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Record #: "400"
"I'm currently writing a book honouring the sacrifice of RAF and USAAF airmen downed in the Normandy area during WW2. I'm would like to hear from survivors or their relatives to get testimonies and wartime pictures of crews and planes lost in this area of France. Following crew is of interest for me : - B 24 # 41-28649 "Little Bryan" of 453rd BG , 733rd BS. Lost near Rouen on March 18 ,1944. Crew was : Phillip Stock John McCue William Long George Schneidman Robert Haynes Jr Morris Elisco George Keenan Everett Statton Herbert Wright Melvin Brown Joseph Miller Joseph O'Reilly"
Submitted by: "Laurent Viton" 
"GODERVILLE", "." "FRANCE"
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"11/08/01"

Record #: "399"
"Engineer on Bill Bertrands crew Original crew #35 Met at Boise Then to March Field Crew finished on D day I was 2 missions short at that time all did 30 ."
Submitted by: "Lester C Frisbie" 
"Ashtabula", "OH" "USA"
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"10/28/01"

Record #: "398"
"Would like to find anyone who knew Everett Sidney McGee nickname "Sam". He is my husband's grandfather but he didn't get a chance to know him. His tombstone says CA S SGT 453 AAF Bombadeer GP WWII. If anyone could also tell me what all that means I would appreciate it."
Submitted by: "Kelly Erickson" 
"Mesa", "AZ" "USA"
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"10/23/01"

Record #: "397"
"I am interested in locating Andy Cusati.His earlier ee-mail may be discontinued. . I would like for him to mail me a photo of "LINDA LOU" if he still has one. thanks Neil Creer former crew chief on her"
Submitted by: "Neil Creer" 
"Howell", "Mi" "USA"
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"10/20/01"

Record #: "396"
"One of the best presented sites I have ever visited. I have a buddy whos father was a crew member on a B-24 during WW11."
Submitted by: "William F. Foutch Sr." ("Bill"
"Yukon", "OK" "USA"
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"10/17/01"

Record #: "395"
"Hello This is John and Josephine from Chenoa Illinois 10788 N 1000 E. Road zip code 61726 wouold like to hear from everybody by US MAil or send E-mail to our son bob bvercler#seidata.com"
Submitted by: "John Vercler" ("John"
"Chenoa", "Il" "USA"
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"10/13/01"

Record #: "394"
"We seem to be fading into the sunset."
Submitted by: "William" ("Bill"
"Albuquerque", "NM" "USA"
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"10/03/01"

Record #: "393"
"In honor of my father-in-law; George Hager flight-engineer passed away NOvember 1995. Would like to hear from any crew members that remember him. He had 12 children and they are all very proud of him."
Submitted by: "Mary Hager" 
"Burnsville", "MN" "USA"
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"10/02/01"

Record #: "392"
"My Grandfather, Major George L. Brantingham, was the Executive Officer of the 734th Bomber Squadron stationed in England during World War II. I have a photograph of him in his Capt. uniform and a letter from his Commanding Officer presenting him a sterling silver serving dish (which I have). I would be interested in communicating with anyone that may have known him or served with him. I'm a retired U.S. Navy Submarine Service veteran who put 20 + years in the Navy (1959-1979)."
Submitted by: "Charles William Kruger" ("Charlie"
"Spring Grove", "IL" "USA"
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"09/24/01"

Record #: "391"
"My father, Jack (Jacque) Klinedinst, was in the 453rd BG 735th BS. He had said that he flew in the "rumpelstiltsken" with a pilot named Tarbell (?). I have a partial undated diary of missions with notes about destination, flak, fighters, bomb loads, casualties, etc; very interesting. Dad died on August 28th, 2001. I would like to secvure associate membership in his various veterans organizations."
Submitted by: "John Klinedinst" 
"Wrightsville", "PA" "USA"
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"09/23/01"

Record #: "390"
"My cousin, Walter R. Carmack was a radio-operator / gunner on a 453rd B-24 during WWII. His plane was shot down over Germany on 2/25/44, he was KIA. Believe he went down over Nuremburg. I think it was his fifth mission.
Can you tell me where I can find information regarding the Groups missions, especially the 2/25/44 mission, which I believe was one of the largest efforts at that time?
Regards,
Jim Harris

Submitted by: "Jim Harris" 
"Dimondale", "MI" "USA"
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"09/22/01"

