Warbird Radio Presents – The Bill Cheolas Story

WARBIRD RADIO – One of the least told airman stories of World War Two is that of the Army Air Corps glider pilot.  Bill Cheloas was one of hundreds of pilots that flew troop transport gliders into combat in the last years of the war.The IX Troop Carrier Command flew WACO CG-4A gliders full of troops across the Rhine River on March 24, 1945 in what was called Operation Varsity, the largest operation of it’s kind.

Bill tells us the story of his flight into Germany, under fire and unarmed, an amazing glimpse into the last airborne operation of WWII.

Join Host Zane Adams for this special presentation.

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Warbird Radio Presents – The Grover Sassaman Story

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 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 the history of 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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Warbird Radio Presents – The Ralph Maloof Story

RalphMaloof_BW_WEBWARBIRD 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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QUICK LINK:  Freedom Flyers

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Warbird Radio Presents – The Robert “Punchy” Powell Story

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.

QUICK LINK:  The 352nd Fighter Group Association

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