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|Sainte Mère Eglise 2014|
Sainte Marie du Mont le 5 juin : un car de vétérans s'arrête...un moment innoubliable !
Vétéran de la 101e Airborne
Pilote de barge le 6 juin avec une journaliste Américaine
|Joe Scida, vétéran US Navy, 89 ans|
Thank you !
|Avec Joseph SCIDA, vétéran du 6 juin 1944 sur omaha Beach|
|STEVEN Mc CARTNEY|
Au Dead man's Corner Museum le 6 juin : GALBRAITH du 506th PIR à l'honneur chez Michel Detrez avec le Major General James C. Mac Conville, commandant de la 101e Airborne division
|Major General James C. McConville the commander of 10st Airborne division|
with GALBRAITH 506th veteran
|Vétéran américain avec son petit fils regardant Omaha Beach le 7 juin|
Colleville sur Mer le 8 juin : James K KUNKLE, pilote de P-51 le 6 juin 1944 dans la 9th Airforce puis basé sur un aérodrome de campagne situé sur la commune de Sainte Marie du Mont.
|James K KUNKLE -|
Son histoire :
Lt. James K. Kunkle, U.S. Air Force - James K. Kunkle, was a P-38 and P-51 fighter pilot credited with two aerial combat victories. He joined the 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Group of the 9th Air Force and carried out 36 combat missions in support of the Normandy Landing operations and bombing missions in
Germany and the Ardennes. After taking off from Roye/ Amy, 26 miles southeast of Amiens on Sept. 16, 1944, he was attacked near Aachen, Germany, after having attacked two enemy aircraft in order to protect the formation in which he was flying.
He was badly burned but was able to open his parachute and was rescued by soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Division. He was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross. Kunkel was one of three American D-Day veterans honored by President Barack Obama and French President Sarkozy in ceremonies at
Normandy, in June 2009. He has also been nominated by the French government to receive the rank of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor. Kunkle lives in France . Santa Barbara, California
The citation for the DSC reads: "The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James K. Kunkle (0-763232), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 September 1944, during an air mission over Aachen, Germany.
On this date, while flying as rear man in a squadron on an armed reconnaissance mission, Lieutenant Kunkle noticed that his squadron was about to be surprised by a vastly superior force of enemy aircraft. Unable to summon his leader on the radio, he alone unhesitatingly pulled away from his formation and vigorously attacked the enemy, immediately destroying one of his aircraft. In so doing, Lieutenant Kunkle placed himself in a position to be attacked from the rear and above.
When this attack materialized, many hits were registered on his aircraft which caught fire burning his face, neck, and hands. Despite his burning plane and the gunfire from enemy planes, Lieutenant Kunkle continued his attack against the vastly superior enemy force and succeeded in destroying a second enemy aircraft, breaking off combat only when forced to parachute to safety when his left fuel tank exploded. Second Lieutenant Kunkle's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces."
Son blouson et son name tag
|Son blouson A2|
|James C. Kunkle avec e Présideant Obama en 2009|
|James KUNKLE en 1944|
Une de mes plus belles rencontre !
VIDEO de James KUNKLE :