M-421a and another A-1
Photo belongs to me from the Originals Ernst owned, the photo of the crew was the last night they spent togetherHere's a period photo guys, and there's a story behind it, it's German Luftwaffe I know but please no politics, it the crew of a Junkers 88 KG54, one man in particular the Bordenfunker Ernst Specht I met some years ago at a event on the Lincolnshire coast when my section of my group were portraying bomber crew of KG55, nice guy, he came into the war late, when he was young and everyone was being conscripted, by 44 the war was over for Ernst when he was shot down over St Lo, he told me he landed practically in the town itself, snowing, he wandered around and knocked on a door to surrender as he knew the Americans were in occupation, knowing a bit of English, the door opened and he said I surrender, a burly GI sergeant said get your ass in here bud it's cold haha, to cut a long story short, later I helped him find where his crew were interred where the German war Graves commission failed to tell him, took me a lot of research, but the plane crashed not far from St Lo and the Americans buried them local, Ernst has passed now but he was tearful and grateful, anyway this is his story on aircrew remembered, I spent a fair bit of time with Ernst listening to his stories, when he was released from POW in UK he married the English girl Caroline he met
View attachment 100019Personal history of aviation people from all nations and all eras, and including descriptions of the site's methods and objectives, including original research.aircrewremembered.com
Boy these guys just aren't built like people today. Small chests- and the gigantic balloon pants don't seem to even happen today- I haven't seen any current period TV shows or movies that capture that (rather ugly IMO) look. Pants ride on hips now.