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Record #: "800"
"My father's name is Rufus Frank Hogan. He died two years ago this month in his home state of Louisiana. He was a waist gunner on Battle Package out of Old Buc. I am writing this to let his brothers know of his passing, and of the quiet pride he took in serving with them. We miss him, and we thank him, and you, for protecting our liberty. Respectfully, John L. Hogan"
Submitted by: "John" 
"Isle", "VA" "USA"
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"01/17/07"

Record #: "799"
"I would really like to hear from anyone who might remember my dad Fred Gromer who was a mechanic working at Old Buck. He lost an eye in a car wreck before the war. He died when I was 15. Mom told me that I was named after a pilot he liked. I would really like to find out if anyone remembers him and or a pilot with the first or last name Jory. Thanks to all who served our nation."
Submitted by: "Jory" 
"Guthrie", "OK" "USA"
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"01/14/07"

Record #: "798"
"Very interesting info, thank you.  
"parlier", "usa"
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"01/08/07"

Record #: "797"
"Hello, I was wondering if it would be possible to use the facility of your group’s website to post a request. I’m looking to make contact with any ground-based veterans who were stationed in the UK during WW2 with the 8th Air Force, from any of the Bomb Groups based here. This would include anybody who was involved with the running of any of the camps in any way, from Ground Crew, to Cooks, and from Fire Fighters to Admin Staff. I’m trying to do some further research, on the ground operations, to fill a gap that so far appears to have been largely overlooked, that of the sterling efforts required ‘behind the scenes’ to keep the bomber offensive going. I’m looking for any first hand accounts of life on or off duty, from surviving veterans, or memories from more recent generations. I would like to here about any tasks that were carried out, no-matter how mundane, to get a clearer picture of how things were organized and done, especially as there were variations of operational procedure from base to base. I appreciate that I’m interested in events from over 60 years ago, but there may still be people with memories of this period of our history. I apologise for this rather generalised email, but I’m trying to contact as many Bomb Group websites as possible. Given the vast subject matter, I’m sure you will appreciate it’s a fairly daunting task. Much as I would like to write each a personal mail, time constraints at present won’t allow it. Once again, my apologies. Any help given will be greatly appreciated. Malcolm Holland Swindon England MAHoll200@aol.com "
Submitted by: "Malcolm" 
"Swindon", "England"
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"01/05/07"

Record #: "796"
"My father, James T. Elkins, Colonel, USAF (ret) passed away on 17 Dec 2006 in Chattanooga TN. He was an original crew member of the 453 BG (H) flying as command navigator on Mark Neary's crew #63 in the 735BS. He flew from Old Buck from Dec 1943 until his 18th mission on 20 Jun 1944 to Politz. Flying as Command Navigator with Lt Don Kolb's crew #69 in airplane 42-94850, flak damaged fuel tanks and forced them to fly to Malmo Sweden. They were internees for about 6 months. After a prisoner exchange, my father opted to go to pilot training which he completed in 1945. He remained in the AF Reserves after the war and retired as a Colonel. Dad didn't talk much about his war experiences. I've reviewed some of his training records and it indicates he was flying the airplane when it landed in Malmo. Dad never mentioned that. I heard stories from High School friends that the crew bailed out due to fuel in the bomb bay but Lt Kolb was injured. All new to me! Would like to hear from anyone on Mark Neary's crew, Don Kolb's crew or anyone interned in Sweden Jun 44- Nov 44 to confirm what happened on that mission. I will start reviewing the guest book log to see if I can connect the dots anywhere. Thank you for this web page to document our heritage in this awesome organization. Harold A. Elkins, Col, USAF "
Submitted by: "Harold" 
"Papillion", "NE" "USA"
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"12/29/06"

Record #: "795"
"My name is Nicholas Plasmati. I was the lead navigator for the 453rd Bomb Group, 735 Squadron."
Submitted by: "Nicholas" ("Nick"
"Abingdon", "VA" "USA"
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"12/28/06"

Record #: "794"
"Sad news to report: Aurèle ‘Pete’ Veilleux passed away Thursday 14th December 2006, aged 88. Pete was the nose turret gunner on Crew 25, Lt Jack Nortridge’s crew, of the 453rd Bomb Group, as featured in “An Emotional Gauntlet”."
Submitted by: "Stuart" 
"London", "UK"
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"12/26/06"

Record #: "793"
" Credit my crew with 29 missions. One serious injury. Would like to hear from any former crew members. Bob Heideman. Cp, Jack Traeger, nav, Al Paine, Engr, Wallace Cassiano, Radio (injured), Howard Hinds, Gun, John Ellis. gunner, Our tail gun was Jack Wilkins< now deceased>.
Also, our replacement for radio operator after our original RO was injured. His name, Jack D. Roer. I believe he was on a second tour. By the way, I flew many B 24s and even LB30s to the bone yard. Later checked out in B 29s and headed to 20th AF on Guam. Harvey E. Scalf, retired after a nice tour flying tankers Thanks. I appreciate the Guestbook and check it quite often."

Submitted by: "Harvey" ("Harv"
"Sedro", "Wa" "USA"
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"12/23/06"

Record #: "792"
"Have been collecting the history of our World War 2 veterans since 1998, in the form of documents (copies) pictures (copies) and the military history of that veteran I have been very fortunate to have interviewed, either by e-mail / mail or in-person or over the phone. I currently have 180 World War II veterans, from all branches, in my private library. I hope to hear back from those who wish to share there stories with me. Pete USMC Esprit de Corps "
Submitted by: "PETE" 
"Indio", "CA" "USA"
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"12/22/06"

Record #: "791"
"My father, Jim Workman, flew in the 453rd in 1944. I am writing a book based on his diary. If you have any information on his crew, etc. please contact me. William McCrocklin's crew. Jim Workman was the co-pilot. We are in search of the book In Search of Peace by Michael Benarcik. lousouders@aol.com (770) 953-3862"
Submitted by: "Lou" ("Lou"
"Marietta", "GA" "USA"
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"12/19/06"

Record #: "790"
"I flew in the 8th AF 453 - B24 (Fertile Myrtle) wantded to see if you have any information on this ship?"
Submitted by: "Donald" ("Don"
"Placerville", "CA" "USA"
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"12/18/06"

Record #: "789"
" My father, Francis (Frank) Gunsolley was in the 453rd BG and 734th BS at Old Buckingham from Jan - Sept 1944. He was a Staff Seargent and was a waist gunner. I am looking for anyone that may have known him and or has any pictures of the crew and the plane, 'Lonesome Polecat'. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Gary Gunsolley"
Submitted by: "Gary" 
"Bishop", "CA" "USA"
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"12/12/06"

Record #: "788"
"THIS IS MY CORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS"
Submitted by: "HUNTON" 
"MACON", "GA" "USA"
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"12/06/06"

Record #: "787"
"Hello All, I am looking for any information on my father, or his squadron, Lt. Col. Jason H. Decker Jr. who flew B-24's, 15th. Air Force-Italy, 464 Bomb Group, 777 Squadron. He flew 61 missions. Thank you for your help. Jason 3rd. "
Submitted by: "Jason" ("Jay"
"Riverside", "Ca" "USA"
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"12/04/06"

Record #: "786"
"HAVE A NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS aircorp7332YAHOO.COM.WAS IN THE 733 SQD WHEN FORMED AE MARCH FIELD,CAL IN 1943.HUNTONL.MORGAN"
Submitted by: "HUNTON" ("LUM"
"MACON", "GA" "USA"
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"11/24/06"

Record #: "785"
" I'm looking for any information regarding the crew of "Shack Happy". From what I have found, I think they were part of the 734th squadron but I am not sure. I don't have many details, but I believe the pilots name was Emerson. My grandfather was the flight engineer with this crew. His name is Robert "Bob" Aaker.
Thank you in advance for any response or information you may have."

Submitted by: "Karl" 
"OR" "USA"
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"11/17/06"

Record #: "784"
"I flew most of my 35 missions as pilot of Silent Yokum while assigned to the 735th and have been able to maintain contact with Bombardier (Al Ek) and Navigator (Frankie Pitcovich). I would hope that some of the other crew members are still hanging in there and if any one of them sees this posting he would touch base with me (John Ross). "
Submitted by: "JOHN" 
"Colorado", "CO" "USA"
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"11/13/06"

Record #: "783"
"Duval Angelle is my Uncle. He was typically a Waist Gunner on a B-24, I think named the "
Submitted by: "Brad" 
"Phoenix", "AZ" "USA"
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"11/13/06"

Record #: "782"
Veterans Day 2006

On this Veterans Day 2006, Dudly Jenkins, Radio operator of Crew 25 who flew 32 missions over Europe with the 453rd bomb group - 733 bomb squadron from 7 July 44 to 15 Dec 44 out of Old Buckingham Airfield, England will act as Grand Marshal in the Veterans Day Parade of Stamford CT. He and his crew are listed below. A photo dated 15 Dec 44 of the lead aircraft and path finder crew of " Blood and Guts " can be viewed at the web site B-24 Best Web.
· 1. Pilot............Lt. W.H.Whitwhouse
· 2. Co Pilot.........F/O P.H. Stovey
· 3. Navagator........Lt. K.F. Hider
· 4. Bomb.............Lt. O.G. Martin
· 5. Radio Op.........T/Sgt D.D Jenkins
· 6. Eng..............S/Sgt T.Jones
· 7. Gunner...........S/Sgt J.F.DeLong
· 8. Gunner...........S/Sgt C.G.Duckworth
· 9. Gunner...........S/Sht B.G.Harrer
· 10. Gunner...........S/Sgt R.E.Dowse
· 11. Navagator........Lt. G.J.Forman

Brave Men ALL
Dudley lives here in Stamford Ct. close to me and is a Life member of Stamford Elks # 899.

