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Jamesgate Press wishes you a very happy Fourth of July, remembering that  today marks "Independence Day.”  On this day i...
07/04/2020

Jamesgate Press wishes you a very happy Fourth of July, remembering that today marks "Independence Day.” On this day in 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America. (Photo of children with flag courtesy VisualPhotos.com)

MEMORIAL DAY MAY 25, 2020 - honoring the lives, the courage and the legacy of our fallen service members. God rest your ...
05/25/2020

MEMORIAL DAY MAY 25, 2020 - honoring the lives, the courage and the legacy of our fallen service members. God rest your souls, you brave and immortal dead.
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Knocking out the German stronghold, the Port of PIreaus would not be an easy task, but at least the weather report was g...
05/03/2020

Knocking out the German stronghold, the Port of PIreaus would not be an easy task, but at least the weather report was good for a change - no clouds until we reached Greece, then light clouds until we reached the immediate target area. Next, synchronize watches before takeoff.

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

*** Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Sew Medical Surgical Masks *** Here's a Stay-At-Home project to help our emergency medical wo...
03/22/2020

*** Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Sew Medical Surgical Masks *** Here's a Stay-At-Home project to help our emergency medical workers who are facing a shortage of critical N95 Covid 19 masks. Cotton surgical masks can help keep our hospitals and our medical workers safe. More information below.

Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Sew Medical Surgical Masks.

Here's why, followed by Here's how: Hospitals and medical workers are running out of protective masks and Covid 19 masks N95 can't be manufactured fast enough. Help out. Here's one of many tutorials: https://nypost.com/2020/03/20/doctors-are-now-running-out-of-face-masks-heres-how-to-make-your-own/

Our allies had invaded the Dodecanses (Twelve Islands) in the southeastern Aegean Sea and were preparing to liberate Gre...
03/08/2020

Our allies had invaded the Dodecanses (Twelve Islands) in the southeastern Aegean Sea and were preparing to liberate Greece from enemy control. The Germans had struck back viciously from their base in Pireaus Harbor. In order to hold the strategic position in the islands, we would have to knock out PIreaus today while facing over two hundred enemy fighter planes and a hundred heavy enemy flak guns

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

The weather report would good for a change.  No clouds until we would reach the coast of Greece.  Visibility should be e...
02/16/2020

The weather report would good for a change. No clouds until we would reach the coast of Greece. Visibility should be excellent. The wind at flight altitude would be 20 knots at 320 degrees. We synchronized our watches.

We took off shortly after ten o’clock, circled the field couple times rendezvoused, and moved out to the south and east along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, toward the Italian boot heel, gaining altitude gradually.

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

‘Our mission January 11th, 1944, was considered a “milk run,” an easy one to destroy ships and port facilities at the Po...
01/12/2020

‘Our mission January 11th, 1944, was considered a “milk run,” an easy one to destroy ships and port facilities at the Port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Several crewmen jokingly suggested that they be permitted to remain behind — their services wouldn’t be needed. We gunners went out to the flight line at about 9:30 AM and busied ourselves with cleaning, oiling, and assembling our guns. Soon the officers arrived and briefed us.’

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

NEW YEARS EVEOn New Years Eve, it was cold and raining at our base in Cerignola. We sat inside our warm tents and made p...
01/02/2020

NEW YEARS EVE
On New Years Eve, it was cold and raining at our base in Cerignola. We sat inside our warm tents and made plans. Someone had traded something or another - cigarettes, I think - with the locals for some vino. One of the airmen on KP had “borrowed” a hundredweight of potatoes, and best of all, one of the pilots “came across” a deep fat frier! We would have wine and hot fried potatoes as the cathedral bells rang in the New Year. When we sang Auld Lang Syne, we knew we’d be home soon.

Ready for more? I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://goo.gl/q0xzbA (Paperback) or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 (KINDLE)

Our group laid in a substantial supply of wine for Christmas.  However, a party of fellow air crewmen became would-be tr...
12/25/2019

Our group laid in a substantial supply of wine for Christmas. However, a party of fellow air crewmen became would-be troubadours, moving from tent to tent singing Christmas carols. At the end of each carol we provided generous drafts of wine. The carolers would show their appreciation by singing another song. This continued until most of our wine was gone and the singers moved on to another tent.

