Elliott Roosevelt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaMilitary service
Roosevelt enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1940. He served as a pilot and unit commander in the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during World War II.
In January 1943, Roosevelt accompanied FDR as a military attaché to the Casablanca meeting and the subsequent Cairo and Tehran Conferences. At the Tehran Conference, Elliott Roosevelt, apparently under the influence of alcohol, sided with his father in approving of large-scale executions of German POWs by the Soviets.
Roosevelt commanded the following units:
3d Reconnaissance Group, 11 July–13 August 1942 at the rank of major; 30 September 1942–1 March 1943 ending at the rank of colonel
Assigned to Twelfth Air Force and flew P-38 Lightning (F-5) photographic reconnaissance missions during the North Africa campaign in Algeria and Tunisia
90th Reconnaissance Wing, 22 November 1943–25 January 1944 at the rank of colonel
Assigned to Twelfth Air Force, command and control organization that provided photographic reconnaissance to both Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces. Operationally controlled both 3d and 5th Reconnaissance Groups in Tunisia. The 90th's subordinate units reconnoitered airdromes, roads, marshaling yards, and harbors in Italy after the Allied landings at Salerno.
325th Reconnaissance Wing, 9 August 1944–17 January 1945 at the rank of colonel; 22 January–13 April 1945 ending at the rank of brigadier general
Assigned to Eighth Air Force, command and control organization that through subordinate units, flew reconnaissance over the waters adjacent to the British Isles and the European continent to obtain meteorological data. Wing aircraft collected weather information needed in planning operations; flew night photographic missions to detect enemy activity; and provided daylight photographic and mapping missions. The wing also flew photographic missions over the Netherlands in support of Operation Market Garden in September 1944 and operated closely with tactical units in the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944–February 1945).
Roosevelt flew 300 combat missions. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross. As a chase pilot for the Operation Aphrodite flights in 1944, he witnessed the death of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. over Blythburgh, England.
One of the first military robot planes there ever was is the one in 1944 used to murder future would be presidential candidate Joe Kennedy Jr. by setting him up in it to be a target for, in view of his future planned Presidential run, political assassination by the Roosevelts.
"Roosevelt is run by the Jews and all the anti-fascist sentiment in the United States is largely created by the Jews who run the press." -- quoted in the Foreign Observer, June 1, 1939
God and His Messiah Jesus Christ our Lord - our right and duty to witness to Him: Opium Lords Israel, the Golden Triangle and the Kennedy Assassination by Salvador Astucia (Dec. 2003, 2nd edition): "None of these five points could be achieved with a Kennedy in the White House. The Israelis distrusted President Kennedy because of his father. It is widely known that Joseph Kennedy Sr developed a strong loathing of Jews from his business dealings with them in finance, Hollywood, and politics. And the elder Kennedy had groomed four sons for the White House, but his oldest—Joe, Jr—had been killed in World War II. President Kennedy’s inauguration in January 1961 marked the beginning of a dynasty that would likely continue until 1985 (after the three surviving sons had each completed two terms)."
THE SECRET MISSION OF JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, JR.
|From 1939 thru 1945 there were many secret missions by the allies to destroy the Nazi war machine. On Aug. 12, 1944, one of our most tragic secret missions occurred. A PB4Y-1, the Navy version of the B-24, loaded with 374 |
boxes of high explosives weighing over 20,000 pounds, took off from England. This flying bomb was piloted by Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and accompanied by an armada of various types of aircraft. Flying V-Bombs launched by the Germans were creating havoc inEngland, and it was imperative they be destroyed. Besides the V-1 Buzz Bomb and the deadly V-2 Rocket, the Germans had developed a huge V-3 Supergun. Most of the launch sites were situated in heavily fortified underground bunkers that were difficult to destroy by conventional bombing. Kennedy was on his way to eliminate one of these sites when at 6:20 PM his flying bomb exploded in mid air. The U.S. Government ordered an immediate coverup. For almost 60 years the incident was shrouded in secrecy. Kennedy's younger brother became President. Why did the U.S. want this hushed up? What actually happened on that fateful flight? How was this flying bomb going to be guided to the target? What was Joe Kennedy's background, and how was he selected to carry out this dangerous mission?
