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Warbirds - Tales From Above

Dan Mercurio
17 episodes
Come along for the ride as we review some of the most fascinating stories centered around the unforgiving skies of the greatest generation. Each episode gives you a peek at specific events, people, and/or aircraft during World War 2, and other major conflicts.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

The Replacements

This week we remember the men that helped to keep the crew whole so that they could get off the ground.  Commonly referred to as "floaters", they would fill-in when a crew member was sick.  Some didn't have to.... but they did anyway. REFERENCES and LINKS Support Warbirds and get BONUS EPISODES…
26min

Silver Dollar

Many on social media would have you believe that a B-17 can land without a tail.  They would like you to think that a commonly circulated photo of an airborne Fortress with the tail missing succeeded in landing with zero casualties.  This is far from the truth, and if we're not careful, we will mis…
24min

Fire on Number Three

Twelve brave souls aboard a PB4Y-2 Privateer perish in the sea outside Singapore on June 1st, 1945.  Hear the story of their sacrifice along with one remaining Liberator that was forced crawl home over 1000 miles with zero air-support. REFERENCES and LINKS Support Warbirds and get BONUS EPISODE…
29min

On the Run

Frank Speer is making a strafing run inches above the ground.  This one run will make his next several months very challenging. REFERENCES & LINKS Support Warbirds and get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com The Morning …
28min

Shack Rabbit

Eino Alve and his mighty crew of Shack Rabbits plow through 35 missions in a B-24.  How they did it is, of course, their own unique and nail-biting story. REFERENCES & LINKS Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me:   dan@tales…
31min

Cripes A' Mighty

One of the best dogfighters we ever saw.  Regarding Mustang drivers, some might even say he was THE best. REFERENCES & LINKS Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me:   dan@talesfromabove.com Preddy Memorial Foundation Win…
35min

All American

The real story of The All American..... without all the embellishments.  We don't need it dressed up with comic book characters and unicorns.  The real story is heroic enough on its own. LINKS AND REFERENCES Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_la…
31min

The Search for the Privateer

Turns out our family has ANOTHER bird out there that escaped the chopping block over 75 years ago.  It's hidden.  But we found it. LINKS AND REFERENCES Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me:   dan@talesfromabove.com AAIR -…
34min

Wings Folded

The accident board determined the absolute cause of the crash.  But we dig deep on this one, and pose a long-shot theory that there COULD have been another cause. LINKS & REFERENCES Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: da…
23min

Hot Stuff

They were the first, and everyone forgot them..... LINKS & REFERENCES Become a Member and get Bonus Episodes -  https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com The Sad Fate of a Remarkable B-24 - Joseph Connor American Air Museum in Britain - 4123…
23min

Maloney's Pony

They don't build them like they used to.... and I'm not talking about airplanes. LINKS AND REFERENCES Support Warbirds and get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me:   dan@talesfromabove.com The Story of Maloney's Pony - First Fighter Wing Associ…
29min

The Savior of Les Ventes

The unselfish act of P-51 pilot, Billie Harris, finally gains recognition 62 years after giving his life in occupied France. Support Warbirds and get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com Joyce Ann Ashley - 354th Fighter Gro…
29min

Biggin Hill Bar Stories

Join me as we go on an English pub crawl with the WW2 Airmen of RAF Biggin Hill. Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com Biggin on the Bump - Bob Ogley Spitfire Crash - Kings Arms - Aviation Safety N…
21min

Hans Marseille

The greatest fighter pilot of all time?? Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com The Star of Africa Colin D. Heaton Anne-Marie Lewis Walter J. Boyne Albert H. Wunsch III German Super Ace - Robert…
29min

Avro Night Raiders

Seven brave Brits fly at twilight to bomb Berlin.... and it's all recorded.  Well.... there were two correspondents from BBC on board too.  Make that nine brave Brits. Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: dan@talesfromabove…
23min

Finding Uncle Robby

My Uncle Robby gave his life as a top turret gunner in a B-24 during WW2.  My family never knew where he was buried..... until now.  Join me as I "accidentally" discover his whereabouts, along with a little bit of heavy metal. Support Warbirds and Get BONUS EPISODES https://www.patreon.com/warbi…
35min

Left Hanging

Point your eyes skyward as we watch Walter Osipoff get yanked around the sky by his ankles from a DC-2 ... on accident, of course. Support Warbirds and Get Bonus Episodes https://www.patreon.com/warbirdspodcast?fan_landing=true Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com Man Overboard - Grain Aire W…
22min