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Monday, May 17, 2010

Today is the anniversary of the 25th flying mission of the Memphis Belle

Today, May 17,2010, is the anniversary of the 25th flying mission of the Bomber "Memphis Belle"
during World War 2.This flight took place on May 17,1943.

Here is a link to a war time video concerning the Memphis Belle:

EIGHTH AIR FORCE DURING WWII", which I found at the following website:

"The main morale issue the 8th AF (AirForce) had to contend with was the question that
always seems to surface during combat: when do we go home? In examining crew members
who began a series of 25 missions for the 8th, only 559, or 26.8% completed all their missions."

"The habit of viewing flying as just a numbers game was reinforced by the Army Air
Force’s policy of not fixing limits to combat duty for airmen. It appears from the evidence
that USAAF Headquarters never officially prescribed a limit to the number of combat
missions crews might fly. This discrepancy of not affixing a definitive number of combat
missions generated morale problems and also suppressed reporting of aircrew physiology
problems. The main problem was that the crews often resisted reporting physical or
morale difficulties for fear of getting dropped out of rotation. Some other causes were
that crews did not like to sever bonds with comrades, and there was always an increased
danger of having to get used to a new crew member. Superstition and minor personal
idiosyncrasies played major parts in the relations of crew members and morale was a
constant issue for the 8th AF Commanders."

I would like to salute not only the crew of the Memphis Belle, but all Allied

 bombing crews who served in World War 2, and all of the Allied service personnel 
on the ground (one of which was my Uncle John) on this anniversary of
 the 25th Flying mission of the Memphis Belle!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.