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  •  Perhaps understandably so ... (6+ / 0-)

    the Gannet is a big, tough, hunting sea bird.

    And thanks as always for these diaries and the excellent comments they engender.  It's great stuff ... and always gets me googling for more info.

    The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

    by ancblu on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 10:11:17 PM PST

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    •  me too, found dad's boat in dday action (4+ / 0-)
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      companion boat hit a mine, nearby ships bracketed and hit, many struck by duds from german shore bunkers, tide may have turned if they had exploded, several important vessels saved..the price of slave labor for the germans...poor shells..my theory.

      he never mentioned it, and it was also in Tokyo Bay for the surrender....

      ....two hours later....back.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:08:51 AM PST

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      •  Fall of Fortresses (4+ / 0-)
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        The ineffective use of slave labor in munitions manufacture was cited in a book by Elmer Bendiner, Fall of Fortresses, as I recall.  In the book, it mentions the experience of a B-17 which returned to England, where they found a 20mm or 30mm cannon lodged in an engine, which had not exploded upon impact, thereby saving the plane.  The cannon shell was loaded, but. instead of explosive, it contained a note, written in Czech, which apologized for the shell but explained that the sabotage to the shell was all the worker could contribute to the Allied victory effort at the time.  I seem to recall that the crew thought the worker involved had done quite a bit.

        "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

        by PrahaPartizan on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:36:09 AM PST

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        •  oh geez, something in my eye (1+ / 0-)
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          uncle shot down over Germany, another shot down and killed in Italy....

          I was reading about the Bombardment of Cherbourg and there was much mention there about these duds, simply thrown overboard sometimes.

          what a great story, thank you very much!

          now I have more questions for my uncle (dday mine sweeping) and uncle (B24 germany navigator)..but they will have to wait...too late to ask them in this life..

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:23:12 PM PST

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      •  My dad's brother died at the moment (0+ / 0-)

        this Japanese shore battery round hit his destroyer:

        Picture taken by a USN plane bombing over the island in December 1943, sixty-nine years and seven days ago.

        "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans!!. . Willkommen im Vierten Reich! Sie haben keine Bedeutung mehr.

        by Bluefin on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:16:36 AM PST

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    •  It is great fun... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...and the comments themselves inspire new diaries, and so it goes. I'm expecting a fair crop tonight with the Spitfire XIVe.....

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:40:33 AM PST

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