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|Gordon Ward USMC|
Gordon Ward was born in Watertown, New York in 1923. He joined the Marine Corps in June of 1941 and served until his honorable discharge in March 1946. On February 19th, 1945, Gordon was on the 1st wave at Iwo Jima. He recalls, as historic photos confirm, that the only vessel on the beach at that time was a Japanese ship. He vividly remembers the vessels smoke stack and southern side being riddled profusely with bullet holes as a result of US aircraft and naval attack ships. After the war, courtesy to the G.I. Bill, Gordon attended Syracuse and Miami Universities, obtaining the title of Safety Engineer. Gordon remains an active docent at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington DC, giving presentations, in an effort to educate and guide todays youth in this area of Americas history.
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| ||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 AD719 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Hampden was shot down by an intruder and crashed near Grange Farm in Sudbrooke, Lincoln. Sergeants Butterworth and Caldwell were killed.)|
|Squadron Leader Stanislav Jozefiak added to aircrew database :|
Escaping Poland in 1939, and already a pilot, Stan completed 2 full tours on Wellingtons with 304 Sqn, Bomber Command. After a period of training he returned to action flying Spitfires with 317 Sqn, part of the 2nd TAF. After the war Stan was to fly Dakotas for the CIA.
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington W5365 : Airframe notes updated (added 08-02-1941 : Wellington stalled and crashed while trying to land at Tollerton, it came down near Cotgrave. )|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Clarke :|
|Hurricane Mk.IIb Z5617 of No.229 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|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.
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