Ready for more? I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://goo.gl/q0xzbA (Paperback) or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 (KINDLE)

“How did you end up in the Army Air Corps, then?” “Well, there’s a story behind that.  Way back when I was three, I was ...
12/21/2019

“How did you end up in the Army Air Corps, then?”
“Well, there’s a story behind that. Way back when I was three, I was playing in the yard outside when a tiny single-engine biplane flew by. I jumped up-and-down and shouted, “Whee . . . give me a ride! Take me with you, mister, I want to fly.” I ran around the yard with my arms stretched out, until the airplane flew off.”

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://goo.gl/q0xzbA (Paperback) or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 (KINDLE)

Excerpt from HEY MISTER, I WANT TO FLY: MIA IN WWII, companion book (in progress) to I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: MIA IN WWII. (c) Jamesgate Press LLC 2019

More than 38,000 patriots joined ANC for Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery today. #veterans #neverfo...
12/14/2019

More than 38,000 patriots joined ANC for Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery today. #veterans #neverforgotten #military #services (Photo courtesy: Arlington National Cemetery)

Wishing You The Very Best This Thanksgiving Day~~ Jamesgate Press LLC
11/27/2019

Wishing You The Very Best This Thanksgiving Day
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In honor of our Veterans “. . . Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the sea...
11/11/2019

In honor of our Veterans

“. . . Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain. . . “

Thank you to all who have served.
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(Photo courtesy Arlington National Cemetery) (Verse courtesy Dan Lipinski)

Be Alert Be Prepared for Anything; Be Flexible to Change; Be Ready to Move Out. But how do you prepare for a mid-air dis...
11/10/2019
I Fell Four Miles and Lived: World War II-Missing in Action (Complete and Unabridged) (Falling Fortress) (Volume 3)

Be Alert Be Prepared for Anything; Be Flexible to Change; Be Ready to Move Out. But how do you prepare for a mid-air disaster? With 150 rounds of live ammo around your neck? At 20,000 feet above the ground? And little did he realize that surviving the mid air explosion is just the beginning.

Have you read this yet? I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://goo.gl/q0xzbA (Paperback) or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 (KINDLE)

The unlikely descent of Sgt James A Raley in the tail section of a B-17 is captured in this caricature by his fellow ser...
11/03/2019

The unlikely descent of Sgt James A Raley in the tail section of a B-17 is captured in this caricature by his fellow serviceman, Bob Clark. You can read the whole harrowing true story, I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED (Jamesgate Press), written from the journal he kept during the time he was MIA. Now available on Amazon
Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2
Paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FRLWHSA

Jamesgate Press joins with you in remembering "those who lost their lives on that day and on the days that followed ... ...
09/11/2019

Jamesgate Press joins with you in remembering "those who lost their lives on that day and on the days that followed ... and remembers their family and friends, mindful that the web of human relationships is wide and the loss of a single life, let alone thousands, leaves so many poorer." (quote: J/D)(Photo: courtesy Washington Post)

08/23/2019
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Today is the final day in our 6th anniversary giveaway. Enter to win!

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See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of: I Fell Four Miles and Lived: World War II-Missing in Action (Complete and Unabridged) (Falling Fortress)

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08/18/2019
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Happy 6th Anniversary to Jamesgate Press! Help us celebrate.

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of: I Fell Four Miles and Lived: World War II-Missing in Action (Complete and Unabridged) (Falling Fortress)

Giveaway Summary:
Prize: Paperback copy, "I Fell Four Miles and Lived: World War II-Missing in Action (Complete and Unabridged)"
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
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Happy 243rd birthday, United States! Jamesgate Press wishes all of you a very happy Fourth of July, remembering that  to...
07/04/2019

Happy 243rd birthday, United States! Jamesgate Press wishes all of you a very happy Fourth of July, remembering that today marks "Independence Day.” On this day in 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America.

Jamesgate Press joins with one and all to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings ~:~ June 6, 1944 ~:~(Photos co...
06/05/2019

Jamesgate Press joins with one and all to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings ~:~ June 6, 1944 ~:~
(Photos courtesy Canadian Press, Prime-Movies, U.S. Army, War History Online, D-Day Overlord)

The runway stretched straight out in front of the planes.  Of course, from my perspective, I saw the runway out the back...
06/02/2019

The runway stretched straight out in front of the planes. Of course, from my perspective, I saw the runway out the back of the plane as we took off to the rendezvous point to form the four bomber groups. Italy was slipping behind us and the glittering Adriatic Sea replaced boot-shaped Italy as we gained altitude.
I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

Honoring the lives, courage and legacy of our fallen service members.Memorial Day 2019~~ Jamesgate Press LLC
05/27/2019