Submitted by: "Charleskrath" ("Chuck"
"Stamford", "CT" "USA"
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"11/11/06"


Record #: "781"
"This is a repost from 1999 with updated e-mail Enjoyed reading all the notes at this site. My dad, Ray Sullivan,who passed away in 1994, was a pilot stationed at Old Buck from April to September 1944. He flew 30 misions and was in the 733rd squadron. Would love to hear from anyone who was aquainted with any members of his crew- Smith-tail gunner Metziere-top turret gunner Pataro (Pete ?)-nose turret gunner Snell-ball turret gunner McKenna-engineer Slauson-bombardier Eanes-navigator Asbury-co-pilot Wenger-radio "
Submitted by: "Tim" 
"Barrington", "IL" "USA"
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"11/04/06"

Record #: "780"
"My father, Carl Powell (died 1989), Navigator of Lucky Penny I and II - Crew 41, would have loved this web site and the ability to link back and communicate with others about this landmark chapter in his life. Thank you for your efforts to document this history and to and show their contributions on a human scale. "
Submitted by: "Elizabeth" 
"Wilmington", "NC" "USA"
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"11/02/06"

Record #: "779"
"T/sgt Wm. J Acton served aboard The Lucky Penny at Old Buckenham. 453 BGP 734 BS. Killed May 8. , 1944 over Brunswick. Uncle Bill was from mammoth Az. Anyone knowing him please contact me. I have some info on raid. Honor the Mighty Eigth"
Submitted by: "W.D.Brown" 
"Tempe", "Az" "USA"
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"08/15/06"

Record #: "778"
"Can anyone tell me anything about Seth Parker, he tells me he is the last remaining member of the 453 Squadron? He is now 94 yrs young today 11th Aug. 2006 and living on Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia."
Submitted by: "Steve" ("Mesky"
"Caboolture", "Ql" "Australia"
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"08/11/06"

Record #: "777"
"I have signed the guestbook some years back. Just wanted to inform all of a change in my e-mail address. As I have change network server, I have a new e-mail address. robertsage06@comcast.net.Best wishes to all. Bob Sage Sr."
Submitted by: "Robert" ("Bob"
"Rochelle", "Il" "USA"
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"07/17/06"

Record #: "776"
Hello!
I have been running into dead ends looking for “In Search of Peace” by Michael D. Benarcik. The 8th Air Force Museum had given me some sites, but I cannot get to 453rd Assoc. News to find contacts who might know where and if the book is still available. The other book I’m searching for is “The Liberator Men of Old Buc”. When I visited the museum, I perused the books and did not take a lot of notes because I was told they were available. No such luck so far.
Any contacts you could give me to people who might know who might still have the books would be gratefully appreciated. I’m researching for my father’s memoirs. He was a bombardier with the 453rd bomb group and I did photocopy his B-24, Paper Doll, from the book. He had been trying to find a picture of the nose art for several years.
Joan Croft

Submitted by: "Joan" ("Paper"
"West", "MA" "USA"
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"07/06/06"

Record #: "775"
"I am looking for any info personal stories on my uncle Col Van Dowda. He did not speak of the war so I have few details. If anyone knew him or flew under him in the 734 squad. Please email me at kqpierce@yahoo.com"
Submitted by: "kelli" 
"Tulsa", "ok" "USA"
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"07/04/06"

Record #: "774"
"My father, Angelo Cascio, originally from New York City, NY, flew with the 453rd Bombardment Group, (I believe it was the 735th squardron). He was stationed in Old Buckenham, England. He always spoke about his plane "
Submitted by: "Lucy" 
"Wantagh", "NY" "USA"
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"06/20/06"

Record #: "773"
"My dad, Ralph Burt, passed away last August. He was Captain in Air Force and a B24 pilot stationed in Spinnazola, Italy. He flew 47 missions and was forced to bale out of the last one due to oxygen malfunction. Talked about bombing Munich at noon - "
Submitted by: "Suanne" 
"Minneapolis", "MN" "USA"
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"06/17/06"

Record #: "772"
Gale E. Powers, Sr. served...as navigator in 'Pappy' Tonn,s crew. He is still alive (85) and well in Mobile, AL. He doesn't have e-mail, so you can reply thru me, or contact him directly at (251)661-1200. "
Submitted by: "GEP" ("Gene"
"Daphne", "AL" "USA"
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"06/17/06"

Record #: "771"
"Hi,
My name is Pilar Ulibarri and I'm a reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Delray Beach, where Ramsey Potts spent the last year of his life. I'm writing his obituary and would like to talk to someone who knew him, preferably someone who served with him in WWII. If anyone could contact me today before 5:30 p.m. (EST), it would be a great addition to his obituary.
561-279-3451 office telephone. "

Submitted by: "Pilar" 
"Delray", "USA"
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"06/05/06"

Record #: "770"
"My father Lawrence Joseph served in the 453BG He passed away Feburary 2000. Just before he passed he showed me a book about the 453rd, it had old squadron pictures and pictures of the crew members that served the 453rd. Along with the pictures of the crew members was comments written by each person. After the passing of my mother in April 2003 I have not been able to locate this book. I'm afraid that is was sold off in a garage sale in Washington. If anyone has any information on how to obtain this book or even the title would be a great help. Thanks"
Submitted by: "William" ("Bill"
"Los", "CA" "USA"
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"06/03/06"

Record #: "769"
"I am looking for anyone who remembers the crash of aircraft #42-7092 on October 29, 1943 which took off from March Field. The aircraft was a B-24 assigned to the 735th Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group. The crew consisted of pilot Burrell F. Mason, co-pilot Albert L. Tilton, navigator Maurice E. Braden, bombardier Joseph P. Winn, engineer Laverne Stevens, radio operator, Ralph F. Minichiello, assistant engineer John E. Barth, and gunners Lester L. McCrobie, Allen C. Weiss, and John S. Farrar. Everyone aboard was killed. John S. Farrar was my dad's first cousin. Sgt. Raymond H. Ney, who had served with John S. Farrar, accompanied his body back to Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. Any help would be greatly appreciated."
Submitted by: "Randal" 
"Irving", "Tx" "USA"
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"06/01/06"

Record #: "768"
"Rest in peace Milton Stokes and Ramsay Potts, both of whom passed away recently."
Submitted by: "Stuart" 
"UK"

"06/01/06"

Record #: "767"
"Rest"
Submitted by: "Stuart" 
"USA"

"06/01/06"

Record #: "766"
"Obituary: Ramsay Potts From the Washington Post May 31, 2006 paper. Rammsay D.Potts, 89 years old World War II combat pilot died May 28 at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach Fla. after a stroke. ..."
Submitted by: "Stuart" 
"USA"

"06/01/06"

Record #: "765"
"Richard Stewart is a friend of mine who asked if I would look up this website in the case that I might be able to put him in touch with CHUCK LAMARCA. They were POWs at the same location. He would like to hear from him by letter to his address: 13516 Eastwood Blvd., Garfield Hts, Ohio 44125 or to his email address: norstew@Juno.com. He would very much like to be in touch with any of his friends from the 453rd. Please get in contact with him. It would mean so much."
Submitted by: "N.R." 
"Garfield", "OH" "USA"
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"05/20/06"

Record #: "764"
"My name is Alison Summers and I am a junior in college.A few years back, I completed my senior project which consisted of interviews from local WWII veterans and a biography of my Grandfather, Victor J. Martini. He was the lead navigator on a replacement crew on the the B24 Liberator. He was a member of the 453rd bomb group and his crew, which he trained with and flew seven missions with consisted of: Wincey(piolet),Cook(co-piolet),Sanford (bombeder),Martini(navigator), Roberts(engineer), Scroggin (tail gunner), Verbois(ball turot gunner), Telles(radio operator), McVee(top turot gunner), and Szezesny(nose gunner). After seven missions they were split up and placed on replacement crews. Although its been several years since I completed my senior project, I still enjoy talking to my grandfather about his many experiences and memories. If anyone has any information or knows a crew member..Please Contact Me. (two of the planes on which my grandfather flew, that I know of, were the "
Submitted by: "Alison" 
"Shickshinny", "PA" "USA"
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"05/11/06"

Record #: "757"
"Love the website. I was trying to locate a patch from the 732nd Bomb Squadron. My Grandfather served with this group in England. His name was Richard Vileta (Staff Sergeant, radioman/side gunner) I served at RAF Lakenheath with the Air Force from 93-98, and am currently still on active duty. If anyone has a photo/drawing of this bomb squadron. Please contact me at rvileta@cox.net thank you all for your service!!!! Sincerely, Master Sergeant Randy J Vileta, USAF"
Submitted by: "Randy" ("V-man"
"Abilene", "TX" "USA"
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"05/05/06"

