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Old 04-12-12, 10:10 AM
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Introducing my new avatar


This is my Dad, during the occupation. He was a bomber pilot. He recently celebrated his 89th birthday, and still lives at home with my mom.
Maybe one of you sharpies can ID the bike.
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Old 04-12-12, 10:14 AM
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Nice to hear his 89th, my old man is 80 and after 70 years of glasses they had to do catarac operation and now he does not need his cokebottles anymore.
god bless his sole and that he is still alive,
wish your old man the best and try to spend as much time with his as possible.

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Old 04-12-12, 10:27 AM
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All the best to your old man. If it were not for him and countless others like him, we'd be goose-stepping instead of riding today.
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Old 04-12-12, 11:16 AM
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My Dad was also a WWII bomber pilot. He could ride a bike while sitting backwards on the handlebars. He died when he was 64, the age I am now.
My sister just found some negatives from pictures he took during the war. It's hard to tell what they are, but I can make out some B17s. We're having them developed and digitized.
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Old 04-12-12, 11:29 AM
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Your Dad wears Army boots..........and rides a bike in them. His odds of making back as a bomber pilot were not the greatest. Your lucky he did.
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Old 04-12-12, 02:15 PM
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My congratulations to you and your dad! Mt dad died in 1985 at the age of 68. He was a bomber flight engineer in the Pacific theater. B-17s, B-24s, and B-29s by the end of the war.

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Old 04-12-12, 03:02 PM
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It looks a lot like this bike frame , especially the chainstays https://cgi.ebay.fr/LOT-DE-PIECES-DE-...#ht_500wt_1361
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Riding a bike in the winter of 1945 - Cold weather - Ya know those guys really liked to go fast... I wonder...
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Very cool, Greatest generation indeed
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My Dad flew B17s, B29s and B36s. He said that the B24 was a death trap.
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Yes. The B-24 was a favorite of the Axis fighter pilots. The Flying Fortress could take much more damage and still bring its crew back. Great pic of your dad. Good avatar. My dad taught Chinese to shoot Howitzer 105's in Kunming.
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Grandpa flew 24s but never in Europ. he was an instructor in Louisiana. He sent Grandma a picture of him and his crew in the cockpit. Turns out that was a big no no as it showed quite clearly all the guages and stuff.
I'll have to dig up a copy of that pic next time I'm home.
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Such a cool picture!!!
My father in law survived Pearl Harbor, and I've known many Veterans' from WW2. "The last great generation"

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What's he think of R. Crumb?
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What's he think of R. Crumb?
Why do you ask?
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
My Dad flew B17s, B29s and B36s. He said that the B24 was a death trap.
The B-24s were favored in the South Pacific and Africa because they had longer range - and they were useless in Europe! B36s were made in the same factory, I think.
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I recently had the honour of interviewing one of the last WW2 intelligence officers of the Dutch Resistance, he had a slew of amazing stories to tell. 90+ and sharp as a tack.
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Thanks to the old fellow for pitching in to save the world! He's set a good example for you, riding even in wartime...

Hey, is that fork bent?
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