Record #: "389"
"I am a 19 year old College student working on a literary / video project about World War Two Veterans. The project includes the unit, ship or division histories and the life and service history of the veterans. I am interviewing WWII veterans currently living in New Jersey, Deleware, Pennsylvania and New York. These interviews are taped with a video camera. For veterans living outside these areas, I have e-mail or regular mail interviews with them. If you can help my project in any way I would greatly appreciate it and I will send you a copy when completed, thank you very much for your help and your time. Here are all of my credentials if you need to get in touch with me.
Mr. Brandon C. Traister
10 Denver Road
Marlton, NJ 08053
856-906-1406
856-985-5354 (fax)
PineValleyGC@aol.com
"

Submitted by: "Brandon C. Traister" 
"Marlton", "NJ" "USA"
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"09/20/01"

Record #: "388"
"I was sent overseas as a replacement co-pilot, assigned to the 453rd. I flew a total of 27 missions, the first 7 with different crews who were finishing their tours. I lost all my records in a fire. Who could I contact to find out who I flew with and what missions we flew on. Thanks, Dave"
Submitted by: "Dave Noble" ("Little Rody"
"Petaluma", "Ca" "USA"
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"09/20/01"

Record #: "387"
"I am seeking anyone who may haved served with my father in the 453d. His name is Francis T. Eyre and he served as a bombardier/navigator from Sep 44 thru March 45. He flew 30 missions - 10 as Lead Crew. His aircraft were "The Iron Duke" and the "Ruth Marie". One of his best friends was Edmund Trescinski (sp?) who authored and also played himself in the screenplay/movie-"Stalag 17". I would like to get any and all info I can because Dad is NOT getting any younger. When is the next reunion?"
Submitted by: "LTC Michael A. Eyre" 
"Brandon", "FL" "USA"
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"09/15/01"

Record #: "386"
"Does anyone have information on Joe S. Palermo from Buffalo, NY? I believe he was stationed at Old Buckenham, possibly in charge of transportation. He was a friend of my family in England and is often mentioned when the war is discussed. Thank you."
Submitted by: "Jill Lane" 
"Long Beach", "CA" "USA"
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"09/15/01"

Record #: "385"
"Lest they be forgotten...www.warbirdcentral.com "
Submitted by: "Robert Henderson" 
"Canon City", "Co. " "USA"
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"08/29/01"

Record #: "384"
"Great Site. Dad was with 453rd 735th. Shot down on 28th mission. Became guest of Luft III. Excerpt from unfinished diary: "On our 28th and last mission the target was Berlin. We were hit by nine JU 88's before reaching the target. A JU 88 is a twin engine fighter and fires 20mm explosive shells. One shell knocked a large hole in #1 prop dome. We immediately lost all oil in that engine and had no control over engine or propeller. Another shell entered cock-pit at right side of instrument panel and came across Hagan's lap, thru the back of my seat and exploded against the left wall of the radio compartment. It opened up the wall so that we could see the fuel tanks in the wings. It set fire to the wall covering and a shell fragment hit Burton, radio operator, in the forehead. Just laid it open to the bone the complete width of his head." Plane #42-64490 "Jabborwacky" 1st Lt. Melvin H. Williams (Dad) Pilot 1st Lt. Robert J. Hagan Jr. Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Daniel J. Reading Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Leo W. Ryan T/Sgt. Charles B. Burton Jr. T/Sgt. James P. Vigna T/Sgt. Dush Vukelich S/Sgt. Leroy A. Steingraber S/Sgt. John V. Pool Jr. Thanks for the site."
Submitted by: "Chuck Williams" ("Chuck"
"El Cajon", "CA" "USA"
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"08/29/01"

