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    Default Strange WWII Facts

    SOME INTERESTING STUFF HERE (Unverified by me)

    You might enjoy this from Col D. G. Swinford, USMC, Ret., and

    history buff. You would really have to dig deep to get this kind of

    ringside seat to history:

    1. The first German serviceman killed in WW II was killed by the

    Japanese (China, 1937). The first American serviceman killed was

    killed by the Russians (Finland 1940); highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps. So much for allies.

    2. The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old: Calvin Graham, USN. He

    was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his

    age. His benefits were later restored by act of Congress.

    3. At the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called

    CINCUS (pronounced 'sink us'); the shoulder patch of the US Army's

    45th Infantry division was the Swastika, and Hitler's private train

    was named 'Amerika.' All three were soon changed for PR purposes.

    4. More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps.

    [Actually the 8th Air Force alone suffered about 5,000 more KIA than

    the entire Marine Corps in WW2. While completing the required 30

    missions, an airman's chance of being killed was 71%.

    5. Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter

    pilot. You were either an ace or a target. For instance, Japanese Ace

    Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes. He died while a

    passenger on a cargo plane.

    6. It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th round

    with a tracer round to aid in aiming. This was a mistake. Tracers had

    different ballistics, so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting

    the target, 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet tracers,

    instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which

    direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of

    tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo.

    This was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy. Units

    that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double

    and their loss rate go down. Here's something related from 5th SF, Detachment B-52's Tips of the Trade item #32; "Tracers work both ways".

    7. When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was

    pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to

    Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton (who had

    himself photographed in the act).

    8. German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City, but

    they decided it wasn't worth the effort.

    9. German submarine U-1206 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

    10. Among the first 'Germans' captured at Normandy were several

    Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until

    they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian

    Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for

    the German Army until they were captured by the US Army.

    11. Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 United States and

    Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands . 21

    troops were killed in the assault on the island. It could have been

    worse if there had been any Japanese on the island.

    12. The last marine killed in WW2 was killed by a can of spam. He was

    on the ground as a POW in Japan when rescue flights dropping food and

    supplies came over, the package came apart in the air and a stray can

    of SPAM hit him and killed him.

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    Some of those are most interesting, others, well, I'd need to see proof..

    Good find though, Davie m'boy.

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    Count on our Dave to find unusual stough!
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