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patrickmccuephoto Beginning my Memorial Day weekend remembering my great friend Alvin and listening to the interview I had with my him about his World War Two combat experience as a radio operator and gunner in a PB4Y-2 Privateer in the Pacific. He will be on my heart all weekend. I'm so sad I didn't get to see him again before he passed away a few months ago, but I'm sure he's relaxing up in the clouds looking down on us with his fantastic smile. #neverforget #worldwartwopals #memorialdayweekend #theygaveitall #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #patrickmccuephoto 2d

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patrickmccuephoto From the They Gave It All archives, a portrait that hasn't been seen of B-25 Pilot Louis Breckenridge, who flew 68 combat missions in Italy out of Corsica. His video interview is available at www.theygaveitall.org/episodes #theygaveitall #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2 #tellingstories #sharinghistory #veteranstories #interview #b25 #pilot #europe #patrickmccuephoto 1w

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patrickmccuephoto TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber pilot Ken Glass shares his World War Two experience. On this particular mission his squadron, Torpedo Squadron 2 from the USS Hornet, was tasked with dropping aerial mines in the harbor at Palau Island. He paused for a moment and then told me 4 or 5 of their planes were shot down that day. You can see my 20 minute interview with him at Facebook.com/theygaveitall head over, like the page and give it a share! Thank you #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #worldwar2 #veteranstories #sharinghistory #tellingstories #interview thanks to @jamesmatic for filming 3w

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patrickmccuephoto Rocking it out in the studio with my teammate, best friend, partner in crime shooting for @completeset and @garydarna ... My lady @pixikate rules :) #studiolife #completeset #smallbusiness #timetogrow #cincinnati #cincinnatiphotographer #productphotography #patrickmccuephotography 3w

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patrickmccuephoto Don Fairbanks was a tail gunner aboard a consolidated B-24. He was part of a group known as the Carpetbaggers in the 801st Squadron of the 492nd Bomb Group. His crew flew special night operations dropping supplies and spies to aide the French Resistance before the DDay landings. He had some very close calls with German Fighters, flak 88s and rail guns. You can watch his interview on my website at www.theygaveitall.org/episodes #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #wwii #worldwartwoveteran #tellingstories #sharinghistory #thenandnow #makeportraits #patrickmccuephotography 4w

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patrickmccuephoto My friend George Shultz was a rifleman in the infantry. In 1945 he was stationed at a replacement depot in southern Italy where he was supposed to be deployed to the front lines to fill in the gaps. Before his orders were set, the Germans surrendered and VE Day was celebrated. George mentioned that he was very happy that he didn't have to see combat. 16 million served during the war and a very small percentage saw combat. Each and every story is as important as the next. These men don't believe that, but it's my mission to make sure they all know they are appreciated and their stories are preserved. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #wwii #tellingstories #sharinghistory #thenandnow #makeportraits #patrickmccuephotography 4w

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patrickmccuephoto Today I photographed my handsome Paw Paw for my Then and Now series. Paw Paw started playing saxophone when he was 13 in 1944 and still plays today, 72 years later. This is the man who inspired my love for World War Two history, 1940s history and Big Band and Jazz music from a very young age... I think I was 5 when I started to go to his big band concerts at Blue Ash Park in the amphitheater and we started watching war movies like To Hell and Back and The Longest Day. I love you Paw Paw. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be who I am today. #thenandnow #tellingstories #sharinghistory #family #bigbandmusic #grandpa #grandfather #music #patrickmccuephotography 4w

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patrickmccuephoto B-29 Flight Officer Charlie Nau for my Then and Now portrait series! Charlie and I have been friends for a little over a year now and he's an amazing gentleman. At 94 he still plays in a local big band and is a volunteer at the warbird museum. He was a flight officer in the Air Corps from November 1942- December 1945 and eventually became a radar operator on a B-29 with the 485th Replacement Bomb Group. He spent all of those years in the Air Corps training for different jobs and the war was over before he had a chance to see action, but he's very thankful that he was spared from the chaos. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #ww2veteran #armyaircorps #tellingstories #sharinghistory #thenandnow #makeportraits #patrickmccuephotography

You can watch his interview on my website: www.theygaveitall.org/episodes
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patrickmccuephoto Ken Glass was a pilot in Torpedo Squadron Two flying a TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber from the U.S.S. Hornet. During World War Two in the Pacific, he flew 35 combat missions and an assortment of other flights between March and October 1944. You can see the full sneak peek video at Facebook.com/theygaveitall - head over and give the page a like and enjoy! Thanks so much. This specific story, Ken is explaining a flight mission from the carrier to Green Island where he had to deliver a message to the Navy squadron there informing them that the task force was moving toward the Palau Islands for combat #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #ww2 #worldwartwoveteran #ww2veteransproject #video #veteraninterview thanks to @jamesmatic for the help on this portion of my project! 1mon

