WARBIRD RADIO – The United States’ largest and most bloody battle of WWII was the Battle of the Bulge. It began on December 16, 1944 and ran through January of the next year and resulted in as many as 180,000 casualties for both sides and as many as 3,000 innocent civilians lost their lives, too. It was “war” at its text-book definition of ugly.
However; there was a moment, albeit brief, that reminds history human nature doesn’t always follow the path of brutality. On December 17, Ed Cottrell, a P-47 pilot on the hunt for German Panzers, came face to face with his enemy, listen in as the man describes a moment of mercy he has never forgotten. Neither will you…
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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Warbird Radio Presents we surprise a WWII aviator with a flight in his former airplane. Ralph Maloof flew a variety of aircraft during the war but the P-51 was always a standout. Thanks to Cowden Ward Junior and Freedom Flyers, Mr. Maloof once again took flight in the mighty Mustang.
Mr Maloof’s story is one for the history books. He’s been a life long inventor and even in his 90’s he continues to work in aviation and mentoring the next generation.
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WARBIRD RADIO – Robert “Punchy” Powell flew P-51’s and P-47’s in WWII with the famous 352nd Fighter Group in Bodney, Norfolk. The Nazi’s nicknamed the 352nd The Blue Nosed Bastards because of their distinct blue nose paint jobs…and their pilot’s overwhelming accuracy.
Punchy fills us in on what it was like to fly the Mustang during D-Day and much more. His story is one you’ll definitely want to listen to over and over again. Enjoy it this Friday from our archive.
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WARBIRD RADIO – Here’s one from the archive. We originally broadcast this episode in 2010 but the story is well worth playing again. During WWII Grover Sassaman was one of Pappy Boyington’s mechanics. At one point in the war he even advised General Douglas MacArthur (on directions to the head). He’s a great guy with a warm smile and personality to match. Today he continues to run his Harley Davidson dealership in middle Georgia. On the day we recorded the interview he passed us in the parking lot on his way to the open road on the Harley in the above photo! The Grover Sassaman Story is one you’ll surely enjoy. Thanks for listening!
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WARBIRD RADIO – Nearly everyone has imagined what they would do in “the clinch” — the time where circumstances demanded positive, selfless action, right NOW. Nearly everyone, sees themselves in the role of the hero. It’s a human fantasy that has fueled popular entertainment for centuries.
Jim Kunkle’s story is no different. In a nutshell, upon discovering his formation was about to be attacked by a superior number of enemy fighters, and unable to warn the rest, turned his P-38 into the attack in an effort to disrupt the blow. Listen as host John Mollison talks with James Kunkle (370th Fighter Group) about a fateful moment over German skies in September of 1944.
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