WWII Veteran / Carpetbaggers - Router Forums
 30Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
kywoodchopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Country: United States
First Name: malcolm
Posts: 474
 
Default WWII Veteran / Carpetbaggers

In 2015 someone told me that a World War II veterans group was having a reunion in town, and he asked me to make a wooden basket for the group. This fellow said his dad served in this group during the war, but has since died.

The name of the group was The Carpetbaggers, and they flew out of England in B-24s. They flew really low around 300 feet. They dropped spies, weapons, motorbikes, and supplies behind enemy lines to the resistance forces. After the war many of the German airports had been destroyed so the same group dropped food and medicine to the German people.

I was asked to make a wooden basket for them and have engraved on it a B-24 with the name of the plane, Miss Fitt, the airport that they flew out of, and other information on it.

I made it and took it to their reunion. As can be expected all of the guys were in their 90's. My friend told them it was a gift that they would give away as a door prize. Each of the guys wanted their picture taken with me holding up the basket.

Here is a picture of the leader of the group.

I just got my issue of National Geographic Magazine and starting on page 79 is an article about this group along with a picture of the leader, Eugene Polinsky, whom is in my picture.

Malcolm / Kentucky USA
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	WWII Veterans reunion.jpg
Views:	56
Size:	94.0 KB
ID:	387863  

kp91, TWheels, pal and 20 others like this.
kywoodchopper is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
kywoodchopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Country: United States
First Name: malcolm
Posts: 474
 
Default

I should have added...here is a pointer to an article about this group that gives more information.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/0...lstrom-94-army

Malcolm / Kentucky USA
kywoodchopper is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 08:00 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Stick486's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Stick
Posts: 30,285
 
Default

most excellent Malcolm....

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
Stick486 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 08:22 AM
Registered User
 
Nickp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Nick
Posts: 4,376
 
Default

Very nice of you to contribute...good looking basket too...!

Nick

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
GIVE A MAN A FISH and you feed him for a day.
TEACH HIM HOW TO FISH and you feed him for his life time.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nickp is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 09:03 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Country: United States
First Name: mary
Posts: 1,420
 
Default

very nice.
marecat3 is offline  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 11:04 AM
Registered User
 
roxanne562001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Roxanne
Posts: 1,936
 
Default

That is awesome very cool
roxanne562001 is online now  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 11:23 AM
Registered User
 
JOAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Theo
Posts: 6,630
 
Default

On my second tour worked for a Captain that had been given a battlefield commission in WWII. They had lost his paperwork, so somehow he could not get promoted. He was a tough guy. He had known our commander, Lieutenant Colonel, from years earlier. He used to come in mornings, jacket unbuttoned, hat cocked on his head, enter the commander's office, and say, "How's it going baldy", then come upstairs. Nothing was ever said about this. When he retired, he did retire as a Major. Forget his enlisted rank, but if you want to see his photo it appeared on the cover of Life magazine, on a troop ship, loaded down with equipment, on the way to Europe and war.

Knew two cooks in our company, on my first tour. They had been buddies in WWII, infantry. They both claimed that one of them had been shot six times by a sniper. He would pop his head up from behind a long, just far enough to peek over, and the sniper would shoot him in the forehead. The bullets would travel under the skin, over the top of the skull, and come out the back. Six times. The reason I think this is true is because they never said, "No s###, this really happened", or "Once upon a time".
Herb Stoops likes this.

"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Fawkahwe tribal police SWAT Team
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
JOAT is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 12:57 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Steve
Posts: 170
 
Default

You've shown us many great boxes and other projects, but I doubt many were as truly appreciated as this basket. Thanks for including the mprnews article - quite a guy.
Herb Stoops likes this.
ScottyDBQ is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 01:50 PM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 18,407
 
Default

Love it, WWII era aviation was such an amazing time. And the courage it took to go up when attirtion rates were so high, especially before the German AF was pretty well subdued. I'm digging for the National Geographic now.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is online now  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 02:48 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 4,191
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stick486 View Post
most excellent Malcolm....
Ditto

HJ

Detroit Burbs

RoutervilleUSA on Etsy

I took the tests and retirement is the best job I'm suited for.

Now I know why old guys wear suspenders.
honesttjohn is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome