World War 2 Archives – The story of B-17 “All American”

The story of B-17 “All American”

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of WWII. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Flying Fortress named “All American”, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through, connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunner’s turret.

Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed, except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still miraculously flew! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.

When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position.

The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters attacked the All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn.

Allied P-51 fighters intercepted the “All American” as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also radioed to the base describing that the appendage was waving like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base. Lt. Bragg signaled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been “used” so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane to land it.

Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear. When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been injured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed. This old bird had done its job and brought the crew home and all in one piece.




Rachael Mirembe




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Never be afraid of somone or something likely to be dangerous, painful, or harmful.

In 2018,did you hear the voice behind the new Hip Hop song dubbed ‘Who Is She‘ that went so viral on social media and air waves? For those who don’t know, it is was by a young female upcoming rapper called Recho Rey who came out in the lime light after taking part in the ‘Who Is Who’ rap challenge.

Truth be told, this young artist is on the scene with fire and like many say, ‘she has work’. Her music is cool and can flow well. In that song ‘Who Is She’, it was was alleged that she was attacking some rappers like Gravity Omutujju, Feffe Bussi and Fik Fameica, a thing she denies to this day.

#MotivationFoundationUG managed to interact closely with her about her personal life and her music career.

Who is Recho Rey?

I am a young upcoming Hip Hop artiste born in 1998. My true name is Rachael Mirembe. A muganda by tribe. I am very new in the industry but I am very optimistic that I am going to make it happen in all ways of life and sooner I will be above the crowd leading this Hip-Hop thing.

Take us through your education back ground?

I went to Makula Day And Boarding School for my primary education then later I joined Namboole High School for my ordinary level and Standard High School for my A’ level and I joined Makerere University after.

Did your parents second you to join the music industry?

My parents are so much into Christianity and my kind of music tends to deviate from their perception of things. The good thing is that they gave me a benefit of doubt to go ahead and they accepted to swallow it hard. Right now they are seeing some progress and slowly by slowly they are getting on my side.

How many songs do you have?

I have four songs. So far two audios and one video of ‘Who Is She’. However I am working hard on more songs sooner you will see fire in Hip Hop.

The latest Three are Guma bakunyige featuring Mun G,Teri kuzikiza and Malala.

What inspired you to sing?

It is my friends at school. I tried it one time and later on when they came and asked me to join them in their song using my style of singing, the whole thing came out cool better than I had thought and from there on,everyone always wanted to hear me do Hip-Hop. So I decided to continue with it to date.

Why did you attack Fik Fameica and Gravity Omutujju in your song ‘Who Is She’?

That is what most people are saying. But I have no beef with Gravity or any other Hip Hop artiste. I was not attacking anyone truth be told. I was just being creative and that is it. My creativity coincidentally just collided with their work.

Any collabos with other artistes?

I have so far done a collabo with Big Ben Sekuya the song is ‘Mbupa’. However,I harnessed this collaboration from a Hip Hop Boot camp.

And also the new song hitting airwaves with MunG called Guma Bakunyige that is a dancehall party song riddim.

Where do you see yourself in a few years from now?

I will be a big Hip Hop star against all odds. Let them wait for me just in my time, I will be.

Are you in a relationship?

No, I am not yet into those things. But when they come in line, you will know.

Where do you derive your inspiration to sing?

Often times I derive my inspiration from personal experiences and people around me.

Being an upcoming what are some of the challenges you face along the way?

Surely,challenges are always part of the journey, but I am strong. Usually we young upcoming artists are undermined, sometimes underrated, no respect, and if you’re not strong enough to bare some humiliations you can end up quitting the game.



