Record #: "300"
We had a great time at the Reunion, and am looking foreword
to the next one! I hope to see all of you their if at all
Bill, Dan, and Debbie.
"William J Voight" ("b24bill")
" Dutch Flat", "CA" "USA"
Record #: "299"
"my e. mail has been changed...my previous address was
email@example.com...want to get back in touch. have not been
receiving messeges from 453rd one list."
"vince pale" ("sparks")
"villas", "nj" "USA"
Record #: "298"
"I am looking for members of 453rd Bomb group712 Squad.
serving in England June 1944-Nov. 1944. Any leads or
information would be appreciated. I would like to touch
base with old friends and comrade"
" Augustine James Adomanis" ("Jim")
"Bowie", "Md" "USA"
Record #: "297"
"I am the President of the Hawaiian Military Insignia
Collectors and Study Group. Several years ago we
manufactured the insignia attributed to the 453rd Bomb Gp as
shown in the Duxford collection. We also published a short
lineage and honors statement for the unit as found in
Maurer Maurer plus some other documentation. There are
some questions I would like answers to which will help to
fill in the gaps on the lineage and honors page. List of
commanders for the units attached to the 453d; the name of
the commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron
commander; ship that moved the crew overseas and where did
it land; make up of the Headquarters staff; casualties
(numbers only, not names, to include KIA, WIA, PW, MIA.
Any information will be most welcome. I have posted a page
on military.com with the information that I do have and
requesting more of same.
In comradeship and Aloha Nui Loa,
1SGT Charles W. Aresta, US ARMY (RET)"
"Charles W. Aresta" ("Billy")
"Honolulu", "HI" "USA"
Record #: "296"
"I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot. My hobby is
Stained Glass and my Three Dimensional Stained Glass
Aircraft may be of interest to your guests. If anyone
wishes to view my work, please visit me at
"Comox", "BC" "Canada"
My Web Site
Record #: "295"
"To all you brave guys who served during the war . I like to
take this chance to say a big thank you to you all. I live
near duxford air field and I go there with my two sons to
try and tell them how brave you lot was. I go there ever
year to see all the planes and tanks. My father was in the
war his name was joeph jack ellis and he died when i was to
youg to ask him about the war, but I wished I did so I could
tell his grandchildren all about the war and haw bad it
was, but althought it was a bad war I do hope that all of
you who are still with us do have some happy memories of
what you did for me, and for that I thank you from the
bottom of my heart....... "
"kevin gale" ("git")
Record #: "294"
"FIRST VISIT TO THE SITE, I AM PRIVILEGED TO BE A MEMBER OF
THE 2ND AD HERITAGE LEAGUE, AND I LIVE JUST A FEW MILES
FROM STATION 144. IT IS WONDERFUL THAT SO MANY PEOPLE BOTH
IN THE STATES AND HERE IN THE UK AND EUROPE STILL REMEMBER
THE SACRIFICES OF MY LATE FATHERS GENERATION! I AM 38 YEARS
OLD AND HAVE NEVER HAD TO FIGHT FOR MY FREEDOM, TO BE
HONEST, I AM NOT SURE IF I COULD DO WHAT ALL THOSE YOUNG
FELLAS OF 18 AND 19 DID ALL THOSE YEARS AGO!!
I HAVE HAD THE HONOUR TO CORRESPOND WITH A VETERAN WHO
SERVED AT OLD BUCK, (UNFORTUNATELY NOW DEPARTED ON THE
FINAL MISSION) IT IS SAD THAT I NEVER GOT TO MEET HIM, HIS
NAME WAS PAUL STOVEY AND HE WAS THE PILOT OF A SHIP CALLED
BLOOD 'N' GUTS, IF ANYONE RECALLS HIM, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR
FROM YOU. I DO STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HIS WIFE ON
OCCASIONS, CHRISTMAS CARDS, ETC.
AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER, THOSE MEN WILL TRULY NEVER BE GONE.
REGARDS TO ALL WHO FOLLOW ME, AND WHO MAY READ THIS MESSAGE.
Record #: "293"
"To all who served in the 453rd
I am a 44 yr old man living in the part of East Anglia were
many of you served so long ago and I would like to thank
all you brave men for what you did for my country during
the very darkest days of WW11.
Without you, it is most unlikely that i would be writing
this E-mail today.
God bless you all
Record #: "292"
"My father was the pilot of a B-24 and I have always been
interested in his experiences. I feel priviledged to have
located this site.. "
"Gail Ruhnke" ("Snaggles")
"Oconomowoc", "Wi" "USA"
Record #: "291"
"Congratulations on your site "brillient"
does anyone have information on squadron 90 or lancaster
bomber nose name "flying dutchman".
Record #: "290"
"i just a warbird enth.to young for ww2 God bless the brave
men that took to the air and fought.thank them for their
"epping", "nh" "USA"
Record #: "289"
I was tail gunner on RV Nelson's crew. Flew 35 missions from 7/15/44 thru 11/9/44 mostly on"Spirit of Notre Dame". Anybody know her story after we finisheed.Or about the ground crew Shaner,Rogers & Wallace Recognize a few other plane names.Everbody flew at one mission in "MALE CALL" or had a crew picture taken by it for the record"
"Lancaster ", "PA" "USA"
Record #: "288"
"Am searching for JAMES MCINTYRE, Navigator on Hollywood &
Vine Crew, 734th Sqdn, 453rd B.G. at Old Buckenham, England
during 1944. I was the tail gunner on that crew, and would
appreciate any information concerning his whereabouts.
Thanks, Dick Robert."
