Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Flying Veterans



Today's picture was taken in 1938, which would have been the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The picture was taken in Pennsylvania. They are flying some Battle of Gettysburg veterans over the battlefield for the 75th anniversary of the battle. The battle was in 1863, so you could imagine someone born in 1846 would have been 17 at the time of the battle, and would have been 92 at the 75th anniversary. I also understand that some soldiers could have been quiet a bit younger at the battle. But in any case, by the time the 75th anniversary rolled around, I would image the surviving soldiers would have been no more than a handfull.

Below is rare video from the reunion:




9 comments:

  1. The Battle of Gettysburg, such a horrible thing to happen to such a pretty little place. I wonder if any of the pictured veterans were at the Devil's Den. It is an eerie almost alien looking place.

    Three of my great(four times) uncles died there. Their names are written on the Pennsylvania war memorial.

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  2. It's hard to imagine the changes these guys lived through, some of them into the atomic/jet age. Regarding the Rebel Yell in the video clip, it's hard to do the yell justice at their age. The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond recreated the yell though based on recordings like this. You can see it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfHylwlq9Ow
    The digitally recreated yell starts at 3:13.

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  3. Wow. I haven't been to your blog in a few months, but I poked my head in today to see what was new, and was amazed at your flying veterans photo. I'm in the middle of trying to track down a B-17 with an opening rear window to re-create a photo of my 92-year-old Grandfather (B-17 tailgunner) taken at the end of WWII,(http://www.bluedesertdigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Orin_Heideman_WWII.jpg) and I'm finding nothing but red tape so far. This post is inspiring, though. Thanks!

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  4. Champy, was that the tail gunner for certain (not a waist gun)? Confederate Air Force has a B-17G but I'm not up on the tail gun specs. I know many B-17's had open waist gun positions.

    John

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  5. He was definitely a tailgunner, though I can't say for certain that photo was taken from that position, although in my photographic comparisons, it looks likely that it was. How would I get ahold of Confederate Airforce?

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  6. Champy, it seems the PC police have gotten to the Confederate Air Force. They have changed their name to the Commemorative Air Force. This link is the home of their B-17...
    http://www.azcaf.org/

    John

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  7. John, I've spoken with them. They're great guys, but their B-17 has been modified so that people can't enter the tail section. Thanks for the lead, though!

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  8. Champy, There are two museums local to me on Long Island NY. American Airpower and Cradle of Aviation. I don't think either has a B-17 but I'll see if they can help.
    John

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