Record #: "383"
"Hello to you all I hope that you may be able to help me. Listed below are the names of several US Airmen who were shot down over France and who evaded capture in 1943. They were all assisted by the same French family in Brest Brittany. Later this year a UK based television company in association with US and French channels intend to make a documentary on this family and their war time experiences. The TV company would like to contact these airmen with a view to gaining some sort of input from them. Could you please take a moment to cast an eye over the list to see if any of the names mean anything to you. If they do would you be able to give me any information you can. I would especially like to know if these airmen are still alive and from where did they part of the States did they originate from? I have added what information that I have on a number of them. Frank Kimotek (Possible lives in California), shot down in B17 42-29635 of 303 Rd BG on 31 August 1943 returned to UK 25/10/43 MACR 470
Jack A Ryan
Demetrius Kamezis (Contacted now lives in California)
Edwin R Myers
Wayne Rader
Richard 'Dick' Cunningham
Lt H Cabot Rowland
Duane Lawhead
Allen J Piebe
James G Wilson
Harold E Thomson (Contacted now lives in Washington)
William B Dunning Jnr
Merl E Martin (Contacted now lives in California)
Walter Hargrove shot down in B17 42-29635 of 303rd BG 31 August 1943 returned to UK 27/12/43
William Rice
Sgt Floyd M Carl
Russel M Brook
Raymond Bye
Vernon E Drew Jnr
Lionel E Clark
Charles B Bronner
Sgt M C Ramirez
Sgt Donald D McLeod
Sgt Marion Hall
Lt Ernest Hugonnet
John Paul Semach
James N Quinn
Harry L Minor
James A Schneider
Evered F Palmer
Attilio Robert Gassidi
Warren Graff (Shot down 30 July 1943 in P47C 41-6391 of 82nd FS 78th FG MACR 135)
Sorry that I don't have ranks units etc.... All that I know is that they were all shot down during 1943 and returned to the UK by 01/01/44.
Thank you for all your help in advance.
Kind regards from a hot and humid Jersey Channel Islands UK.
Ian Le Sueur "

Submitted by: "Ian Le Sueur" 
"UK"
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"08/27/01"

Record #: "382"
"Hello to you all I hope that you may be able to help me. Listed below are the names of several US Airmen who were shot down over France and who evaded capture in 1943. They were all assisted by the same French family in Brest Brittany. Later this year a UK based television company in association with US and French channels intend to make a documentary on this family and their war time experiences. The TV company would like to contact these airmen with a view to gaining some sort of input from them. Could you please take a moment to cast an eye over the list to see if any of the names mean anything to you. If they do would you be able to give me any information you can. I would especially like to know if these airmen are still alive and from where did they part of the States did they originate from? I have added what information that I have on a number of them. Frank Kimotek (Possible lives in California), shot down in B17 42-29635 of 303 Rd BG on 31 August 1943 returned to UK 25/10/43 MACR 470 Jack A Ryan Demetrius Kamezis (Contacted now lives in California) Edwin R Myers Wayne Rader Richard 'Dick' Cunningham Lt H Cabot Rowland Duane Lawhead Allen J Piebe James G Wilson Harold E Thomson (Contacted now lives in Washington) William B Dunning Jnr Merl E Martin (Contacted now lives in California) Walter Hargrove shot down in B17 42-29635 of 303rd BG 31 August 1943 returned to UK 27/12/43 William Rice Sgt Floyd M Carl Russel M Brook Raymond Bye Vernon E Drew Jnr Lionel E Clark Charles B Bronner Sgt M C Ramirez Sgt Donald D McLeod Sgt Marion Hall Lt Ernest Hugonnet John Paul Semach James N Quinn Harry L Minor James A Schneider Evered F Palmer Attilio Robert Gassidi Warren Graff (Shot down 30 July 1943 in P47C 41-6391 of 82nd FS 78th FG MACR 135) Sorry that I don't have ranks units etc.... All that I know is that they were all shot down during 1943 and returned to the UK by 01/01/44. Thank you for all your help in advance. Kind regards from a hot and humid Jersey Channel Islands UK. Ian Le Sueur "
Submitted by: "Ian Le Sueur" 
"UK"
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"08/27/01"

Record #: "381"
"LET ME KNOW WHAT DATE TRHE REUNIONIN OHIO WOULD LIKE TO TRY AND BE THERE. LUM"
Submitted by: "HUNTON L. MORGAN" ("LUM"
"MACON", "GA" "USA"
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"08/27/01"

Record #: "380"
"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 http://members.home.net/stellarimages"
Submitted by: "Rudy Preus" 
"Comox", "BC" "Canada"
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"08/22/01"

Record #: "379"
"Hello, I am signing the guest book in my father's honor. He died in 1996 of a heart attack. He never talked much about the war, but I know he was proud of himself and of the men he flew with. He served in the 453rd bomb group, 732nd squadron and after 26 missions he was reassigned to the 93rd bomb group. My father had 6 children and there are 20 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren who would love to hear from anyone who knew him. Sincerely, Judi Gottman Pingston Michigan "
Submitted by: "Frank Thomas Gottman, Jr" ("Jimmy"
"Milford", "Mi" "USA"
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"08/19/01"

