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Old 12-22-2013, 06:35 AM
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I'm sorry. I've been totally tied up with a work emergency. If you have a question loaded up go ahead and post it. Otherwise I should be able to get one tomorrow. Sorry for the delay


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Sorry for the delay guys. I was checking some background info on my anticipated question and found out part of the story is rather suspicious. Rather than move forward without being certain, I've substituted the following. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What WWII airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) He seems to stand alone, at the head of at least one list.

(2) He fought in WWII.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:12 PM
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Not much to go on yet except a WAG.

The name that jumped into my head was Douglas Bader.

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Not much to go on yet except a WAG.

The name that jumped into my head was Douglas Bader.

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Early shots are good, Terry; you often have hunches which play out well. Not this time, though; so here's another clue to aid your search. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) He seems to stand alone, at the head of at least one list.

(2) He fought in WWII.

(3) He served with the United States Eighth Air Force.
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Jimmy Doolittle?
Chuck Yeager?
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Jimmy Doolittle?
Chuck Yeager?

Sorry, JohnnyS; neither is correct. Maybe this will help. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) He seems to stand alone, at the head of at least one list.

(2) He fought in WWII.

(3) He served with the United States Eighth Air Force.

(4) Received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on a single mission.
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:28 PM
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Swag......dahlberg, kenneth h.
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Swag......dahlberg, kenneth h.
Uncljoe; good to hear from you again. No, not Dahlberg; though it is a fascinating guess. Please try again. And to help you along, here's another clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) He seems to stand alone, at the head of at least one list.

(2) He fought in WWII.

(3) He served with the United States Eighth Air Force.

(4) Received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on a single mission.

(5) Fifteen years later, he was accorded a singular honor in a ceremony conducted at Arlington National Cemetary.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:35 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) He seems to stand alone, at the head of at least one list.

(2) He fought in WWII.

(3) He served with the United States Eighth Air Force.

(4) Received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on a single mission.

(5) Fifteen years later, he was accorded a singular honor in a ceremony conducted at Arlington National Cemetary.

(6) He is officially credited with shooting down 17 enemy aircraft.
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Gerald Johnson?
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:10 AM
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Gerald Johnson?
No, not Johnson; but this afternoon clue may well aid your search. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) He seems to stand alone, at the head of at least one list.

(2) He fought in WWII.

(3) He served with the United States Eighth Air Force.

(4) Received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on a single mission.

(5) Fifteen years later, he was accorded a singular honor in a ceremony conducted at Arlington National Cemetary.

(6) He is officially credited with shooting down 17 enemy aircraft.

(7) He was a gunner.
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ah, in that case,
S/Sgt. Michael Arooth
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:34 AM
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ah, in that case,
S/Sgt. Michael Arooth
Indeed, Sir; and you are now up. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) He seems to stand alone, at the head of at least one list.

(2) He fought in WWII.

(3) He served with the United States Eighth Air Force.

(4) Received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on a single mission.

(5) Fifteen years later, he was accorded a singular honor in a ceremony conducted at Arlington National Cemetary.

(6) He is officially credited with shooting down 17 enemy aircraft.

(7) He was a gunner.

(8) On a B-17.

(9) He shot down four enemy aircraft on a single mission.

(10) He did this despite being badly wounded early in the battle.

(11) One of his guns was knocked out, but he repaired it.

Answer: Staff Sergeant Michael Arooth

Michael Arooth

Staff Sergeant Arooth's official record as a gunner -- the greatest in Air Force history -- included shooting down at least 17 enemy planes on only 14 missions, though it was estimated he actually downed more than 20 enemy aircraft. In 1958 Arooth was selected as a pallbearer at the ceremonies of the burial of the Unknown Soldier of World War II at Arlington National Cemetery.