"Richard C. Robert" ("Dick")
"Baton Rouge", "LA" "USA"
Record #: "287"
"Orginally out of Michigan. Served with the 453,735th as a
nose gunner on "Saurets" crew. Plane that we did use at
times was Hattiebelle. Anyone who was with that crew
can contact me at GP8453@.com "
"Gerald D Phillips" ("Gerry")
"Tucson", "Az" "USA"
Record #: "286"
Record #: "285"
"Lee Russell Gulley was my father in law. I am looking for
information or personal stories about his time in the
service. Lee was a b24 pilot in the 734 bomb squadron of
the 453rd bomb group. Lee flew Dolly's Sister, serial #41-
29005. He was in WW11, the Korean War and was a flight
instructor. Unfortunatly, Lee died in 1998 so I can not
ask him for information. I would appreciate any help."
"la jolla", "ca" "USA"
Record #: "284"
"HI THERE MY GRANDFATHER SERVED IN THE 453RD UNDER CO
CHARLES FINK.MY GRANDFATHERS NAME WAS WALTER H BROWN JR.
HE WAS A TSGT AND WAS STATIONED AT OLD BUCKENHAM.I HAVE
BEEN LEFT WITH A RATHER LARGE PUZZLE AND I DONT KNOW WHERE
TO BEGIN.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANY ONE COULD TELL ME
STORIES OF DOCUMENTED ACCOUNTS AND EVENTS THAT MY
GRANDFATHER MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN AND IF ANYONE KNEW HIM!ALL I
HAVE TO GO BY IS STORIES AND MEMORIES LIVED THROUGH HIM.I
CAN BE EMAILED AT BROWNJH@3MAW.USMC.MIL I AM CURRENTLEY ON
ACTIVE DUTY IN THE MARINE CORPS.I CAN BE HAND WRITTEN AT
6522 MOSSY DR KEYSTONE HEIGHTS FL. 32656
THANKS,CPL JONATHAN BROWN"
"CORPORAL JONATHAN H BROWN" ("BROWNIE")
"KEYSTONE HEIGHTS ", "FL" "USA"
Record #: "283"
"I was in the 735th squadron with Alex Wallace as my pilot.
We finished our missions in Dec. of l944. I was the
bombardier and finished in Childress, Texas March of 44. I
had an instructor there by the name of Lt. W. B Dozier. He
was an instructor at Texas A & M before going into service.
I have not heard from him since l944 but would sure like to
get in touch with him. If you should happen to know him or
know of him, I would appreciate hearing from you.
Record #: "282"
Record #: "281"
The following sad news was passed on to me this evening.
Another great man has passed on.
With humble respect & regards,
Do you recall the photo I have shown with Jimmy Stewart
taken in Pittsburgh in 1987. The other gentleman was Major
General Andy Low. He led our group and the entire 8thAF on
May 8 1944. We flew on his wing and he told us later we were
rammed by a German fighter then we went down. He went down
end of July and we were in the same 3 POW camps together.
Andy was Stewart`s assistant Operations Officer and his
room-mate at our base. Andy passed away yesterday.There will
be services at West Point and his ashes will be buried here.
Andy was to present the bust of Jimmy Stewart at the 8thAF
Heritage Museum at our 453 Bomb Group re-union Oct. 18 to 23
in Savannah. Andy Low was the man who pinned on my POW
medal at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1988.
Bill Eagleson is trying to get our old CO Maj. Gen. Ramsey
Potts to take over the honors. If he cant get him he asked
if I would do it. I said I would even though we are having
an open mike session about Stewart the nite before the Bust
presentation and I am MCing that.
Our old warriors are going one by one. We are a fading
Generation. From my 10 man crew we only have 3 left.
Yellowing papers were found that Germany and Japan had
planned to divvy up the United States. Japan was to get
Hawaii , Alaska all of the west to the Rockies. Germany was
to get the rest.
WE DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
"Lloyd Morris (webmaster)"
"College Station", "Tx" "USA"
My Web Site
Record #: "280"
"My Dad flew with the 453rd, 735th, from early 44 though D-
Day. Several interesting stories, I would be interested in
communicating with others from this period. He flew in
Squeegie most of the time as a bombadier. He is still
alive and in Springfield, MO."
"Harry E. Siegrist III"
"Austell", "GA" "USA"
Record #: "279"
"I am searching for any information about, or recollections
of my father, S/Sgt GEORGE W. KIRCHWEY, who flew with the
453rd and received the Air Medal on 2-Jan-45. He was a
radio operator and waist gunner in a B-24. He survived the
war, but never talked about it, and we were raised not to
ask. He died in May 1988, at home in Connecticut.
I have a photo of him in front of the nose of "BTO", which
I think stands for Big Time Operator. Any information about
him, or the ship, would be gratefully received.
Thanks very much for maintaining this site. "
"George A. Kirchwey"
"Dallas", "TX" "USA"
Record #: "278"
"I am trying to learn more about the planes Larry (Ambrose)
Prouhet flew in WWII, and especially of any living crew
members of those planes. His first B-24 was, I believe
the "Battle Package" which went down in the Channel
on July 11, 1944. The tail gunner was lost.
Subsequently, he flew the "Hustlin' Hussy" I think.
I am married to Lydel Prouhet, his oldest child. His
wife, Wilma is alive and healthy, and lives in St
Peters, MO. Larry passed away in September, 1987.
Anyone with info can reach me, toll free, at 888-300-0791.
