It was entirely appropriate that President Trump referenced the men and women who fought in WW-II in his State of the Union address. America NEEDs to remember the days of our greatness, when young boys of 17,18,19, left their farms and factories and went off to save the world from Nazi and Japanese tyranny. Sadly, at least the last two generations have no idea of what he was talking about. So, let me give you a few stats from that war. I’ll contain my remarks to the U.S. Army Air Corps, and its mission in Europe, because that was the part of the service my brother fought and died in.
An eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat causes overseas.
For instance, in a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England. Remember, there were nine (sometimes 10) young men in every B-17 or B-24 bomber. And very few escaped when their plane was shot down. If they were able to parachute, they spent the rest of the war in a German concentration camp.
In 1942-43 it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete a 25-mission tour in Europe. And then the number of missions was raised to 35 which made the odds of surviving even smaller.
Most of these young men went to war with absolute minimums of training. Some fighter pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than one hour in their assigned aircraft. As in the case of my brother he spent his entire training in P-51 fighters, and as soon as the Invasions of France took place his entire squadron was switched to P-47 aircraft. Remember, these were extremely complex airplanes, no computers to aid the pilot. One squadron trained in P-51s arrived in England and were confronted with P-38 airplanes which they had never flown. Their commander told them, “You can learn to fly the P-38 on your way to the target in Germany.”
A high-time P-51 pilot had 30 hours in type. Many had fewer than five hours. Some had one hour. Consider that in civil aviation it takes 40 (forty) hours for a person to obtain a Private Pilot’s license.
Despite these handicaps and hardships, AMERICANS won the air war and then the ground victory and literally SAVED TEHE WORLD. And our young people have never been taught the sacrifices in American lives that allow them to march for so-called “social justice” and to advocate communism and for our politicians to cheer a woman’s “right” to have her full-term healthy baby murdered.
We have reached the bottom in America when these things can happen without the citizens rising in protest. The democrats at least make their goals clear – they want to turn the U.S. into a communist country. The republicans continue to betray us. They tell us lies about their conservatism, and then vote with the democrats. We have NO representation in our government. Donald Trump alone cannot save us. It’s going to take another Paul Revere to awaken the true Americans to arise and retake their government. Oh…I forgot. Young people have no idea of who Paul Revere was. Okay, then. Goodbye America, it was nice while it lasted.