posted on Dec, 5 2018 @ 03:49 AM
a reply to: SprocketUK
After writing this I went to youtube and watched several hours of the history channels take on the war in the Pacific..I had not known the aircraft
carrier that launched the Doolittle Raid called the Hornet was sunk during an engagement. That left one aircraft carrier in all the Pacific called the
"ENTERPRISE".. To say we were both lucky and stupid in some of the battles is an understatement.
There was no mercy for the sailors or airmen at sea. One US aircrew was plucked out of the water (documented) after being shot down by the Japanese
and after being beaten they had 50 pound shells tied to their feet and thrown over board.
The US just shot the Japanese crewmen in the water... Probably more merciful than being eaten alive by the sharks ?
WW2 in the Pacific became very personal for those who fought the battles..
I used to think I was born to late for I wanted to fly a P-38 in the Pacific or a P-51 in Europe during WW2.. I am glad I missed all that stuff after
Vietnam was never personal for me even though I spent 4 years in S.E. Asia.. I had no hate but I was not captured and beaten or worse regularly.
Vietnam was some of the best flying you could find on the planet at the time so I was happy flying everything from helicopters to fixed wing
I flew with some of the POWs at my airline who made it back from Nam.. They were glad to have survived and returned to the USA to say the least.