On September 19, 1944, the leading crew of the 500th Bomb Squadron finally dropped the kitchen sink, of "everything but the kitchen sink" fame, on the Japanese.
The project was conceived by T/Sgt. Guetgemann of the Squadron intelligence section Corporal Duval constructed it out of sheet metal and Sgt. Brasko did the paint job.
After sitting around for some time awaiting a suitable target, the new Squadron C.O., Capt. Mortensen, finally dropped it on a mission to Sidate Airdrome in the Northeast Celebes. Due to a short approach, the sink was dropped with some haste and landed in a palm grove outside the town.
Members of this crew flew more missions than any other in the 345th Bomb Group. Mortensen and Epps completed 109, while Ryan flew 113 missions. By this date, RITA'S WAGON had reached 100 missions,
John Pfeifer has an enthusiasm and passion for old bikes that's very contagious. If you've had the fortunate opportunity to cross paths with him, or see his last year of bike build on his Facebook page you know what I mean.
John spent the better part of a year and a half restoring a 1916 Harley and preparing to compete in the cannonball.
After all his hours of preparation and travel things came to a bitter end on day one of the race when due to a malfunction his bike went up in flames. Not only did he lose his opportunity to compete in a race that he was so passionate about but he also lost a bike that he loves so much.
We cannot give him back the opportunity to compete in this year's cannibal but if we all come together and give even in a small way we can help lighten the blow he's been dealt.
So Jethro made a page to raise enough funds for John to be able to rebuild his bike and compete again in the future to complete his dream. https://www.gofundme.com/2svcg7uk
Generally speaking, the purpose of the Optima Ultimate Film Festival is to solicit video submissions from the public in two (2) categories (a “Short Video” category and an “Action Video” category) focusing on the performance vehicle enthusiast’s passion and hobby. Optima will select videos to be shown at the OUFF, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the time of the SEMA Show (scheduled to occur November 1 – November 4, 2016).
The OUFF will take place in Las Vegas, during SEMA. Participants whose videos are selected by Optima for screening at the OUFF will receive tickets to the OUFF, and the selected participant’s videos will be considered by Optima for honors at the OUFF and potential broadcast on a national Optima television program.