Record #: "378"
" I am looking to see if anyone knew my father, Frank Egloff. He was a Sergent in the 453rd BG. He repaired the air frames. He patched the holes from bullets and flak. He is alive and well in Florida. Any information on a reunion or a 453rd association would be very appreciated. Also, I am looking for a book titled One Last Look. It is a book about the old USAAF bases in England."
Submitted by: "Mark M. Egloff" 
"USA"
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"08/05/01"

Record #: "377"
"Does anyone remember my Dad - EUGENE MILLS? He was 1st pilot of a B-24 - 453rd bomb group - 8th Air Force flying 11 missions over Germany. On the 7th mission the radio operator was killed. My dad received the Air Medal and lived in Tennessee. Any info or photos would be greatly appreciated. Linda lindameller@cs.com"
Submitted by: "Linda Mills Eller" 
"USA"
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"08/05/01"

Record #: "376"
""Sleepy Time Gal", I was the tail gunner,I'm in search of Lt. JIM WELDING or any of our crew.Please contract me through my sons at "rkefauver@home.com" I'm living in Oceanside California.My home phone is 760-7220-8415."
Submitted by: "Kenneth E Kefauver" ("Ken"
"Oceanside ", "Ca" "USA"
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"08/03/01"

Record #: "375"
"Looking for anyone who may remember my uncle, Steve Bentivegna. Was with bomb group 453, Squadron 733, out of Old Buckingham. His pilot was Sullivan. He says his plane didn't have a name, or maybe he doesn't remember it. He doesn't have a computer, so I am posting this for him. Curious if any of his old buddies are still around. Steve Russo Long Island sljrltts@optonline.net"
Submitted by: "Steve Russo" 
"Medford", "NY" "USA"
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"08/03/01"

Record #: "374"
"I have asigned the gueast book some time back. Since then I have changed my E-Mail address. Old address was rmsage1@aol.com. The new E-Mail address is rmsage2@aol.com. This happen when my grand son delited all my files. So I had to re-enter all data. R.M. Sage Sr. 453rd-735 bomb Squadren. 01/15/44 to 06/20/44"
Submitted by: "Robert M. Sage Sr." 
"Rochelle, Il", "Il" "USA"
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"07/29/01"

Record #: "373"
"I am trying to locate a Lt. Cecil L. Smith or any of his crew members from the 453rd. bomb group 732 bomb squadron. relating to jan. 1st 1945. Please e-mail me Neil Creer"
Submitted by: "Neil Creer" 
"Howell", "Mi" "USA"
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"07/26/01"

Record #: "372"
"I was the bombardier on Cyrus P. "Pete" Adams' crew. After 35 missions, I was assigned as Associate Public Relations Officer for the 453rd."
Submitted by: "Francis" ("Fran"
"Pacific", "CA" "USA"
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"07/23/01"

Record #: "371"
"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 http://members.home.net/stellarimages"
Submitted by: "Rudy Preus" ("Rudy"
"Comox", "BC" "Canada"
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"07/17/01"

Record #: "370"
"Trying to locate veterans who spent time at any of the Eighth Air Force rest homes (flak farms) within the UK. I am a postgraduate Geography student currently researchin the use of such country estates and your memories/experiences will be greatly appreciated. kind regards- matt kempson mattk6996@aol.com"
Submitted by: "Matt Kempson" ("Matt"
"Nottingham", "UK"
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"07/10/01"

Record #: "369"
"We are researching a biography of Walter Matthau, to be published in 2002 by Cooper Square Press. Mr. Matthau (who then was known as "Walter Matthow") served as a radio cryptographer with the 453rd Bomb Group during World War II. Can anyone provide us with any information on him in this regard? Is there anyone out there who may have served with him, and would be willing to be interviewed? Thank you. Rob Edelman & Audrey Kupferberg 378 Division Street Amsterdam, NY 12010 phone: 518-843-3542 fax: 518-842-1582 e-mail: akupferb@nycap.rr.com "
Submitted by: "Rob Edelman" 
"Amsterdam", "NY" "USA"
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"06/30/01"

Record #: "368"
"I am looking for a digital or a photograph of the crew that flew in the "Paper Doll". If anybody has information please contact me. Thanks"
Submitted by: "Robert Goudy Jr." 
"Barstow", "CA" "USA"
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"06/19/01"

Record #: "367"
"Hi, nice site and very interesting , please could you tell me if there is a enamel type badge of the Bomb group, or squadrons that i could obtain,to add to my collection. regards Tony."
Submitted by: "Tony" 
"England"
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"06/09/01"

