The Forgotten Era of Men & Vessels: Australia Goes to War

Selections from Leslie R. Jubbs’ work, “Royal Australian Air Force, “Marine Section” Soon after the devastating Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbour, where the American Naval Fleet was severely damaged or sunk, and the Army Air Force’s aircraft and facilities were also destroyed. A very similar devastating bombing raid was made on Darwin, the Capital […]

A New Challenge, Coin That Is

Challenge Coins are an old fad, and very popular in the Active Units of today’s Armed Forces. Its source is said by some to have originated during World War I, in the aviation units of that time. Today the are carried by the military and identify the person as a member of his/her battalion, regiment, […]

The Training Flight I Would Never Wish to Experience Again

by Joseph Pasquinni AD-3 I became interested in airplanes through my older brother, eight years my senior.  I was building rubber band powered models in grade school.  Currently I’m in a radio control airplane club.  Our flying sight is at the Valley Forge National Park located northwest from Philadelphia. I attended Benjamin Franklin High School […]

A “First Timer” Reflects on the MMA Reunion

By Vince Geraldi, USN 1954-1957, AT-3, VP-56, CREW 5 There I was standing in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza, in Warwick, RI waiting for the elevator doors to open.  I hadn’t seen my old bud and crew mate since he separated from the USN in 1958.  My wife and I had just spent a […]

Step by Step: Putting Together a PBM-5 Mariner

YouTube Videos by Frankie Day Franklyn Day is a 30 year veteran of the US Navy (1957-1987). He has been making models since he was four, starting with his father working on balsa wood models in 1944. “There was no plastic back then, only balsa wood was available,” and wartime restrictions limited the metal that […]

In The Naval Service During WWII, Brothers Meet Far From Home

By  Edgar Brodeur I went aboard the newly built destroyer, USS Shea DM 30, in September 1944 at Norfolk, VA, as an Electrician Mate 2nd Class. Shortly after boarding and taking on supplies, the Shea left Norfolk for a shakedown trip to Bermuda. The object of this trip was to put the ship and crew […]