Bebe Cool List 2018

BEBE COOL LIST 2018(my opinion)

1-Fik Fameika-My property, Tonsukuma,Born to win,mafia,sconto

2-Fefe Busi-Who is Who, Dada

3-Vip jemo- Shamim, Nakikute

4-Gravity -Embuzi zakutudde, Ampalana

5-Sheebah karungi-Wankona, Mummy yo,Bera nange,

6-Fille -Sabula ,Love again

7-Spice-Ndi mu love, Best friend

8-Daddy Andree-You &me , Now now

9-Ykee Bender-Amina, Onabayo

10-Kalipha Aganaga-Katono, Kiboko

11-Vinka-Chips na ketchup,Omukwano gwo

12-John blaq-Tukwatagane, Sweet love

13-Voltage music-Byafayo, Killa migino

14-Winne Nwagi -Fire dancer, Matala

15-Eddy Kenzo -Pull up, The heat

16-Apass-Didada, Guliwano

17-Jose Chameleon-Champion,Mateka

18-Bebe Cool-want it,up&whine,I do,Wasibuka

19-Geosteady-I’m into you,Wakikyenga

20-King Saha-Biri Biri, Very well

Special recognition…..

1-Irene Namatovu,

2-Sandra Nankoma&

3-Bebe cool(International award recognition)

4-Miss uganda


6-Uganda cranes


1-Mc mariach

2-Madrat and Chiko


1-Chosen Becky-Bankuza

2-Irene Ntale-Gukuba

3-Lydia Jazmine-You and me

4-Rema-Sili muyembe

5-Allan Toniks -Romance


7-Levixon-Turn the replay

8-Bobi wine-Kyalenga

This is officially my opinion about the UGANDA entertainment industry 2018.

I must commend Fik famaica and Sheeba Karunji on the high level of work this year considering the fact that Fik is has gone year 2 consistent while Sheeba is gone 4 years consistent. Not easy with the likes of new artists every year with big singles.

Band music members seem to be laying down the flag and it’s very unfortunate.

We really need the bunzali munva pliz band music members,enva teziwoma nga temuli bunzali.

For those with one song this year,it’s because the one song has been really big otherwise the list only has artists with two or more songs.

And for Bobi wine,kyarenga is not a good song but using his political ground to push it to a big single is acceptable by me otherwise musically, NO.

Otherwise if you are not on this list,it’s not personal,it’s just my opinion and you have one too.

Happy New year to you all.

Let’s work more for our UGANDA MUSIC industry .

Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips

This colorful graphic tip sheet provides easy reminders for keeping safety on the top of your to-do list this holiday season.

1. Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. 
Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.

2. Do not overload electrical outlets. 
Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage into each outlet at a time.

3. Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. 
More than three strands may not only blow a fuse, but can also cause a fire.

4. Keep trees fresh by watering daily.
Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.

5. Use battery-operated candles. 
Candles start almost half of home decoration fires (NFPA).

6. Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources. 
A heat sources that was too close to the decoration was a factor in half of home fires that began with decorations (NFPA).

7. Protect cords from damage. 
To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors and windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

8. Check decorations for certification label.
Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.

9. Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking. 
Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA).

10. Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house. 
Unattended candles are the cause of one in five home candle fires. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11pm and 7am (NFPA).

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Happy New Year 2019 Live Updates: Festivities begin in Australia, NZ as Sydney harbour dazzles

Happy New Year 2019: Reporters will be the guests of honour at the New Year’s Eve party in New York’s Times Square on Monday, in what organizers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at US news outlets.

Happy New Year 2019: As we bid adieu to 2018, celebrations around the world have already begun to usher in 2019.   In Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, tens of thousands gathered around Sky Tower as fireworks exploded from the top of the 328-meter (1,076-foot) structure. Across the southern hemisphere nation, thousands took to beaches and streets, becoming the first major nation in the world to usher in 2019.

Reporters will be the guests of honour at the New Year’s Eve party in New York’s Times Square on Monday, in what organizers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at US news outlets, Reuters reported. On the other hand, France is deploying more than 1,47,000 security forces nationwide to gird for New Year’s Eve unrest as yellow vest protesters prepare to join the public revelry.

New Year’s Day, which according to the Gregorian calendar falls on January 1, is one of the most popular occasions across the globe and people irrespective of religion, caste and creed celebrate it in their own ways.

