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Cy OBrien grew up in Camden, New Jersey and attended State University in Philadelphia, PA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1942 immediately after high school. After boot camp, he was assigned overseas and participated as an infantryman in the battle of Bougainville in November 1943. He later joined the ranks of Combat Correspondents on Guadalcanal in time for the invasion of Guam, where he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Div, and on Iwo Jima with the 9th Marine Regiment. At the wars end he became a newspaperman, covering the US Congress as a columnist in New Jersey. He later was the head of media relations for John Hopkins University and the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, the state in which he currently resides.
Items Signed by Cyril OBrien
| ||Iwo Jima - A Hard Won Haven by John D Shaw.|
Price : £165.00
|Only 660 miles from Tokyo, the small volcanic island of Iwo Jima was recognized as early as 1943 as being a vital location to secure an airbase for allied aircraft, in order to achieve victory in the Pacific. Forseeing this goal, the Japanese began......|
| ||Iwo Jima - A Hard Won Haven by John D Shaw. (AP)|
|Only 660 miles from Tokyo, the small volcanic island of Iwo Jima was recognized as early as 1943 as being a vital location to secure an airbase for allied aircraft, in order to achieve victory in the Pacific. Forseeing this goal, the Japanese began......||NOT|
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|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden X3001 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Hampden was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed north of Alkmaar in Holland.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : J. F. Hollingworth : Squadrons updated (added No.78 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Stirling BK718 (WP-M) of No.90 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Flying Fortress 42-5906 : Squadrons updated (added 388th Bomb Group)|
|Warrant Officer Dennis Baker added to aircrew database :|
Originally a Halton Brat, Dennis qualified as a Flight Engineer serving with 75 Sqn on Stirlings. Shot down on his third operation returning from Frankfurt on 3rd December 1942, he was held as a PoW for nearly three years in camps including Stalag Luft I, Lutz VI and 357.
|Flight Lieutenant Robert Charles Platt added to aircrew database :|
Killed aged 29 on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery. Son of James Francis and Amelia Louisa Minnie Platt, of Teddington, Middlesex.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Matthewman : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
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|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington T2610 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Wellington lost engine power and ditched into the North Sea. The injured crew were rescued by the SS Tovelil two days later.)|
|Whitley Mk.V T4217 of No.51 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
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