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BSS_CUDA
02-20-2005, 08:03 PM
from the book the Forked-tailed devil page 327. this is the story of LT William Sells and how he became an ace in a day.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> the mission started without preamble of what lay ahead. sells apparently was making a test flight to check out the engines of his P-38, which had been giving him trouble earlier. He climbed out through scattered clouds,running through different power settings until he was satisfied with the results, and the prepared to return to the field.
And then he saw them, riding through the clouds. Good God! Dozens and dozens of bombers with a heavy escort of Zero fighters. unnoticed by Allied radar, they were rushing in a wide sweep against Milne bay, hidden in their approach by a storm front. they had every chance of hitting the allied field without warning.
Sells shouted his alarm by radio. on the ground pilots raced for thier planes, but there wasnt enough time for an effective intercept; before the fighter could clear the deck the bombers and the Zeros would be on them. Sells, of course was little more than a bothersome gnat facing a huge swarm. he didn't hesitate. he advanced his throttles, jockeyeing for additional alltitude, then pushed forward into a dive that took him straight for the bombers, sells made it to the frst bomber before the formation of Zero's could cut him off. he bore straight at the mitsubishi's and his thumb stabbed the trigger on the yoke. sell's aim was true. A flaming bomber tumbled through the clouds, shedding debris as it fell.
Sells had a momentary advantage and it was clear as be pressed it as hard as he could. The lightning raced striaght at the lead bomber and the formation broke up as sells plunged through, with Zero's now in pursuit. Sells needed time, enough time to disrupt the flow of the attack, to brake up the bomber formations, if possible, so the fighters below might get into the air in time to follow his initial passes. Sells went through the first formation, dove and rolled into a turn and came beneath the second formation, the bombers lined up before him like geese. he second kill left no doubts; the concentrated buzzsaw fire of the P-38 sliced the wing from the fuselage and the bomber spun flatly through the clouds. That made two.
Sell's initial dive , his diving, rollings turn and up and down tactics unquestionably saved his life. the bomber gunners were tracking him, but he was rolling and skidding wildly and the Zeros were so close the bombers had to hold their fire for fear of hitting their own pilots, Again it was a desperate measure of relief, but it added up to precious moments. Sells went up trough the bomber formation in a zoom climb to take advantage of his speed, the Zero's hard after him their numbers became his ally as the zeros rolled away from collisions. but there were too many and the lighting was taking a battering, sells gave the P38 everything it had, he ran the gauntlet of fire and he was through. for the moment he reached ahead of the Zero's.
Sell's dove into another formation. perhaps the Japanese believed he was going to ram, or they thought that more than one P38 was in their misdst. whatever were thier thoughts there was no question to thier actions- another formation began to break up as the p-38 rushed against them, and set a third bomber aflame. Three down.
Sells stayed in tight, risking the burst of fire from Zeros that could be the last thing in life for him. he kept snapping short bursts. far below, explosions tore the jungle. some of the bombers were jettisoning their loads and breaking away from their course. sells didnt see this of course, zeros came at him in a head on pass. a short burst and one fighter exploded. four down. But the P-38 was taking it from all sides, the fighter shuddered as bullets and cannon shells ripped the metal, the canopy cracked. blood pulsing through sells flying suit.
He stayed in tight.
they could now see the battle from the ground.
they could see flames reaching back from the right engine of the p-38.
More flame. A zeros A gyrating blaze falling, Five down.
They watched other zeros come at sells. Head-on. A longer burst this time from the p-38 then the thin smoke stopped training behind. sells was out of ammunition. but ahead of him a sudden explosion. the third zero, gone. that made six. No more ammo. Sell's shoved forward on the yoke and the lightning dove. away from the fight. the zeros followed briefly, turned back to the bombers. sells eased out of his dive and headed for the nearest field. he was weak now from shock and loss of blood, and his airplane was punctured nose to tail and through the wings, and the engine was still burning. he asked for imediate landing. but the ground controllers didnt relize how badly he was hurt. there was still those bombers in the sky, and on the airstrip aussie P-40's were running for the sky. sells saw the red light flash at him fron the ground. Go Around.
He tried.
The crippled P-38 banked into a wide turn for a second approach to the airfield. What happend the we will never know. perhaps sells had lost too much blood. he may have blacked out. or maybe the battered fighter just gave up the ghost. it could have been the engine, or the controll cables. it could have been anything.
Beyond the edge of the field something happened.
The fighter fell off on one wing.
When it hit the ground it exploded. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Holy Hell, http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif when I read this story. I could picture him flying through those planes weaving in and out. the courage it too to do that is unimmaginable for me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif this man sacrificed his life to save his commrades on the ground, he is a true Hero in every sense of the word. the irony of this whole story is that the USAAF has never officially recognized his for this deed. as the 5th AAF headquarters were bombed a few months later and "almost" all of the records of his deeds were destroyed, it was by chance that a few carbon copies had survived and thats where the author got his information to write this story. plz forgive any typo's, as I usually hunt and peck when I type