Distinguished Service Cross


Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Staff Sergeant Michael Arooth, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail gunner in a B-17 Heavy Bomber of the 527th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 July 1943, against enemy ground targets in Germany. On that date, Staff Sergeant Arooth shot down three enemy airplanes and even though the airplane's oxygen line was broken, one gun was jammed, and he was severely wounded, he remained at his post, repaired his gun, resumed fire, and destroyed the fourth plane. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Arooth on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1943)

Action Date: 30-Jul-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: 527th Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 379th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 8th Air Force

British/Commonwealth:

Frederick Barker- 13- 264- RAF- Defiant
Albert Lippett- 12- 264- RAF- Defiant
John Roberts- 12- 108- RAF- Blenheim
S. B. Johnson- 11- 264- RAF- Defiant
Frederick King- 10- 264- RAF- Defiant
Henry Jacobs- 8- 219/600- RAF- Blenheim
P. Lillie- 8- 264- RAF- Defiant
Wallace McIntosh- 8 - 207- RAF- Lancaster
L. H. Hayden- 7- 264- RAF- Defiant
C. Sutherland- 7- 207- RAF- Lancaster
?. Bradford- 6- 57- RAF-Lancaster
Peter Engbrecht- 6- 424- RCAF- Halifax(Top Turret)
Robert Turner- 6- 264- RAF- Defiant
Fred Gash- 5- 264- RAF- Defiant
?. Martain- 5- 264- RAF- Defiant
F.W. Wake- 5- 264- RAF- Defiant
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E.M. Williams- 5- 264- RAF- Defiant

S/SGT Michael Arooth- 17- 527 BS 379 BG 8 AF- USAAF- B-17(Tail Gunner)
S/SGT Arthur J. Benko -16- 374 BS 308 BG 14AF- USAAF- B-24(Top Turret)
S/SGT Donald Crossley-12- 95 BG 8 AF- USAAF-B-17 (Tail Gunner)
S/SGT Benjamin F Warner- 9 - 99 BG 12 AF-USAAF- B-17 (Waist Gunner)
S/SGT John B Quinlan -8- 324 BS 91 BG 8 AF/20 AF-USAAF- B-17(5),B-29(3)(Tail Gunner)(Gunner on Memphis Belle)
T/SGT Thomas Dye -8- 51 BS 351 BG 8 AF -USAAF-B-17(Ball Turret)
S/SGT John D. Foley-7+8 prob- 22ND BG 5 AF- USAAF-B-26(Top Turret)
S/SGT John A. Murphy-6- 500 BS 345 BG 5 AF- USAAF- B-25(Top Turret)(all Zero's)
T/SGT Weston (Wes) Loegering-5 -574 BS 391 BG 9 AF -USAAF-B-26 (Top Turret)
SFC Richard H Thomas-5- VPD 117- US Navy-PB4Y (B-24)(Front Turret)
ARM2 Paul Ganshirt-5- VD 3-US Navy-PB4Y(B-24)(Top Turret)



Italian Airforce:

A di B (WOFF1) Pietro Bonannini-8+2 prob- Cant Z 506B & Fiat RS14 (Top Turret)(4xSpitfire,3xBlenheim,1xHurricane)

got this from the Air Aces Home page and a couple of US Sqn history pages and various other sources
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:28 PM
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Ok, Ernie P. helped out with the subject for this one..... a sort of Christmas Story... (sans the 'Leg Lamp')

  1. I was an allied forces aviator during WWII
  2. I was involved in an incident during the same festive time of year we are now enjoying.
  3. During this incident, half of the 10 crewmembers aboard my aircraft were killed or wounded, including myself.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:46 PM
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I want to apologize to the group for not having a question ready. In the real world I own and operate a computer service company. One of my clients is a liquor store and I was working on their POS (Point of Sale) server when the server literally died in front of me. After a bunch of scrambling I discovered I had an identical Dell server in my shop that had just come off of service as a mail server. I was able to swap out the hard drives and get them back up on the spare server. But this whole ordeal took up 3 days of my time. I had time to check in and see the questions, and field my answer but just didn't have time to work up a new question. So I am really sorry for that. The Holidays are a huge time for my client as they run about $20,000-$25,000 a day during the holidays, so it's huge that their server be up and running!!!

Thanks for others stepping in with a question. I promise I that in the future if I dont' have a question ready I will not field and answer!!!!

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:31 PM
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I want to apologize to the group for not having a question ready. In the real world I own and operate a computer service company. One of my clients is a liquor store and I was working on their POS (Point of Sale) server when the server literally died in front of me. After a bunch of scrambling I discovered I had an identical Dell server in my shop that had just come off of service as a mail server. I was able to swap out the hard drives and get them back up on the spare server. But this whole ordeal took up 3 days of my time. I had time to check in and see the questions, and field my answer but just didn't have time to work up a new question. So I am really sorry for that. The Holidays are a huge time for my client as they run about $20,000-$25,000 a day during the holidays, so it's huge that their server be up and running!!!

