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

WWII P-47 Pilot Herb Stachler “PREVIEW” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

MONDAY – Here’s a look back at one of our “best of” shows.  Matt’s back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents.  Warbird Radio Presents – The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week…but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb’s interview on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Mr. Stachler has over 100 combat missions in the P-47 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission over Europe.  Tune in Monday morning at 10am (EASTERN) for a preview of Herb’s story.  Thanks for listening!STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

 

Herb Stachler Preview Picture Gallery

MAAM’s P-61 Black Widow Restoration UPDATE – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep 531

P-61KEYIMAGEWARBIRD RADIO – Russ Strine joins Matt Jolley with an update on the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s P-61 “Black Widow” restoration.  MAAM’s P-61 will soon become the only flying example of the famous WWII era night fighter. Russ also unveils some big news about their upcoming WWII Weekend!  Over a thousand re-enactors, 80 period airplanes and hundreds of military vehicles make up this “total immersion” living history experience.  The WWII Weekend in Reading, PA is truly a bucket list adventure for any history buff.  Hear all the details on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Thanks for tuning in.

QUICK LINK:  The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

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