BSS_CUDA
02-20-2005, 08:03 PM
from the book the Forked-tailed devil page 327. this is the story of LT William Sells and how he became an ace in a day.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> the mission started without preamble of what lay ahead. sells apparently was making a test flight to check out the engines of his P-38, which had been giving him trouble earlier. He climbed out through scattered clouds,running through different power settings until he was satisfied with the results, and the prepared to return to the field.
And then he saw them, riding through the clouds. Good God! Dozens and dozens of bombers with a heavy escort of Zero fighters. unnoticed by Allied radar, they were rushing in a wide sweep against Milne bay, hidden in their approach by a storm front. they had every chance of hitting the allied field without warning.
Sells shouted his alarm by radio. on the ground pilots raced for thier planes, but there wasnt enough time for an effective intercept; before the fighter could clear the deck the bombers and the Zeros would be on them. Sells, of course was little more than a bothersome gnat facing a huge swarm. he didn't hesitate. he advanced his throttles, jockeyeing for additional alltitude, then pushed forward into a dive that took him straight for the bombers, sells made it to the frst bomber before the formation of Zero's could cut him off. he bore straight at the mitsubishi's and his thumb stabbed the trigger on the yoke. sell's aim was true. A flaming bomber tumbled through the clouds, shedding debris as it fell.
Sells had a momentary advantage and it was clear as be pressed it as hard as he could. The lightning raced striaght at the lead bomber and the formation broke up as sells plunged through, with Zero's now in pursuit. Sells needed time, enough time to disrupt the flow of the attack, to brake up the bomber formations, if possible, so the fighters below might get into the air in time to follow his initial passes. Sells went through the first formation, dove and rolled into a turn and came beneath the second formation, the bombers lined up before him like geese. he second kill left no doubts; the concentrated buzzsaw fire of the P-38 sliced the wing from the fuselage and the bomber spun flatly through the clouds. That made two.
Sell's initial dive , his diving, rollings turn and up and down tactics unquestionably saved his life. the bomber gunners were tracking him, but he was rolling and skidding wildly and the Zeros were so close the bombers had to hold their fire for fear of hitting their own pilots, Again it was a desperate measure of relief, but it added up to precious moments. Sells went up trough the bomber formation in a zoom climb to take advantage of his speed, the Zero's hard after him their numbers became his ally as the zeros rolled away from collisions. but there were too many and the lighting was taking a battering, sells gave the P38 everything it had, he ran the gauntlet of fire and he was through. for the moment he reached ahead of the Zero's.
Sell's dove into another formation. perhaps the Japanese believed he was going to ram, or they thought that more than one P38 was in their misdst. whatever were thier thoughts there was no question to thier actions- another formation began to break up as the p-38 rushed against them, and set a third bomber aflame. Three down.
Sells stayed in tight, risking the burst of fire from Zeros that could be the last thing in life for him. he kept snapping short bursts. far below, explosions tore the jungle. some of the bombers were jettisoning their loads and breaking away from their course. sells didnt see this of course, zeros came at him in a head on pass. a short burst and one fighter exploded. four down. But the P-38 was taking it from all sides, the fighter shuddered as bullets and cannon shells ripped the metal, the canopy cracked. blood pulsing through sells flying suit.
He stayed in tight.
they could now see the battle from the ground.
they could see flames reaching back from the right engine of the p-38.
More flame. A zeros A gyrating blaze falling, Five down.
They watched other zeros come at sells. Head-on. A longer burst this time from the p-38 then the thin smoke stopped training behind. sells was out of ammunition. but ahead of him a sudden explosion. the third zero, gone. that made six. No more ammo. Sell's shoved forward on the yoke and the lightning dove. away from the fight. the zeros followed briefly, turned back to the bombers. sells eased out of his dive and headed for the nearest field. he was weak now from shock and loss of blood, and his airplane was punctured nose to tail and through the wings, and the engine was still burning. he asked for imediate landing. but the ground controllers didnt relize how badly he was hurt. there was still those bombers in the sky, and on the airstrip aussie P-40's were running for the sky. sells saw the red light flash at him fron the ground. Go Around.
He tried.
The crippled P-38 banked into a wide turn for a second approach to the airfield. What happend the we will never know. perhaps sells had lost too much blood. he may have blacked out. or maybe the battered fighter just gave up the ghost. it could have been the engine, or the controll cables. it could have been anything.
Beyond the edge of the field something happened.
The fighter fell off on one wing.
When it hit the ground it exploded. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Holy Hell, http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif when I read this story. I could picture him flying through those planes weaving in and out. the courage it too to do that is unimmaginable for me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif this man sacrificed his life to save his commrades on the ground, he is a true Hero in every sense of the word. the irony of this whole story is that the USAAF has never officially recognized his for this deed. as the 5th AAF headquarters were bombed a few months later and "almost" all of the records of his deeds were destroyed, it was by chance that a few carbon copies had survived and thats where the author got his information to write this story. plz forgive any typo's, as I usually hunt and peck when I type