Record #: "277"
"My name is Tom Berry. My good friend, Bruce Florea was a
co-pilot on B-24
Hoo-Jive in mid to late 1944. As you probably know, Hoo-Jive
was hit by flak
over Cologne in late '44 (on Bruce's 11th mission if I
Fortunately, they were able to trip out the bomb load, turn
territory, and bail out over France. All survived that
the pilot was killed later in the War. Bruce went on to fly
33 missions. They
have had several reunions since, including one hosted by the
CAF at an air
show in Yakima, WA.
I worked for Bruce on his farm in Missouri to make my way
school at The University of Missouri in '83 and '84. I
worked for GM for 3.5
years, and have been at Harley-Davidson since then. Bruce is
the finest man I
have ever known; humble in his contribution to the War
self-effacing. Just thought you'd like to know that one of
the Old Buckenham
guys was still very much alive and kickin'!
All the best, Tom Berry"
Record #: "276"
"Looking for info on the plane "Battle Package"
which went down in the Channel in 1944."
"Webster", "TX" "USA"
Record #: "275"
"My Dad was Luther Cross who served as a flight engineer in
the 735th bomb squadron from June 1944 to October 1944 on
the Moeller crew. They most often flew SLEEPY TIME GAL
which I think was being flown by different crews on
alternate days. Dad stayed active in the 2ndADA group and
corresponded with his former crewmates until his death in
1995. I would love to contact any ground crew members who
might have worked on STG during that period. I am also
trying to find R. Harper who was in S2 of 453d. My Dad met
him at a 2ndADA reunion about ten years ago. Any help would
"Paul Cross" ("relicman")
"Nashville", "TN" "USA"
Record #: "274"
"To all of the pals of the453RD BG [Lloyd PrangTom
Brittan ,PAt Ramm
e-mail me at FredHessJr@AOL.Com all the information you
have on 1STLt julian L.Clark 0 -716833 clark was our
bombadier Of our original crew Pilot:Russell C.Anderson 0-
438614 KIA Dec 28 1944 0ur original crew bailed out Aug 1
1944 Clark bailed out again over Poland ,on Jan 15 ?1945
he returned to Old Buck Via the underground GOD BLESSYou
"Cincinnati", "OH" "USA"
Record #: "273"
"This is very nice to see. My father, Phil Meistrich, was a
member of the 453rd at Nottingham UK. "
"300 Newark St #6K Hoboken", "NJ" "USA"
Record #: "272"
"if anyone knows my grandpas please contact me i wanna know
more about the wars my grandpa's fought in their names are
Leonard Collier and Thomas Tegenkamp if any of u know them
or fought w/ them please contact me
"margo tegenkamp" ("margo")
My Web Site
Record #: "271"
"My father was a copilot of Matecko Crew of the 453rd. He
flew 17 or 18 missions and experienced a mid-air collision
with another B-24, don't know which crew. A photo dated 25
Jan 45 the crew listed as follows: Matecko, Pilot; de la
Garza, CP; Arcudi, N; Turovitz, B; Lkien, TT; Lee, RO;
Giblin, WG; Enderton, WG; Adler, NG; Manderson, TG. Any
information please let me know."
"Andres de la Garza" ("Andy")
"Upland", "CA" "USA"
Record #: "270"
"Hi FRED Hess 453 BG 732 BS HEre Our crew flew B24jST
LOUIE Women To the ETO June 5 `1944 ToBelfast Irelamd we
started our missions July 1944 From Old buckenham APO 558
Near norwick east angela Iam trying to find 1st LT Julian
L CLARK 0716833 HOur Bomd e blided with us 8 1 1944 "
"Fred m Hess JR"
"Cincinnati ", "oh" "USA"
Record #: "269"
I tried to "E" mail Harry Leiska # 260 in Your guest book but
apparently His adress was wrong. Get in touch with me by
former crew chief on "LITTLE NANCY""
"Howell, Mich. ", "Mi" "USA"
Record #: "268"
"What information does anyone have about the 453rd Bomb
Group near Old Buckenham, England?
Does the Bomb Group have meetings, reunions, etc.?
Any help or guidance would be appreciated.
Major David Hogue (Retired)"
"La Crosse", "WI" "USA"
Record #: "267"
"Cousin of 2ndLT. Carl F. Franke, bombardier, 735th Bomber
Sqdn, 453rd Heavy Bomb Group KIA 2/6/44. Would like to
learn more of details before visiting cemetery Cambridge,
England in late July.
"Robert C. Baldwin CAPT USNR(Ret.)"
"State College", "PA" "USA"
Record #: "266"
"733rd SQDN, Lt. Fischer's Crew. Assigned Plane, Star Eyes,
#651, V-Victor. Tour of duty, 4 July, 1944 to 26 Feb. 1945."
"Paoli", "IN" "USA"
Record #: "265"
"I have just returned from a visit to Europe, and visited
two American cemeterys and found these to be really tear
jurkin places, but very well looked after. I have also
visited the one at Cambridge with the same feelings,I am to
return to cambridge cemetery Sunday 2nd July, if anyone
would like a picture of certain grave please send me
details of the plot etc, This is a free service and would
be honored to be able to do this. "
Record #: "264"
" I am so excited to find this website.