Record #: "756"
"Nick will be 89 on Sept 21, 2006. Pilot, Lucky Penny I&II. Is there anyone who knew him at Old Buc?"
Submitted by: "Nicholas" 
"Englewood", "FL" "USA"
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"04/23/06"

Record #: "755"
"RE record 715: Colin, appreciate your loss and posting 10/11/05 regarding Crow's Nest pilot of 453/734. Believe my uncle once on that plane. Would like to exchange information. Address given is no good. Thanks in advance. "
Submitted by: "Ginny" 
"Sioux", "SD" "USA"
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"04/15/06"

Record #: "754"
"BOULDIN, John F. jr., KIA 26 Nov 1944 Norfolk, UK served 453 bg 734 bs. Wish to make contact with a relative."
Submitted by: "Ginny" 
"Elk", "SD" "USA"
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"04/15/06"

Record #: "753"
"Iwould like to trace a William Reid a U.S.A.F.Lieutenant Navigator who served in England during WW11 Thanks for your help"
Submitted by: "Sam" ("Paddy"
"Doncaster", "Yo" "U.K"
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"04/10/06"

Record #: "752"
"I am trying to get in touch with anyone who flew from Old Buckenham air base in 1944/45. My Dad (then aged 9) was evactuated to a farm next to the air base and spent much of his time with his brother hanging around the airbase talking to the crews. The farm that he stayed on was the only one in the area that produced cider - which was very popular with the crew. Would love to hear from anyone that remembers the London kids who hang around or remembers the cider from the farm! Thanks"
Submitted by: "Louise" 
"London", "UK"
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"04/09/06"

Record #: "751"
My uncle, TSgt Reuben Brockway was assigned to the 735th Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Corp, Pilot Capt James Riedy. He was a Radio Operator and was in 30 missions in 1944-45. In December 1944, he played Santa Clause in the Liberty Run mission to France. Reuben died on 4 April 2006 in Orlando Florida and will be buried in Hialeah, Miami, FL on April 8th and his wife of 60 years died the next day (both of natural causes). "
Submitted by: "Wes" 
"Homosassa", "FL" "USA"
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"04/06/06"

Record #: "750"
"anyone know my grandfather Staff Sergeant Lawrence Joseph he was a waist gunner in a b-24 i believe he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross e-mail me at zerocool10_8@yahoo.com thanks p.s. i have no clue what the name of the plane he flew in he didn't really tell my dad that much about the war"
Submitted by: "kevin" 
"san", "CA" "USA"
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"04/01/06"

Record #: "749"
"I am writing to find out if anyone that was stationed in Old Buckingham 453rd group 732nd squad would happen to have a photo of Lt. Templeton and his crew including Sgt. Ken Ferland"
Submitted by: "Neil" 
"howell", "mi" "USA"
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"03/28/06"

Record #: "748"
"LOG OF THE LIBERATOR: I found a great copy of this book on the B24. I wonder if anyone who flew in them would like me to see if there is a picture or story involving their plane?"
Submitted by: "ron" 
"Sacramento", "CA" "USA"
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"03/23/06"

Record #: "746"
"I am looking for information on which aircraft Richard T. Witton flew. He was with the 732 BS and was shot down on May 8,1944, I believe. If anyone has information or photos or Dick Witton and/or his aircraft please let me know. Thanks, Tom"
Submitted by: "Tom" 
"Austin", "Tx" "USA"
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"03/17/06"

Record #: "745"
"I found my fathers photo in two submitted by Rick Webb. William Main flew in Ohio Silver tail # 42-50319 out of Old Buck in 44 with Kenton Morris as pilot. Thank you so much."
Submitted by: "Douglas" 
"Cedar", "ia" "USA"
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"03/13/06"

Record #: "743"
"Hello I search the serial for the B.24 of 453 BG. crash landed in French (territory liberate )the 11 September 1944 Thank you for your help jean paul"
Submitted by: "Jean" 
"BREAL", "FRANCE"
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"03/09/06"

Record #: "741"
"I am trying to trace John Cavanaugh who was in 453rd SUB DEPOT base in the UK in WW2. If there is anyone out there who can help me find him Please would you get in touch. I have been looking for many years how and keep coming up with dead ends. "
Submitted by: "Lee" 
"London", "UK"
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"02/15/06"

Record #: "740"
" My father, staff sergeant Clifton Holmes Evans, was a waist gunner on B24's. He has since passed away. I would appreciate any information on him. He was based in Germany after WW2, where he me tmy mother. Through an American half-brother I have pictures of him in uniform, with a lot of medals, but little other information of his service. My brother has sent me tapes about the lives and conditions undere which those brave Liberator crews had to perform their task. Even though I never met him, I am proud of my father's contribution to the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. I am a journalist and have lived most of my life in South- Africa.
sincerely,
Ingo Capraro

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"Cape", "South"
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"02/10/06"

Record #: "739"
"I'm trying to locate any crew members, officers or anyone that knew my father, Leon F. Dolechek. He was a bombardier with the 453rd Bomb Group, 733rd Bomb Squadron (H). He flew 23 missions over Germany in a B-24 between 1944 and 1945. The crew members were: 1. Pilot: Capt. William L. Bonnell, Jr. 2. Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. Shelby M. Freeman 3. Navigator: 1st Lt. Alberth A. Riemer 4. Bombardier: 1st Lt. Leon F. Dolechek 5. Radio Operator: Thomas J. Wells 6. Engineer: Henry W. Patterson 7. Nose Gunner: Orlando J. Russo 8. Top Turret Gunner: Umberto E. Papa 9. Waist Gunner: George A. Wenzel 10. Tail Turret Gunner: William L. Nyberg. My father passed away in 1974 and I recently saw a few pictures my Mother had of him. Would really like to hear from anyone that might have known him. Thank you and God Bless all of you for the sacrifices you made to preserve our freedom. And Thanks for this site."
Submitted by: "Janie" 
"Oklahoma", "OK" "USA"
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"02/05/06"

Record #: "738"
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Submitted by: "Janie" 
"Oklahoma", "OK" "USA"
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"02/05/06"

Record #: "737"
"this is a test and i want to make a test."
Submitted by: "test" ("test"
"test", "tx" "USA"
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"02/03/06"

Record #: "736"
"Had some difficulty signing book. My father, 1LT Robert (Pete) Catlin was a B-24 pilot with the 453rd at Old Buc. I think that his was one of the original crews, flying Valkyrie. He flew his 35 missions, having been shot down on the 13th. He was somehow able to nurse his plane back over the Channel before going down. He was awarded a DFC for that mission, and thereafter always considered 13 to be his lucky number. I have a small piece of the parachute he wore when he bailed out. It boggles my mind to think that he was a young man of 23-24 with the terrible responsibility of an aircraft commander in harms way. We lost Dad in 1995, but he lived a good, successful and honorable life. May God bless the veterans. Thank you."
Submitted by: "Peter" 
"Atlanta", "GA" "USA"
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"02/03/06"

Record #: "735"
"My father, 1Lt Robert ("
Submitted by: "Peter" 
"Atlanta", "GA" "USA"
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"02/03/06"

Record #: "734"
"My father, 1Lt. Robert ("
Submitted by: "Peter" 
"Atlanta", "GA" "USA"
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"02/03/06"

Record #: "733"
"Buy Tramadol for next day Express delivery and free consultation by a US licensed medical doctor. Pay by credit card or COD. http://tramadol.bannerless.com"
Submitted by: "Mac" ("Mac"
"New", "New" "USA"
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"01/31/06"

Record #: "732"
"I have seen a lot of articles about people looking for information. Try checking this web site also. http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/aprilskies/264/ob_photos.html There is a lot there. Hope it helps someone. Bob Spencer Son of 453rd BG / 733 BS Maxey Spencer"
Submitted by: "Bob" ("Bob"
"Logan", "OH" "USA"
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"01/30/06"

Record #: "731"
"An inquery on behalf of my uncle Frank. Looking for those who may remember 1st Sgt. Frank (Pollock) Powalski, 874th Chemical, Old Buckenham. "
Submitted by: "Mikey" 
"Michigan", "IN" "USA"
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"01/29/06"

Record #: "730"
"I was machine shop foreman at Old Buckingham during 1944-45 and would like to learn more about the achievements and history of the 453BG. Would also love to hear from anyone who might remember me.I visited the area last year and could find very signs of the old base. Joseph Theriault jrht1923@cs.com"
Submitted by: "Joseph" ("Frenchy"
"Fort", "Fl" "USA"
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"01/29/06"

Record #: "729"
"My uncle Laverne Howe recently passed away. He never talked about the war. We knew he was with the 453bg 732 bs and have a picture of him with a crew pilot name morris. I think the plane is jughead. Laverne was a tail gunner and completed 30 missions. If anyone has any information to help me with my search so I can document his experience let me know. I have his flight jacket with 30 Bombs on it but it has a name Jeannie on it, and we have pictures of a woman called Jeannie. We are stumped on that, can anyone help us?"
Submitted by: "Dave" ("Howe"
"Warrenville", "il" "USA"
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"01/26/06"

