Warbird Radio Presents

Listen as history comes alive on Warbird Radio Presents. Meet the individuals who have helped shape history and those who are working hard to preserve our history today. Warbird Radio Presents features weekly in-depth interviews on subjects past and present. Whether it's a bombing missions over Europe in WWII or flying modern unmanned aerial systems in the global war on terror... it's all here on Warbird Radio Presents.

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Warbird Radio Presents – The James Kunkle Story!

KunkleWARBIRD 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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QUICK LINK:  John Mollison

QUICK LINK:  Old Guys & Their Planes


Warbird Radio Presents – The Ed Cottrell Story – Hosted by John Mollison

cottrell2-SMALL-WEBWARBIRD 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…

Join host John Mollison for this special presentation! 

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QUICK LINK:  John Mollison’s Website

QUICK LINK:  Old Guys & Their Planes

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Warbird Radio Presents – The Robert “Punchy” Powell Story

WARBIRD RADIO  – Here’s a great story for Friday!  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.

QUICK LINK:  The 352nd Fighter Group Association


UPDATE: Warbird Radio Presents – History Flight & B-25 “H” Barbie III

m_9WARBIRD RADIO – Here’s one from the archive, on this episode we tour the world’s only flying example of a B-25 “H” model.  History Flight operates and tours all over the USA with Barbie III in an effort to raise funds for the recovery of fallen members of the United States armed forces.  Each year History Flight returns to the south Pacific to locate soldiers missing in action from WWII.  Hear their story this week during a special Warbird Radio Presents.  For more info on History Flight and how you can help…just use the Quick Link posted below.

 

STORY UPDATE:  Warbird Radio has learned that the Barbie III / B-25 “H” is for sale!  Here’s your chance to own a rare WWII relic that’s still flying.  Courtesy Aircraft’s Mark Clark has indicated the seller is motivated and price was recently reduced.  Click on the link below to learn more.

QUICK LINK:  Buy The Barbie III

QUICK LINK:  History Flight

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STORY UPDATE – Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery

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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Warbird Radio Presents we work to solve a B-29’s mysterious past.  Inside the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation is B-29, 44-84053.  From the outside, 44-84053 is just an ordinary late war B-29, it’s on the inside where the mystery begins.

Unexplained seats in the aft section of the fuselage and missing records (prior to 1955) set the stage for something secret.  Was 053 part of a special forces unit post war or was she a member of a covert mission during WWII?

Find out this week on Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery.  For a complete update on the evidence we’ve discovered since the original broadcast, just keep reading.  Thanks for taking a look!

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QUICK LINK:   Museum of Aviation


 

STORY UPDATE (01/30/15):  Since broadcasting this story in 2010, Warbird Radio.com has confirmed 44-84053 was most likely used for Psychological Operations post World War II.  It’s secret mission would have been to deliver agents behind the Iron Curtain in Europe.  With help from a retired USAF Colonel (who doesn’t want us to print his name) and some clever research, it was discovered 053 has a high probability of being part the Air Resupply and Communications Service.

Documented in Apollo’s Warriors – United States Air Force Operations During The Cold War, B-29’s configured like 053 were operated by the 582nd Air Resupply and Communications Group from RAF Molesworth.  In a strange twist of fate the B-29’s that were retro-fitted for this mission were stored and re-configured at the Robins Air Force Base depot in Warner Robins, Georgia before departing for Molesworth.  Today, 053 rests on the same property.

“The required number of bombers were soon pulled from the mothball fleet at Robins AFB, Georgia, and restored for duty,some with fuselage markings still showing the number of combat missions flown over Japan.  These modifications included removing all guns for self-defense, saving those in the tail turret, and installing a “joe hole” in the former aft-belly gun turret space for parachutists to exit.  Resupply bundles would hang like clusters of melons in the bomb bay to be dropped like bombs as the plane passed over the drop zone.” – Apollo’s Warriors

Some clues to 053’s past are still highly visible.  After careful examination around wheel wells and bomb bay doors,  black paint chips still remain.  The “joe hole” can clearly be seen in the aft belly turret and many other clues have helped lead to this hypothesis.

NOTE:  At this point, the only way to definitively solve the mystery would be confirmation by a crew member or photo of 053 in action.  So naturally, we’re working on that now (grin).  We have located some very clear documentation supporting our theory but before going to print we’re going to get the full story.  If you have any thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio.com

CONTACT: [email protected]

QUICK LINK:  Apollo’s Warriors

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