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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 05:11 AM
So im looking through my family records when I see that my family was highly involved in ww2.

My great uncle...Lancaster pilot...died in damnbusters raid
Great grandfather...B-17 bombadier. 34 missions...died after taking shrapnel from flak to the face

Here is where it gets wierd.
I cant figure out what he is(uncle, grandfather) anyways he died a week before the war ended...As an 88mm gunner...for germany...weird...

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 05:11 AM
So im looking through my family records when I see that my family was highly involved in ww2.

My great uncle...Lancaster pilot...died in damnbusters raid
Great grandfather...B-17 bombadier. 34 missions...died after taking shrapnel from flak to the face

Here is where it gets wierd.
I cant figure out what he is(uncle, grandfather) anyways he died a week before the war ended...As an 88mm gunner...for germany...weird...

I would like too see involvents in war by YOUR family posted here.../i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 05:15 AM
My dad was on a AA gun. He also saw hand to hand combat with the Germans.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 05:17 AM
My cousin flew P-61s in the China-Burma-India theater. Made it through the war, and a week later -- splat! Right into the side of a cloud-shrouded mountain. An uncle was in a tank-buster battalion in Italy. Everybody else was working in defense industry jobs in Detroit. They had 'C' gas ration cards, though. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 05:20 AM
3 uncles in the war. One in the Navy, one in the army and the other the RAF (Hurricane and Spit pilot, KIA over France).

My unlce in the Navy served in the north Atlantic and the one in the Army helped liberate Holland. Made it home and decided to jump off the train instead of going all the way downtown. He broke his leg! Man 2 years of intense fighting and nary a scratch but breaks a leg once he gets home.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 05:21 AM
Both of my grandparents, still alive, served in WWII. My mother's father served as a reserve paratrooper for the 502nd, or something. He never saw action. My father's father, however, fought the Japs in Alaska once when they tried to land on an outer island.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 06:05 AM
I just found another thing out...man my family is very diverse...american...canadian..english...german and now polish. A resistance fighter in poland. Lived through the war. FINALLY! and died in 1978 of old age.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 06:11 AM
My great grandfather was a B-17 pilot, shot down and spent 2 years in a German concentration camp. He lived through it and died in a car accident 2 weeks after arriving back in the states.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 06:16 AM
Its very odd the accidents they all went through after the war...its like a curse or something

XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 06:19 AM
I know, my friends grandfather died last year...he had a grenade in his house from ww2. It detonaded...yes...it exploded in his hands...the house was being cleaned for a month. Blood everywhere, truely a disgusting and sad story.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 06:26 AM
My Uncle was a B-24 navigator in the 15th Airforce out of Italy

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 07:12 AM
One of my great grandfathers was a tank commander, the other was on a ship in the pacific. I am not sure what my other great grandfather did exactly(I'm sure I have more that were uncles and more distant relatives). One wasn't involved because he was flat-footed. I have a ton of kin that were involved in wars and historical events, I really need to look it all up.
RCAF_Rattler wrote:
- So im looking through my family records when I see
- that my family was highly involved in ww2.
-
- My great uncle...Lancaster pilot...died in
- damnbusters raid
- Great grandfather...B-17 bombadier. 34
- missions...died after taking shrapnel from flak to
- the face
-
- Here is where it gets wierd.
- I cant figure out what he is(uncle, grandfather)
- anyways he died a week before the war ended...As an
- 88mm gunner...for germany...weird...
-
- I would like too see involvents in war by YOUR
- family posted here.../i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
-
- Take a look to the sky just before you die. Its the
- last time you will!
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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 07:20 AM
Let`s see...my mothers father was a commander of the border patrol in Belostok (border with Poland), MIA since first week of war.
my fathers dad was a platoon commander, was wounded in Stalingrad (shoulder, couple of fingers and right knee) and was suspended from military service. After getting back home he was a lead engineer on the factory that was producing armor for soviet tanks

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 07:41 AM
My grandfather on my father's side was a German paratrooper and his brother, my great uncle, drove tanks. Neither of them ever liked to talk much about it according to my father.

Oddly enough, on my mother's side, my great uncle was an Australian radio operator/gunner on a Sunderland for Coastal Command in or around Plymouth I believe, and the younger brother was a corporal in the RAI in New Guinea. Once again neither ever talked much about their respective war experiences.

