SPIELBERG & THE BURMA BRIDGE BUSTERS

For Arnold Spielberg, father of Steven, a childhood interest in radios proved a good grounding. During World War Two he served with the B-25 Mitchell-equipped 490th Bomb Squadron in the Burma theatre, and notched up operational experience of his own

ARNOLD SPIELBERG

Steven Spielberg, his father Arnold and Flying Heritage Collection founder Paul Allen with the B-25.
The 490th BS communications section. Arnold Spielberg is in the third row, fourth from the right, wearing his A-2 flying jacket with the 490th’s patch.
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One imagines the Americans of the late 1930s huddling around the radio in the living room, listening to the ominous buildup towards war in Asia and Europe. Those who had ham radios were, you might think, at the forefront of an age of increasing information and instant communication. Ham radio enthusiast Arnold Spielberg, then a teenager in Kentucky, says, “Yes and no. I was working in code, and most of the time we could get contact we’d exchange greetings…

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