#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: They were moved to the western part of Iwo Jima to form a port, as the island had no port facilities at the time: The seabed has started to rise due to the seismic activity from Mount Suribachi, in particular the western part of the island.
#AceDailyNews says according to the MailOnline report Japanese ghost ships that were sunk by the US during WWII at Battle of Iwo Jima have risen from ocean floor after seismic activity from one of island’s most active volcanoes
As a result of the activity, the sunken ships are sitting on volcanic ash.
The ships were used as a breakwater to protect other ships that were unloading soldiers and materials.
The island was known as Brown Beach on invasion maps, which was reportedly done so to create an artificial naval base to support a U.S. military base before the assault on mainland Japan.
#AceNewsReport – June.13: The Wellington had a six-man Czech crew, five of whom died. It was downed by a German night fighter, crashing at Nieuwe Niedorp, a village about 60km (37 miles) north of Amsterdam.
The dig is part of a wider Dutch project to find wartime crews’ remains.
In World War Two the RAF’s 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron had airmen who had fled Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and had then had combat experience in Poland or France. It was based at RAF East Wretham, near Thetford in Norfolk.
The squadron flew Vickers Wellington and Liberator bombers.
More than 5,500 aircraft crashed during the air war over the Netherlands in 1940-1945, and as many as 50 are believed to have crews’ remains.
Geert Jonker, a member of the identification team at Nieuwe Niedorp, told Czech TV: “They never returned home to Czechoslovakia, so the least we can do is go out and search for them and give them a proper burial.”
The Wellington’s pilot, Flight Sgt Vilem Bufka, parachuted out of the burning plane, broke a leg on landing and was captured by the Germans. He was imprisoned in Colditz Castle, with many other Royal Air Force POWs, and returned to Czechoslovakia in August 1945. He wrote a memoir – Bomber T2990 Gone Silent – and died in 1967.
The five crew who died were: co-pilot Alois Rozum, radio operator Leonhard Smrcek, navigator Vilem Konstacky, front gunner Jan Hejna and rear gunner Karel Valach.
In its tribute to the crew, the Czech Foreign Ministry says Valach had “met an English girl Doreen Francis Todd and they were married on 10 December 1940”. It adds: “Their son was born in 1941.”
The RAF Museum says 311 Squadron focused mainly on bombing the cities of Bremen and Cologne.
“The squadron’s greatest success was the sinking of the blockade runner Alsterufer, which transported over 300 tons of rare tungsten from Japan to Germany,” it says. The operation took place off the French Atlantic coast in 1943. During the war the Allies imposed a naval blockade to stop cargo ships bringing essential supplies to Nazi Germany.Stevie Stevens flew 29 missions during World War Two
#AceNewsReport – May.04: A devastating fire at a historic boatyard has destroyed a yacht that was used to rescue troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War:
Historic ship used to save people from Dunkirk in WW2 destroyed in boatyard fire: ‘The Lady Gay was lost in the blaze on Platts Eyot in Hampton, south west London, on Monday, according to the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships’
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 09 – (NYT) – Russia’s thundering Victory Day parade, a lengthy review of its newly refurbished military and of its most advanced hardware, rolled through Red Square in Moscow on Friday as the event played out under global scrutiny in light of tensions with neighbouring Ukraine.
Celebration of the March annexation of Crimea was not subtle, as the first vehicles to enter the square behind row after row of tightly choreographed marching soldiers made clear.
The first vehicle, an armoured personnel carrier from a Black Sea Marines brigade, flew a big Crimean flag. Some 11,000 soldiers and 150 military vehicles, from tanks to intercontinental ballistic missile launchers, rumbled through the square.
Through cloudless skies, the flyover included 69 aircraft, marking the 69 years since the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
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1. New York Times (NYT) – May 09 – http://tinyurl.com/ououqo4
#AceNewsServices – BUCHENWALD – April 11 – On April 11,Russia’s city of Smolensk marked the Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation. People laid flowers at a memorial dedicated to child prisoners to commemorate the 170,000 boys and girls held by the Nazis at these camps during the WW2 occupation of Smolensk.
On April 11,Russia’s city of Smolensk marked the Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation . People laid flowers at a memorial dedicated to child prisoners to commemorate the 170,000 boys and girls held by the Nazis at these camps during the WW2 occupation of Smolensk.
The Liberation Day was established under a UN initiative to mark a revolt by Buchenwald prisoners who on April 11, 1945 learned that the Soviet Army was coming to liberate them.
The total of 18 million people were incarcerated in Nazi camps during WW2, 5 million of them were Soviet citizens.
The number of Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War exceeded 300.
Several million people were killed in concentration camps during the WWII.
Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated on April 11 1945.
On this day, the International Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation is marked.