Posts Tagged 'military history'

Zeppelins Once Served As Aircraft Carriers

This page has a lot of information about the two airships built by the US Navy in the early 1930s.

The ships were equipped with hangars, approximately 75′ long x 60′ wide x 16′ high, which could stow and service up to five aircraft in flight. Aircraft were launched and retrieved by means of a trapeze, and could enter and exit the hangar though a large T-shaped opening at the bottom of the hull.

Read much more about these two very strange zeppelins.

100 Years Ago Today – Wenman’s Lucky(?) Day

sinking ship-s2According to Wikipedia –

Wenman “Kit” Wykeham-Musgrave (1899–1989) was a Royal Navy officer who has the possibly unique distinction of having survived being torpedoed on three different ships on the same day.[1][2] He was born on 4 April 1899 at Barford, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, and was educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, England, and at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, England.[3]

He was serving as a midshipman aboard HMS Aboukir when, on the morning of the 22 September 1914, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy, three pre-Dreadnought cruisers,[4][5] were on patrol in the Broad Fourteens off the Dutch coast. They were attacked by the German U-Boat U-9, which was under the command of Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen. Wykeham-Musgrave’s daughter, Pru Bailey-Hamilton, recounted the tale of his torpedoing during a BBC interview in 2003:[6]

“He went overboard when the Aboukir was going down and he swam like mad to get away from the suction. He was then just getting on board the Hogue and she was torpedoed. He then went and swam to the Cressy and she was also torpedoed. He eventually found a bit of driftwood, became unconscious and was eventually picked up by a Dutch trawler.”

The U-Boat torpedoed all three ships within the space of an hour. Wykeham-Musgrave survived the war and re-joined the Royal Navy in 1939, reaching the rank of commander.[3]

Frank Buckles – Last Living WWI Veteran

According to Wikipedia –

Frank Woodruff Buckles (born February 1, 1901) is, at age 109, the last living American veteran of World War I and the oldest verified military veteran in the world.  He currently lives at Gap View Farm, near Charles Town, West Virginia and is the Honorary Chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation. During World War II, Buckles was taken prisoner by the Japanese as a civilian. Buckles was born in Bethany, Missouri. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of America’s involvement in World War I in April 1917. Only 16 years old at the time, Buckles was asked by his recruiter to show a birth certificate.

Continue reading HERE.

World’s First Aircraft Carrier?

Here are a few interesting pictures of the USS Birmingham. In 1910, a flight deck was added and an airplane took off from the deck.

See the pictures HERE.birmingham_05-sm


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