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The Eighth Air Force

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The Eighth Air Force [http://mightyeighth.org/] deserves our attention. It is a shameful that Americans, young and old, know so little about the history and actions of the Eighth Air Force and it's men and boys (in age only) who made up the various Bomb Groups.

Donald L. Miller author of
Masters of the Air: Americas Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany, writes:

“The Eighth Air Force had arrived in England at the lowest moment of the war for the nations aligned against the Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and their allies... By May 1942, when Maj. Gen. Carl A. “Tooey” Spaatz arrived in London to take command of American air operations in Europe, Japan controlled a far-reaching territorial empire.”

“The Eighth Air Force had been sent to England to join this ever accelerating bombing campaign, which would be the longest battle of World War II. It had begun combat operations in August 1942, in support of the British effort but with a different plan and purpose.”

That’s right. The “Mighty Eighth” had been fighting a long and bloody war for almost two full years before we hit the beaches of France on D-Day. The Eighth had began combat operations for three months before we launched operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. The Eighth Air Force’s war would be a long one.

Again quoting Donald Miller:

"It was air war fought not at 12,000 feet, as in World War I, but at altitudes two and three times that, up near the stratosphere where the elements were even more dangerous than the enemy. In this brilliantly blue battlefield, the cold killed, the air was unbreathable, and the sun exposed bombers to swift violence from German fighter planes and ground guns. This endless, unfamiliar killing space added a new dimension to the ordeal of combat, causing many emotional and physical problems that fighting men experienced for the first time ever."

"For most airmen, flying was as strange as fighting. Before enlisting, thousands of American fliers had never set foot in an airplane or fired a shot at anything more threatening than a squirrel. A new type of warfare, it gave birth to a new type of medicine—air medicine. Its pioneering psychiatrists and surgeons worked in hospitals and clinics not far from the bomber bases, places where men were sent when frostbite mauled their faces and fingers or when trauma and terror brought them down."

"Every position in the plane was vulnerable; there were no foxholes in the sky. Along with German and American submarine crews and the Luftwaffe pilots they met in combat, American and British bomber boys had the most dangerous job in the war. In October 1943, fewer than one out of four Eighth Air Force crew members could expect to complete his tour of duty: twenty-five combat missions."

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"The statistics were discomforting. Two-thirds of the men could expect to die in combat or be captured by the enemy. And 17 percent would either be wounded seriously, suffer a disabling mental breakdown, or die in a violent air accident over English soil. Only 14 percent of fliers assigned to Major Egan’s Bomb Group when it arrived in England in May 1943 made it to their twenty-fifth mission. By the end of the war, the Eighth Air Force would have more fatal casualties—26,000—than the entire United States Marine Corps. Seventy-seven percent of the Americans who flew against the Reich before D-Day would wind up as casualties."

In case you missed it... read the above two paragraphs again. Being on the ground in the Army in a foxhole was safer than flying in the B-17's, B-24's, and other aircraft of the Eighth.

I urge you to take the time to learn about the men who were the Eighth Air Force. You and I will benefit from knowing them.

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Military vs. Local Law Enforcement

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Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used

In his infinite wisdom he said the equipment may not be needed because there is
"a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don't want those lines blurred."

It’s nice to know that bullets and shrapnel know the difference between the two and don’t intend to inflect damage to our law enforcement officers! It's nice to know that with hundreds of rounds fired at officers in the
North Hollywood shootout, and similar shootings, the officers need no real fire-power to take down thugs in full body armor. Thugs who are firing "military hardware" freely at the officers.

The arriving patrol officers, responding to what was initially a bank robbery, carried 9mm and .38 special pistols. Some were fortunate to have shotguns. They were up against two men who had a trunk load of ammo (literally) for their fully automatic weapons which were firing armor piercing bullets. Over 2,000 rounds of ammunition where fired before it all came to an end.

What makes the "military" the military is not the weapons in use. Likewise, weapons don't define "local law enforcement." You would think that a Commander in Chief would understand that.

But Barack Obama, in his great wisdom, wants to draw lines between "military" and "local" action. When armor piercing bullets are flying towards you, and when the enemy itself is in full body armor, do you stop to think... "Am I military or am I local law enforcement?" The president would ask you to do just that... after all,
"we don't want those lines blurred."

His Ways are Everlasting

"God's ways are the manifestation of the eternal principles of right, and therefore can never pass away." Spurgeon

Habakkuk - Chapter 3
1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.

From Spurgeon:
"his ways are everlasting."
What He hath done at one time, He will do yet again. Man's ways are variable, but God's ways are everlasting. There are many reasons for this most comforting truth: among them are the following--the Lord's ways are
the result of wise deliberation; He ordereth all things according to the counsel of His own will. Human action is frequently the hasty result of passion, or fear, and is followed by regret and alteration; but nothing can take the Almighty by surprise, or happen otherwise than He has foreseen. His ways are the outgrowth of an immutable character, and in them the fixed and settled attributes of God are clearly to be seen. Unless the Eternal One Himself can undergo change, His ways, which are Himself in action, must remain for ever the same. Is He eternally just, gracious, faithful, wise, tender?--then His ways must ever be distinguished for the same excellences. Beings act according to their nature: when those natures change, their conduct varies also; but since God cannot know the shadow of a turning, His ways will abide everlastingly the same. Moreover there is no reason from without which could reverse the divine ways, since they are the embodiment of irresistible might. The earth is said, by the prophet, to be cleft with rivers, mountains tremble, the deep lifts up its hands, and sun and moon stand still, when Jehovah marches forth for the salvation of His people. Who can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou? But it is not might alone which gives stability; God's ways are the manifestation of the eternal principles of right, and therefore can never pass away. Wrong breeds decay and involves ruin, but the true and the good have about them a vitality which ages cannot diminish.
This morning let us go to our heavenly Father with confidence, remembering that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever, and in Him the Lord is ever gracious to His people.

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