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"War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men."
~ Georges Clemenceau, French premier during World War I.

"In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." ~ Winston Churchill

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U.S. war fatalities
in Afghanistan

Month Monthly deaths Cum. deaths
Oct. 2001 3 3
Nov. 2001 5 8
Dec. 2001 4 12
Jan. 2002 10 22
Feb. 2002 12 34
Mar. 2002 9 43
Apr. 2002 4 47
May 2002 1 48
June 2002 3 51
July 2002 0 51
Aug. 2002 1 52
Sept. 2002 0 52
Oct. 2002 5 57
Nov. 2002 2 59
Dec. 2002 1 60
Jan. 2003 4 64
Feb. 2003 7 71
Mar. 2003 11 82
Apr. 2003 2 84
May 2003 1 85
June 2003 3 88
July 2003 1 89
Aug. 2003 4 93
Sept. 2003 2 95
Oct. 2003 3 98
Nov. 2003 6 104
Dec. 2003 1 105
Jan. 2004 9 114
Feb. 2004 2 116
Mar. 2004 3 119
Apr. 2004 3 122
May 2004 8 130
June 2004 5 135
July 2004 2 137
Aug. 2004 3 140
Sept. 2004 4 144
Oct. 2004 5 149
Nov. 2004 7 156
Dec. 2004 1 157
Jan. 2005 2 159
Feb. 2005 1 160
Mar. 2005 6 166
Apr. 2005 18 184
May 2005 4 188
June 2005 27 205
July 2005 2 207
Aug. 2005 15 222
Sept. 2005 11 233
Oct. 2005 7 240
Nov. 2005 3 243
Dec. 2005 3 246
Jan. 2006 1 247
Feb. 2006 17 254
Mar. 2006 10 264
Apr. 2006 1 265
May 2006 11 276
June 2006 18 294
July 2006 9 203
Aug. 2006 10 213
Sept. 2006 6 219
Oct. 2006 10 229
Nov. 2006 7 236
Dec. 2006 1 237
Jan. 2007 0 237
Feb. 2007 14 251
Mar. 2007 5 256
Apr. 2007 8 264
May 2007 11 275
June 2007 12 287
July 2007 14 301
Aug. 2007 17 318
Sept. 2007 9 327
Oct. 2007 10 337
Nov. 2007 11 348
Dec. 2007 6 354
Jan. 2008 7 361
Feb. 2008 1 362
Mar. 2008 8 370
Apr. 2008 5 375
May 2008 17 392
June 2008 28 420
July 2008 20 448
Aug. 2008 22 470
Sept. 2008 27 497
Oct. 2008 16 513
Nov. 2008 1 514
Dec. 2008 3 517
Jan. 2009 15 532
Feb. 2009 15 547
Mar. 2009 13 560
Apr. 2009 6 566
May 2009 12 578
June 2009 25 603
July 2009 45 648
Aug. 2009 51 699
Sept. 2009 40 739
Oct. 2009 59 798
Nov. 2009 18 816
Dec. 2009 18 834
Jan. 2010 30 864
Feb. 2010 31 895
Mar. 2010 26 921
Apr. 2010 20 941
May 2010 34 975
June 2010 60 1035
July 2010 65 1100
Aug. 2010 55 1155
Sept. 2010 42 1197
Oct. 2010 50 1247
Nov. 2010 53 1300
Dec. 2010 33 1333
Jan. 2011 25 1358
Feb. 2011 20 1378
Mar. 2011 31 1409
Apr. 2011 46 1455
May 2011 35 1490
June 2011 47 1537
July 2011 37 1574
Aug. 2011 71 1645
Sept. 2011 42 1687
Oct. 2011 31 1718
Nov. 2011 10 1728
Dec. 2011
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NOTE: "There have been 533 U.S. combat deaths to date in Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes Afghanistan and other areas." SOURCES: Washington Post, July 2, 2008; Apr. 9, 2009; icasualties.org

October 16, 2016 [LINK / comment]

World War II aircraft show (II)

On Thursday, Jacqueline and I drove up to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyer's Cave, to see the World War II air show put on by the Collings Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving history. I had been there once before, almost seven years ago. I enjoyed it tremendously, and I was glad that Jacqueline did as well. It's a special privilege to be able to climb aboard those old war birds, and get a sense of what it must have been like to risk your life on a bombing mission over Germany, Italy, or enemy-held territory. Three of the aircraft were the very same ones I saw there before: a B-17 Flying Fortress (bomber), a B-24 Liberator (bomber), and a P-51 Mustang (fighter). For the first time, I saw a B-25 Mitchell medium bomber, which was what they used in General Doolittle's surprise bombing raid on Tokyo on April 18, 1942. Sixteen of those planes somehow took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet, but not all of them made it to China, where they were supposed to land. Eleven crew members were captured, and three were executed.

