Charles Lindbergh, who knew?

I didn’t know that during WWII, Charles Lindbergh visited the flyers of P-38 Lightnings and he taught them how to get phenomenal mileage from their planes.

Everywhere Lindbergh went in the South Pacific, he was accorded the normal preferential treatment of a visiting colonel, although he had resigned his Air Corps Reserve colonel’s commission three years before. In Hollandia, Lindbergh attached himself to the 475th FG, flying P-38s. Although new to the aircraft, Lindbergh was instrumental in extending the range of the P-38 through improved throttle settings, or engine-leaning techniques, notably by reducing engine speed to 1,600 rpm, setting the carburetors for auto-lean and flying at 185 mph (298 km/h) indicated airspeed which reduced fuel consumption to 70 gal/h, about 2.6 mpg.

That one man through knowledge of aircraft could singlehandedly extend the range of fighters without adding fuel tanks or costly overhauls is a credit to his genius.

What I didn’t know about Charles Lindbergh was his ideas were not all he shared. He fathered thirteen children by four different women. One he was married to, two were sisters, and was his secretary. He was 55 when how should I say started a Germany “Subsidiary”.

Beginning in 1957, Lindbergh had engaged in lengthy sexual relationships with three women while he remained married to Anne Morrow. He fathered three children with hatmaker Brigitte Hesshaimer (1926–2001), who had lived in the small Bavarian town of Geretsried. He had two children with her sister Mariette, a painter, living in Grimisuat. Lindbergh also had a son and daughter (born in 1959 and 1961) with Valeska, an East Prussian aristocrat who was his private secretary in Europe and lived in Baden-Baden.[203][204][205][206] All seven children were born between 1958 and 1967.[207]

Did you know about this?

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13 thoughts on “Charles Lindbergh, who knew?”

  1. From the Wiki article on Lindbergh;

    Reeve Lindbergh, Lindbergh’s youngest child with Anne, wrote in her personal journal in 2003, “This story reflects absolutely Byzantine layers of deception on the part of our shared father. These children did not even know who he was! He used a pseudonym with them (To protect them, perhaps? To protect himself, absolutely!)”[210]

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  2. 10 Cents:
    From the Wiki article on Lindbergh;

    Reeve Lindbergh, Lindbergh’s youngest child with Anne, wrote in her personal journal in 2003, “This story reflects absolutely Byzantine layers of deception on the part of our shared father. These children did not even know who he was! He used a pseudonym with them (To protect them, perhaps? To protect himself, absolutely!)”[210]

    It is entirely plausible that Lindbergh used a pseudonym to protect the kids.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindbergh_kidnapping

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  3. MJBubba:

    10 Cents:
    From the Wiki article on Lindbergh;

    Reeve Lindbergh, Lindbergh’s youngest child with Anne, wrote in her personal journal in 2003, “This story reflects absolutely Byzantine layers of deception on the part of our shared father. These children did not even know who he was! He used a pseudonym with them (To protect them, perhaps? To protect himself, absolutely!)”[210]

    It is entirely plausible that Lindbergh used a pseudonym to protect the kids.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindbergh_kidnapping

    So why didn’t he tell his wife and his American family? He didn’t even let these European children know who he was. They had a right to know their father’s true name.

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  4. Bryan G. Stephens:
    Sounds like a total louse.

    Didn’t he also support the Nazis?

    No he did not. He supported US staying out of the war because he said it wasn’t our fight. He is said to have supported the Nazis because he toured Germany many times before our involvement and even gave their Air Force similar pointers on getting the most performance out of their plains as what is detailed in the OP. He is also said to be an anti Semite because he said that the Jewish population in the US was advocating preemptive involvement—which they were along with other groups. Once war started, he got behind the war effort even touring the country to help sell war bonds.

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  5. I am not much into the whole war thing anymore. I have zero love for the defense establishment. That said WWII was necessary. You can not argue otherwise. First we were directly attacked and the belligerents declared war on the US. Second having involved ourselves we discovered the horrors of the Tojo regime and the Nazis.

    Mid the pacifists and America Firsters wanted to keep the US out of that war, they should have been more successful in keeping the US out of WWI. The Second War had to be fought as dictated by history though. I think Lindy was correct that we shouldn’t just involve ourselves but when it became inevitable the US had to fight that war.

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  6. Oh and yes I know he received a medal from Nazi Germany for his efforts working with the Luftwaffa (or however it is spelled. I’m not a kraut) before the war.

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