Record #: "366"
"My neighbor, Edward Kennedy, was with the 453rd. He was a crew chief on B-24s. It broke his heart when one of his 'charges' didn't come back. He was there when the war ended. He said at the end they were taken on a flight across the channel and were flown over the landscapes. He spoke of the carnage and fields littered with destroyed vehicles and armour. It was everywhere. Every field contained at least one ruined piece of equipment and of how that can only be a fraction of the price paid with life. To this day he cannot read a book about the war because he can't get through it. It simply causes too much pain. I feel greatful and indebted to all the veterans of WWII. There has never been as brave a generation of Americans since. My dads' brother (Howard Francis Hughes) was a navigator on a B-24 stationed in Italy and went down in the Mediteranian on the way back from Plosti. I was born in '47 so I never got to know him. But he has been a hero to me all my life. I spent two years in Viet Nam with the 3d Marines which expanded and enhanced my feelings for my uncle. I know nothing of my uncle. If anybody knows how I might find out more about him...who he was with, History of that command, I'd love to hear from you. thank you for the great site. Gene Howard Hughes"
Submitted by: "Gene Hughes" ("Gene"
"Mancos", "CO" "USA"
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"06/07/01"

Record #: "365"
"DOES ANYONE KNOW THE ADDRESS OF DONALD W SCHULTZ PILOT FOR 453RD BG 734TH SQ HE DID LIVE IN ST LOUIS. HE WAS MY FATHERS PILOT"
Submitted by: "WILLIAM H LANG" ("BILL"
"REFORM", "AL" "USA"
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"06/03/01"

Record #: "364"
"MY FATHER WAS ENGINEER AND TOP TURRET GUNNER ON B-24 AT OLD BUCKENHAM. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WAHT I CAN AS HE NEVER TALKED ABOUT HIS STAY IN ENGLAND BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1991"
Submitted by: "WILLIAM H. LANG JR." ("BILL"
"REFORM", "AL" "USA"
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"06/02/01"

Record #: "363"
"The Web site is great! My father, Jesse W. Wyatt, was w/the 453rd, 733rd Bomb. Squadron. He repaired runways, etc. I'd love to hear from anyone who may have known him or who could give any info about the 733rd. Thanks! "
Submitted by: "Tony Wyatt" 
"Julian", "nc" "USA"
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"06/01/01"

Record #: "362"
"I flew with the 453rd.Bomb Group,735th.Squadron as top turrent gunner on original crew #74 piloted by William B Adams. He was injured on the March,1944 mission to Berlin. Franklin Tarbell was then assigned as pilot of this crew that finished the combat tour on June on or about July 1,1944. I then flew as a member of the composit crew that flew 13 night missions from Scotland to Norway with Franklin Tarbell as pilot and Joseph G. O'Connell as co-pilot(see The September 2000 issue of The453rd.Newsletter,sheets 24&25). If you flew with either of these crews. Please contact me. Hulon Briggs Graham N.C. E-MAIL ME"
Submitted by: "Hulon Briggs" 
"Graham N.C.", "NC" "USA"
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"05/31/01"

Record #: "361"
"I was a member of the 453rd Bombadier Group in 1945 and flew as a bombadier, navagator and front gunner. I am looking for the crew that I flew with --- or share memories with others. Please contact me-- David Lustgarten- lustgartenrhea@hotmail.com "
Submitted by: "David Lustgarten" 
"Bellmore", "NY" "USA"
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"05/28/01"

Record #: "360"
"I was a member of the 453rd Bombadier Group in 1945 and flew as a bombadier, navagator and front gunner. I am looking for the crew that I flew with --- or share memories with others. Please contact me. Please contact me-- David Lustgarten- lustgartenrhea@hotmail.com "
Submitted by: "David Lustgarten" 
"Bellmore", "NY" "USA"
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"05/28/01"

Record #: "359"
" MY FATHER WAS WAS A GUNNER ON A B-24 EIGHT AIR AFORCE. I'M LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION. "
Submitted by: "KEN GOBLE" 
"EAST STROUDSBURG", "PA" "USA"
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"05/27/01"

Record #: "358"
"Looking for information on a pilot who flew with the 453rd. He is Richard (Dick) Witton. I worked for Dick many years ago and wish I had spent more time discussing the 453rd. Information or photos of his aircraft,crew, squadron, or himself will be appreciated. Thanks, Tom"
Submitted by: "Tom Shane" 
"Austin", "Tx" "USA"
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"05/17/01"

