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The P-51 Mustang. The aircraft that changed the course of a war.
My Uncle Jack, 20 year old pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress lasted about 7 missions in late 1943 before being shot down over Germany and captured. He sat the rest of the war out in Stalag Luft 3. Another Uncle, Reed, was navigator in a TBM Avenger in the S. China Sea. He was ill one morning and could not go out on his squadron's mission. None returned, all went down in a massive squall. Two other Uncles, Joe and Don served in the Navy out in the Pacific. All four were out at the same time for a while. Miraculously, all returned home. My father and his younger brother were not old enough to fight in WWII.
During the war when all four uncles were serving across the globe, my grandfather died at their home in San Jose Ca leaving my grandmother, father and his brother to manage the household at ages 10 and 12 while the four older brothers were off to war. My dad had to get a job at the local store and work after school each day. My grandmother started a drapery business at the tiny house.
They managed, my grandmother was a tough lady. Sometimes I forget how difficult life was for many close to me - and they were the lucky ones.
War is stupid but sometimes necessary. It is not glamorous, although the sight and sound of the magnificent P-51 or a gaggle of B-17s can cloud your memory. We can only hope that when it happens again, and it will, that our leaders will have the guts to win.
Take the time, I've watched more than once: