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Old 10th March 2005, 23:21
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Question Forum Calendar...help me fill it please

It would be nice to fill this calendar with dates which have an historic meaning, some are obvious D-Day, Adler Tag, VJ day etc. But some may be less obvious like the death of Moelders, the launch of the first V2 or the liberation of Auschwitz.

So could you please help me make a list with dates that you would like to see commemorated?

Perhaps there is someone who really like this concept and would like to an active partcipant, finding and filling special dates. Please let me know.

IMHO it would add a nice historic flavor.
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Old 11th March 2005, 09:37
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Hi Roy

Good idea...and I as a 15.AF enthusiast (Air war central europe respectively) want to add NOvember 1st 1943 as 15.AF build on paper, 2nd NOv 1943 as their first mission, perhaps as well July 7th, 1944 - first raid by 15AF to Blechhammer - one of the fearest targets on the north...

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Old 11th March 2005, 17:57
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I would suggest two dates of significance to Brazilian Air Force in WW II. Being the sole South American Air Force to enter combat in Europe it´s worth mentioning.

1 - December 18 (1943) First Fighter Aviation Group of Brazilian Air Force is created.

2 - April 22 (1945) Fighter Aviation Day: On this date the 1ºGAvCa (First Fighter Aviation Group) realised 44 combat missions in a single day.

The complete history can be read here: http://www.rudnei.cunha.nom.br/FAB/en/index.html

Enter History, then At Wat.
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Old 11th March 2005, 18:49
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15th September 1940 Battle of Britain Day
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Old 12th March 2005, 09:37
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Hi all,
I have collected some dates, hope it does not look too boastful

3. Sept. 1939: Great Britain and France declare war against Third Reich
17. Sept. 1939: Soviet Union attacks Poland
20. Nov. 1939: First flight of Heinkel He 177
9. Apr. 1940: Start of “Unternehmen Weserübung”
10. May 1940: Start of the West Offensive, Winston Churchill new Prime Minister in London
14. May 1940: Bombardment of Rotterdam
27. May – 4. June 1940: Evacuation of British troops at Dunkerque
14. June 1940: Occupation of Paris, first political prisoners arrive at Oswiecim
22. June 1940: German-French armistice at Compiègne
13. Aug. 1940: “Adlertag”
15. Sept. 1940: “Battle-of-Britain-Day”
14. Nov. 1940: Bombardment of Coventry
9. Jan. 1941: First flight of Avro Lancaster
2. Apr. 1941: First flight of Heinkel He 280
10. May 1941: Rudolf Heß flies to Great Britain
15. May 1941: First flight of Gloster Whittle E.28/39
20. May 1941: Start of German invasion against Crete
27. May 1941: Sinking of “Bismarck”
22. June 1941: Start of German invasion against the Soviet Union
16. July 1941: First members of the “Blue Division” arrive in Germany
3. Sept. 1941: First use of “Zyklon B” in Oswiecim
17. Nov. 1941 : Ernst Udet commits suicide
22. Nov. 1941: Werner Mölders dies in a plane crash
7. Dec. 1941: Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor
11. Dec. 1941: Germany declares war to the USA
23. Feb. 1942: Arthur Harris becomes commander-in-chief of the BC
28. March 1942: First area bombardment of RAF against Lübeck
30. May 1942: First “1000-bomber-attack” against Cologne
6. Nov. 1942: First flight of Heinkel He 219
23. June 1943: First powered flight of Messerschmitt Me 163B
10. July 1943: “Operation Husky”, Allied troops land in Sicily
18. July 1942: First flight of Me 262 solely on jet power by Fritz Wendel
3. Oct. 1942: First test flight of the “A-4” rocket
8. Nov. 1942: Operation “Torch”, Allied troops land in Morocco and Algeria
2. Feb. 1943: Final capitulation of 6. Army at Stalingrad
30. July 1943: First flight of Arado Ar 234
24. July 1943: Beginning of “Operation Gomorrha”, Allied air raids against Hamburg
3. Sept. 1943: Allied troops land on continental Italy
8. Sept. 1943: Capitulation of Italy
6.June 1944: D-Day
13. July 1944: First flight of Focke Wulf Ta 152

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Old 12th March 2005, 10:40
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What about these dates:

15 July 1941: Werner Mölders becomes the first to reach 100 victories in WW II.

26 Sept 1942: Hermann Graf becomes the first to reach 200 victories in WW II.

25 July 1944: Helmut Lent becomes the first to reach 100 night victories. (Total number 108, including 8 victories in daytime.)