My father, Joe Klempka Sr., was stationed with the 453rd
at Old Buckenham, and was so proud of his time with this
He passed away in 1977, but my sister and I have many mem-
ories of his stories of his times there. We have been try-
ing to get as much information about his service there as
we could, but until finding this website, we weren't hav-
If any one remembers him, or serving with him, please
contact me at my E-mail address on AOL at KLEMPKAMOPARMAN,
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Joe Klempka Jr." ("Butch")
"Ft. Myers", "Fl" "USA"
Record #: "263"
"Before I start this letter maybe is it usefull to introduce
myself to you first. My name is Ad(Adrian) van Zantvoort,
42 years of age and during my freetime I researching wartime
aircraft crashes and locating their crews. My research is
full concentrated in the S.E. part of Holland, and during
the 12 years I built-up an archive in which contains about
250 files of aircraft crashed in "my" research area. Today
I obtained a picture of an B24H taken at Eindhoven (B78)
during the war but after we were liberated(after 18th
The serial number of this aircraft is 42-52755. On the
picture you see an dark painted plane, with on the rudders
an white stroke with an P inside. The picture is B&W.
Please can you help to identify this plane and do you have
crewlist of this plane??
Thanks in advance for your help in this matter. I will send
you the picture by snailmail because I have not the
equipment to send this by E-mail!!!
"Ad(Adrian) van Zantvoort"
Record #: "262"
"Mickey - Gulley Crew princally"
"Herman Lefco" ("Hank")
"Elkins Park ", "PA" "USA"
Record #: "261"
"I am looking for information about my father, T/Sgt Alois
John Skudlarek, who served with the 453 Bomb Gp in WWII. My
dad was born in Avon, Minnesota and trained with the 52
Bomb Sqd in Boise, Idaho before going overseas. My father
passed away on June 16, 1970. Thank you."
"John Peter Skudlarek"
"Ewa Beach", "HI" "USA"
Record #: "260"
"I'm looking to make contact with anyone who knew my father
in law Bill Finster. He was a copilot in the 453rd BG,
He arrived at Old Buckenham in September 1944 and was there
until the end of the war.
He remembers flying 11 missions in "Little Nancy." He also
remembers that "Little Nancy" went down in the Channel a
couple of missions after he and his crew moved on to another
aircraft. He says his first two missions were in the Ruhr
Valley and that the worst fighter oposition happened over
Hamburg. He remembers that one of his waist gunners got an
Me262 (I don't know if this was over Hamburg) and got credit
for the kill.
He remembers the names of some of his crew:
Tail gunner: Last name Williams;
Nose gunner: Last name Sherif;
Top turret: Last name Coyle;
Navigator: Eddie Totman, from Bath, Maine;
Pilot: Cecil Smith (nickname "Snuffy"), from Kraft??,
Kansas. Bill remembers that flying fighters was Snuffy
Smith's first love.
I posted a guestbook entry regarding Bill a long time ago &
thought I"d try again now that I have some more information.
"Sacramento", "CA" "USA"
Record #: "259"
"Do any of you folks have Pat Ramm`s E-mail address? My
grandson is going over tomorrow. I asked him to look up Pat.
I would like to reach him and ask him to show the old Ramm
hospitality if my grandson contacts him."
Record #: "258"
"I was Tail Gunner on the B-24 "Hollywood & Vine" 734th SQ,
453rd BG at Old Buc in 1944. Am seeking the following
members of Fleckenstein's Crew who flew with me in WWII:
James McIntyre- Navigator, Joseph DeBella- Nose Gunner,
Lewis E. Denson, Radio Operator, James A. Mossbarger, Waist
Gunner, and Tony J. Herr- Waist Gunner. All others have
been accounted for. Thanks, Dick Robert, e-mail me at
"Richard C. Robert" ("Dick")
"Baton Rouge", "LA" "USA"
Record #: "257"
"My brother SSGT Lloyd W Hammer was a left waist gunner on
B-24 #42-10040 that crashed in Switzerland on 18
March 1944. He was a member of the 506th Bomb squadron, 44th
bomb group stationed in Shipdham,england. He was a evadee
out of Switzerland. Trying to get as much info as possible,
particuraly on the evasion. Are there any military or other
sources that would be helpful? My brother died a few years
ago. As I am a retired Marine I am trying to compile info
on the family military members. Thanks for any help you can
give me. WillardE. Hammer
Record #: "256"
Am seeking whereabouts of Mr. Harry Hecht, of the 735th B.S., 453 B.G. (H) who few on he "Slokum Yokum" Any data woud be appreciated
Others were (which we have located) are Daniel Liebich, C. O. 735th., Guenther Ruhnke, Irving Kraus, and Harry Hecht. With those names maybe I should check into the Luftwaffe archives.Thank you & good luck. Ken McPherson."
"Kenneth J. McPherson" ("MAC")
"Ocean Park", "Me" "USA"
Record #: "255"
"My dad, Robert B. Shea was in the 453rd Bomb Group, 732
Bomb Squadron. This site looks like a good one to research
his war days."
"Alison Shea Wall" ("Ali")
"Richmond", "VA" "USA"
My Web Site
Record #: "254"
"This is a wonderful web site. It tells a great story of the
men that flew their planes to fight tyranny and preserve
My father, Lt. Harold J. (Jim) Mathay, was in the 453
Bomber group, 733 Squadron stationed in England at Old
Buckenham. He was there in 1945. He was from Greenville,
PA. He trained in Liberal, Kansas and Pampa, Texas, and
possibly Boise, ID. He flew 19 missions, many of them over
Halle, Germany. I saw a reference to my father in one of
your guest book entries #155. His plane had a "Coke" bottle
painted on it but the crew refered to it as "Cyndi".
I would appreciate any recollections or information.
