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    December 7th 1941. Not a darn thing in the news today either.

    The first US aircraft shot down at Pearl Harbor????

    A J-3 Piper Cub being flown by a solo student pilot. He just happened to be an active duty Navy enlisted guy who was probably flying a base flying club aircraft, as he was in his working uniform.

    For some reason his instructors required a parachute, which works out well for him when Japanese Zeros shot off his engine.

    He parachuted safely and was walking back to town carrying his parachute when he was seen by various civilians. Unfortunately they reported him as a Japanese paratrooper.

    As a result the type of Navy dunguree he was wearing was mis-identified as the uniform of the Japanese parachute units. The Navy brass then ordered everyone to change out of thier working dungrees and change into their tropical whites.
    When the Navy figured out that this made them bright targets, they had everyone dye their whites with strong coffee.

    Oddly enough Navy personel stranded in the Philippines resorted to the same coffee dye trick when their ships were sunk at the harbor while they were in town on liberty. As a result many sailors and stranded airmen were organized into infantry type units under the command on any officer from any branch that could be found. The Japanese troops who saw the light brown or yellow coffee stained uniforms on these troops assumed that they were some sort of special suicide troops whos' mission was to decoy the Japanese into an attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    December 7th 1941. Not a darn thing in the news today either.

    The first US aircraft shot down at Pearl Harbor????

    A J-3 Piper Cub being flown by a solo student pilot. He just happened to be an active duty Navy enlisted guy who was probably flying a base flying club aircraft, as he was in his working uniform.

    For some reason his instructors required a parachute, which works out well for him when Japanese Zeros shot off his engine.

    He parachuted safely and was walking back to town carrying his parachute when he was seen by various civilians. Unfortunately they reported him as a Japanese paratrooper.

    As a result the type of Navy dunguree he was wearing was mis-identified as the uniform of the Japanese parachute units. The Navy brass then ordered everyone to change out of thier working dungrees and change into their tropical whites.
    When the Navy figured out that this made them bright targets, they had everyone dye their whites with strong coffee.

    Oddly enough Navy personel stranded in the Philippines resorted to the same coffee dye trick when their ships were sunk at the harbor while they were in town on liberty. As a result many sailors and stranded airmen were organized into infantry type units under the command on any officer from any branch that could be found. The Japanese troops who saw the light brown or yellow coffee stained uniforms on these troops assumed that they were some sort of special suicide troops whos' mission was to decoy the Japanese into an attack.
    Now THAT is one very interesting story!

    I remember that I was sitting on our back steps, way off in the hills of Ohio, when the news of the Pearl Harbor attack was first broadcast. I was only ten years old, and far removed from world affairs at that time. Hell, we still had chickens and pigs under the front porch, no phones, gas, or electricity, and our school had eight grades in one room!

    The news was crushing, even to a young farm kid. 20,000 Alaska flying hours later, that newscast stays with me.

    Thanks for the story.

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