We’re still close enough to WWII in years that I have memories of my grandparents talking about how they survived the war on the home front .
A memory that sticks with me is of my Great Uncle Hank, my grandmother’s brother, who was late to work on the day there was a horrible plane crash– a P-40 crashed into the Curtiss aircraft factory where my Uncle worked. Uncle Hank lived to tell the story, but many didn’t. There’s a good article on it here if you’re interested in the facts. I often mention how proud I am to be a Buffalo native, and this tangible tie to WWII, its heroes and heroines and the immeasurable sacrifice of the Home Front during WWII highlights why.
Do you have WWII memories passed down in your family? Please share them–we need to keep their stories alive.
Posted: at 8:11 am by Geri Krotow · Comments Off on WWII Wednesday: Craft, Hobby or Necessity?
When war hits, a nation learns to adapt and throw every resource possible into the fight. In WWII women knit socks, sweaters and more for their soldiers.
For the War in Afghanistan and Iraq, I know of several groups and friends who have knit helmet liners for our troops. I’m an avid knitter and it’s so easy to get caught up in the luxuries of my craft–beautiful hybrid fibers dyed in magnificent colors. Yet when a soldier’s life is on the line, it’s the simple, tried-and-true items that count. Socks, a cap, gloves.
Posted: at 11:27 am by Geri Krotow · Comments Off on WWII Wednesday: Preserve the History
If you visit London it’s hard to imagine the sky filled with WWII aircraft. Today’s weapons systems and detection equipment make the Battle of Britain seem as though it were a millennia ago instead of less than a century. This is why it’s so important to accurately preserve the historical events, and when possible, the actual military platforms that made Allied victory a reality. One of our family’s favorite trips was to the many different museums in London. In the photo you can see a Spitfire, with Steve in the photo to give an idea of scale.
Posted: at 8:56 am by Geri Krotow · Comments Off on WWII Wednesday: B-17 Flying Fortress
This fearsome bomber has the ability to spark the imagination of the most history-adverse student. Featured in the movie The Memphis Belle, the B-17 is remembered and honored not as much for its power and bombing missions over German territory during WWII, but for the unparalleled heroism of its crew. It was an easy choice for the WWII aircraft that I featured in NAVY RULES during a present-day air show. It was tough to write the emergency landing scene–even in fiction I didn’t want to harm this iconic warbird!