VP/VPB-61, Part 2
“Matter of fact, I would . . . in the morning before we’d take off, I mean, it was our job - the mech’s job - to get in the plane and start the plane up and run the engines, check the engines out, check the plane visually all over and well, I used to call it bleeding the automatic pilot. When the pilots would come out, why, they’d get in and you’d tell them everything was all right, that would be it.”
Robert Buchanan, VP-61, 1944
Did You Know?
Anticipating a ground assault by the Japanese, the US military placed anti-personnel stakes in the ground on Amaknak Island during World War II. These stakes are made of iron, are very sharp and measure between 4 inches to 4 feet high.