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Last Flight of the Avenger On 2 September 1944, U.S. Navy Lt. George H.W. Bush (20), a pilot with Torpedo Bomber Squadron VT-51, took off from the Carrier USS San Jacinto in the south Pacific with five other pilots to attack an enemy radio station, which was damaged. Upon returning to the carrier, Lt. Bush noticed swirls of smoke coming from the engine of his Grumman Avenger. Bush promptly bailed out and was rescued by a U.S. submarine, the USS Finback. His crew, two gunners, went into the drink and did not survive the crash. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism.

 


In an earlier photo (date unknown - courtesy of the U.S.N.), Lt. Bush is making a standard approach to the carrier San Jacinto, preparing for an apparently successful landing.



Killed in Action — Burma, 24 March 1944 — Maj. Gen. Orde Charles Wingate, leader of the British Imperial airborne commando troops in Burma when the C-47 in which he was riding crashed in the jungle. Wingate was touted as “one of the most colorful figures in modern warfare”. A bronze plaque is on display in Tel Aviv, Israel, honoring Maj. Gen. Wingate for his heroic exploits in both Palestine (now Israel) and Burma.

Col. Wingate had earlier served with the British Imperial forces in Palestine in 1941 where he openly consorted with elements of Vladimir Jabotinsky’s Irgun Zvai terrorist group smuggled into Palestine from eastern Europe. Wingate boasted that he hoped to lead a victorious group of fellow Zionists in Berlin, Germany after the war. Col. Wingate, threatened with a charge of treason by the British forces located in Palestine, opted for an assignment (and promotion to BG) in Burma where he formed a group, called Wingate’s Raiders, made up of British, Burmese and Nepalese troops in 1942. The real leader of the Chindits was a colorful Scot, Col. Bernard Ferguson, who actually led the Chindits on two ill-fated missions in 1943 and 1944 behind Japanese lines of communication. (Photo taken inside C-47 Gooney Bird with bamboo stalls for mules.)


Mission: Divide India into Two Nations — One Hindu, the Other, Muslim Depicted in this photo is the handsome and debonair Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, supreme commander of all allied Eastern forces. He is shown in the U.S.N. photo (11 July 1944) chatting with U.S. Naval officers aboard an aircraft carrier in the Bay of Bengal.

Mountbatten (whose original name was Nicholas Battenberg), would be named viceroy of India in March 1947. He, along with his wife, Lady Mountbatten (whose maiden name was Cassel), worked skillfully behind the scenes to disrupt and destabilize the Indian populace, a mix of Hindu and Muslim peoples, to cause riots and civil war to break out. Mountbatten then supervised the end of British rule and division of the country into the Hindudominated nation of India and the smaller Muslim-dominated nation of Pakistan. Lord Louie, as he was affectionately called, was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) when a bomb exploded in his fishing boat off the coast of Ireland (1979).

 

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Photo page 4   Sealing the Burma Border; Brits and Americans
173
    Famed Burma Road closed to all traffic
174
    Sealing the Burma Border; Donn and Gurkhas
179
Photo page 5   Harry Truman and Josef Stalin
264
    Harry Truman Letter
265
    Gen Sam Williams and Maxwell Taylor
266
Photo page 6   Gen Bruce Clarke Gets 4th Star
268
    Ursella and Bruce, Ft. Rucker
271
    Donn Grand Pre, 25th Infantry
271
    Donn Grand Pre, "Ol' Blue Two"
272
Photo page 7   LtGen J. M. Gavin
273
    Maj Donn de Grand Pre at reception
273
    Gen Harold Johnson
274
    Gen Trudeau and Donn Grand Pre
275
    Col Grand Pre, Commander, Special Troops
275
Photo page 8   Capt Eddie Rickenbacker
276
    Nuremberg Trials
314
Photo page 9   Gen George Patton with Henry Stimson
316
    Truman at UN: "A Victory Against War Itself"
317




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