Thanks for others stepping in with a question. I promise I that in the future if I dont' have a question ready I will not field and answer!!!!

Ken
Stuff happens. I'm glad you were able to get things squared away. And, it's not as though you have made a habit of popping answers without asking questions. FWIW, I may not always have questions waiting to go, but I do always keep several subject matters or reports that can readily be turned into questions. It just makes life easier. But again, stuff just happens sometimes; don't sweat the small stuff. Do the best you can and enjoy. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:13 AM
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+1 Ken, I completely get it (I've got a client who's site does $40,000 per HOUR..... I feel your pain )

Christmas Eve hints:
  1. I was an allied forces aviator during WWII
  2. I was involved in an incident during the same festive time of year we are now enjoying.
  3. During this incident, half of the 10 crewmembers aboard my aircraft were killed or wounded, including myself.
  4. After the War, I returned home to West Virginia and went to College.
  5. After College, I returned to the Air Force in 1949 where I served until 1965
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:56 PM
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A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night; and best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:29 AM
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AMA 74894, I assume you're busy with Christmas and family, but it's time for a new clue. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:26 AM
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AMA 74894, I assume you're busy with Christmas and family, but it's time for a new clue. Thanks; Ernie P.
All;

Obviously, something unexpected has happened with AMA 74894. However, we can't all sit idle any longer. I'm going to ask a sidebar question; one outside the normal pattern. Whoever answers it will ask teh next question, etc; in the normal manner. But when AMA 74894 returns, he will preempt this pattern and reassume the lead. To keep things light, I'll shoot for an unusual question about an unusual airman. He wasn't first on any one's list; but he was most assuredly last on several. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

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(1) For most of his career, he labored in obscurity; just another service member.

(2) He fought in two world wars.
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Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

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(1) For most of his career, he labored in obscurity; just another service member.

(2) He fought in two world wars.

(3) He was present at one of the greatest naval battles in history.
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All;

Obviously, something unexpected has happened with AMA 74894. However, we can't all sit idle any longer. I'm going to ask a sidebar question; one outside the normal pattern. Whoever answers it will ask teh next question, etc; in the normal manner. But when AMA 74894 returns, he will preempt this pattern and reassume the lead. To keep things light, I'll shoot for an unusual question about an unusual airman. He wasn't first on any one's list; but he was most assuredly last on several. Thanks; Ernie P.
Unfortunately Jim's dad, Pat Buzzeo (who I featured in my last Knowledge Quiz), passed away the week before Christmas. It was a huge loss for his family. And for anybody, such as myself, that has ever come in contact with Pat feels the loss. Jim, please pass my sympathies on to you and the rest of the family. The world in general, and the RC world specifically, has suffered a huge loss.

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Unfortunately Jim's dad, Pat Buzzeo (who I featured in my last Knowledge Quiz), passed away the week before Christmas. It was a huge loss for his family. And for anybody, such as myself, that has ever come in contact with Pat feels the loss. Jim, please pass my sympathies on to you and the rest of the family. The world in general, and the RC world specifically, has suffered a huge loss.

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Sometimes, all you can say is "I'm sorry."; and I am. Let's keep them in our prayers. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) For most of his career, he labored in obscurity; just another service member.

(2) He fought in two world wars.

(3) He was present at one of the greatest naval battles in history.

(4) He was in the RNAS.
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A couple of late night clues. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) For most of his career, he labored in obscurity; just another service member.

(2) He fought in two world wars.

(3) He was present at one of the greatest naval battles in history.

(4) He was in the RNAS.

(5) And in the RAF.

(6) He was an aircraft mechanic, and started out tending seaplanes.
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


Question: What airman do I describe?

Clues:

(1) For most of his career, he labored in obscurity; just another service member.

(2) He fought in two world wars.

(3) He was present at one of the greatest naval battles in history.

(4) He was in the RNAS.

(5) And in the RAF.

(6) He was an aircraft mechanic, and started out tending seaplanes.

(7) He was the oldest ever surviving member of any of the British Armed Forces and one of the oldest surviving veterans of the First World War. He was the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
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