UPDATE – Beach City Baby C-53 – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 638

WARBIRD RADIO – Jason Capra joins Matt Jolley with an update on the Beach City Baby C-53 restoration project.  Mr. Capra is the President of Vintage Wings, Incorporated a Pennsylvania 501C3 non profit corporation that owns the historic C-53.  The airframe is believed to be one of a handful of aircraft surviving today used in Operation Torch.  The historic operation opened the North Africa campaign of WWII and served as America’s test bed for fighting the “new” war.  The “Baby” played a vital role in transporting leadership to the theater and abroad.  Since Mr. Capra’s last visit, some major progress has been made on the “Baby” and we’re looking forward to hearing the news on this episode.  As always, your calls and comments are welcome.  Just use the contact information posted below.

QUICK LINK:  Vintage Wings Website

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Remembering Jerry Yellin – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 637

WARBIRD RADIO – Jerry Yellin was an American Airmen who flew the last combat mission over Japan as WWII came to an end.  His life was a life well lived and his personal journey is one that should never be forgotten.  Jerry recently past away and this episode of WRL is dedicated to his memory.  Tune in this Tuesday (January 9th, 2018) at 8pm ET for our LIVE broadcast and Jerry’s story, in his own words.

If you’d like to share a memory or story about Mr. Yellin your calls and comments are most welcome.

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From The Archive – Bill Coleman’s D-Day Experience

D-Day-paratroopers-WEBWARBIRD RADIO – In 2007 my wife and I (along with a group of friends) went to Dresden, Germany with WWII “D-Day” paratrooper Bill Coleman.  The last time Bill Coleman was in Dresden was during the fire bombings of WWII when he was held prisoner inside a church and left for dead.  After surviving the attacks his captors put him to work stacking bodies, the smells were forever burned into his memory.  During our trip Bill sat down for an interview with me and shared his experience during D-Day, what it was like being captured and eventually escaping towards the end of the war.

A few years after our visit to Dresden I asked Bill to come on Warbird Radio and share some additional thoughts.  My wife joined me during our conversation and the resulting interview is what you’ll hear below.  This is the raw tape, un-edited – his story, his words.  We lost Bill several years ago and I think about him every Veterans Day and especially June 6th.  Let’s never forget…

Matt Jolley
WarbirdRadio.com

 

357th FG Pilot Lt. Col William Foard RET – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 580

WillFoard_WEBWARBIRD RADIO – Lt. Colonel William Foard flew P-51 Mustangs for the famed 357th Fighter Group in World War II.  During the recent Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show Matt Jolley had the opportunity to listen to a few of his stories about flying and life.  Lt. Col Foard flew 24 combat missions over various parts of Germany, escorting B-17 and B-24 bombers.  He amassed over 113 hours in combat with the P-51.  His experiences are note worthy and his advice on life is something we can all learn from.

On this special episode Matt also catches up with several of the Warbirds Over Monroe performers.  Flying vintage military aircraft, living history re-enactors and performers who make time to interact with the spectators provides a blend of entertainment and information during the Monroe, North Carolina event.  For more information just click on the Quick Link posted below.

A special thank you to Aviation Photo Journal for providing the high quality images for this story.

QUICK LINK:  Warbirds Over Monroe

QUICK LINK:  Aviation Photo Journal

PHOTO GALLERY

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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

BARBIE III PHOTO GALLERY

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