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Alan Magee was an American airman during World War II who survived a 22,000 foot fall from his damaged B-17 Flying Fortress. He was featured in Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 10 most amazing survival stories of World War II. Airman is a term used to refer to any enlisted personnel in the United States Air Force or Other Ranks in the Royal Air Force (in which airwoman is also seen). ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths {{{notes}}} World War II, also known as the Second World War (sometimes WW2 or WWII or World War Two), was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the... A B-17 on a bombing run. ... Smithsonian is a monthly magazine published by the Smithsonian Institution of the United States in Washington, DC External link Smithsonian webpage Categories: Smithsonian Institution | United States magazines | Stub ...


Alan Magee was born in Plainfield, New Jersey as the youngest of six children. Immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack Magee joined the United States Army Air Corps and was assigned as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 bomber nicknamed "Snap, Crackle, and Pop". Plainfield is a city located in Union County, which is in the northeastern part of New Jersey. ... Attack on Pearl Harbor Conflict World War II, Pacific War Date December 7, 1941 Place Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Result Japanese victory On the morning of December 7, 1941, planes and midget submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy commanded by Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, carried out a surprise assault on the... 1. ...


On 3 January 1943 Magee's B-17 was on a daylight bombing run over St. Nazaire, France when German fighters shot off a section of the right wing causing the aircraft to enter a deadly spin. The mission was Magee's seventh mission. January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... The Deutsche Luftwaffe or (help· info) (German: Air Arm, IPA: [luftvafə]) is the commonly used term for the German air force. ...


Magee was wounded in the attack but managed to escape from the ball turret. Magee found that his parachute had been damaged and rendered useless by the attack. Having no choice, Magee leapt from the plane without a parachute. Magee quickly lost conciousness due to the altitude.


Magee fell over four miles before crashing through the glass roof of the St. Nazaire railroad station. Somehow the glass roof cushioned Magee's impact and rescuers found him still alive on the floor of the station.


Magee was taken as a Prisoner of War and given medical treatment by his captors. Magee had 28 shrapnel wounds in addition to the damage from the fall. He had several broken bones, severe damage to his nose and eye, lung and kidney damage, and his right arm was nearly severed. Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ...


Magee was liberated in May 1945 and received the Air Medal for meritorious conduct and the Purple Heart. After the war Magee earned his pilot's license and enjoyed flying. He worked in the airline industry in a variety of roles. He retired in 1979 and moved to northern New Mexico. 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ... The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Official language(s) None, English and Spanish de facto Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 5th 315,194 km² 550 km 595 km 0. ...


On 3 January 1993 the people of St. Nazaire honored Magee and the crew of his bomber by erecting a 6-foot tall memorial to them. January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Alan Magee died in San Angelo, Texas on 20 December 2003 from stroke and kidney failure at the age of 84. San Angelo is a city located in Tom Green County, Texas, United States. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted. ... Renal failure is when the kidneys fail to function properly. ...


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Alan Magee: Paintins, Sculpture, Graphics (434 words)
Alan Magee was born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Magee’s early training in illustration, and the discipline’s emphasis on perception and technical skill, continues to inform his artistic practice today.
Alan Magee will discuss his recent work revealing his extraordinary range of styles and techniques, from his realist works in watercolor, acrylic and oil, to his haunting monotypes and idiosyncratic sculpture made from found objects.
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