"Harrisburg", "NC" "USA"
Record #: "253"
"My Uncle,LT. Harry J. Klyap, and the namesake of my middle
child was a bombadier navigator in the 734 squadron of the
453 bomb group. He was killed in action on November 26,
1944. This is all we know of his history. I am a former
captain in the Army Ranger's with a current rank of Major
who was commisioned with my uncle's LT bars. If there is
anyone who knows anything about my uncle, the plane he flew
any friends or stories, it would be a bit of history that
me and my family would cherish. E-Mail me at
email@example.com. There is a chance that he and his crew may
have been killed on takeoff during a bombing mission with a
Captain Conrad as the pilot.
"New Port Richey ", "FL" "USA"
Record #: "252"
"2nd Air Force: On April 8, 1944, a B24 Liberator Bomber(41-
28983)took off from Topeka Army Air Base in Kansas. The B24
was bound for an ETO staging base in Florida. Shortly after
takeoff, the B24 encountered heavy turbulence, and crashed
5 miles west of Millington, Tennessee. Of a crew of ten
men, nine were killed and one man survived the crash. One
of the men killed was my uncle, S/SGT RADIO GUNNER ALBERT
S. DOLD(11069477). Tomorrow is MEMORIAL DAY and I certainly
won't forget my uncle. Does anyone out there remember my
uncle, S/SGT RADIO GUNNER ALBERT S. DOLD? If you do, please
contact me at KURTALBERTDOLD@GATEWAY.NET. I have been
looking for quite awhile without any success. A crew
photograph would be a plus. Please search your memories.
Thank you very much, and good luck to all in their search
for relatives and friends!"
"Kurt Albert Dold"
"Norwood", "MA" "USA"
Record #: "251"
" I was in the 453BG-735th squadron -flew 24 missions as
nose gunner and engineer---- looking for the pilot named
Irving Kraus and tail gunner Harry Hecht--- we flew the
plane --Silent Yokum and others --thanks buddies "
"Lovejoy ", "Ga" "USA"
Record #: "250"
Would like to hear from any one who knew robert morris who
was a radio operator on lt oaklands crew also would like to
hear from jack slagle who was a waist gunner on lt oaklands
"liverpool", "ny" "USA"
Record #: "249"
"My Dad was a crew member of the B-24 "Silent Yokum", 735th BS, 453rd BG, stationed in Old Buckenham, England. My Dad and I along with Ron Barnhart have been working diligently trying to locate the last two members of their crew. Harry Hecht and Irving Kraus, both from New York State. We have made a ton of phone calls but can't seem to locate them. If anybody knows them or how to get in touch with them or knows if they are alive, please e-mail me. Mary27@prodigy.net or Mary@gov.state.ga.us Arlie Aukerman, Ron (Barney) Barnhart and Geunther Rhunke are the only ones alive that we have found. Help us if you can. Thank you. And thanks for all of those who sacraficed to keep us free. You are the "Greatest Generation" "
"Mary Aukerman" ("Mary")
"Hampton", "GA" "USA"
Record #: "248"
I saw your message on the website & I received an
e-mail from Don Olds. My e-mail address is iralsobel @
netscape.net. My home address is 40 Edgemount Road
Edison, N.J. 08817. I'm looking foward to hearing from
you about MARCH FIELD, 1943. I also salute the men of
the 453rd. B.G.: THE GREATEST GENERATION on Memorial Day.
"edison,08817", "nj" "USA"
Record #: "247"
"Can ya'll send me any pictures of a bombardier in action?
"Jerry Townley" ("Jerr")
"Atlanta", "GA" "USA"
Record #: "246"
"Ref: Entry #244
Mr. Ira Sobel,
We are trying to get a message to you, but your email
address was incomplete in listing #244. Please reply & I
will forward to the party trying to reach you.
"College Station", "TX" "USA"
My Web Site
Record #: "245"
Enjoyed your web sire very much. Lots of work and research went into this
project. Good luck.
"Ken McPherson" ("Bagpiper-Mac")
"Ocean Park", "Me" "USA"
My Web Site
Record #: "244"
"I recently viewed photos from March Field, Calif. in 1943
just before the 453rd. B.G. shipped out for Africa,Europe.
There was a picture of WOLVERINE 212: does this name ring
a bell? Were you part of the crew? Was this plane used for
training purposes? Does it bring back any good memories?
Please e-mail, write, call: Ira Sobel;40 Edgemount Rd.;
Edison, N.J. 08817
"edison ", "nj" "USA"
Record #: "243"
Record #: "242"
"Great web site. And a great tribute to true patriots! My
father served in the Army Air Force in WWI with the 12 Air
Force and First Tactical Air Force MTO, ETO in mediums as a
toggle Bombardier and Radio Operator/gunner. My Nephews
Grandfather served with the 453rd in WWII MOS was top
turret gunner until his eighth mission (Sept 44)he was shot
down near Worms where they had just bombed an ammo dump. He
remained a POW until the end of the war in Europe. My
nephew was wanting info on the plane, crew ect. I have
recieved copies of reports,runway line-ups, mission reports
ect. of missions that my father flew from other members in
his Sq. I was wondering if anyone might have such
information. His last name is Dennis.
"Pittsboro", "IN" "USA"
Record #: "241"
"I was a crew member in the 453rd and was shot down on July
12, 1944 on a mission to Halle, Germany"
"Len Lincoln" ("Linc")
"Quincy", "Ca" "USA"
Record #: "240"
just found your excellent site,how very interesting it is
i'm too young to have any memories of old buck at the time
you all experienced it, but i'm volunteering to put anyone
in touch with anyone locally .i actually live on the edge
of the airfield on foundry corner on the road to
Record #: "239"
"Thanks to everyone who served in WWII. I am the nephew of
Lt. Gus Bergman of the 453rd bomb group, 733 bomb squadron."