[pictured above] German V-1 "Buzz Bomb"
[pictured above] German V-2 Ballistic Missile
|Joseph Kennedy Sr. was one of the wealthiest men in the United States. In the 1920' he reportedly made a fortune bootlegging liquor. He made five million producing low budget movies. In 1938 he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Britain. He was involved in high society, associating with the Royal Family. But Joe Kennedy Sr. had other problems. He had an admiration for Nazi Germany, and advised the U.S. to remain neutral in the growing conflict. He made no secret about his admiration of Germany. As Hitler became more powerful, he announced that he could conquer all of Europe. Britain was feeling the pressure as Dunkirk was evacuated, and London was viciously bombarded. Hitler planned on Britain being the next to fall. Joe Sr. in his opposition to America joining the war had angered Churchill and Roosevelt. Even his two sons opposed their father. In Dec. 1940, he was removed from office and recalled to the U.S. Politically damaged, his admiration for Germany had been his downfall. On Dec. 7, Japan attacked the U.S. and America declared war. Three days later Hitler declared war on the U.S. Joe Jr. immediately enlisted, entering training as a naval aviator. He started flight training in PT-17s, and after graduation was upgraded to the multi-engine B-24 [PB4Y-1] flying maritime anti-sub patrol. In Aug. of 1943 his younger brother John was involved in a mishap when a Japanese destroyer sliced through his PT-109. The crew made it to nearby islands and all were rescued. John was recognized as a hero. In the meantime ships carrying critical supplies to Britain were being increasingly sunk by German subs. Churchill called for a stepped up effort to destroy the subs. Joe Jr. flew 35 missions in six months destroying many of the U-boats. Joe reportedly fell in love with a married English woman while on leave. It was a top secret affair, with his entire life now veiled in secrecy. On June 5, 1944, an armada set sail across the English Channel, the invasion of Europe had begun. German V bombs were now killing thousands of innocent civilians. This presented a great opportunity for Joe Jr. to see some real action. Hitler continued to introduce his wonder weapons, with Buzz Bombs carrying 2000 pounds of explosives. Over 2000 were launched killing over 5000, it was total devastation. Meteor jets and anti-aircraft guns were able to destroy many of the V-1s, but England had no defense against the V-2. It was 46 feet long with a one ton warhead and was difficult to locate when launched from a mobile site. The V-2 was propelled by liquid alcohol and liquid oxygen, taking it to 315,000 feet, then plunging back to earth at 1800 MPH. Over 1000 were fired at London. The new bunker type underground launch sites were not being destroyed by conventional bombing. The new V-3 Supergun could fire a projectile 95 miles, two every minute, striking London. It was obvious the V-1,V-2, and V-3 had to be stopped.|
England formed an elite group to destroy the launch sites, and asked for volunteers. Joseph Kennedy's squadron, flying in bitter winter weather over the Bay of Biscay, had suffered heavy casualties, with Joe losing his former co-pilot and a number of close friends. He was due for a leave but persuaded his crew to stay on until D-Day. Flying frequently in June and July they were given another opportunity to go home. Joe felt it would be unfair to ask his crew to remain any longer, so they returned to the U.S. Joe remained to volunteer for the very dangerous assignment which would require another month. Joe had completed probably more combat missions in B-24s than any other pilot and was well qualified. He considered his chances at fifty-fifty. Joe was an expert in Radio Control projects and was considered a natural to fly the "drone" in the highly secret mission. To destroy the V-2 menace it was decided to use radio controlled drones carrying massive bomb loads. The U.S. had been experimenting with R.C. drones, as had Germany, who was developing R.C. glider bombs. The X-1 rocket boostered bomb released from a German bomber could glide for six miles when released from 26,000 feet.