Record #: "728"
"Good afternoon. My name is LCDR Brian Coxson. I'm trying to find out some information about my late grandfather, John Zadworny. About the only thing he ever really talked about his WWII experience was that he was a B-24 waist gunner and that Jimmy Stewart was his CO at one point in time. He never really talked much about it and unfortunately, I never really had a chance to dig deeper before he passed away. I stumbled across your website on the internet and decided to give it a shot. I would appreciate any information anyone could give me. Thanks in advance for your help and for all that you guys did for us 60+ years ago. By serving in the Navy myself, I can only hope to pay back a small amount of the debt that is owed to you all! GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
Submitted by: "Brian" ("Boats"
"Jacksonville", "FL" "USA"
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"01/14/06"

Record #: "727"
"A very good friend of mine, Russell Robinson, flew Arrowhead on 34 missions. I have some photos of him and Arrowhead at http://mysite.verizon.net/vze78c4s "
Submitted by: "Tracy" 
"Salem", "VA" "USA"
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"12/30/05"

Record #: "726"
" I would like to say great job to the men and women that gave it their all!!! My Father was in the 453bg 8th,AAF..I have a few pictures with names and nose art of some of the B24 he flew on and worked on. I have picture of the Crows nest,,Silent Yokum,the sprit of noter dame,(corky (on the front of it has billys bar) Male Cale,Heavenly Body,Mary Harriet.. I also have afew pictures of the crewsthat kept this bombers flying and in the best fighting shape. One of the crews is the (Archibalt castle)and some names on the back it maybe a bit hard to read. so the spelling may not be right! well good luck to all and look me up I will be Glad to help out in any way!! MIKE"
Submitted by: "Mike" ("Mav."
"Alden", "NY" "USA"
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"12/25/05"

Record #: "725"
"My best friend's father-in-law was a navigator in B-24s, 8th Air Force, 2nd Division, 453rd Bombardment Group, at Old Buckenham... he flew 35 missions between the fall of 1944 and the spring of 1945... his B-24 was 'Little Nancy'... his name was Eddie 'Red' Totman... anybody ever heard of him or know him? ...I'm looking for more information on Eddie's service... first, I'd like a know a little more about his chain of command... I know he was in the 453rd Bombardment Group, but what wing and what squadron? ...also, if anybody can tell me more about Eddie and his crew I would appreciated it... and if anybody has any pictures of his crew and/or 'Little Nancy' it would be great! Guy K. Smalt Lieutenant U.S. Navy (Retired) gksmalt@comcast.net "
Submitted by: "Guy" ("Guy"
"Lusby", "MD" "USA"
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"12/24/05"

Record #: "724"
"My best friend's father-in-law was a navigator in B-24s, 8th Air Force, 2nd Division, 453rd Bombardment Group, at Old Buckenham... he flew 35 missions between the fall of 1944 and the spring of 1945... his B-24 was "
Submitted by: "Guy" ("Guy"
"Lusby", "MD" "USA"
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"12/24/05"

Record #: "723"
" My brother was navigator on Dean Harts crew, orignal crew #48 and was killed on that infamous May 8th mission to Brunswick. In rememberance to him and to those who gave up their lives for us, I have become an associate member of the 453rd Bomb Group. I will continue that membership as long as I can and will pass it on to my children. They are well aware of my intrests in the 453rd Bomb Group and will be loyal to my cause. May all those with folded wings rest in God's hands and may God bless us of today."
Submitted by: "ANDREW" 
"Dearborn", "MI" "USA"
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"12/21/05"

Record #: "722"
"My father,LT Joseph C Kennedy flew in a B24 733 BS and 453 BG if anyone has any info on his crew of his plane Round Trip please write. Thanks Joe Jr "
Submitted by: "Joe" 
"stormville", "ny" "USA"
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"12/13/05"

Record #: "721"
"Good work  ("Lirattop"
"New", "Ne" "USA"
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"12/08/05"

Record #: "720"
"I'm trying to find out information on Lt. David D. Stiner from Berwick, PA. Shoot down April 11th 1944 and spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1/South Compound. I'm trying to piece together the details on the sorties he flew (Target, Load out and so forth) If anyone has any information please e-mail me. Nothing is too small of a detail. Any info is helpful. Thank you. "
Submitted by: "Bill" 
"Wenonah", "NJ" "USA"
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"11/20/05"

Record #: "719"
"My name is Pete Minix, and my hobby for the last 7 years, has been collecting and compiling World War II veteran histories. I have been very fortunate to have interviewed, either by snail mail, e-mail or in-person I currently have over 160+ World War II veterans, from all branches, in my private library. None of this information is given out or published for a monetary gain. I have always been interested in World War II for many years and it is just my way of keeping their memories and stories alive For every World War 2 veteran we loose a piece of history is gone. If you wish to share this information with me, I would greatly appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Peter D. Minix P.S.: I am a former sergeant, weapons platoon, USMC, for 5 years. "
Submitted by: "Pete" 
"Indio", "CA" "USA"
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"11/15/05"

Record #: "718"
"Sir; I have tried off and on for a few years to locate two members of the ground crew on Little Nancy etc. in the 732nd squad 453rd group in England during World War II. Their names are Jerome Dahle,last known from Racine Wisconsin, and Michael Gigliello I believe was from a Barwin or Darwin,Il. If a relative or friend reads this please e-mail me or have them e-mail me . Neil Creer"
Submitted by: "Neil" 
"Howell", "Mi" "usa"
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"10/31/05"

Record #: "717"
"Great site!! I believe that my father (Lt.col. ret. Royce Earl Hudson) was a b-24 co-pilot in the 453rd 734th in 44- 45. A few years ago, I was in contact with one of the crew he was with, when they picked up their plane in Topeka Kansas (May 21, 1944). His name was George Crawford (tail gunner) and he sent me a copy of his diary from the period. I have lost Mr. Crawfords e-mail address and am trying to find some pictures of the original crew, and any info about the plane they brought over from Topeka. After scanning many posts for more info...I did come across an old post from the pilot (R.V. Nelson) no e-mail listed. From the diary and the post I know that the crews flew on different planes at various times. I am not even sure if the crews stayed together for their tours. The original manifest from Topeka to eto (courtesy of Mr. Crawfords diary) is: CREW: Pilot R.V. Nelson, Co-Pilot R. Hudson, Nav. M. Moldawer, Bomb J. Barrientos (Bombad), Eng. T. L. Bailey, A.R. G. F. Cleary, Arm. G.W. Koyle, Gun C. Reus, Gun G. Headlee. My father passed away in 1993, but I am very intersted in finding out more info about his time in the war. If any of the crew or family members (or anyone else)see this and have any copies of those pictures or stories or just general info please contact me. There are a lot of pictues in the various sites, but few ident the crew or date. I have a list of all the missions flown by the group, and all the planes in the group, but cant tell which planes or missions he was on. Thank You Keep up the good site R. Hudson "
Submitted by: "robert" ("hudson"
"Altus", "ok" "USA"
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"10/19/05"

Record #: "716"
"Let us all never forget the veterans of WW-2, those of the 453rd, and especially those young guys that never made it back. Andrew Poladian"
Submitted by: "Andrew" 
"Dearborn", "MI" "USA"
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"10/11/05"

Record #: "715"
"A fine pilot flew his last mission on 9/21/05. The pilot of the Crow's Nest passed away with dignity and peace with his bride of 64 years holding his hand. His spirit still soars in the wild blue yonder. "
Submitted by: "Colin" 
"Asheville", "NC" "USA"
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"10/11/05"

Record #: "714"
"Hi - good to find the website of my father's war group."
Submitted by: "Paul" 
"Rackheath", "England"
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"10/05/05"

Record #: "713"
"My name is Pete Minix, and my hobby for the last 7 years, has been collecting and compiling World War II veteran histories. I currently have over 160 World War II veterans, from all branches, in my private library. None of this information is given out or published for a monetary gain. This is at no cost to you or your family. All I would need are any documents (copies), that you would wish to share or pictures of you during that time. Also, I would also like a current picture of you today. I can send you a large self-addressed envelope for mailing purposes. If you have a scanner attached to your home computer, you could scan your pictures and/or documents to send to me. If you wish to share this information with me, I would greatly appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call. If you chose not to share your story with me, I completely understand and will respect your wishes. Sincerely, Peter D. Minix P.S.: I am a former sergeant, weapons platoon, USMC, for 5 years. "
Submitted by: "Pete" 
"Indio", "CA" "USA"
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"09/18/05"

Record #: "712"
"WH Brown Jr, or Brownie was my grandfather. He was a member of the 453rd, 732nd Squadron. He served under Lieutenant Chuck Fink, with Andy Cummings, and Jack Mure aboard "Arrowhead". He died in 1999 at the age of 74 from Bone Cancer. I remember as a boy him speaking of his adventures aboard Arrowhead and the crew that served with him. He even spoke of once meeting Jimmy Stewart and talking of the British Women who at times took "Real Good Care" of him. I miss him to this day. I salute all you proud men of the 453rd. Like him, I believe the Liberator was king of the air. May God Bless you all... Walter"
Submitted by: "WALTER BROWN" ("BROWNIE"
"Jacksonville", "FL" "USA"
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"08/27/05"

Record #: "711"
"Greetings from Colorado Springs! I'm the assistant director for the Peterson Air and Space Museum on what is now Peterson AFB. I'm presently putting together a new exhibit that will illustrate B-24 combat crew training operations at Peterson Army Air Base during 1943-1944.
We have surprisingly little in the way of photographs, remembrances, and memorabilia from those who trained here, and I'm hoping to locate and correspond with some of your 453rd BG members (or their relatives) that were stationed here for combat crew training. I can be contacted via e-mail at jeffrey.nash@peterson.af.mil, or through the museum web site at www.petemuseum.org. Or, you can call or write me at:
Peterson Air and Space Museum
Attn: Jeff Nash
150 East Ent Ave
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1303
(719) 556-8314
Many thanks for your help, and for your service to your country. You have my assurance that our B-24 exhibit will completely and accurately tell your story to our visiting public."