"Houston", "TX" "USA"
Record #: "238"
"Bill Eagleson, Bombadiar,453rd BG, is personal friend,
along with others. Pat Ramm of England is another personal
3d SAD was responsible for all maintenance on the
Liberators of 2d Air Division. In the latter part of 1945,
when all Liberator people were asked to donate one Pound
each, which included 3d SAD. Sadly, the 2d Air Division
Assn contends that 3d SAD was not part of the Division, and
refuses to accept any Liberator artifacts from us in the
Norwich Memorial Room. We had over 300 B-24 Nose Art
photographs, so we donated them to the 8th AF Heritage
Museum in Savannah, GA.
Wiley Noble, Secretary, 3d Strategic Air Depot, Watton."
"Wiley Noble, 3dSAD, Watton, AAF505"
"Baton Rouge", "LA" "USA"
Record #: "237"
"In reference to entry "236 Hoo Jive"
I only know one name that was on that plane ...Richard M.
Dean tsgt. radio operater. If you have more information on
the crew please let me know.
I'll have more info later.
His son Bill
Record #: "236"
"Hi I'am the second son of Richard M. Dean who flew with the 453 BG Squad 734 Name Hoo Jive he was a tsgt.
radioman. His plane crashed and he and the co-pilot were th only survivers. However he passed away 3 yrs ago at
age 74. I just wanted to know who the other crew members were and if there were any pics of his aircraft.
"William Dean " ("lights1")
"Ypsilanti", "mi" "USA"
Record #: "235"
"Terrific site. My thanks to all the vets that sacrifised so
that we can enjoy freedom & liberty many of us take for
granted today. My brother-in-law, Edmund Survilla, who is
still with us & still working, served in the 453rd, 734 SQ.
Crew # 1, abord the Lucky Penny. His brother, William
(Bill) Survilla was in the 15th AAF (I think), shot down
over Italy on the Romania oil fields run, ended up as a POW
in Germany until the end of European War. My brother,
Robert S. Waldman served in the 15thAAF. He was killed
April 12, 1944 when his B-24 plunged into the
Can anyone advise if the 15th AAF WWII has a web site ??
If so pleasae advise "T.J." at firstname.lastname@example.org
"T.J. Waldman" (""T.J."")
"Cheshire", "CT" "USA"
Record #: "234"
"Can anybody help? I am researching into the 116 8th air
force aircraft to go to switzerland during 43-45. 2
aircraft from the 453rd bg landed their first was Robert J.
Dooley in b24h 41-28629 landed on the 13 april 44 from the
733rd bs next was Louis Scherzer in B24-H 42-64496 landed on
the 25 April 44. If anybody has or was on the 2 above
aircraft please could you get in touch with me as I have
little info on the but I do have 2 photos of the above
aircraft and I am willing to copy them. Please help me if
you have any info."
"Robert S. Martyr" ("robby")
Record #: "233"
"My dad, 2LT John T. Harrington Jr. was a navigator aboard "Wandering Wanda.". He started with the 453rd and the plane was transferred, crew and all, to the 458th. His crew inherited "WW" from a crew that had completed the (then) required 25 missions for rotation home. It was named after the wife of the previous crew's copilot, who did some "wandering" back in the states while her husband was overseas. I grew up hearing many war stories, some of them were funny, some poignant, some filled with horror. He had occaisional nighmares from his experiences until his death in '93.
Dad completed aviation mechanics' school, and from there went through cadets and then became both a pilot and navigator. He actually had time as copilot during some missions. Everyone on the plane was trained in everyone else's job "in case." All aboard were able to fly and land the plane, even the gunners. The tail gunner was a Chinese-American from San Francisco, last name of Fong. Dad said he could fly pretty well. They had plenty of opportunities to fly around due to "slow-timing" new engines replacing those that had been shot out. They used the time to instruct everyone to fly.
One funny story: they would take guys from the base up in the air during such routine flying. They would tell them to "Watch the wings. If they wiggle up and down it means we're in big trouble, so let us know right away." Then, with the guy looking out one of the windows, they would jiggle the yoke a little, causing the wingtips to wiggle up and down a few feet. The guy would race up to the flight deck, petrified and shouting about the wingtips. Naturally by then they would be flying normally, and look out and see nothing wrong. "You SURE you saw the wingtips wiggling?" After a few episodes they would let the "pigeon" in on the joke.
"Cypress", "CA" "USA"
Record #: "232"
"Enjoy this site very much. Was a flight engeneer on
Tarbell's crew at old buck. Arrived at old buck in January
of 1944 afther flying the southern route by way of south
America, over the big pond to the cost of Africa, then up
to England.I recall that I flue some 12 or so missions with
Tarbell's crew. The the crew was split up and I was
assigned to Klob's crew. On June 20th my 27th mission to
Politz Germany ,we were hit by flak over this target and
lost to much fuel to make it back to base.We were just
acrost the north sea from Sweden, so we made the choice to
be interened reather then run out of fuel and taken
prisoner by the germans.Our landing and interment in Sweden
is another story.I would like to make contact with any of
Tarbell's oregonial crew, or Kolb's crew that may still be
around. Please E-Mail Me. Robert M. Sage"
"Robert M. Sage"
"Rochelle", "Il" "USA"
Record #: "231"
" About an article in "THE LIBERATOR MEN OF "OLD BUC".There
is a discrepancy in the article entitled "THE LAST FLIGHT
OF THE RUTH MARIE".The plane named was "BLOOD AND GUTS"
according to other sources in the book. Can someone please
clarify this? Thank you. Elling Mikkelson."