The secret mission of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. - Part 2
|THE ACTUAL TRAGIC MISSION|
|Joe Kennedy saw his chance to become a hero. He was eager to go, and was a very experienced pilot. The system to be used was to load a B-24 with explosives, using two pilots, and the installation of an arming pin to prevent accidental ignition of the explosives. The target was Mimoyecques, France. A P-38 weather plane reported acceptable conditions, it was a go. Kennedy and his co-pilot Bud Willy took off at 5:55PM. The safety pin had been properly installed in the arming unit. Fourteen other aircraft gathered in formation with the "flying bomb". The lead plane was a B-17. There were two P-38s to accomplish aerial photography over the target. Also included were two Mosquito bombers, one to monitor weather, the other flown by Elliot Roosevelt, the son of the President of the United States. Another B-17 acted as a signal relay over the channel, with six P-51s as escort. The flying bomb was followed by two Lockheed Venturas which are believed to have been the "mother" guidance planes. This armada after hooking up in formation flew from Fersfield to Framingham, England, then to Beccles testing their RC equipment. Final test would be made with the B-24 flying alone on Radio Control. They flew from Beccles to Clacton, then took the final turn to head for the target. Both pilots were scheduled to bail out near Dover after preparing the plane to continue to the launch target guided by the mother plane. The actual flight plan called for a flyover Beccles but went further east than intended and flew over Blytheburgh. Kennedy made final preparations to set the plane on remote control. He removed the safety pin, and signaled O.K. with the code phrase "Stay Flush". These would be his last words as the plane exploded at 6:20PM over Blytheburgh.|
|AFTERMATH AND COVERUP|
|Joseph Kennedy Jr. was to be the first tragedy to strike the Kennedy Family. Very few parts of the B-24 were found, no bodies.The official crash report indicated the cause of the accident was unknown. Once the safety pin was removed ignition could have been triggered by any aircraft making radio contact with the aircraft. Joe was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. The Navy Cross was also awarded to his brother in the PT-109 incident. After the accident there was an immediate coverup of the entire accident which was already clouded in secrecy. No information was released for almost 60 years, even now no real disclosure. One point that is pretty hard to swallow, the whole truth is that the mission was pointless. Through a huge intelligence failure it was later disclosed that the target launch site had been severely damaged by RAF raids a week before. They had dropped massive "Tall Boy" bombs on it. So- the disaster was probably unnecessary. It is largely believed this is the reason behind the coverup. 20 years after the war ended the case was opened up, which only raised more questions. Claims bordered on the ridiculous. The Germans claimed they shot the plane down, Joe was captured and later killed in an escape attempt. Other claims were that Joe parachuted and was captured by a Panzer division, and later Kennedy and Willy were both shot. Many articles were published which claimed mostly erroneous information. Finally Elliot Roosevelt, son of FDR, called all of the reports ridiculous and complete nonsense. He was there and saw first hand what happened. He witnessed the useless death of a potentially great American. After all, the U.S. had tried 19 RC bomb test and none of them were successful. Was this mission hushed up and so secret because it was not necessary?|
|In 1946 a destroyer, the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, JR. was launched. Destroyer number 850, it was the final tribute by the Navy to a gallant officer and his heroic devotion to duty. This ship is now a museum, permanently docked at Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts. It is a National Historic Landmark and member of the Historic Naval Ships Assoc, a tribute to an American Hero and to those who sailed on Destroyers.|
UNITED STATES ATLANTIC FLEET
JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, JR.
|Joseph P. Kennedey, Jr., the oldest child of Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy, was born in Massachusetts on July 28, 1915. He was graduated from Choate School in Connecticut and attended the London School of Economics for one year before entering Harvard in 1934. At Harvard he played football and rugby, served on the Student Council and was graduated in 1938, cum laude. He attended Harvard Law School, but left before his final year to volunteer as a Navy Flier. Awarded his wings in May 1942, he flew B-24s with the British Naval Command. His military service, which ended with his death on August 12, 1944, was described as follows by his brother, John F. Kennedy:|
His squadron, flying in the bitter winter over the Bay of Biscay,
suffered heavy casualties, and by the time Joe had completed his
designated number of missions in May, he had lost his former co-
pilot and a number of close friends.
Joe refused his proffered leave and persuaded his crew to remain on
…It may be felt, perhaps, that Joe should not have pushed his luck
The Secret mission on which he lost his life was described by a fellow
Joe, regarded as an experienced Patrol Plane Commander, and a
Joe was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross… and also the Air
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