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The last personal family member/ beloved friend who served in WWII is gone.

My paternal grandfather served on a destroyer escort, lost him in 1976. A dear friend who served on a carrier went suddenly five years ago. Three years ago we lost my maternal grandfather who was in the merchant marine.

Now I just received news that my last vet is gone.

At age 17 he became a pilot and flew a multi-engine aircraft. He crashed three times into the North Sea while flying over the seas with his anti-mine aircraft. His aircraft was equipped with a huge energized gauss ring at wave height to set off the mines. It's no wonder he went down three times, but it is a wonder he survived.

The Brits used the Wellingtons for this job. But he didn't fly a Wellington. He flew a JU52/3. Otto wore grey.

Otto was the last of the old school Germans. He believed in doing it right. In integrity and honesty, in right and wrong. Now he's gone to join his fellow fliers, some 70 years after many of them.


Otto (in pilot's uniform) in Trondheim.

Otto in Trondheim 2JPG.jpg


God Speed, Otto.
 

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That's OK I had two relatives who fought in the American Revolution Donald Munn Sr and his son Donald Jr. They were members of the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot, second battalion. They wore Red.
 

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Thats a Fallschirmjeagar (sp) paratrooper chatting with him
 

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I have three in my VFW Post 2 Army 1 Navy, all of my uncles served (my dad was a WWI vet) 1 KIA 1 WIA the rest (4) returned mostly intact except for alcoholism.
 

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I still know a couple, and am greatfull for the time they share with me.

My father spent many years working with an engineer that had flown Bf-109's during the war. At that point all they cared about was beating the Soviets in the space race. I dated a girl in high school who's father had been Wehrmacht - on the Eastern front! He liked me. Things change, I pray that your friend found peace. MSG
 

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I am sorry for your loss. May he RIP.

I have one Uncle who was a gunner on a Blimp in WWII. The only WWII person left in the family.

I have a Great Uncle who served on a U-boat but his mind went out on patrol a few years ago and has not come back.
 

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Abominog, Sorry for the loss of your fried Otto.
I lost my last WWII veteran friend last year. I was lucky to have had six or seven of them as close friends.
May he continue to live on in your memories of him.
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Sorry to here about your loss Chuck it is the price we pay having friends that are WWII and Korean war vets, sucks none the less though. I have a few left but doubt that will last long so I try to keep in touch and spend time with them while I can. At least we were lucky enough to have known them and share in their stories, Gods speed Otto
 
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