World War II

FILE - In this April 2, 2002, file photo, the Nine-O-Nine, a Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress, flies over Thomasville, Ala., during its journey from Decatur, Ala., to Mobile, Ala. A B-17 vintage World War II-era bomber plane crashed Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, just outside New England's second-busiest airport, and a fire-and-rescue operation was underway, official said. Airport officials said the plane was associated with the Collings Foundation, an educational group that brought its "Wings of Freedom" vintage aircraft display to Bradley International Airport this week. (John David Mercer/Press-Register via AP, File)
October 04, 2019 - 9:37 pm
The roar of its four engines, the plexiglass nose, the bristling machine guns — for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts, few thrills compare with that of a flight aboard aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress, the World War II bomber that helped smash the Nazi war machine. "It made you feel like...
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A Delta commercial airline plane taxis to take-off behind investigators at the wreckage of World War II-era bomber plane that crashed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 02, 2019 - 9:35 pm
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A World War II-era plane with 13 people aboard crashed and burned at the Hartford airport after encountering mechanical trouble on takeoff Wednesday, killing seven of them. The four-engine, propeller-driven B-17 bomber struggled to get into the air and slammed into a...
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October 01, 2019 - 9:55 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a groundbreaking decision, an appeals court in the Netherlands ruled Tuesday that the statute of limitations does not apply to allegations of colonial era crimes committed by Dutch forces in what is now Indonesia. The Hague Court of Appeal issued rulings in two...
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Spectators watch a mass parachute drop at Ginkel Heath, eastern Netherlands, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, as part of commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, an ultimately unsuccessful airborne and land offensive that Allied leaders hoped would bring a swift end to World War II by capturing key Dutch bridges and opening a path to Berlin. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
September 21, 2019 - 9:23 am
GINKEL HEATH, Netherlands (AP) — Parachutes glowing gold and white against clear blue skies, hundreds of paratroopers floated to the ground in the eastern Netherlands on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of a daring but ultimately unsuccessful mission that Allied commanders hoped would bring a...
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In this Aug. 9, 1977 file photo, John Keenan, chief of detectives, speaks at a press conference at New York City Police headquarters after two new sketches of the "Son of Sam" were unveiled. Keenan, the police official who led New York City's manhunt for the "Son of Sam" killer, and eventually took a case-solving confession from David Berkowitz, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at the age of 99. (AP Photo/Ray Howard, File)
September 20, 2019 - 6:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Keenan, the police official who led New York City's manhunt for the Son of Sam killer and eventually took a case-solving confession from David Berkowitz, has died. His death Thursday at age 99 was announced by the police department and Keenan's family. He had been in declining...
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)/ U.S. Army
Andrew Limberg
September 19, 2019 - 3:13 pm
A missing WWII soldier from Pittsburgh has been accounted for.
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Tom Rice, a 98-year-old American WWII veteran, and U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra, right, talk to journalists after landing with a tandem parachute jump near Groesbeek, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, as part of commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. Rice jumped with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Normandy, landing safely despite catching himself on the exit and a bullet striking his parachute. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Associated Press
September 19, 2019 - 12:50 pm
GROESBEEK, Netherlands (AP) — Jump by jump, 98-year-old D-Day veteran Tom Rice is nudging closer to his goal of leaping out of planes at age 100. The American who caused a sensation in June by parachuting into Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings was at it again on Thursday...
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(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Associated Press
September 18, 2019 - 10:12 pm
Smoyer, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was part of a famous March 6, 1945, duel in Cologne, Germany, where his Pershing tank destroyed a German Panther tank about nine months after D-Day.
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis holds a photo of U.S. photographer Joseph Roger O'Donnell of child victims of Nagasaki bombing, aboard his flight to Santiago, Chile. The Vatican said Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan on Nov. 19-26. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
September 13, 2019 - 7:38 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand,...
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September 10, 2019 - 6:22 am
BERLIN (AP) — The speaker of Germany's parliament has paid tribute to the Polish soldiers who managed to fend off a massive Nazi onslaught for days at the start of World War II. Speaking Tuesday on the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Wizna, Wolfgang Schaeuble recalled the "heroic...
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