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27 November 23:59:06
An American armored infantrymen poses with a captured German Messerachmitt ME-262 of KG-51, parked of the Frankfurt Autobahn, March/April, 1945. The KG-51 became primarily a jet fighter based unit during the Defense of the Reich in 1945. They were given only a handful of ME-262 and their extremely experienced pilots fly with them. One of these pilots was Hanz Stigler, and if you don t know who that is, would you like to know? If so I ll do a post on his extraordinary story. The pilots loved the ME-262 for it s speed, agility, firepower, and spacious cockpit. It was so fast the pilots had to change their tactics to adapt to the speed. The ME-262 had one fatal flaw however, the materials it s engines were made out of were terrible and not up to the task of withstanding the heat of the jet fuel. The engine had a tendency to overheat on takeoff or during flight which would melt the internals of the engines. This caused countless horrible crashes, one pilot crashed on takeoff and the heat was so great that the insides of the plane began to melt and he was trapped inside. He managed to get off the canopy but through the smoke he stumbled off the wing and landing into burning jet fuel. And writhed and screamed as his skin burn off his face and body. He managed to survive bit lost his eyelids and a lot of his skin. He later became a high ranking officer in the Bundeswehr. A quick fun fact about why the ME-262 is on the autobahn. During the very last days of the war the German pilots airbases were wrecked. The Autobahn was abandoned and had a thick tree canopy on the sides which acted as natural camoflauge. This made it ideal for the pilots! The German jet pilots used the Autobahn as their airstrip! Isn t that crazy? ANNOUNCMENT: Posting numbers will be down between tonight and this week, I ll be very busy. Please be patient about that, thank you. (Colorized by Richard James Malloy)
28 November 03:34:33
Two days ago, the Corps lost a legend. Col. Wesley L. Fox, who earned the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War, passed away. He served 43 years in the Corps and was a true Marine’s Marine. Semper Fidelis, Col. Fox.