24 Aug 1944: Erich Hartmann becomes the first to reach 300 victories in WW II.
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Old 12th March 2005, 23:04
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Saves me a lot of time looking up stuff myself, thanks for the community effort!
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Ruy,

Will youn accept info "garnered" from a Confederate Air Force calendar??

Over 90% of the days have a WW2 related comment.
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Old 15th March 2005, 10:25
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Example of march Entries.

March 1 1942 - US War & Navy Departments announce that commanders of Army & Navy forces in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack will be court-martialed.
March 2 1943 - Battle of the Bismark Sea , low level skip bombing by B25's & A20's, supported by "British" Beauforts, American & Australian fighters - attack Japanese convoy carrying reinforcements & supplies to New Guinea (note: I dont remember any Brits being involved, the Beauforts were Aussie, as were the Beufighters not mentioned plus some USAAF B17's)
March 4 1944 - Approx 600 USAAF B17 & B24's mount the first Daylight raid on Berlin.
March 4 1945 - 192 B29's of USAAF 21 Bomber Command attack the Mushashino aircraft factory in Tokyo, the last precision raid over Japan, from now on they rely on carpet bombing.
March 5 1936 - The first flight of the Spitfire.
March 5 1943 - The stat of the "Battle of the Ruhr". First large scale use of "OBOE"
March 6 1944 - "Battle of Berlin", highest casualty toll of any 8th Air Force mission.
March 8 1942 - Last combat mission (by 2 Hurricanes) in Java, Island surrenders next day.
March 9 1945 - Incindiary raid by B29's on Tokyo, 80,000 dead
March 14 1941 - Japanese "Zeros" escort a raid on Chengtu, longest distance for a fighter mission to date.
March 18 1945 - Mitscher's Fast carrier Fllet attackes Japanes Fleet in Kure-Kobe area, Japanese respond including the forst "Okha" attacks.
March 19 1940 - British aircraft drop their first bombs on Germany (deliberatly) in a raid on the Seaplane base at Hornum.
March 21 1941 - 99th Pursuit Squadron of the USAAC is activated, The first all African-American unit.
March 24 1945 - The 15th Air Force's (USAAF) longest bonmber escort mission is flown, 1600 mile round trip to Berlin, by 332nd Fighter Group, African-American pilots.
March 27 1939 - First flight of the CAC Wirraway (One shot down a Zeke!!)
March 30 1939 - Heinkel He100 raises world airspeed record to 463.92mph
March 30 1945 - Defecting pilot delivers an Me 262A-1 to the USAAF
March 31 1944 - Admiral Koga, succesot to Yamamoto as Commander in Cjief of Japan's Air & Naval force dies when his aircraft crashes on the way to Mindinao.
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Old 15th March 2005, 15:26
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Mhmm, I am not sure what 'liberation' of Auschwitz had to aviation but it must be noted here that it was only a change of ownership. The camp was taken over by Soviets and became a transition point for Poles, mostly soldiers of Home Army before transportation to Gulags in Siberia.
Also a statement 'first political prisoners arrive at Oswiecim' needs some comment - actually decisive was Polish nationality and education but of course there were plenty of people involved in underground went there as well, including airmen like płk. Juliusz Gilewicz, who organised escapes for the airmen from Poland tio France. 'Political prisoners' does not sound very fortunate for me.
And of course I am surprised there was no mention of 1.09.1939!
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