Harald Bauer was a teenage jet pilot who was born in New York of an American mother and German father. He was drafted as a flak gunner and later went to flight school. He is a great guy and retired in California.
Colin and Bauer during the interviews in California with Jorg Czypionka in 2014.
Holocaust survivor Joe Engel (left), who emerged from Auschwitz after the war, with Brigadier General Floyd Trogden, USAF (Ret). The 449th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force held their reunion on Sept. 25, 2015 aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC.
The 449th flew many missions bombing German railways, bridges and infrastructure. Although not one of their the primary missions, many of their bomb runs prevented Jews from being transported by rail to and from death camps.
It is estimated that perhaps 25,000 to 75,000 lives were saved, at least for some period of time. The force march from many camps, including Auschwitz, was due to the 449th striking the rail yards and railway lines in Hungary, Italy, Austria, Yugoslavia and Romania.
The keynote speaker was Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret) whose speech informed those men and their families who were present of their great deed for humanity. Thanks to Rebecca Leibowitz for coordinating the event, and thanks to the 449th for their great service to not just our nation, but to the world.
Joe Engel's Speech to the 449th Bombardment Group
On April 4, 1944 the 449th bombed the marshalling yards in Bucharest, Romania as part of their plan to reduce the flow of war materiel and petroleum to German forces. As a result, one of the unintended consequences was the halting of Jews being transported to Auschwitz. This was just one of many missions the 449th performed that resulted in Jewish lives being saved.
Ernst Junger (March 29, 1895-February 16, 1998) joined the French Foreign Legion looking for adventure when he was 17, until his father located him and brought him back to Germany. At the outbreak of WW I he enlisted in the Imperial German Army, rising from private to 1st Lt. in three years. He received the Iron Cross 2nd Class, 1st Class, the Gold Wound Badge for receiving 7 documented wounds, and the rare Pour le Merite (Blue Max) for outstanding gallantry in combat. He served on the Western Front during the war and he had great admiration for the US Marines, who he called "Devil Dogs".
Ernst Junger was approached by both Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering personally in order to gain his support for the National Socialists. He refused their offer and was an ardent anti-Nazi. During his interview, he stated, "I read Mein Kampf, and I knew that only a poisoned, uneducated mind could have scribbled that rubbish. I knew that he was bad for Germany, and I was not quiet about it."
Indeed, Junger became a prolific writer, and even wrote books denouncing the Nazis. His son was also anti Nazi, and to punish his father he was sent to a penal battalion in Italy, and he later died in combat. Junger then became a conspirator in the plots to kill Hitler, was a friend of Claus von Stauffenberg and Gen. Ludwig Beck, among many others. The Gestapo never arrested him for lack of evidence, as even Hitler was not willing to harm an officer (Junger served as a captain in Paris until relieved in 1944 following the bomb plot) holding Germany's highest combat decoration for valor.
He lived in virtual obscurity and self imposed exile until his death, rarely granting interviews. He did grant audiences with Dr. Bryan Mark Rigg and Colin Heaton during their collective research interviews.
Generals Bradley and Eisenhower inspecting the Ohrdruf concentration camp, where few survivors were discovered. Most were killed upon arrival, and many of the Jews who would have been deposited there were saved by the rail lines being destroyed courtesy of the 449th BG
A remarkable hero and amazing man, William Reid earned the Victoria Cross for a mission in November 1943 during his mission to Dusseldorf. With his crew wounded, himself suffering several wounds after sustaining repeated night fight attacks, Bill Reid still managed to fly his Avro Lancaster to the target and back, saving his aircraft and his crew.
Bill Reid was one of the greatest gentlemen Colin ever interviewed, and was gracious enough to submit to interviews when Colin was living in Glasgow, as Bill lived at St. Andrews just up the road. Bill Reid was one of a kind.
World War II from Space
See the link below for a wonderful digital history of the war, as seen from space. This is very suitable for educators and students alike.
RAF Ace Robert Stanford Tuck
See the 1965 interview with Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck, and the 1963 gathering with Lt. Gen. Adolf Galland and others at the link below. Colin knew both men.
Interactive video on all WW II casualties by nation
Admiral McRaven's Inspiring Speech to Graduates
See the video selections on World War II in Normandy
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Robert Bailey and George Lucas
See the link below for Robert Bailey's artwork, his work with George Lucas, and background for his paintings and signed prints.
Excellent aviation video collection montage weblink posted below and located at http://imageevent.com/okbueno/mopic
Video of the Only Completely Original Focke- Wulf FW-190 A5 with the Original BMW Radial Engine
Avro Lancasters Flying Together Again Tribute to RAF Bomber Command
American Aircraft History
Article by Historian Robert F. Dorr
on Capt. Roscoe Brown and the Me-262