"Ferryville", "WI" "USA"
Record #: "230"
"Researching my uncle's flight--Dewey Dey Steele, KIA on Nov
2, 45 in "El Flako" over Gastrop-Rauxal. Thanks for your
efforts at establishing this web site."
"Robert J. Steele" ("Bob")
"Montgomery", "AL" "USA"
Record #: "229"
"My interest in the 453rd comes from s/sgt Joseph Fiorentino
who was my best friend in 1944. he was a member of Titus`s
crew.They were trained as pathfinders and transfered to the
389th BG and were shot down by flak near Paris June 25,
1944 and Joe was one of nine killed.I would like to hear
from anyone Who knows anything about this inident or who
knew Joe during this time.
Joe Black 357FG"
"Phila.", "PA" "USA"
Record #: "228"
"As you may know I joined the 453rd in Boise ID in September
1943 and stayed in England with them until we packed up and
left on 08 May 1945 and returned to McGowan Field in New
Jersey where we wound up in the Air Transport Command.
After a rather lenghty delay occasioned by the inability of
the local financial genius to understand the then English
monetary system which was used by the Officeers Club of
which I had been in charge! Anyhow, I was shipped out to
St. Jo Missouri, checked out in B25 and C46 and in August
shipped home for discharge on infamous December 7, 1945.
"KOTAPISH, james g. Sr." ("JIM")
"Chagrin Falls", "OH" "USA"
Record #: "227"
"the B-17 was the reason we won this war"
Record #: "226"
"This site is really good"
"Verona", "PA" "USA"
Record #: "225"
"This is a "Special Request" from someone (Rick Wilder), who
stopped and asked me (after noticing the B-24 pin, that I
wear on my hat) if it was, indeed, a "B-24"!
All he has is 2 pictures of his Father, (Eugene Wilder,
JR.), a B-24 pilot and instructor.
PIC1 - 1st AF patch on his sleeve (was a P-38 pilot),
holding 9 day old Rick.
PIC2 - Crash and burn photo of a B-24 with a "J" in a
(white?) circle on the tail. 732nd BS? (no other info)
He says the name of the B-24, his Father piloted, was named
after his Mother, ("Louise", "Lou", something of the
Can we help this gentleman narrow down his search?
"Daniel L. Stockton"
Record #: "224"
"Just found the 453rd group page, My Dad (Fred Eichinger Jr)
served in this bomb group from 7/14/42 - 10/25/45. If
anyone wants to contact me please e-mail at
Would love to hear from other "heroes" that he served with.
I still carry a dollar bill that he had many of you sign.
"Jim Eichinger" ("Batman")
"tonawanda", "NY" "USA"
My Web Site
Record #: "223"
"Congratulations on your Web Page. Also congratulations
to "Mo" Morris as new Treasurer of the 453rd Bomb Group."
"Fayetteville,", "NY" "USA"
Record #: "222"
"Adding to entry March 4, 2000. Requesting information
obout "Yankee Doll" downed May 8, 1944 over Germany. My
Brother, Frank B. Bready was the tail gunner and did not
survive. He was in the 734th Bomb Squad and the 453rd Bomb
Group. Flew out of Old Buckinham. I believe only 3 airmen
survived and were prisoners. Any information would be
"Sherwood", "MD" "USA"
Record #: "221"
"Congratulations on a great webpage and thank you for all of
the work you've done on it! I don't remember if I saw it
in your guestbook or someone else's, but I saw a comment
from a fellow that he'd just read that new WWII novel, "THE
TRIUMPH AND THE GLORY" and recommended it highly. At any
rate, I got a copy from barnesandnoble.com and thought it
was just terrific. Like your webpage, the novel offers a
fascinating passage through WWII, while telling a stirring
story of courage and dedication to doing what is right, no
matter what the cost. But enough about that, my only
suggestion for your page is to add more of the kind of
stuff you already have. If something isn't broke it
doesn't need fixing. Keep up the good work! "
"Atlanta", "GA" "USA"
Record #: "220"
"Anyone who has any information about the "Yankee Doll"
downed over Holland May 8th, 1944.Plane may have collided
with another aircraft. Information hard to come by since
only 3 survived. I am the Sister of the tail-gunner who
died that day. Any info would be appreciated."
"Mary " ("Bready")
"Sherwood", "MD" "USA"
Record #: "219"
Nice page. Nice work.
Keep doing it.
One thing. Can you someone help me in looking for info about
2. March 1945 action and 453.BG in this raid.?
"Trnava", "SK" "Slovak Republic"
Record #: "218"
"I don't know if this went in before.
I found this while looking for something else. To me each
and every WWI Vet is something special. My father broke
his back in about 39 or 40 and did not serve. I served in
the army for 28 years.
I have been collecting unit crests and patches for about 30
years. Actually I collect anything worn on the American
I need help in identifing 2 large Bombing patches. No one
is 5 in in dia. Painted on leather with a brown outer ring,
a blue background, a yellow bomb with an indian riding it.
The indian is wearing a white outlined black breec cloth
and carring a orange headed tomahawk with a white handle,
he is wearing a orange festher in his black hair, eith one
braid showing. No two ei 5 1/4 in in dia and made with 7
different colors of felt. there is a yellow base with a
yellow outter ring, a red inner ring, the base has a two
black felt mountains covered with white sewn snow under a
gray cloud, over the gray cloud is a light blue sky.
overall is a red bomb with 6 arms, 2 top & 4 bottom, the
two top arms are holding a black frkt machine gun, the
front two bottom arms are holding a white felt map (marked
map, the two rear bottom arms are holding 5 blue bombs
outlined white. Realy need these Identified.