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patrickmccuephoto P-51 Tactical Reconnaissance pilot Edward Kenny with one of his fellow P-51 pilots along with some letters written home. #theygaveitall #ww2veteransproject #worldwartwoveteran #sharinghistory #tellingstories #ww2 #intothepast #patrickmccuephotography 1mon

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patrickmccuephoto Brooklyn born P-51 reconnaissance pilot Edward Kenny shares one of his 85 missions in Europe from a letter he wrote during the war...
Oh, Lord, it is cold!
It is early December (1944), time about 7am, I am awakened and told “your mission is on, briefing in 40 minutes”. (that was the poor GI that had to come around and wake us up for every mission) Now, I love tenting, especially as a boy scout, but not out here in snow covered France, just 10-15 minutes behind Patton’s fast moving lines, it is miserable, cold, dark and intimidating. I had a hasty breakfast followed by a missions briefing, which describes our mission objective. It is a major freight / rail road yard deep inside Germany.

We are to photograph and report the very extensive train movement. My wingman’s job is to search the skies in the surrounding area for enemy aircraft, commonly called bandits. All is clear except for the weather. It is really foul and clouds are at 2,000 feet. Really dark and dreary with virtually no horizon and in order to take photos, I had to fly at about 1,000 feet. We had two cameras, vertical and oblique, plus gun cameras.

My first pass over the rail yard, brought in beaucoup German artillery to action. Those flak bursts were so damned close and so strong I must admit I was terrified! One pass, unfortunately, was not enough, so a second and yet a third was necessary. Flak was so intense that and so accurate that my plane was knocked to the vertical, but not hit. ME109 and an FW190 avoided the area because of the intense artillery fire. Luckily for us, in that one respect, mission accomplished, we’re heading for home base only to come upon a German troop train and or weapons. As we approached to commence strafing the train, it stopped and went into a tunnel. So then going through the mountain as we were running low on fuel, we called in the coordinates to P47 fighter bombers to finish the task. Those trains had boxcars with sides that would drop down, revealing anti-aircraft pieces, which is what was shooting back at us. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwoveteran #ww2veteransproject #pilot #patrickmccuephotography
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patrickmccuephoto Today I had the honor of spending 3 hours with Lt. Edward Kenny, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and had 85 missions as a P-51 reconnaissance pilot from September of 1944 on a small dirt runway on the Cotentin Peninsula near the port of Cherbourg until the end of the war when he was sent to scout the Alps and Hitler's eagles nest because it was rumored that Hitler and the SS were going to hold out there! He dodged flak and enemy Focke Wulfs, ME-109's 110's and 252's and was never hit. "I was lucky... I don't know how they were never able to hit me, but they didn't!" I can't wait to share more images from today, especially my Then and Now portrait. For now here's a collage of photographs of Ed, his fellow pilots, and his log book. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2veteransproject #ww2 #pilot #p51 #tellingstories #sharinghistory #iphonetography #vsco #vscocam #patrickmccuephotography 2mon

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patrickmccuephoto The details in the board room at Cincinnati's Union Terminal train station / @cincymuseum , are incredible. The Art Deco architecture in this building is breathtaking #cincinnatiunionterminal #cincymuseum #unionterminal #trainstation #interiorphotography #details #artdeco #artdecoarchitecture #Cincinnati #cincinnatiphotographer #patrickmccuephotography 2mon

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patrickmccuephoto This beautiful 1951 2 Door Ford Sedan I will own a classic 40s/early50s car someday. Hopefully soon. #ford #sedan #1951 #classiccars #oneday #iwantone #yesplease #automotivephotography #iphonetography #patrickmccuephotography 2mon

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patrickmccuephoto I just learned about the sad news that my friend Luther Wise has passed away. I had the honor of meeting "Luke" at the 100th Bomb Group Reunion back in September. He had some good jokes, but was very proud of what he had done during the war. He was a waist gunner in the 350th Squadron / 100th Bomb Group in the Robert Wegreznek crew that joined the 100th On March 9, 1944, flying their first mission on April 11. He flew two missions during DDay and eventually achieved rank of Staff Sergeant. "I ended up flying 18 combat missions and that was more than enough for me." Rest easy my friend. It's so hard making these friendships knowing they will be short lived. #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #100thBombGroup #100thbg #b17 #waistgunner #hero #friend #hurtingtoday #sharinghistory #livinghistory #goodbyemyfriend #nationalworldwariimuseum #patrickmccuephotography 2mon

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patrickmccuephoto My city is awesome! #Cincinnati standing in solidarity with #Belgium after today's horrible suicide bombing attacks. Sending our love #Belgium #sendingprayers #vsco #vscocam #cincy #dukeenergy #iphonetography #patrickmccuephotography 2mon

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