World War II

The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937).

The first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland, 1940)

The highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps.

12,000 heavy bombers were shot down in World War 2.

The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded in combat and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. (His benefits were later restored by act of Congress).

40,000 men served on U-Boats during World War 2; 30,000 never returned.

The average German officer slot had to be refilled 9.2 times.

The MISS ME was an unarmed Piper Cub. While spotting for US artillery her pilot saw a similar German plane doing the same thing. He dove on the German plane and he and his co-pilot fired their pistols damaging the German plane enough that it had to make a forced landing. Whereupon they landed and took the Germans prisoner. It is unknown where they put them since the MISS ME only had two seats.

Germany lost 136 Generals, which averages out to be 1 dead General every 2 weeks.

Soviet soldiers raise their flag over the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945.

This picture above is of the thousands of Holocaust victims arriving at the Nazi concentration camp at Birkenau in 1944.