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Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg
Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg
Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg
Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg
Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg
Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg
Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg
Ucla Royce Quad 1940s Lrg

The World War II Dead of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

More than 260 UCLA students, faculty  and alumni were killed in World War II; only Harvard University suffered more casualties.  As a two-time graduate of UCLA, I was honored to research every one of their stories in order to memorialize their sacrifices, their humanity, and their often heroic last acts. A summary of how and where they died provides a snapshot of the American military experience in World War II. My files consist of many hundreds of pages of military service records,...
B 25 El Aguila Ct02
B 25 El Aguila Ct02
B 25 El Aguila Ct02

LOST B-25 “El Aguila” (“The Eagle”) With Crew and Passengers

It was an ordinary flight, an “Administrative” mission. A B-25 "Mitchell" bomber, nicknamed “El Aguila” (“The Eagle”) was ordered to make a cross-country flight, from Nadzab, on the island of New Guinea, to Owi Island, off the north-east coast of this large Pacific island.  Weather forecasts included some light rain, but no major problems were foreseen. The bomber left the field at Nadzab on August 30, 1944, as scheduled, but did not reach Owi Island.  It was years later that...