a man in my town, is documented as shooting down the first enemy aircraft on d-day, and, in fact, he said it was a very low flying aircraft, that was reported as a friendly, and not to shoot at it. he was the gunnery commander, and was in the crow's nest, of the ancon. he said he saw it fly by, extremely low, and could see it was an enemy aircraft. he watched it, as it went past them, and attacked a couple of ships farther away, and then watched it turn around. he had his gun crews train on it, and they shot it down. he is still alive, and i bought his wwii stuff. he's 93 years old, and doing ok, i helped he and his wife liquidate their estate. i told one of my friends the story, and he instantly said it was bullshit... but i got all this man's paperwork, photos, etc, and he wasnt trying to impress me, he was just telling it like a story. it very well could have been the ju 88 the guy ahead of me in this post is talking about. this man was at normandy, and then his ship was pulled back, and he participated in the landings at okinawa. heck of a cool guy to meet and talk to. was a real honor.
I am interested in buying / trading for photo albums, photo groupings, diaries, feldpost groupings,etc, from any country in the world, any army/navy, etc, mostly 20th century!!