Submitted by: "Jeffrey Nash" 
"USA"

"08/17/05"

Record #: "710"
"Greetings from the Peterson Air and Space Museum and Colorado Springs! I'd like to put out a call to all 453rd BG members (or their relatives) that completed B-24 combat crew training at Peterson Army Air Base from 1943-1944. I'm the museum's assistant director and I'm currently planning a future exhibit that illustrates that training. We have surprisingly little personal accounts, photographs, or memorabilia of crews or aircraft here at Peterson. So, if you were here, and you have something you'd like to contribute, I'd be glad to hear about it. I can be contacted through the museum's web site, www.petemuseum.org, or at (719) 556-8314"
Submitted by: "Jeffrey Nash" ("Jeff"
"Peterson AFB", "CO" "USA"
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"08/16/05"

Record #: "709"
"I am looking for any or all info on the crew of Roundtrip in 453 bg,733 bs they flew out of old buckenham.My father was LT joseph C. Kennedy he was the bombardier.All I have is 2 names,Martin,Elliot now I do not know if this one or two of the crew it could be Martin Elliot,anyway please email me with any info. Thanks Joe Jr. "
Submitted by: "Joseph C.Kennedy" 
"stormville", "ny" "USA"
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"08/10/05"

Record #: "708"
"Hello, we have more details on the search for Bill Wall's crew mates. They flew out of Old Buck in '44. Bill was the Radio Operator on the Lee O Morton crew flying the "Archibald". Any information on any of these crew members would be greatly appreciated. Harold V Ryan, Co-Pilot Frank F Feeny Jr., Navigator Charles L Parish,Bombardier Jay O Baird, Engineer A.L. Johnson, Nose Gunner Daniel B LaBrada, Ball Turret Gunner George R Hart, Gunner John C Tyra, Tail Gunner. Thanks for the help!"
Submitted by: "Craig Ekedahl" 
"Los Angeles", "CA" "USA"
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"08/10/05"

Record #: "707"
"I am working with a major network to air a show about my Dad, Bill Wall and his crew. He served with the 453rd (Old Buckenham) and was a bombedier. He believes the pilot was Lee Morton and the nose gunner - Art Johnson, Beard was the engineer. I do not have much more information and want the opportunity with this network to be a "suprise" to my Dad so I have not pressed him for more information. He does not remember what the "name" of his plane was but he knows that there was some type of painting of an old mountain man on it. Does anyone know him or any of the people I listed including a Major "Cogshaw or Cogishaw"? Any information would be of assistance. Jimmy Stewart was their wing commander and they all survived all of their missions. I am so proud of my father and what he and his comrades did and I want to be able to give something back to them and let the world know a little more about them. Thank you for your help."
Submitted by: "Nikki Wall" 
"Las Vegas", "NV" "USA"
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"08/05/05"

Record #: "706"
"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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"07/25/05"

Record #: "705"
" Great Site ! I really enjoy it. My father flew with the 735th BS , Arthur Schaverman crew. They flew from 11/44- 4/45. They flew a number of different ships,Our Baby most often. Glad to say they all came home, I wish more had. My father's name is Richard Willette " Dick" . He was a nose gunner.
Keep up the good work!"

Submitted by: "R Willette" ("Chief"
"Clarksville", "Mi" "USA"

"07/15/05"

Record #: "700"
"732nd BOMBARDMENT SQUARDRON,LEAD CREW #20. LOOKING FOR ANY SUVIVORS.PILOT ROBERT SHAY,CO-PILOT HENRY FORD,BOMBARDIER MICHAEL J. FINN,NAVIGATORS TODD,BLUMBERG & ROSENBLUM.FLIGHT ENGINEER MACKINLENNY,NOSE GUNNER FREDICK HINTERMEYER,ARMORER NICK BORDNICK,TOP TURET GUNNER JAMES T. HALLIGAN.CONACT YOUR TAIL GUNNER ACK ACK."
Submitted by: "NATHAN J.ACKERMAN" ("ACK,ACK"
"JERICHO", "NY" "USA"
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"07/14/05"

Record #: "679"
"Herb was in the 453rd from 1942 to 45, bombardier I think, anybody that knows him, I will pass the e-mail.
Tom"

Submitted by: "Herb Hastings" 
"hillsboro", "or" "USA"
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"07/07/05"

Record #: "670"
"I'm trying to find any information or pictures of my grandfather Dominic Fellacaro. Its sad that I don't have any pictures or any other info that he was a gunner and is burried in Brussells. Please contact me with any info. Thank you Elizabeth Eliza1113@aol.com"
Submitted by: "ELIZABETH" ("ELIZABETH"
"NAPERVILLE", "IL" "USA"
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"07/05/05"

Record #: "665"
"I am writing this in honor of my father Dr. Millard B. Young. My father passed away on 6-29-05. He was an honorable man who was proud of the contribution everyone made in World War 2. If anyone knew him, please email me with any info that you might have.
Thanks"

Submitted by: "Mitch Young" ("Mitch"
"Lee's Summit", "mo" "USA"
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"07/03/05"

Record #: "657"
"I'm Andy Poladian. My brother Leo was Dean Hart's navigator in the 734th squadron. Please add my e-mail to your guestbook.....At 76 I'm just getting started on this PC thing.....Hope this little note gets to you....Andy "
Submitted by: "andrew poladian" 
"dearborn", "mi" "USA"
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"06/29/05"

Record #: "652"
"Nice to find the site. My uncle, Alfred Ronald Neumunz, was killed in the crash of Connard's ship at Kenninghall, Nov 26, 1944. Any info welcome, also any info re Tonn's crew (his original crew). I have been to the crash site and have several pictures, but interested in flight crew info, etc.
Many thanks"

Submitted by: "Ronald M Neumunz" ("Ron"
"London", "UK"
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"06/09/05"

Record #: "651"
"I am the son of James Thomas Parcells. My father was a pilot with the 453BG 732Sq. He was buried on 12/18/2004 at Rose Hills in S. California. I would appreciate any information or pictures relating to his aircraft or crew. All the information he had is in the possession of the step family and they are not willing to share anything. Information that could leaqd me to his military record, anything so I can put something together for his grandchildren. Oh how I regret not taking all of his WW II stuff when I had the chance.
Thanks, Jimmy"

Submitted by: "James William Parcells" ("Jimmy"
"Henderson", "Nv" "USA"
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"05/27/05"

Record #: "650"
"Hi, all.
I am searching for cause of loss of B24H-1-DT 41-28591 of 453.BG. Can anyone help with some details please?
Thanks
Peter:) "

Submitted by: "Peter Kassak" 
"Trnava", "Slovakia"
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"05/18/05"

Record #: "649"
"Hello 453rd BG Veterans, This is a follow up to posted message #647. Robert G. Thach has been moved from St. Joseph’s Hospital across the street to Rhad And Healthcare Center of Tampa 4411 North Habana Ave. 33614. He is working hard on physical rehad from his 30 days in the hospital. We, his family are giving him all the positive support at this time. But, if there are any former members of the 453rd BGrp. 735 B Sq in Tampa that might be able to drop by, or leave a message for a call back (813-872-2771) it would be much appreciated.
Thank you, Gordon Thach "

Submitted by: "gordon thach" 
"tampa", "fl" "USA"
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"05/10/05"

Record #: "648"
"Nice site up and coming. Be sure to check out the Georgia Chapter of the 8th AFHS and over 1500 photos of 8th Air Force bases in East Anglia at 8thcontrails.com/ipw-web/gallery/8th-Bases
Submitted by: "Mark Brotherton" ("Chief"
"Warner Robins", "Ga" "USA"
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"05/06/05"

Record #: "647"
"Hello Veterans, I am writing this note for, My father (Robert G. Thach), who flew with the 453rd Bomb Group / 735th Bomb Squadron, as a pilot. He completed 35 missions and then re-enlisted for a second tour flying P-51’s. He was shot down in Holland, and rescued by American forces, that pretty much ended the war for him. He suffered a serious heart problem on April 7 and is in St. Joseph’s hospital (room 341B) Tampa Florida. If anyone is in the area and can drop by it would be something really special. I don't think he has much time left, as nothing can be done for him at his age and condition to repair his heart.
Thank you,
Gordon Thach "

Submitted by: "gordon thach" 
"Tampa", "Fl" "USA"
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"04/26/05"

Record #: "646"
"I was married to Jack Turovitz, a bombardier in the 734th Squadron, 453rd BG. We were stationed at March Field before he went overseas. He died in 1948 and I am remarried, hence the new name. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him, especially someone named Ralph Klein, who was a dear friend during and after the war. "
Submitted by: "Shirley Suconik" 
"Elmhurst", "Il" "USA"
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"03/28/05"

