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Ghost of World War 2

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When you mix violence  with enormous loss of life, the resulting stories of the supernatural are inevitable. World War 2, of course, fits this recipe. From the beaches of Normandy, to the skies above Pearl Harbor, I am going to touch on a few of the more famous ghosts of World War2.

Many people have reported seeing ghostly soldiers all over Europe. Since much of the heavy fighting of the war took place on that continent, this comes as no surprise. With the beaches of Normandy attracting millions of visitors each year, there have been numerous reports of paranormal sightings. Detailed reports of soldiers still hiding in the bunkers, troops hiding behind trees, and sounds of guns being fired at night make Normandy one of the most haunted locations of the war. Many Europeans have spotted the ghostly images of soldiers hiding in their attics as well as walking around towns that saw heavy fighting during the conflict. There are even rumors of a cannibalistic English Private that still haunt a small village in the Swiss Alps. It is said that before he was shot, he had eaten parts of sevend children.

Not to be outdone by their human counterparts, there are also reports of ghostly war machines. One of the most well known is the American P-40 Warhawk that appeared on December 8, 1943, exactly a year and one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The story is that the plane appeared on radar, out of nowhere. The pilots that were sent to intercept the aircraft reported that the plane was shot full of holes, the landing gear was missing, and they witnessed a bloody pilot in the cockpit. The P-40 suddenly began losing altitude and crashed. When investigators showed up at the crash site, they found the wreckage of the plane, but there was no pilot. Another mystery is the fate of the crew of the Navy L-8 blimp.  Sent on a submarine scouting mission, it returned two hours later and crashed into a house in Daly City California, near San Francisco. The recovery team investigating the crash found that everything was in place the way it should be and no emergency equipment had been deployed. That’s probably because the entire crew had disappeared, never to be heard from again.

The horrendous events of World War 2 have inspired many stories of heroism and survival. It has also spawned a few ghost stories. Whether it be planes operated by spirits, to ghost ships, to apparitions of soldiers still at war, the images of World War 2 are still with us.

    HOLOCAUST DEATHS BY COUNTRY

    COUNTRY

    ESTIMATED
    PRE-WAR
    JEWISH
    POPULATION

    ESTIMATED
    JEWISH
    POPULATION
    ANNIHILATED

    Poland

    3,300,000

    3,000,000

    Baltic countries

    253,000

    228,000

    Germany & Austria

    240,000

    210,000

    Bohemia & Moravia

    90,000

    80,000

    Slovakia

    90,000

    75,000

    Greece

    70,000

    54,000

    Netherlands

    140,000

    105,000

    Hungary

    650,000

    450,000

    Byelorussian SSR

    375,000

    245,000

    Ukrainian SSR

    1,500,000

    900,000

    Belgium

    65,000

    40,000

    Yugoslavia

    43,000

    26,000

    Romania

    600,000

    300,000

    Norway

    2,173

    890

    France

    350,000

    90,000

    Bulgaria

    64,000

    14,000

    Italy

    40,000

    8,000

    Luxembourg

    5,000

    1,000

    Russian SFSR

    975,000

    107,000

    Finland

    2,000

    22

    Denmark

    8,000

    52

    TOTALS

    8,861,800

    5,933,900