tinkll1 (tinkll1) wrote,

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Memorial Day Weekend, Movies and a Letter Finished.

Kurt Juergens, Thedore Bikel and Robert Mitchum..... enemies, but human. Even, humane... in the movies, of course. A step beyond the usual World War II movie, with great realism in the filming and without the usual vilification. Turning to Wikipedia, there's a fine rundown of the ship, a destroyer escort, with an explanation of the type, armament and performance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Enemy_Below

The trivia section identifies the U.S. Destroyer Escort Whitehurst, and the ship's captain and the sailors appear in the movie.

Theodore Bikel http://www.bikel.com/ is a wonderful singer of folk music and was a favorite of mine in the 60's, in my active folk music period when I was discovering Pete Seeger, the Weavers, Cynthia Gooding, Oscar Brand and Ewan McColl. Bikel is an outstanding actor, a wonderful singer, and he encouraged and inspired a member of our Chavurah (friendship group) to act and sing. Just yesterday, Steven entertained us with a Bikel song at a picnic, so putting this together, a fine Memorial Day Weekend!

AMC has its Memorial Day Weekend marathon and I've just been ringside at the Sinking of the Bismarck. And here's one for the book.... when the announcement of the actual sinking was made, I was home for lunch from William G. Hibbard Elementary School, and eating a bismark, a jelly filled oblong sweet roll, and asking my mother what the battleship had to do with the more familiar treat. The ship was sunk, or, as Wikipedia describes, scuttled on 27 May 1941. I was 5 years old, so I guess I wasn't home from school. I hadn't started school, or fallen in love with Spitfires. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bismarck_%28battleship%29

And, finally, for now, I've finished my second letter to a Spitfire pilot who answered a questions I had about Roger Bushell who was a barrister, an RAF pilot, the Roger portrayed by Richard Attenborough, in The Great Escape, which I am watching as I write this. The pilot put me in touch with an American writer in Iowa who is researching Bushell's life and will be writing his biography.

In my letter, I include some information about the Seversky P-35, a radial engined pursuit that was used in smaller numbers than the more famous Curtis P-40, the plane of the Flying Tigers. I stumbled across information on Richard Lamar Gillett, who as a second lieutenant, flying a P-35 over Lamon Bay, in the Philippines, on December 8, 1941, shot down a Japanese Zero fighter. Apparently, this was the only victory recorded by a P-35 in World War II. http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3897/is_200308/ai_n9261318/print I received information about Gillett from a Google search and an e-mail from gentleman who maintains records about Allied POW's of the Japanese.

And all of this on Memorial Day weekend.... through LiveJournal, a correspondent in Wimbledon who is a video game designer, Wikipedia, Google and the internet. And I think of my childhood trips to the Albany Park Public Library in Chicago to look at every book that had pictures of airplanes.
Tags: battle of britain, memorial day, movies, roger bushell, seversky, theodore bikel
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