Thursday, June 7, 2007

Dead Page: Wallace McIntosh, RAF and Jim Clark, Alabama Sheriff at Pettus Bridge


British RAF WWII Hero

Wallace McIntosh flew 55 sorties as the rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber between Februray 1943 and June 1944 and was one of the RAF's (Royal Air Force) top aces with 8 kills and 1 probable.

His greatest achievement came the day after D Day when he shot down 3 German fighters on that crucial day.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal and two of the RAF's highest award for valor, the Distinguished Flying Cross.

About 1000 men from his squadron were killed.

RAF spokesman Michael Mulford said: "When the nation needed heroes, he didn't let us down. Anyone who flew Lancasters during the bombing knew the odds against them. Your life was on the line every moment. To do the job as well as he did was truly exceptional."


Sheriff at Selma, Alabama's Pettus Bridge

His confrontation with voting rights marchers at Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965, and press coverage of the event, gave momentum to the Civil Rights Movement.

He was voted out of office thge following year in large part by the newly enfranchised black voters. Throughout the rest of his life, he maintained that he had done the right thing.

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