Honoring the lives, courage and legacy of our fallen service members.
Memorial Day 2019
~~ Jamesgate Press LLC

Remembering James Andrew Raley born May 25th, 1916, buried at Arlington National Cemetery May 25, 1999
05/25/2019

Remembering James Andrew Raley born May 25th, 1916, buried at Arlington National Cemetery May 25, 1999

Each flag represents a Massachusetts service member who died in action. (photo: courtesy Boston.com)
05/24/2019

Each flag represents a Massachusetts service member who died in action. (photo: courtesy Boston.com)

~ Marking the 74th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on May 8th,1945 ~ celebrating Nazi Germany's unconditional surre...
05/10/2019

~ Marking the 74th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on May 8th,1945 ~ celebrating Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces to the Allies in World War II
(Photo supplied by Alice Dent (thank you))

Knocking out the German stronghold, the Port of PIreaus would not be an easy task, but at least the weather report was g...
05/05/2019

Knocking out the German stronghold, the Port of PIreaus would not be an easy task, but at least the weather report was good for a change - no clouds until we reached Greece, then light clouds until we reached the immediate target area. Next, synchronize watches before takeoff.

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

Our allies had invaded the Dodecanses (Twelve Islands) in the southeastern Aegean Sea and were preparing to liberate Gre...
03/03/2019

Our allies had invaded the Dodecanses (Twelve Islands) in the southeastern Aegean Sea and were preparing to liberate Greece from enemy control. The Germans had struck back viciously from their base in Pireaus Harbor. In order to hold the strategic position in the islands, we would have to knock out PIreaus today while facing over two hundred enemy fighter planes and a hundred heavy enemy flak guns

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

The weather report was good for a change. No clouds until we reached the coast of Greece. Visibility excellent. The wind...
02/10/2019

The weather report was good for a change. No clouds until we reached the coast of Greece. Visibility excellent. The wind at flight altitude would be 20 knots at 320 degrees. We synchronized our watches.

We took off shortly after ten o’clock, circled the field couple times rendezvoused, and moved out to the south and east along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, toward the Italian boot heel, gaining altitude gradually.

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

‘Our mission January 11th, 1944, was considered a “milk run,” an easy one to destroy ships and port facilities at the Po...
01/11/2019

‘Our mission January 11th, 1944, was considered a “milk run,” an easy one to destroy ships and port facilities at the Port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Several crewmen jokingly suggested that they be permitted to remain behind — their services wouldn’t be needed. We gunners went out to the flight line at about 9:30 AM and busied ourselves with cleaning, oiling, and assembling our guns. Soon the officers arrived and briefed us.’
~James Andrew Raley

I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 or http://goo.gl/q0xzbA

Our missions continued from our base in Italy— and so did the cold winter rain. Of course, being in Europe, we also had ...
01/06/2019

Our missions continued from our base in Italy— and so did the cold winter rain. Of course, being in Europe, we also had to celebrate Twelfth Night, the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. We had laid in a substantial supply of wine for greeting the New Year, planning to finish it off on Twelfth Night. However, a party of fellow air crewmen became would-be troubadours and play-actors, moving from tent to tent, performing vaudeville comedy routines (badly) and magic tricks (also badly, but humorously). One crewman became a juggler, tossing three green and inedible potatoes in a figure eight rotation. At the end of each “act” we provided generous drafts of wine. The troubadours would show their appreciation with another song or performance. This continued until most of our wine was gone, causing the troubadours to move on to another tent.
- I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://goo.gl/q0xzbA (Paperback) or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 (KINDLE)

On December 31st, it was cold and raining at our base in Cerignola. We sat inside our warm tents and made plans. Someone...
12/31/2018

On December 31st, it was cold and raining at our base in Cerignola. We sat inside our warm tents and made plans. Someone had traded something or another - cigarettes, I think - with the locals for some vino. One of the airmen on KP had “borrowed” a hundredweight of potatoes, and best of all, one of the pilots “came across” a deep fat frier! We would have wine and hot fried potatoes as the cathedral bells rang in the New Year. When we sang Auld Lang Syne, we knew we’d be home soon.

Ready for more? I FELL FOUR MILES AND LIVED: Missing in Action - World War II. http://goo.gl/q0xzbA (Paperback) or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2WXNS2 (KINDLE)

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January 11, 1944, 76 years ago
No narrative, just three different stories that unfold - the soldiers on the beach; a man with a boat; and a Spitfire pilot. Genius!