Skaters form human chain to welcome 2019

Skaters form a human chain in the shape of 2019 to welcome New Year, at Ice Skating rink Lakkar Bazar in Shimla. (Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

Lwengo Accident

Five people have been confirmed dead and three others critically injured in a motor accident that occurred last night at Kyazanga, Lwengo District along the Masaka -Mbarara highway. Southern region Police spokesperson Lameck Kigozi says the accident involved three vehicles, a bus belonging to swift coaches, a trailer and a land cruiser V8.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Just a week after President Yoweri Museveni launched the first Kampala Flyover, the Uganda National Roads Authority reveals plans to construct another flyover from Nakasero, connecting to Northern bypass and other expressways in Kampala. The move according to UNRA spokesperson Mark Ssali is intended to decongest the City.

Donald Trump’s worst weeks of 2018 – the definitive list

The administration’s base-level awfulness has made this a competitive category but some weeks stood out as truly dire

by  in New York

Main image: Unmanageable umbrellas were just the start of Donald Trump’s problems in 2018. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

It would be safe to say Donald Trumphasn’t had the best year. From his longtime adviser flipping on him, to inside revelations about the level of his ineptitude, to being named in court filings as having allegedly directed illegal campaign payments, the president has faced a barrage of scandals.

Trump also lost the House of Representatives, held a number of bizarre press conferences and demonstrated his lack of familiarity with umbrellas. The president did, however, score one recent success, when his neologism “smocking” proved popular.

Let’s take a look at Trump’s worst weeks of 2018.

Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018

What they were saying:“President Donald Trump hasn’t had a lot of good weeks since becoming president last January. But this one looks like one of the worst.”

What happened:

A lot.

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for their role in interfering in the 2016 election. Then it emerged that Rick Gates, a senior adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, was close to a plea deal with Mueller. Michael Cohen – who will be featuring heavily in this compilation – admitted paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. That was on the day before Valentine’s Day.

The weekus horribilis didn’t stop there. The New Yorker reported on an alleged affair between former Playboy model Karen McDougal and Trump, and introduced the term “catch and kill” to the public lexicon. McDougal said the National Enquirer – run by Trump’s friend David Pecker – had paid her $150,000 for exclusive rights to her story, then buried it.

And: the Trump administration was criticised for not acting quickly enough in ousting the White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, after both his ex-wives accused Porter of domestic abuse.

Bonus misery: on Sunday 11 February the Washington Post reported how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Scott Pruitt, had been splurging taxpayers’ money on luxury travel. Pruitt was booted from the government in July.

Monday 16 – Friday 20 July

What they were saying: “President Donald Trump has had more than his share of bad weeks, but it’s hard to imagine any week worse than this one.”

What happened:

This was the week of Trump’s now infamous tête-à-tête with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. In a joint press conference that Senator John McCain dubbed “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory”, Trump appeared cowed and subservient alongside the Russian president.

In the live briefing, Trump sided with Putin on Russia meddling in the US election.

“He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said, nodding to Putin.

“I will say this,” Trump continued, “I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

In doing so Trump rejected the advice of his own intelligence officials, who very much do see reason why it would be Russia who fiddled around in the 2016 vote. The meeting did little to quell rumors and speculation about the exact nature of Trump’s relationship with Putin.

“Treasonous,” said former CIA director John Brennan. “Thoughtless, dangerous, and weak,” said Chuck Schumer, Democratic minority leader in the Senate. “Shameful,” was the verdict of Republican senator Jeff Flake.

For his part, Trump said – after seeing the criticism – that he had used “a double negative”, and that he did believe his own agencies’ verdict on Russia. But that didn’t really fly.

“An insult to America’s intelligence,” was the verdict of the Washington Post.

Trump did get a football out of it though.

Monday 20 – Friday 24 August

What they were saying:“This has been, unequivocally, the worst week of Donald Trump’s presidency.”

What happened:

This disaster of a week really centered around one bombshell hour.

Remember those payments to Daniels and McDougal? On Tuesday 21 August Michael Cohen admitted paying both women for their silence about alleged affairs, in an attempt to influence the election – which is illegal. (On 12 December Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for this and other crimes.) What’s more, Cohen said Donald Trump had directed him to make the payments.