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07-24-2003, 08:54 AM
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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 09:29 AM
If I were you dont join the military.


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fluke39
07-24-2003, 10:30 AM
if warhawks gonna keep bumping that ancient thread of his to try and overshadow this new one - then i'm gonna respond to this new one

i have a few family members involved in war somehow - but the most interesting one is my great uncle bert - flew as a fighter pilot in WW1 - and in WW2 as a - well i'm not sure what theyre called but he transported different aircraft around wherever and whenever needed - so he probably flew many different aircraft.

Apparently in WW1 he was shot down over france but managed to get back to his squadron. Another time He was also apparently damaged - somehow i'm not sure how this happened but he ended up crashing in a field in wales. (don't ask me) a farmers daughter pulled him from the wreck of his airplane - apparently saving his life - unlike it was claimed in a newspaper article on him - he did not marry the farmers daughter - he did Embark upon a brief romance with her though /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif . anyway her name was Enid. from that time onwards every plane he flew in he named 'Enid'.

the kind of weird ending to this story is that when my mother was born my grandma was going to call her mary - however my grandad sneaked off to the registry office and named her Enid - not after the woman but the planes !

-needless to say he recieved a proper earbashing from my grandma when he returned !!

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 10:50 AM
Stepfather fatherside was a common Landser and took part at the occupation of Crete, the siege of Sevastopol and other ops at Krim. He lost both arms during the retreat in Yugoslavia as he pulled the cordle of the handgrenade for throwing. Tthat damn thing exploded at the moment he pulled the cordle - caused by production defect.

Grandfather fathersides was at least Tiger Commander in East and West. Became shot down twice with the Pz.III and tumpled from a ponton with the Tiger. Everytime he left the tank nearly unscratched, although he got a shot into the stomach in France from the local Résistance.

Uncle mothersides joined the French Army after the war broke out. Don't know baout his fate.

Granddad mothrersides protected Swiss neutrality and ist border as he served with the Swiss Army.


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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 11:43 AM
the grandpa (motherside) was heavy aa in afrika (but just reserve) and pov in the usa till the end of the war, the other one was in germany as a civilian for the whole war. a "grandoncle"? (brother of a the grandpa motherside, so the uncle of my mam) had lots of medals i never saw, he was solider, officer afaik but i never saw those medals, perhaps just plain service medals like 5 years in service etc, 2 grandgrandpas were officers in ww1, from them i have an ekII (1914 without k√¬§mpferband) in good condition and a wooden ammunitions crate (wow http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. no war casulties known.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 11:54 AM
Well, all I know of is that my Grandfather (mothers side) flew Caproni's from Italy to Sweden, adn later he tampered with our Spitfires to make them fly higher



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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 12:19 PM
RCAF_Rattler wrote:
- I would like too see involvents in war by YOUR
- family posted here...

Most of my family missed WW2 apart from a great uncle
was on cruiser in the Med (survived being torpedoes
and the ship being sunk). Mostly my family was either
too old or too young for WW2, but several fought in WW1,
including my great uncle Tom, who was gassed,and another
great uncle who was wounded in the arm and invalided out.

A great great uncle was the longest surviving member
of the Wiltshire regiment from the 1879 campaigns against
the Zulu in South Africa. (Died in 1953).

On my wife's side, one grandfather was a B17 pilot, the
other was a qualified pilot but ended up in the infantry.
On her grandmother's side of the family, they were Polish
of Jewish extraction (recent converts to Catholicism) or
still Jewish. Only a few survived the war.



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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 12:31 PM
Both my Grandfathers saw active service during WW2.My Grandfather on my Mother's side was in the Royal Artillery as an anti-aircraft gunner credited with at least 1 kill (the only 1 he ever told me about before his death),a Ju-88 shotdown over Devon (think it was either over Torquay or exeter) with a Bofors gun.My Grandfather on my Father's side was in the Afrika Korps and served in North Africa where we believe he was captured,brought back to England and stayed ever since.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 01:03 PM
Father drove a Tiger tank in the east. Become POW and spend about 10 years in the SU. He never spoke much about his experience.
Mother was born in a small village near the river Rhine where she lived during the war. There they had no major bombing attacks but she had to dodge US P38 which where killing farmers on the fields.
She lost 2 of her 3 brothers. Both in the east I guess.