My oldest Avn Patch is ther 1st Army Avn Section WWI.
snail mail SFC (Ret) John W. Harvey, 2020 Cascade Dr,
Killeen, TX 76549-8029"
"John W. Harvey"
"Killeen", "TX" "USA"
Record #: "217"
"Dear Sir I would like to know some information on my Dads
unit during the War I believe he served in the 453rd Bomb
group his name is Kenneth C Miller service number is
39094425. His position was Tail Gunner we have a picture of
him getting a Medal from James .W. Stewart om flying 30
combat missions in July 1944.Please provide any information
"Spanaway", "Wa" "USA"
Record #: "216"
"My uncle flew with the 453rd from 1944 to Sept, 1945. He
was a flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator called the
"Shoo Shoo Baby". After completing 36 missions over
occupied Germany he returned to the states in late 1945.
Any help in locating fellow crew members or any information
surrounding the plane or its crew would very much be
"Timothy Ramsey" ("Tim")
"Renton", "WA" "USA"
Record #: "215"
"I was with the 467th Sub Depot stationed with the 453rd at
Old Buckenham. I also was the leader of the dance band
that was on station and played for Officer's and Enlisted
men's clubs. I was the senior enlisted man at the gasoline
dump that furnished the 100 octane gasoline for the
"Al " ("Broendel")
"Rock Island", "IL" "USA"
My Web Site
Record #: "214"
We are Elske (15 years old) and Evelien (16 years old) and
we are two girls
from Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
We are doing a research for a schoolassignment about the
Liberation in 1945.
We have to research the World War II and liberation
experiences of civilians and soldiers during the period
We have to interview veterans and survivors.
The aim of the project is to assemble an oral history of
American and other
Allied participation in the liberation of the Netherlands
during World War II,
as well as the courage and endurance of the Dutch people.
If you are a World War II veteran or survivor or if you know
a World War II veteran or survivor or if you have got any
information that might be useful for the assignment, please
let us know by sending us a letter or an e-mail.
Also, if you are the editor of a newsletter or if you know a
newsletter and if you think we could publish a little ad
about our assignment, please let us know as well.
Thank you so much.
Evelien aan de Wiel
3328 MV Dordrecht
For more information, please visit:
"Evelien and Elske" ("Eef")
Record #: "213"
"I am looking for information regarding Andy Low's book "
The Liberator Men of Old Buc". Was this book actually
published and copyrighterd, or is it simply a compilation
that was copied and distributed? Was it updated through
the years? Would enjoy hearing from anyone who has a
copy!! Love the site.Keep up the good work!"
"Barrington", "IL" "USA"
Record #: "212"
Record #: "211"
"Thank you very much for this very informitive site.
Although I have not found any information on my Uncle or
the B-24 he flew in I am always interested in other
stories. This site is the only one I found anything in
about the 453 Bomb group 732 bomb squadren.
Keep up the good work .
"William J Squires ( Bill )"
"Cleveland", "oh" "USA"
My Web Site
Record #: "210"
"Was co-Pilot on Herb Reinders crew in 732nd. Herb died this
past year with cancer. Only crew member in touch with is
Jack White our very able flight engineer. Anyone remember
me? Would like to hear from you.
Mo, you have a great web page. Thanx. Lyle"
"Somers Point", "NJ" "USA"
Record #: "209"
"My dad, Jamie Snider was a member of the 453.
"Laura Di Donato"
"San Diego", "CA" "USA"
Record #: "208"
"FLEW 31 MISSIONS OUT OF OLD BUCKINGHAM PLANE
RUMPILSTILSKIN JAN 1944 AUGUST 1944"
"JACK A. KLINEDINST" ("453rd.~ 735thsq.")
"YORK", "PA" "USA"
Record #: "207"
"Fantastic! If Dad could have got to see this."
"Robert Snider" ("ezbob")
"Terre Haute", "In" "USA"
Record #: "206"
"looking for info on father in law ELBERT SHOEMAKER
BOMBER/NAV. 8TH AIR CORP.- 453RD BOMBER GROUP H -
MY ACHIN'BACK - "
Record #: "205"
"I am trying to find info on my grandfather. I have his
service number but dont know how to decode it. any help
would be appreciated "
"rapid city", "sd" "USA"
Record #: "204"
"RE: Jimmy Terwilliger.
Thanks to all who responded to my earlier request (199).
Good news to report. After 56 years,Mr. Terwilliger and my
father were reconnected just before Christmas ! It was
a joyful reunuion for both.
I could not have located this member of the 734th squadron
without this website and the help from all who responded,
"Little Rock", "AR" "USA"
Record #: "203"
"My husband, Mike, already signed the guest book. He saw a
sign in from Joe Deely who flew with his father, Vic. We
know Dad would love to hear from Joe, but the E-Mail link
will not work for us. Joe, if you see this could you please
shoot us a note. We can put you in touch with Vic Templer.
You can reach us at KMTORIGINALS@worldnet.att.net or
"St. Peters", "MO" "USA"
Record #: "202"
"Hello. Just found the site, and saw the note by Joe
Deely. I am the son of Vic Templer. Just stopped in to say
"St. Peters,", "Mo" "USA"
Record #: "201"
"I was a M/Sgt in charge of maintance on the B24 "Little
Nancy". I was attached to the 453rd Bomb Group 732nd Sq
flying from Old Buckingham England between Jan 1944 thru
May 9, 1945. This site is a fine tribute to all that served
the country during WWII."
"Howell", "MI" "USA"