the assorted works of  G. H. Spaulding

 

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The first two articles described below were published in the Centennial Aviation and Business Journal, in Daedalus Flyer magazine, and in a number of aviation journals around the country over the past couple of years. Each article features a member of the "greatest generation," a crusty WWII pilot who I'm proud to count as a friend. We belong to the Denver chapter of the Order of Daedalians, a national fraternity of active duty and former military pilots.

 

The Doolittle Raid:
How America Responded
to the
Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor

 

  Many in the media have erroneously compared  the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Not only were these attacks fundamentally different, so were the ways in which America responded to them. Our response to Pearl Harbor was the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan, accurately depicted in the 1944 film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. The portrayal of the raid in the movie Pearl Harbor was a joke and Hollywood's choice of Alec Baldwin to play Doolittle was a slap in the face to the memory of one of this country's true military heroes. Click on the title to read how this legendary event really happened and what became of some of its key participants.

 

                                                            

The Mission That Saved Guadalcanal 

    For the first eight months of World War Two, the United States fought a defensive battle in the Pacific. However, the momentum changed for good following the U.S. Navy's victory over the Japanese at the Battle of Midway when the Marines invaded Guadalcanal in August 1942. But had it not been for a desperate mission by three barely flyable fighter-bombers during the pivotal Battle of Bloody Ridge, Guadalcanal might have been lost. Click on the title to read the fascinating account of one of the most important yet least well known events of the entire Pacific war. This article also compares Guadalcanal then and now. 

 

 

Enigmatic Man: RAF Group Captain F. W. Winterbotham

     As a key British intelligence agent, Winterbotham traveled repeatedly to Germany from 1932 to 1938, rubbing elbows with top Nazi leaders including Adolph Hitler and gathering first-hand knowledge of their expansion plans and preparations for war. When his primary Nazi connection told him it would not be safe for him to return to Germany, he took on new responsibilities in London--the development of high altitude photography techniques for the RAF. In 1939 he was put in charge of the security and distribution of Ultra information collected from British intercepts of high-level German communications via the Enigma system. Under Winterbotham's personal stewardship, Ultra proved decisive to the Allied victories in both the European and Pacific Theaters of WWII. The crucial role played by Ultra and Winterbotham's direction of it were kept secret for 30 years after the end of the Second World War, finally coming to light with the publication of Winterbotham's book The Ultra Secret in 1974.

 

 

Ticket to Stalag Luft III

     By early 1945, some 11,000 Allied airmen, the majority of them Americans, had become prisoners of war in Stalag Luft III, site of the famous "Great Escape." This article relates the experiences of three US Army Air Force bomber pilots who miraculously survived being shot down over Europe only to end up as "guests" of the Germans in this Luftwaffe-run POW camp. These three gentlemen now reside in the Denver area and are members of Mile High Flight 18, the Denver chapter of The Order of Daedalians. Click on the title above to read this article.. 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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