Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech
Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech
June 5, 2019 - Seventy-five years ago today, 20 Pathfinder pilots were preparing for their daring D-Day mission. It was due to launch late that evening. Their mission was to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines in France. They would then mark seven drop zones for thousands of paratroopers who would drop from the sky minutes later. It was a high-risk, high-tech mission. Paratroopers would be placing Eureka electronic transponders on the ground. Signals from Eureka beacons were received by Rebecca antenna mounted on the nose of the C-47 "Gooney Bird" planes.
 
  • Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech

    Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech

    June 5, 2019 - Seventy-five years ago today, 20 Pathfinder pilots were preparing for their daring D-Day mission. It was due to launch late that evening. Their mission was to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines in France. They would then mark seven drop zones for thousands of paratroopers who would drop from the sky minutes later. It was a high-risk, high-tech mission. Paratroopers would be placing Eureka electronic transponders on the ground. Signals from Eureka beacons were received by Rebecca antenna mounted on the nose of the C-47 "Gooney Bird" planes.

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  • People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 1)

    People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 1)

    May 8, 2019 - During World War II, 16,112,566 soldiers served worldwide in America's Army, Navy or Marines.* They each have a story to honor. At the World War II Memorial in Washington DC, there is a wall of 4,048 gold stars. The stars honor the 405,399 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. Seventy-four years ago today, the Allies declared Victory in Europe (V-E) after liberating Europe from Hitler's Nazi Germany.

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  • People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 2)

    People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 2)

    Vito Pedone and Geraldine "Jerry" Curtis were both US Army Air Force officers during WWII. They met in England while training for D-Day.

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  • USS Iowa played role in D-Day

    USS Iowa played role in D-Day

    March 12, 2019 - Four mighty, Iowa-class battleships were built during World War II. Those are: the USS Iowa, USS Missouri, USS New Jersey, and USS Wisconsin. All four are living history museums.

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  • Pathfinder pilot recalls D-Day

    Pathfinder pilot recalls D-Day

    May 24, 2019 - First Lieutenant David Hamilton was 21 when he climbed into a C-47 airplane on June 5, 1944, the night before D-Day. He was at the North Witham Air Field in England. He was the pilot of plane #14 of 20 Pathfinder aircraft preparing to depart for a stretch of the Normandy coast.

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    WWII 'Gooney Birds' depart for Normandy

    May 20, 2019 - Ten C-47 "Gooney Bird" airplanes flown during World War II left Sunday from Connecticut to return to Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The flights honor the sacrifice and courage of millions of soldiers, sailors, pilots, paratroopers, flight nurses, and the civilians who supported them. It’s being organized by the D-Day Squadron.

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  • People of D-Day: 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion

    People of D-Day: 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion

    Feb. 25, 2019 - The 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion was the only unit of African American soldiers to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day. These brave men were unknown to history until 2015 when their story was told by Linda Hervieux, author of Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, At Home and At War.

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  • Jan. 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Jan. 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Jan. 27, 2019 - On this day 74 years ago, the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was liberated by the Soviet Union, an Allied country. In spring 1945, British soldiers liberated the Bergen-Belsen camp in northern Germany. And United States soldiers liberated Dachau, the first camp Nazi Germany opened in 1933 in southern Germany.

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  • Remembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nears

    Remembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nears

    Jan. 11, 2019 - For the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 2019), Student News Net will be posting a series of stories honoring the people of D-Day. Fred Bahlau was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne. He "dropped" behind enemy lines on D-Day.

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  • Rare 1943 copper penny could bring $200,000

    Rare 1943 copper penny could bring $200,000

    Jan. 9, 2019 - In 1942 and 1943, copper was needed to make war materials. World War II was raging so millions of pennies, called steelies, were made by coating steel with zinc. But a small number of copper pennies were made in error. In 1947, Don Lutes, Jr., a sixteen year old student in Massachusetts, received one. It was in his change after purchasing lunch at his high school cafeteria. That coin will go up for auction Thursday by Heritage Auctions. It could fetch more than $200,000.

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  • Apollo 8 explored the moon and discovered Earth

    Apollo 8 explored the moon and discovered Earth

    Dec. 10, 2018 - Fifty years ago this month, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, NASA astronauts, celebrated Christmas Eve as they orbited the moon. They were the astrinaut crew on the Apollo 8 mission. It was the first time humans had left Earth's orbit. To honor the anniversary, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will present the "Spirit of Apollo" Tuesday. It will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. Jim Lovell, now 90, will participate. NASA will stream the event live.

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  • What does it mean to

    What does it mean to 'lie in state' or 'lie in honor?'

    Dec. 6, 2018 - Thousands of people waited for hours in cold temperatures at the U.S. Capitol this week. They waited to enter the Capitol Rotunda where the casket of President George H.W. Bush lain in state. It's an honor that has been afforded to only 31 people before President Bush. In addition, since 1998, Congress has authorized four ordinary citizens to "lie in honor."

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  • Students give voice to rare music first played at Auschwitz

    Students give voice to rare music first played at Auschwitz

    Dec. 4, 2018 - Fourteen student musicians enrolled at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance recently made history. They recorded a rare musical manuscript. It was found by U-M Prof. Patricia Hall at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland. The manuscript was based on a popular song in the early 1940s that was arranged and played by Auschwitz prisoners in 1943 during World War II. It hasn't been played in 75 years.

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  • I spy a cool museum - and book

    I spy a cool museum - and book

    Nov. 30, 2018 - For centuries, spies have been in the business of deception. A gift of a wooden horse hides an invading army. Ninjas train for years to sleuth in the shadows. Seemingly random groups of numbers and scrambled letters reveal battle plans. Buttons and pens become cameras and weapons. These are tools of the trade for the clandestine cohort of spies, personified by Bond, James Bond. Visitors can immerse themselves in all of this hidden history - and even spy on other visitors - at the International Spy Museum.

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  • Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech
    June 5, 2019 - Seventy-five years ago today, 20 Pathfinder pilots were preparing for their daring D-Day mission. It was due to launch late that evening. Their mission was to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines in France. They would then mark seven drop zones for thousands of paratroopers who would drop from the sky minutes later. It was a high-risk, high-tech mission. Paratroopers would be placing Eureka electronic transponders on the ground. Signals from Eureka beacons were received by Rebecca antenna mounted on the nose of the C-47 "Gooney Bird" planes.
    Read More
  • People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 1) People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 1)
    May 8, 2019 - During World War II, 16,112,566 soldiers served worldwide in America's Army, Navy or Marines.* They each have a story to honor. At the World War II Memorial in Washington DC, there is a wall of 4,048 gold stars. The stars honor the 405,399 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. Seventy-four years ago today, the Allies declared Victory in Europe (V-E) after liberating Europe from Hitler's Nazi Germany.
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  • Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech Pathfinder mission was high-risk, high-tech
    June 5, 2019 - Seventy-five years ago today, 20 Pathfinder pilots were preparing for their daring D-Day mission. It was due to launch late that evening. Their mission was to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines. Enemy lines were in Nazi-occupied France. Paratroopers would then mark seven drop zones. The markers were for thousands of paratroopers who would drop from the sky minutes later. It was a high-risk, high-tech mission.
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  • People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 1) People of D-Day: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 1)
    May 8, 2019 - During World War II, 16,112,566 American soldiers served worldwide. They served in America’s Army, Navy or Marines.* They each have a story to honor. At the World War II Memorial in Washington DC, there is a wall of 4,048 gold stars. The stars honor the 405,399 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. Seventy-four years ago today, the Allies declared Victory in Europe (V-E) after liberating Europe from Hitler's Nazi Germany.
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