Record #: "645"
"Just visiting again after some time. My dad, Jack Klinedinst, flew in the 453rd 735th BS. He died 3 years ago. I was just looking at his books, and found his missions, etc. He flew in "Rumplestilskin" with Pilot Tarbell, Co pilot Bednarchik, Navigator Joyce,and others William Joyce,Bob Haron, Conrad, Hulon Briggs, Broadwater,A. Dick, Arthur Lavin. Just wanted yto say hello and keep up the great work of keeping our history alive. I'm proud of him and all of you. Support our troops."
Submitted by: "John Klinedinst" 
"York", "PA" "USA"
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"03/20/05"

Record #: "644"
"Regarding the crew of the Lucky Penny B-24H [serial number 24-52169] that was lost on 08 May 1944 near Feldmark Buehne, Germany, I have learned that this crew did initially fly a plane nicknamed "Malfunction" but that enroute to England from the USA the plane had to stop in Ireland for repairs and thereafter Lt. Thomas J. Stilbert [pilot] and his crew flew the Lucky Penny on 4 of their 8 missions, the 8th being the last when the plane was lost. Eight of the 11 crew members survived and were captured and placed in a POW camp called a Stalag Luft according to the crew's navigator, Lt. Lawrence Syverson, and the top turret gunner, Duval Angelle. Sgt Angelle and S/sgt Urshansky were captured near Vienenburg but the other surviving crew members were captured near Feldmark Stotterlingen. Syverson and Angelle both confirm that all surviving crew ended up in a POW camp in or adjacent to Moosburg after a lengthy uncomfortable train ride in a box car. Question: Does anyone know the location of Stalag Luft (III?), the first encampment? They are attempting to re- trace their journey in captivity. Respectfully and with much gratitude, Phil Poffenbarger, MD close friend to Duval Angelle, TTG, Lucky Penny, 453 BG, 734 BS, Old Buchenham, Norfolk, England [1944]"
Submitted by: "Phil Poffenbarger, MD" (""Poff""
"Dickinson", "Tx" "USA"
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"03/14/05"

Record #: "643"
"It's been many years since my last logon but keep hoping former crew members might spot the name and make a contact My crew and I were assigned to the 735th and flew our first mission 25 Sept 45, completing #35 15 March 1945. As I near my 82d Birthday, in good health I might add, I know my Navigator and Bombardier are still hanging around and can only pray that some of the other guys are still with us and can make a contact. Hope to hear from you."
Submitted by: "John G R0SS" 
"Colorado Springs", "CO" "USA"
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"03/10/05"

Record #: "642"
"Duval Angelle is my close friend and former member of the 453rd Bomber Group, 734 Squadron of Consolidated B-24 Liberators. Duval was a waist gunner and top turret gunner on the B-24 nicknamed "Malfunction", piloted by Lt. Stilbert. "Malfunction" was lost on a mission on 8 May 1944 and Duval was captured, marched a long distance, and incarcerated as a POW at Moosburg where Patton's 3rd Army liberated him shortly before the end of hostilities. I have a photo of the entire crew that I am going to scan along with some additional data. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge of this plane or Duval Angelle during the time frame of 1944-45. I desire to present him with any new information as a gift. Phil Poffenbarger, MD [email me please]"
Submitted by: "Phil Poffenbarger, MD" (""Poff""
"Dickinson", "Tx" "USA"
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"03/08/05"

Record #: "641"
"My father, Joe Craft, flew with the 453rd BG, 734 Squadron, 2nd Air Division - Crew 41. The name of the plane was the "Lucky Penny I." After it crashed, with another crew, Dad finished on the "Lucky Penny II." Is there anyone out there that has additional information? I would love to hear from you! Thanks! "
Submitted by: "Teresa Craft" 
"Alvin", "TX" "USA"
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"03/03/05"

Record #: "640"
"My dad Fred Gromer served in 810 Air Services Squadron stationed at Old Buckenham. Would really love to hear from someone who knew him."
Submitted by: "Jory Gromer" 
"OK" "USA"
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"02/25/05"

Record #: "639"
"dear survivors, first of all, my heartfelt congratulations on your survival, and my condolences to those who unfortunately did not. i have a plan in the making in which i want to collect as many accounts of your experiences as i can. i want to put these into book format, self publish that, and then sell them, of which100% (i eat the costs) will go to the uso, i will document these donations when they happen, but as time goes on we've fewer and fewer soldiers left. i want to preserve their memories of their time in the service, and also help the uso out. can anyone point me in the right direction? where to go, who to talk to?, i would very much appreciate it. in closing, thank you so much, i salute you.
Sincerely,
Aaron t. thoma
Zip 37716 "

Submitted by: "Aaron T. Thoma" 
"Clinton", "Tn" "USA"
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"02/12/05"

Record #: "638"
"I’m looking for information about the mission to Wismar, Germany flown by the 453 BG on 08-25-1944. Rgds, Tobias Metzner "
Submitted by: "Tobias Metzner " 
"Wismar", "Germany"
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"02/11/05"

Record #: "637"
"As I have since signed the guest book some years back, I will not go into any more detail of my war history with the eight air force. When I was returned to active duty after my interment in Sweden, I was able to obtaine a A-2 jacket with a squadron patch on it. The patch is from the 754 bomb group. 458 squadron. Its a snorting head of a buffalo coming out of a cloud. This patch is not a copy, its over sixty years old. I would like to hear from any crew men from the 754 squadron 458 bomb group. Also I would like to have a little hisory of the 754 squadron. And some ideas as to where I can send this patch so it can be viewed for its past historical value. You can e-mail me at rmsage@rochelle.net or send information to R.M. Sage Sr 700 Dennis Street Rochelle, Il 61068. Best Regards, Robert M. Sage Sr."
Submitted by: "Robert M. Sage Sr." 
"Rochelle", "Il" "USA"
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"02/09/05"

Record #: "636"
"I am writing on behalf of my grandmother. She is trying to locate a picture of the The Lucky Penny airplane. Her brother, George Maxie Verbois (does anyone know of him?) was a side gunner on the Lucky Penny for the European Theatre of WWII. If anyone has any information regarding the troop my great uncle was a part of OR know of any place I might find a picture of the Lucky Penny, please let me know. Thanks!"
Submitted by: "Randi Lynn Allgood" 
"Sugar Land", "TX" "USA"
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"02/03/05"

Record #: "635"
"Hello, my father-in-law, Tom Fahey, died two weeks ago. I am interested to learn as much as I can about his time as a waist gunner on a B-24 named Jughead (which may have been spelled Jughaid). All I know is that he flew 33 missions over Germany from England.
We are planning a memorial service for him in the next few weeks and would like to gather as much information as possible. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Can you point me toward any further information? "

Submitted by: "Paul Acocella " 
"USA"
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"02/02/05"

Record #: "634"
"I am looking for the A/C model number and regestration number that my uncle Richard C Anderson was shot down in. He was a tail gunner in the 733 bomb squadron. Any help would be appreciated. "
Submitted by: "Gerald Anderson" ("Jerry"
"Enfield", "CT" "USA"
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"01/24/05"

Record #: "633"
"Hi, I am attempting to locate ANY information on my uncle S/Sgt. James Meyers who was lost over Germany on March 3rd, 1944 after their bomber was hit by enamy aircraft fire. From what I can find, two crew members were thought to have survived. I know that my uncle was assigned to 733 Bomber squadron, and the 453rd Bomber group. I have the listing of the entire crew which was abord the aircraft when it was hit. I would appriciate any information anyone may have. Thank you in advance, the crew was as follows: 1st Lt. Patrick D. Tobin Jr. (said to have survived?) 2nd Lt. Ray Gilbreath 2nd Lt. David H. Miller 2nd Lt. Thomas L. Underwood S/Sgt. Peter Santora S/Sgt. Joseph V. Williams Jr. S/Sgt. James F. Witmer T/Sgt. Peter M. Cunniff S/Sgt. Clair Kreidler S/Sgt. James J. Meyers. respond to: nymeteddy@aol.com "
Submitted by: "Mike Geary" ("Mike"
"Lancaster", "NY" "USA"
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"01/23/05"

Record #: "632"
"My father James Thomas Parcells passed on 12/12/2004. He was a pilot with the 453rdBG 732nd Sqdn. I have little information as the step family has it all. I heard he piloted "Consolidated Mess" and "Hard T Get". He flew 32 missions. Later joined the California ANG as a pilot in the 196th Fighter-Interceptor Sqdn. Also did 28 years with the CHP. Any pictures, information, etc would be appreciated. My children want to know about their grandfather. Unfortunetly I had depended on having access to his material when he passed. He did not want to talk much of that time when I was a teenager. Thanks, Jim"
Submitted by: "JAMES WILLIAM PARCELLS" ("JIM"
"Henderson", "Nv" "USA"
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"01/16/05"

Record #: "631"
"Hello, We my family and I we have years ago adopted a grave from one of the real hero's on the American cemetery at Margraten Netherlands. I'm trying for some time now to get any information about this servicemen, his name is CLETUS E. MORROW 1st Lt asn 0-755231, of the 732nd Bomber Squadron, 453rd Bomber Gp. (H) he's from Washington and died June 24,1944. The only thing I know so far is he served in a B-24 that's all. Could anyone tell me more about his service within the air force, infact all that's related to him, we would be very greatfull to know still more of one of our liberators who give his life for our freedom. THANK YOU!"
Submitted by: "Harry W. Franssen" 
"Maastricht", "Netherlands"
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"01/08/05"

