World War II Chronicle: 30 December 1941

While not printed in today’s Southeast Missourian, the Associated Press reports that the Vichy French regime is considering dismantling the Eiffel Tower to turn the Paris landmark into 70 tons of steel for German munitions. Either this is Allied propaganda or Adolf Hitler came to the conclusion that melting down the (then 52-year-old) tower would have far greater consequences than the steel could possibly be worth.

Charles A. Lindbergh in front of a P-38 Lightning in 1944 (U.S. Air Force photo)

Charles Lindbergh has abandoned isolationism and the former Air Service Reserve colonel offered his services to the Army Air Forces (see page 7). As Lindbergh had been an outspoken critic of President Franklin Roosevelt’s policies, the White House denied his request. However, after serving as a consultant to the aircraft manufacturing industry, Lindbergh will fly 50 combat missions in the Pacific Theater — as a civilian. Lindbergh finds a way for Marine F4U Corsair pilots to double their bomb load and comes up with a procedure to extend the range of the P-38 Lightning. And he manages to shoot down an enemy plane while escorting bombers over Indonesia.

In 1954, Pres. Dwight Eisenhower will reactivate Lindbergh and appoint him brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve.

Carl Parker Gies

Regarding “Lieutenant Longs to Share ‘Wonderful Time'” on page 6: Lt. Carl Parker Gies, a fighter pilot stationed at Clark Field, will manage to escape the Philippines. Gies, who earned the Distinguished Service Cross on 10 December for shooting down two enemy fighters, serves as a test pilot in Australia before transferring to the European Theater. He will survive two crash-landings and also landed at Normandy’s UTAH Beach.

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