Werner Zech was an Oberfeldwebel who served as a fighter pilot during the wanning days of World War II. As a pilot in Staffel 14, Jagdeschwader 26, Zech's Fw 190 D-9 was shot down on 18 March 1945 by Captain S. Neumarhorst of the 503rd Fighter Squadron (USAAF) 5 kilometers west of Ellingshausen, Germany. Zech was wounded during the action, but would ultimately survive the war. ···
Zech's Fw 190 D-9, or "Dora," featured light green (RLM 82) and dark green (RLM 83) paint on its upper surfaces and a yellow-green paint often seen in the late-war on its lower surfaces and tail assembly. The white and black Reich Defense Band signifies it as a part of JG26 and the black double undulating bar identifies it as a member of III Gruppe. 8 ♡ 1 ✍
June 24th, 1941 - On this day in World War Two history, Spanish crowds in Madrid demonstrate in favor of German invasion of USSR. In Operation Barbarossa, the Germans take Vilnius, Lithuania. Also on this day, in the United States, President Roosevelt issues $40 million in credits to the USSR.
Operation Barbarossa has been underway for 2 days now, and already, the Germans have conquered the Soviet Eastern half of Poland and seized the Capital of Lithuania. Belarus is being invaded, and although tougher and with more resistance, the Ukraine is slowly being taken over as well.
The Soviets right now are in a state of disbelief and confusion. Stalin is in denial that Hitler betrayed their non-aggression pact, and thus the organization of the Red Army is very poor. The Soviet military was already very low organized and ill-led, and with a very elite and well led army moving against them, they could do very little in the summer of 1941. The Germans moved with immense speed and quickly gained air superiority. The Soviet army pockets were encircled and millions of soldiers were captured in 1941.
It would not be until the autumn and winter of 1941 that Stalin snapped out of it and moved to defend the Motherland. He called upon every available soldier, moved in Siberian divisions after it was confirmed that Japan was not going to invade, spurred tank production, and did everything possible to save Moscow.
Along with the Russian Winter, the sheer determination of the Russian People is what checked the German advance in November/December of 1941, and subsequently pushed them back. The Germans would push again, hard, in 1942, and again the Soviets would stop them.
The Soviets, having survived the German onslaught, then began their own massive pushes, and the Germans, depleted from past defeats, were not able to effectively mount counter-attacks. 1114 ♡ 8 ✍
Honor Those Who Keep Us Free, may we never forget the extreme conditions of WW2.⠀
Major David G. Bellemere with the 743rd Bomb Group, behind him is his B-24 Liberator heavy bomber ‘Tepee Time Gal’. San Giovanni Airfield, Foggia, Italy, 1944-45. He’s wearing the typical flight clothing, what it took to survive at 25,000 ft altitude : M4 flak helmet with Polaroid B-8 goggles, flak jacket, F-2 electrical flying suit with B-3 jacket, A-14 oxygen mask, the gloves and ugg airmen boots. ⠀
In 1942, during the first three months of America’s combat flights over Europe the average bomber crew was expected to complete 8-12 missions before being shot down or disabled. This in mind, the US Army Air Force decided that 25 missions would constitute a “completed tour of duty” because of the “physical and mental strain on the crew”. The 25 missions was a number crews could believe in, and provided some hope of a light at the end of the tunnel, particularly necessary with the grim statistics bomber crews faced early-on, before long-range fighter escorts significantly improved mission survivability when they arrived later on in the course of the conflict. ⠀
Surviving 25 missions was pretty rare, so to inherit such a plane was considered extremely lucky. The new crew could always tell the new airplanes from the old ones because they were warmer. On the old ones the seals around the turrets would eventually wear out and let the cold in. #honorthosewhoserve#keepusfree1071 ♡ 4 ✍
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