B-26 Marauder is an American twin-engined medium bomber that saw extensive service during World War II. The B-26 was built at two locations: Baltimore, Maryland, and Omaha, Nebraska, by the Glenn L. Martin Company.

First used in the Pacific Theater of World War II in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe.

After entering service with the United States Army aviation units, the aircraft quickly received the reputation of a "widowmaker" due to the early models' high accident rate during takeoffs and landings. This was because the Marauder had to be flown at precise airspeeds, particularly on final runway approach or when one engine was out. The unusually high 150 mph (241 km/h) speed on short final runway approach was intimidating to many pilots who were used to much slower approach speeds, and when they slowed to speeds below those stipulated in the manual the aircraft would often stall and crash.

The B-26 became a safer aircraft once crews were re-trained, and after aerodynamics modifications (an increase of wingspan and wing angle-of-incidence to give better takeoff performance, and a larger vertical stabilizer and rudder).[3] The Marauder ended World War II with the lowest loss rate of any U.S. Army Air Forces bomber.

A total of 5,288 were produced between February 1941 and March 1945; 522 of these were flown by the Royal Air Force and the South African Air Force. By the time the United States Air Force was created as an independent military service separate from the United States Army in 1947, all Martin B-26s had been retired from U.S. service. After the Marauder was retired the unrelated Douglas A-26 Invader then assumed the "B-26" designation which led to confusion between the two aircraft.




















Four members of the 13th Battalion AIF at Ribemont, smiling over the contents of their parcels from the Australian Comforts Fund. March 1917
Left to right: unidentified; 2922 Private (Pte) Steve Alfred George Waller; 2113 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) William Thomas Butler; 4260 Signaller (Sig) Reginald Ralph Bamford.


Pte Waller was a carpenter from North Sydney, New South Wales prior to enlistment and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Argyllshire on 30 September 1915 for Egypt. He subsequently served on the Western Front, France and returned to Australia in November 1917 for discharge as medically unfit. Sig Bamford was an accountant from Tamworth, New South Wales who embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Port Lincoln for Egypt. He also served on the Western Front, France, and returned to Australia for discharge in March 1919.
Pte Butler was a labourer from Bendigo, Victoria, who embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Wandilla on 14 June 1915 for Gallipoli. He was hospitalised due to illness and was evacuated to Egypt. In June 1916 his battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, where he was wounded in action on the first occasion in August 1916. In October 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal for his actions near Zonnebeke on 26 September 1917. He was appointed L Cpl on 22 December 1917. L Cpl Butler was wounded in action a second time near Villers-Bretonneux on 4 July 1918 and died of these wounds the same day. He was aged 24 years. His brother, 6718 Pte Henry George Butler, 8th Battalion, died of wounds received in action on 11 August 1918. He was aged 26 years. (AWM)
(Photo and Text source - AWM E00404)
Colourised by Doug

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