Most of the folks in attendance were older, including several veterans, and I had some nice conversations with some of them. One guy has been searching for the crash sites of old military aircraft, including several crashes in the Blue Ridge of which I was not aware. A guide gave us a "tour" of the B-24, explaining the ways in which it was better than the B-17. For example, the belly turret on the B-24 was retractable, unlike that on the B-17; that was safer and made landing easier. (The B-24 had modern "tricycle" landing gear, whereas the B-17 had two big wheels in front and a small "tail-dragging" wheel in back.) I was thrilled to get some video clips of the P-51 taking off, and plan to post it on YouTube soon. While we were driving toward Dayton later, I saw the B-25 Mitchell flying ahead of us, but couldn't get a good photo. Fortunately, it came back along the same flight path about 20 minutes later, and I got some nice, sunlit photos of it.

Friday was the last of the air show, and around noon I heard the distinctive deep rumble of those big piston engines, and raced outside just in time to catch a glimpse of one of the bombers passing Staunton as it left the Shenandoah Valley. The montage below is just a small sample of the photos that I will be posting soon on the the Chronological (2016) photo gallery page.

World War II aircraft montage

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, P-51 Mustang, side machine gun on the B-17, bomb bay on the B-24, and cockpit of the B-17.

Andrew,

Yours truly, wearing my "Witchcraft" B-24 T-shirt (which I bought during my last visit in 2009) in front of the namesake B-24 Liberator.




Disclaimer: My military experience is limited to one semester of ROTC at the University of South Dakota.

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U.S. war fatalities
in Iraq

Month Monthly deaths Cum. deaths
Mar. 2003 65 65
Apr. 2003 73 138
May 2003 37 175
June 2003 30 205
July 2003 47 252
Aug. 2003 35 287
Sept. 2003 30 317
Oct. 2003 43 360
Nov. 2003 82 442
Dec. 2003 40 482
Jan. 2004 47 529
Feb. 2004 19 548
Mar. 2004 52 600
Apr. 2004 135 735
May 2004 80 815
June 2004 42 857
July 2004 54 905
Aug. 2004 66 971
Sept. 2004 81 1052
Oct. 2004 63 1121
Nov. 2004 137 1258
Dec. 2004 72 1330
Jan. 2005 107 1437
Feb. 2005 58 1495
Mar. 2005 36 1531
Apr. 2005 52 1583
May 2005 79 1662
June 2005 77 1739
July 2005 54 1793
Aug. 2005 84 1877
Sept. 2005 48 1925
Oct. 2005 96 2021
Nov. 2005 83 2104
Dec. 2005 66 2170
Jan. 2006 61 2231
Feb. 2006 53 2284
Mar. 2006 30 2314
Apr. 2006 74 2388
May 2006 69 2457
June 2006 59 2516
July 2006 42 2558
Aug. 2006 65 2623
Sept. 2006 70 2693
Oct. 2006 100 2793
Nov. 2006 63 2856
Dec. 2006 105 2961
Jan. 2007 82 3043
Feb. 2007 81 3124
Mar. 2007 75 3199
Apr. 2007 102 3301
May 2007 121 3422
June 2007 98 3520
July 2007 75 3595
Aug. 2007 77 3672
Sept. 2007 62 3734
Oct. 2007 37 3771
Nov. 2007 35 3806
Dec. 2007 23 3829
Jan. 2008 40 3869
Feb. 2008 29 3898
Mar. 2008 37 3935
Apr. 2008 51 3988
May 2008 20 4008
June 2008 28 4036
July 2008 13 4049
Aug. 2008 22 4071
Sept. 2008 25 4097
Oct. 2008 13 4110
Nov. 2008 16 4126
Dec. 2008 13 4139
Jan. 2009 16 4154
Feb. 2009 17 4172
Mar. 2009 9 4181
Apr. 2009 17 4198
May 2009 25 4223
June 2009 14 4237
July 2009 8 4245
Aug. 2009 7 4252
Sept. 2009 10 4262
Oct. 2009 7 4269
Nov. 2009 10 4279
Dec. 2009 3 4282
Jan. 2010 6 4288
Feb. 2010 6 4294
Mar. 2010 7 4301
Apr. 2010 8 4309
May 2010 6 4315
June 2010 8 4323
July 2010 4 4327
Aug. 2010 3 4330
Sept. 2010 7 4337
Oct. 2010 2 4339
Nov. 2010 2 4341
Dec. 2010 1 4342
Jan. 2011 6 4348
Feb. 2011 3 4351
Mar. 2011 2 4353
Apr. 2011 11 4364
May 2011 6 4372
June 2011 15 4387
July 2011 5 4392
Aug. 2011 0 4392
Sept. 2011 4 4396
Oct. 2011 5 4401
Nov. 2011 2 4403
Dec. 2011
Data for 2010-2011 pertain to all Coalition forces, and may include some non-U.S. fatalities.

NOTE: Includes all deaths, caused by enemy forces or not. Excludes military personnel (5, as of June 2009) whose names have not been released because their next of kin have not yet been contacted.

SOURCES: strategypage.com,
GlobalSecurity.org, icasualties.org,
Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2004