Krt_Bong
02-20-2005, 08:50 PM
Awesome, we fly we fight and we get shot down to fly again because this is a game. But there were those who had to show true courage in the face of impossible odds with no reward, no points and no respawn, Truly Heroic, Thanks for sharing.

F4U_Flyer
02-20-2005, 09:25 PM
~S~ to all that gave there all!

HotelBushranger
02-21-2005, 04:26 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>~S~ to all that gave there all! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Bloody oath! ~S~ indeed!

Thats the sort of courage people can only dream for.

John_Stag
02-21-2005, 05:30 AM
S!

VF-29_Sandman
02-21-2005, 05:46 AM
that took alot of balls no doubt about that. if anything that could be called a suicide mission, it was that. but he knew that if he didnt do something, there wouldnt be a runway to land on anyway, and casualties on the ground would be high. r.i.p.

eddiemac0
02-21-2005, 09:30 AM
S!

flyplenty
02-21-2005, 01:33 PM
Salute to Sells, indeed!

p1ngu666
02-21-2005, 01:53 PM
good story, sad ending http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

NORAD_Zooly10
02-21-2005, 03:16 PM
A true hero.
~S~ to all who paid the ultimate price.

Zooly
(no longer NORAD_Zooly)

BSS_CUDA
02-21-2005, 10:45 PM
there are several more stories in the book, but this one touched me the most.

Howie A
02-22-2005, 04:04 AM
Such a sad ending, and what a guy. Great story http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

VMF223_Smitty
02-22-2005, 07:50 AM
&lt;S!&gt;

There can be no doubt that the victory that was gained by the Allied forces (all Allied forces) was accomplished by ordinary men, who when put into extraordinary conditions, excelled beyond all imagination.

To the thousands of young men and women, a respectful and loving salute. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif



Smitty

Iron_Hand1
02-22-2005, 09:05 AM
WOW, that was really good, the courage displayed is admirable. I gotta get a copy of that book.
S~