Cohen told a judge in Manhattan the payments were made “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office”. The candidate was Trump.

“I participated in this conduct, which on my part took place in Manhattan, for the principal purpose of influencing the election,” Cohen said.

Minutes earlier, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud.

Later that week, on Friday 24 August, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization was granted immunity to talk to federal prosecutors about those Cohen payments. And David Pecker, CEO of American Media Inc, which publishes the National Enquirer, the magazine allegedly involved in buying, and suppressing, negative stories about Trump, was reportedto have been given the same immunity – for the same reason. (On 12 December AMI admitted it had made the payments, and admitted they were made to influence the election.)

Monday 3 – Friday 7 September

What they were saying:“It’s hard to pinpoint a worst week in what has been a presidency full of them.”

What happened:

Another fine mess.

Bob Woodward’s explosive book portrayed a president gripped by anger, anxiety and paranoia, and a barely functioning White House where staff strain to rein in Trump’s impulses.

Senior aides regularly yanked official papers from Trump’s desk, according to Woodward, so the president couldn’t see or sign them. His national security team regularly balked at Trump’s lack of knowledge of world affairs and whims regarding military use – including one example where Trump suggested the US should “fucking kill” the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

On Wednesday 6 September a “senior official” in the Trump administration wrote an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times essentially confirming Woodward’s account. The official said “many” people in the White House were in effect working against Trump to sabotage parts of his agenda.

The unnamed official essentially confirmed much of Woodward’s reporting said there was a cabal of senior officials “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations”.

The book prompted a “West Wing witch-hunt”, according to CNN.

Monday 10 – Friday 14 December

What they were saying: “This week was nothing short of disastrous. In fact, this may just be Trump’s worst week of his presidency. And that’s no easy feat.”

What happened:

What didn’t happen?

Nick Ayers, widely said to be Trump’s favoured choice for his next chief of staff, removed himself from the running on Sunday 9 December. It left a scramble for Trump to choose his new chief, amid reports that, basically, no one wanted the job.

The search continued all week, with Chris Christie said to be Trump’s second choice. Christie then dropped out on Friday.

While that was going on, Trump was digging himself a border control hole. In a meeting with top Democrats on Tuesday 11 December, shown live on TV, Trump was goaded into promising he would take ownership of a government shutdown over his border wall demand. That caused no end of problems.

Then on Wednesday 12 December, longtime Trump aide Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, for crimes including lying to Congress and making illegal payments to silence two women who alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen said he was directed to make the payments by Trump – directly implicating the president.

The same day, federal prosecutors said they had reached a deal not to pursue charges against the owners of the National Enquirer.As part of the agreement the owners admitted involvement in illegal payments “in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign”.

Monday 17 – Friday 21 December

What they were saying: “The beginning of the end of the Trump presidency came and went a long time ago […] This week was a big step toward that endgame, and surely one of the most remarkable weeks in American history.”

What happened: Trump’s whirlwind end to 2018 continued.

After promising to shut down the government over his border wall, Trump flip-flopped, and the White House suggested it would find funding from somewhere else. Trump’s base let him know they didn’t like that idea, so Trump said he would shut down the government after all. And he did.

The shutdown is likely to continue into January, when Democrats will control the House, and when Trump is even less likely to get money for his wall.

In the meantime, Trump unilaterally announced that he would withdraw troops from Syria, prompting shrieks and howls from within Republican party.

His defence secretary, James Mattis – often categorised as one of the few remaining “adults in the room” in the White House – promptly resigned over the withdrawal. Usual Trump loyalists Senators Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell also criticized the president, and even the traditional sycophants at Fox & Friends weighed in to criticize Trump.

While Trump struggled on without his usual solace from the rightwing media, the stock market crumbled. It hit a one-year low, wiping out the year’s gains. CNN reported that stocks are on course for their “worst December since the Great Depression”. For a president who has tied his own success in office to the performance of the stock market, it was a dismal end to a dismal year.

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