The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham Part 14: Exploring the graveyard of the 11 PBJ-1H Mitchell aircraft wrecks of US Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB-613)

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos, text and research submitted by Dan Farnham, used by permission Designed in 1938, the B-25 ‘Mitchell’ started out as a private, in-house design by the North American Aviation company, and was designated the NA-40B, for North American Model 40B. The NA-40B was originally intended to be an attack bomber for export to […]

The rare warbirds of the Hellenic Air Force Museum

By Pierre Kosmidis   The Hellenic Air Force Museum, located at Dekelia Air Base (ICAO: LGTT), at the north of Athens, features some unique aircraft, ranging from WW2 to today. The Air Base started operating in 1918 and features a single runway with a length of 1764 metres. The airport is currently used by the […]

Mystery solved! The life and death of Xenophon Castrisos

By Pierre Kosmidis It all began with a black and white photograph of a soldier reading a Greek newspaper, “somewhere in the Pacific” during WW2. The newspaper is the “ΠΑΝΕΛΛΗΝΙΟΣ ΚΗΡΥΞ” or “Hellenic Herald” and according to the caption “Xenophon Castrisos (Castles), an aerial photographer with the Royal Australian Air Force, reads the Hellenic Herald, […]

Behind the scenes: Preserving and restoring rare warbirds from WW2 to present

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Yannis Mylonas & Pierre Kosmidis/  Additional resources: 1/ Hellenic Air Force Museum – The wings of history (click to read the story) 2/ The rare warbirds of the Hellenic Air Force Museum (click to read the story) Aviation enthusiasts all over the world are thrilled every time they see an aircraft from a bygone era […]

Reflections of Our Gentle Warriors: Personal stories of WW2 Veterans

By Pierre Kosmidis Brad Hoopes from Colorado, USA, started saving and preserving veteran stories 10 years ago. “I believe we have all the facts and figures related to WW2, but not nearly enough of the personal stories, which add a powerful dimension to the numbers and the big picture”, Brad says.   US Government reports show […]

Kostas Kavvathias, the Greek master of Aviation Art

By Pierre Kosmidis Kostas Kavvathias is undoubtedly  an artist whose works have established him as the Greek Aviation Art master worldwide.  Kostas , the man who has linked his name with the artistic and historically documented aviation art for over two decades, modestly says that “I do not feel like I am someone special. But I am glad […]

Aviation Art: Γιώργος Μώρης, με το πενάκι του “ζωντανεύει” ιστορικά αεροσκάφη

By Pierre Kosmidis Ο Γιώργος Μώρης ξεκίνησε από νεαρή ηλικία να σχεδιάζει αεροσκάφη, αποδίδοντας, με το πέρασμα του χρόνου, μερικά εξαιρετικά έργα, τα οποία προβάλλουν με τον καλύτερο τρόπο στιγμές της Ιστορίας της Αεροπορίας και αναβιώνοντας με αυτό τον τρόπο πειστικές απεικονίσεις εποχών που χάνονται στην αχλύ του χρόνου. Πόση δουλειά όμως κρύβεται πίσω από […]

Aviation Art: The Artwork of David J. Gray – WW2 Aircraft and more

By Pierre Kosmidis Aviation Art by David J. Gray David J Gray is not only an accomplished professional pilot and the mastermind of Freeman Field Recovery Team,  a project which led to the Unearthing  of rare WW2 treasures of “Project Lusty” but also a noted Aviation Artist who brings back to life historic aircraft with his drawings.   Born and raised in southern […]