Intermission Story (12) – CBI – Eye Witness Account

Pacific Paratrooper

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman trained as a bombardier and navigator for B-25 bombers. He served in the 11th bomb squadron. He served 13 months in China, during which he flew 52 missions and was shot down once. During that time, only seven men from his squad were lost.

He was shot down on February 13th, 1944. What they thought was a Chinese fishing vessel was a Japanese warship in disguise.

Sherman used his “pointy-talky,” a Chinese-English dictionary, to communicate with the Chinese to get help getting to a place where they could get picked up.

WWII pointie-talkie

One of the Chinese told him that the dictionary wasn’t necessary – he spoke perfect English. The Chinese took the Americans by charcoal-powered bus, occasionally stopping to stir the charcoal. At every village they came to, the people held a celebration. Sherman has a piece of cloth, signed by the Chinese…

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Sight and sound of a cemetery

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

Are they
resting in peace
Or crying for help
down and deep

souls in heaven
rot of bones
getting rewards
buried in stones

Hell and fire
rivers of milk
dames of desire

Repent repent
Feel guilty
Just nonsense

Enjoy till you die
Or refrain
Conflicting thoughts
Can’t abstain

One reality
Clear and sound
Death around
Death abound

AB 19 December, 2013
Photography: AB August 2013

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“The Story Of The Tuskegee Airmen Documentary – Military Channel” 

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TheTuskegee Airmen/tʌsˈkɡ/[1]is the popular name of a group ofAfrican-Americanmilitary pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought inWorld War II. Officially, they formed the332nd Fighter Groupand the477th Bombardment Groupof theUnited States Army Air Forces. The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, cooks and other support personnel for the pilots.

All black military pilots who trained in the United States trained atMoton Field, the Tuskegee Army Air Field, and were educated atTuskegee University, located nearTuskegee, Alabama. The group included fiveHaitiansfrom theHaitian Air Force, and one pilot fromTrinidad.[2]

Although the 477th Bombardment Group trained withNorth American B-25 Mitchellbombers, they never served in combat. The99th Pursuit Squadron

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