Record #: "357"
"Thanks for a great informative site. I flew 35 missions with the 91st Bomb Group from Sept 9 '44 (Ludwigshafen) to Feb 3 '45 (Berlin). I have recently completed my website at www.b17sam.com Comments and/or suggestios are welcome. Sam Halpert sam8ch@hotmail.com"
Submitted by: "Sam Halpert" 
"Miami", "FL" "USA"
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"05/15/01"

Record #: "356"
"I lost my Dad in March. He was with the 453rd/735th from Nov 44 to Apr 45. I have a list of his missions but I am totally clueless as to which crew(s) he was with. His name is Lt.Col. Arthur Ratner (USAF Ret). He was Lt Ratner then and a navigator. He was from Brooklyn, NY. Dad started his career with the 8th, at it's inception, in 1942 in Savannah. When I was home for his funeral, I went by the Museum but I couldn't go in. Does anyone know when the next reunion will be? My Mom and brother live in Savannah and I know they would love to attend. I will be grateful for any information regarding my Dad."
Submitted by: "Jan Denning" 
"New Iberia", "LA" "USA"
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"05/05/01"

Record #: "355"
" It's obvious that I don't know what I'm doing but want to get my e-mail address on. It is crzolmn@webtv.com"
Submitted by: "David Rhodes" ("Dusty"
"Amissville", "Va" "USA"
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"05/03/01"

Record #: "354"
" Came across the site by accident. Have really enjoyed reading it. I flew 35 missions with the 732. Most with crew piloted by F. Marcovick and most in "Ford's Folly". Had to fly my last five as a replacement.After war lostcontact with any of crew. Spent the last months of my time in the service fighting forest fires on the west coast and ended up getting my discharge from the engineers rather than the Air Force. Would love to hearfrom other members or their families. Last names that I remember are Rodman, Lundquist, Seech, Berger, Trautwein and Spuler.Keep up the good work. "
Submitted by: "David T Rhodes" ("Dusty"
"Amissville", "Va" "USA"
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"05/02/01"

Record #: "353"
"Through Lloyd Prang I got in touch with a very special member of the 453rd. B.G.(735th):HARRY GODGES. He was the engineering chief for the 735th, and as such was my dad's boss(T/Sgt. Morris Sobel). He had an encyclopedic memory for the planes, people, events of the 453rd. It was always a pleasure to talk with Harry. I was supposed to connect with Harry this summer in Calif. He had so many memories to share with me. Unfortunately, his wife just sent me a letter that Harry recently passed away. He will be missed in the 453rd.! "
Submitted by: "Ira Sobel" 
"Edison", "NJ" "USA"
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"04/27/01"

Record #: "352"
"Was with the 735th and assigned to Old Buck Sept 45 and flew first mission on the 24th. Finished #35 on 25 March 1945. All ten of us returned safely to the US although my Navigator,Frank Picovich, was"loaned out" on 1Jan45 to fly with the JUDD crew and was one of the two survivors. My Bombardier, AL EK, took over as Navigator for the remainder of our missions. Althogh I haven't seen Frank since the war, we do keep in touch. AL and I see each other whenever I'm passing through O'HARE. We hope to tell each other war stories when we meet up in Dayton in September."
Submitted by: "John G Ross" 
"Colorado Springs ", "CO" "USA"
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"04/12/01"

Record #: "351"
"My father, Lt. Charles E. Wells, was a "Mickey Operator" - (Radar Nav.) on Kenneth Kleinshrot's crew, 733BS until that crew completed its missions on 10/30/1944. Because he joined the crew partway into its tour, he was transferred to another crew to complete his 30 missions. I'd be very interested in hearing from anyone who knew him, or can give me any info on the crew he was on in November, '44. I believe the pilot's name was Lutes, or something that sounds like that, first name possibly Joseph. Thanks to all who are keeping the memories alive..."
Submitted by: "Ed Wells" ("Ed"
"Morrow", "GA" "USA"
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"04/11/01"

Record #: "350"
"Gentlemen your site and all the other sites that honor all the service men during WW2 is something to read about, they should teach about those times. My father was in the 100th bomd group and the 349th sqnd, his MACRE # was 4177. Thank you, C Carlson"
Submitted by: "Courtney Carlson" ("Moe"
"Sylmar", "Ca" "USA"
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