Saturday, February 22, 2014

Touring the National USAF Museum-- Part 3: The U-139's Weather Flag

Back on November 22, 2013, I was able to tour this magnificent museum, and, of course, go on JFK's Air Force One on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. That was the main reason why I wanted to go that day, but I also had not ever been in the museum and there has been a lot about it lately in connection with the remaining Doolittle Raiders having their final toast there. //// But, the museum is something else other than those two aspects. //// The World War I section had the weather flag from the German U-boat U-139. The U-20 was the one whose torpedoes sank the Lusitania, eventually causing the United States to enter the war on the side of the Allies. The U-139 was launched late in the war and operated off the U.S. east coast. At one time, it torpedoed a ship and that ship sank on top of the U-139 (but didn't sink it). //// After the war, the U-139 was handed over as part of the war reparations. //// --RoadDog

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