Record #: "630"
"I am looking for a B-24 pilot Bernard "Andy" Anderson. Don't have much info other than he was a pilot, then a POW. He married a lovely British woman. They were my next door neighbors in San Antonio before they moved to Washington or Oregon. If anyone knows them, please forward my email address to them. Thanks!!! Mike mtraweek@satx.rr.com "
Submitted by: "Mike Traweek" 
"San Antonio", "TX" "USA"
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"12/28/04"

Record #: "629"
"Where can I buy copy of "The Liberator Men of Old Buck"? Or if someone has a copy would they please see if there is information about the crew and aircraft my uncle was with. He was 2Lt, navigator, George A. Evans Jr. in the 453rd BG. He became a POW at Stalag Luft III after - we believe, but aren't sure - being shot down on May 8, 1944 on mission to Brunswick."
Submitted by: "Steve Vorndran" 
"USA"
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"12/23/04"

Record #: "628"
"Firstly, many congratulations on the excellent website, which I found fascinating. The Milton Keynes Aviation Society, based in South East England, (www.mkas.net) has organised two highly successful gatherings of WWII aircrew, a fighter pilots' forum in 2001, followed by a bomber crew forum in 2003, both chaired by Air Marshal Sir Roger Austin. We are planning a VE-Day 60th Anniversary forum in the evening of 12 July 2005. The intent is to bring together a small number of aircrew from all sides of the conflict, to recount experiences and answer questions from the audience in open forum. We already have a German night fighter ace coming over specially for the event, plus an RAF pilot who flew Hurricanes and Spitfires in Burma, and are now actively seeking USAAF participation. It occurred to me that with the importance of this anniversary, there is a high chance that some 8th Air Force veterans might be in the UK at that time, and we would be absolutely thrilled if any would like to join us, either as members of our pilots panel, or simply in the audience. If this is the case, I wonder if you might be able to help us track down any willing "volunteers" please? The event will be held in the historic and highly appropriate surroundings of Bletchley Park, some 50 miles north west of London. You may know that Bletchley Park was the home of the code-breakers who did so much sterling work cracking the German Enigma codes during the war. Many thanks in anticipation. "
Submitted by: "Steve Bond" 
"London", "England"
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"12/23/04"

Record #: "626"
"Dear 453rd,
I am the niece of 1LT Clay Byers, 784th Squadron, 466th Bomb Group. He was the H2X Radar Navigator on a B-24 PFF aircraft and was KIA over Horsham St. Faith on 1 September, 1944. I am compiling a book to be called The Mickey Men. I am actively searching for individuals who were B-24 and B- 17 PFF ship flight and ground crew members. This would include Lead Crews, both flight and ground, prior to the fielding of H2X. RAF Pathfinder crews are very welcome and it would be of great benefit to hear from them. Knowledge and information regarding crew selection and training methods, operational documents and information such as charts, plots, unit standard operating procedures and creative deviation therefrom, OBOE, Gee box, H2S, H2X, installation, operation, and maintenance of same are areas of interest. Technical drawings of a simplistic nature or photos are als o appreciated as well as any explanations or instructions in the person's own words. A good quality photo of a Radar Navigator seated at the Mickey set is greatly to be desired. Individuals who worked in intelligence and operations at all levels are also of prime importance. The pre-mission briefings, the mission briefings, and the detailed staff work behind these will be presented. Cooperation between RAF Bomber Command and 8th AF HQ staff regarding operations, target selection and overlapping areas of responsibility will be discussed. Comments, narratives, briefing materials, and personal perspective from members or observers at all staff levels are especially solicited. Each contributor will receive credit in the final product of The Mickey Men in the manner in which he/she wishes.
Very Respectfully,
MAJ Georgia L. Combs
#28 Henry Court
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
973-770-0744(H)
508-360-8758(C)
"

Submitted by: "Georgia L. Combs" 
"Mount Arlington", "NJ" "USA"
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"12/13/04"

Record #: "625"
"I am looking for anyone who may have flown with my late cousin Bill Hughbanks who served as a bombardier aboard a B- 24 over Europe between 1943 and 1945. I do not know much other than that. I do have many photos of German and European cities that he took. I also know tha the survived a return trip on Sep. 27 in which 30 of 40 B-24s were shot down by German aircraft. "
Submitted by: "John Hubanks" 
"Carmel", "ca" "USA"
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"12/11/04"

Record #: "624"
"My father, Michael "Mike" Aguirre was with 453rd, ball turret gunner on board Dolly's Sister. Lee Russel Gulley was the pilot. Any other members of Mike's crew or family of crew contact by e-mail. madgetz@aol.com To all the members of the 453rd Bombardment Group, thank you so much for your bravery and service to America."
Submitted by: "Melinda Aguirre Goetz" 
"Corona", "CA" "USA"
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"12/10/04"

Record #: "623"
"I was in the 453rd BG, 735th BS in WWII. I was the radio operator on Joe Meintel's Crew."
Submitted by: "Cliff Thomas" 
"Belle Fourche", "SD" "USA"
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"11/25/04"

Record #: "622"
"The 8th Air Force Historical Society Georgia Chapter is up to 1111 pictures of 8th Air Force bases in East Anglia in its photo Gallaries at www8thcontrails.com Check it out mark"
Submitted by: "Mark Brotherton" 
"Warner Robins", "Ga" "USA"
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"11/21/04"

Record #: "621"
" just been reading some of the messages posted on this site ,and just wanted to add my thanks and gratitude to all the men who all helped my country get us freedom from the Nazis"
Submitted by: "MIKE NEALE " 
"USA"
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"11/21/04"

Record #: "620"
"Looking to contact Jerry Shulman, Wib Clingan, Voight or others in this crew. Also looking for B-24 plane name and serial number flown on 4/10/1945."
Submitted by: "John Matuk" 
"IL" "USA"

"11/17/04"

Record #: "619"
"I am the son of a B-24 CP fromthe 453rd BG. He flew in the Silent Yokum. I was just looking for anything I might find related to the men he served with or the missions he flew. Thanks for your site. Sincerely, Mike Fulmer"
Submitted by: "Mike Fulmer" 
"Big Bear Lake", "c" "USA"
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"11/12/04"

Record #: "618"
"I have some updating info and a picture of our Crew (Norris) 735th Sq. A/C SQUEE-GEE."
Submitted by: "William Norris" 
"Albuquerque", "NM" "USA"
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"11/12/04"

Record #: "617"
"Hi, my grandpa is Joseph Neil Crowley (everyone knows him as Neil), I'm the daughter of his youngest daughter. He's almost 96 and while he may not remember my name when i visit he sure remembers everything about his batallion and the war. Unfortunately, he is living in Toledo, OH and i live near San Francisco, and he can't hear very well on the phone, and i am doing a project on veterans, including him and the 453rd. If anyone knew him or has any information about him or the war I'd greatly appreciate it if you emailed me ASAP!!! THANK YOU!"
Submitted by: "Erin Crowley Kilroy" ("Erin"
"Pleasanton", "CA" "USA"
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"11/09/04"

Record #: "616"
"Hi, I'm the son of Alvin Hagel who flew 37 missions on the Little Mike and another unknown B-24 out of Old Buckenham. Looking for any information from crew or others. I have pictures of crew and Little Mike if anyone is interested. God bless the Veterns and familys of all who have fought and are still fighting to preserve our freedoms. A great web site, wish I had found it sooner. Sincerely, Robert A. Hagel. (810) 395-1883 "
Submitted by: "Robert A. Hagel " 
"Capac", "mi" "USA"
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"11/05/04"

Record #: "615"
"great site .ive been researching 453 bg since visiting old buck a couple of years ago.got the files from usaf museum to research .i would love to hear from any 453rd vets or family .it would be nice to fully document this worthy but sadly neglected group.please feel free to e mail id love to hear your stories.thank you for your time"
Submitted by: "ian ford" 
"wrexham", "uk"
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"11/03/04"

Record #: "614"
"I'm looking for anyone familiar with the B-24 named Star Eyes, S/N 42-51089 and/or her crew and survivors. This plane was shot down over Wittenberge, Germany on 4/10/1945. There were a few survivors."
Submitted by: "John Matuk" 
"IL" "USA"
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"11/03/04"

Record #: "612"
"My Father SSgt Patrick W. Fox who served in the 82nd Airborne passed on when I was 4 yrs old. I'm trying to locate anyone who may have served with him in WWII. I know that he went to bootcamp at Ft McArthur, San Pedro, Ca Nov of 1942. He was a Radio Operator Mech. and was in Normandy. He was honrabley discharged from the Army Dec 7, 1945."
Submitted by: "Patrick W. Fox II" 
"Twentynine Palms", "CA" "USA"
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"11/01/04"