A few days before the end of the war an officer nearly shot her for trying to talk a .88 crew to leave their position, in front of her village, and not to defend it against approaching US tanks. He changed his mind at the last moment (he said, it was about her youth) and decided to follow her advice.







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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 01:15 PM
Look I'm gonna tell ya'll something but dont tell anyone it's a military secret..... ****looks over both shoulders**** .......My grandmother gave Hitler pedicures in his bunker and accidently shot him while cleaning her Walther

Im not kidding dont tell anyone !

"We make war that we may live in peace."

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 01:16 PM
One of my Grandfathers was a tank engineer/driver (he drove tanks to repair depots etc) in India. My other Grandfather was an AA gunner protecting Pluto, the fuel line which went from the Isle of Wight to France. So nothing too exciting. My Grandmother was in Ashton, Kent, at the beginning of the war and saw a lot of the dogfighting in the Battle of Britain. Someone she knew was strafed whilst working in a field (my Grandmother had just run inside) and was hit in the leg. She told me at the weekend about how she saw a fighter falling to the ground with no one getting out. She said that whenever she sees aircraft crashing on television (i.e at airshows) she shudders with the memory.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 01:54 PM
My Grandfather on my American side served as a Medic in the Pacific. Saw combat duty on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He never once discussed the war from the day he came home till the day he died. I guess a medic there saw some pretty horrid things. His brother died at D-Day when he stepped on a landmine.
My other family fought for the Germans. All three of my Grandmothers brothers fought for the Wehrmacht. All three were part of the 6th Army at Stalingrad. We have only confirmation of one of their deaths. The other were MIA. My grandfathers brother was killed near the Falaise pocket in an air attack. He was only 17.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 02:26 PM
My Grandmother's brother fought as a Marine in the Pacific theater at Guadalcanal . He lived through the war and made it back alive .
My Grandmother's brother on my Dad's side was a medic in the German paratroopers . He was stationed in Norway . He also made it through the war and moved to America . He continued his medical school studies here and ended up practicing medicine here in America .

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 02:36 PM
Interesting stuff.

My granddad on my mums side was in the Army in Burma fighting the Japanese. He was a signals officer and, being quite a tall chap, had the dubious honour of having to go first through swamps and stuff.

One of his most memorable stories was about when he first got to Burma. They were on a barge type vessel going down a river, through the jungle. Out of nowhere came two japanese Zero's that straffed the boat - just like in the films. They all had to jump into the river and hide as best they could. He also said that no-one would want to go last in a patrol through the jungle because the Japanese would hide up trees and cut the last mans head off. He was in Burma for a long time and was eventually discharged from the Army, having been shot in the chest. (which he never told anyone about until the 1980's from what I can remember) He also served in India, South Africa and a load of other places.

His brother, Owen, was in the RAF and was killed on the last day of WWII when the place he was in was bombed. They only found his intact spectacles.

His other brother, George, was in Italy and jumped over a wall and broke an Italian Soldiers leg, who was hiding the other side of the wall.


My nan's dad, my great granddad, was a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy in WWII. He saw action pretty much everywhere and served on many vessels, he was sank 13 times, having his hair burnt off, eye brows burnt off etc. One of his most memorable stories was that he was on a new ship coming out of Portsmouth and a german submarine was waiting for it. He also served on the HMS Khartoum, which, on the 23rd June 1940. Heavily damaged by fire and beached in the Red Sea off Perim after a gunfire action with the Italian submarine Torricelli. Declared a constructive total loss. Finally, he was on a ship with Earl Mountbatten, not sure which ship it was tho and he saw action at Dunkirk.

Here is a picture of the class of ship the Khartoum was, this is the Kimberley, I can't find a picture of the Khartoum.
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They both survived the war and lived good long lives, granddad was 76 when he died and my great granddad died two days before his 90th birthday.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 02:40 PM
Other grandpa was in charge of SE sector of Helsinki's air defences, his sector taking the most heat during the heavy bombings during february 1944. It was estimated that 3% of the russian bombload intended to fall on Helsinki actually did so. 88mm AA artillery gunners worked extremely hard and took their shirts off even in the freezing february nights.. cannons ran hot and shells weighed a lot.
The other grandpa was a company leader in infantry, died after the war (few weeks) when his men were clearing mines that the germans left in lappland. During war he was in the thick of it.