During World War II the old Presque Isle Army Air Force Base was one of the most important to the war effort in the US . It was the last stop within the
continental U.S. for the American bombers & their crews on the long and dangerous flight to England. The route of this flight took them from Presque Isle, to Newfoundland, to Iceland and then to England.
On March 11, 1944 this B-17G went out of control while taxing on the icy runway at Presque Isle. It crashed into the north end of one of the hangars. All of the crew suffered injuries and there was one fatality; Co-Pilot Second Lieutenant Thomas Walker from Stockport, Ohio died in the crash.
We just had to re-share this great photo of Mamma and her two babies by Lovena West!
Taken in Mars Hill. Lovena says: “I zoomed as much as I could from the road where we were parked …they were out in the field by the woods quite a distance for my camera & it was getting dark , but I got a few shots of a Momma Moose & her 2 youngin’s … in Mars Hill , Maine”
Just as much of New England is experiencing temperatures in the 90s, The Old
Farmer’s Almanac is warning us about the winter just over the horizon. According to the annual publication, expect above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. “Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another,” editor Janice Stillman said from Dublin, New Hampshire, where the almanac is compiled. It’s due out within a week.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department seeking the public’s help identifying an unknown woman discovered walking in the town of Greene late Wednesday. Police say she is unable to communicate her name.
The woman is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with brown hair, brown eyes and weighing approximately 120 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Martin Fournier at 207-753-2599.
Henry L. Withee of Rockport and Horace A. Bailey of Reading, Massachusetts, took this photo while canoeing from Northeast Carry on the West Branch of the Penobscot to Fort Kent, along the Allagash. The photo is titled The Sphinx. I don’t see it. Do you?
Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Disorder is a rare ailment in which a person, when
startled, will “jump, twitch, flail their limbs and obey commands given suddenly, even if it means hurting themselves or a loved one.” The disorder was first observed in 1878 among lumberjacks in Maine but has been reported also among factory workers in Malaysia and Siberia. Some believe it results from a genetic mutation that blocks the calming of the central nervous system (but could be merely psychological, from the stress of working in close quarters).
In 1944 a major part of the Houlton Army Air Base was made into Camp Houlton, a Prisoner of War (POW) internment camp.
It was a violation of the Geneva Convention to force POWs to work but they could volunteer to work. Camp Houlton provided laborers for local farms to harvest peas, pick potatoes and other work but not all POWs were allowed to work on the farms for security reasons.
The prisoners were paid a dollar a day in scrip that they could spend at the post exchange, the base store, for toiletries, tobacco, chocolate, and even beer.