Record #: "610"
"My father (deceased 1982), Lester Raymond `Barney' Liles was Capt. (AO512027) Chaplain of the 453rd. After WW2 ended, Dad attended Boston University under GI Bill receiving further religious education. He became a chaplain for V.A., then called back to active duty for Korea (2 yrs.) - - he stayed in the USAF Reserve, and retired as full Colonel. I have a few photos of Dad with members of the 453rd. One of those photos shows him giving communion to a crew before flying a mission). I know he and Jimmy Stewart remained corresponding friends for life. (I might be wrong on this name) - -, but I recall when I was abt 10 yrs old, we went thru Eugene, OR where Dad re-visted Dick Curran (splg?) who was the 453rd Flt Surgeon. I also have a photo of Dad with a pilot who had played professional football (can't rmbr his name). Dad wrote 3 religious books. He was a character all his life, not necessarily fitting the mold of what society perceived as a Baptist Minister/Chaplain - - he smoked until his death, and liked his martinis too! He always told me he was kind of the GI's kinda' chaplain - - not necessarily meeting with the approval of superior officers. I am his only `child' - - now 62 yrs. old & served 3 yrs. active duty in USN. My mother (Dad's widow) is still alive at age 84 & doing fine. If anyone so wishes, I'll happily share/send/correspond with anyone in the 453rd who might find any of my limited photos and/or other info with any member of the the 453rd. "
Submitted by: "Byron Paddy Liles" 
"Dawson", "IL" "USA"
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"10/29/04"

Record #: "609"
"Looking for anyone familiar with the 735 Squadron mission over Wittenberge on 4/10/1945"
Submitted by: "John Matuk" 
"USA"

"10/29/04"

Record #: "608"
"Last visited this site just before 9/11 as I prepared for 453d Dayton,Ohio reunion but circumstances forced air travel cancellation. Nevertheless, enjoyed going through updated achives which evoked considerable nostalgia one of which #464 even mentioned my name and another mentioning a good friend; Phillip Parsons. This is merely my long-winded way of saying, "keep these messages coming" for only the Good Lord knows how much longer the voices of the 453d will be heard. "
Submitted by: "John G. Ross" ("WW2 Survivor"
"colorado springs", "co" "USA"
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"10/28/04"

Record #: "607"
"Looking for crew members that flew with Edward J. McGuire ,nose gunner, 453rd BG / 734th BS, 09/25/44 to 04/09/45, Pilot Edmund C. Tonn, Co-Pilot William A. Kohl, Navigator Alfred A. Kohl, Bomb. Charles J. Armour, Gunners- Allen F. Holtgrave, Joseph G. Cepuch, Earl E. Winegar, Frank J. Wicker, John F. McGuire. Possible crew number is #5574-taken from SO#203 Casper, WY. Possible plane names are Lucky Penny II, Silent Yokum, Balls O'Fire, Hollywood & Vine, Sky Chief, Hustlin' Hussy, Crow's Nest, The Little Gramper Junior, Sweet Sue, Body and Soul. Email any information to b24@epix.net with subject heading starting with B24. Just a son looking for more memories! Thanks! "
Submitted by: "Mark Thomas McGuire" ("Judah Ben-Hur"
"Towanda", "PA" "USA"
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"10/27/04"

Record #: "606"
"I just returned from the 453rd.group reunion in Kalamazoo, Mich. it was an fantastic reunion thanks to Lloyd Prang and his better half. I met several new members that have helped me contact old friends from our tour in England,although missing some I especially wanted to see,Eugene MacDowell, and Pat Ramm from Attleborough. I wish more members could attend the next one,because time is running out,right Irene? Neil"
Submitted by: "Neil Creer" 
"Howell", "Mi" "USA"
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"10/21/04"

Record #: "605"
"My uncle, whom I never got to meet was a navigator for the 453rd. He was killed over Germany May of 1944. Today, I am a 40 year old commerical pilot still very much interested in WWll aviation. My dad still gets the 453rd news letter which I also read. Much thanks gentlemen to a enormous job very well done, and never forgetting those brave soles who never made it home, may they rest in peace.... "
Submitted by: "thomas poladian" ("tomahawk"
"royal oak", "mi" "USA"
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"10/18/04"

Record #: "604"
"I am wanting information on Garrett Stamper. He might have been in the 453rd but I am not sure. I have heard about a picture of him with James Stewart and I thought he could have been in the 453rd BG. All I really know about him is that he was a tail gunner. Any info would be greatly appreciated. "
Submitted by: "Cliff Stamper" 
"Hazard", "Ky" "USA"
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"10/15/04"

Record #: "603"
"I am the grandson of Jack Weaver of the 453rd. Great site! I always enjoy learning more about my grandfather. Feel free to write me if anyone knew him and felt like swapping stories."
Submitted by: "Jack Weaver" 
"Santa Rosa", "Ca" "USA"
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"10/10/04"

Record #: "602"
"Seeking information on my father. Sgt. Elmo (Vic) Barnhill was MIA on 2/9/45. He was with the 732nd, 453rd. I'm told they went down in the channel returning from a mission and that he was the only casualty. I would also like to know how to get additional information such as aircraft name, serial number, etc. I can be reached at vbarnhill@comcast.net Thanks. "
Submitted by: "Vic Barnhill" 
"Peotone", "IL" "USA"
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"09/22/04"

Record #: "601"
"Dear Sir, I have just found your site. I think it is excellent. I am hoping your members can help me. i am researching a ditching and rescue on 6 March 1944 for a book I am writing about an RAF squadron involved in the rescue. Only one of the crew, Lt JC Cyr survived. Can anyone supply me with more details of this crew and ditching? Please respond to thomasdocherty@tiscali.co.uk Yours sincerely Tom Docherty"
Submitted by: "tomdocherty72" ("Tom"
"Forres", "UK"
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"09/19/04"

Record #: "600"
"My father was John(Jack)Glass, he was a Lt. and pilot, I have very limited knowledge of him other than he was in WWII and may have been in this squadron, anyone with information please contact me thanks in advance this is a great site with many terrific stories Bill Glass"
Submitted by: "Bill Glass" ("Bill"
"Cheshire", "CT" "USA"
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"09/18/04"

Record #: "599"
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HEY EVERYONE!!!
Give a look at Stuart's new book mentioned in the following record. I think it is a good one. There should be a copy you can view at the annual meeting coming up in October, 2004.
Lloyd Morris (webmaster)
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"I hope it’s okay to mention my new book on this website?
Stuart J Wright - “An Emotional Gauntlet: From Life in Peacetime America to the War in European Skies” http://www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/books/3479.htm An Emotional Gauntlet is now available from the University of Wisconsin Press. The book focuses on the experiences of Crew 25 (pilot Jack Nortridge) of the 733rd Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group, based at Old Buckenham, England in 1944. However, many other 453rd Bomb Group crews are included also - Gus Johnson, Patrick Tobin, George Wear, Hubert Cripe, Richard Ingram, Gus Bergman, Elmer Crockett, Nick Radosevich, William McCrocklin, to name just a few! Chapter 12 focusses on the impact made on the group by CO Ramsay Potts and Ops Officer Jimmy Stewart. One hundred photos - crews, Jimmy Stewart, aircraft, the base at Old Buckenham, the city of Norwich, etc, plus maps and formation plans. 326 Pages.
I look forward to feedback from the 453rd !
Best wishes. "

Submitted by: "Stuart Wright" 
"London", "UK"
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"09/04/04"

Record #: "591"
"Good afternoon. My name is LT Brian Coxson. I'm trying to find out some information about my late grandfather, John Zadworny. About the only thing he ever really talked about his WWII experience was that he was a B-24 waist gunner and that Jimmy Stewart was his CO at one point in time. He never really talked much about it and unfortunately, I never really had a chance to dig deeper before he passed away. I stumbled across your website on the internet and decided to give it a shot. I would appreciate any information anyone could give me. Thanks in advance for your help and for all that you guys did for us 60+ years ago. By serving in the Navy myself, I can only hope to pay back a small amount of the debt that is owed to you all! GOD BLESS AMERICA!" "
Submitted by: "LT Brian Coxson" ("Boats"
"Chesapeake", "VA" "USA"
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"08/16/04"

Record #: "586"
" I am verry impressed by the high spirit of sacrifice and courage of your flyers in the first battle for "black gold",the great battle over Ploiesti,named "Tidal Wave"-1 aug.1943!Unfortunatelly,many brave mens lost their lifes in that black day,but they died not for nothing!Excuse my english! Thank you to all!"
Submitted by: "NITESCU" ("CRISTIAN"
"PITESTI", "ROMANIA"
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"08/11/04"

Record #: "585"
"World War II Veterans – We are looking for your stories! First Page Publications, a Livonia, Michigan based advantage publisher, is seeking manuscripts from veterans of World War II. As a member of the Greatest Generation, your stories need to be captured and preserved for future generations. Your book could be proudly presented along with our title, An Eight Air Force Combat Diary, by Lt. John A. Clark, USAAF (Ret.), who piloted a B-17 bomber with the 100th Bomb Group in England during World War II. His book includes many photographs taken during his tour of duty in 1944-1945. If you or someone you know has a story to tell and is interested in submitting a manuscript, please contact Joe Aller at First Page Publications at 800-343-3034. You may also send him an e-mail message at joe@firstpagepublications.com. If you want to purchase a copy of Lt. Clark’s book, please call the same number, 800- 343-3034 and place your order. Thank you. Liz Brown-Striks First Page Publications "
Submitted by: "Joe Aller" 
"Livonia", "MI" "USA"
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"08/10/04"

Record #: "583"
"Can anyone please tell me what some of these markings mean, I have my fathers final payment-work sheet in front of me; [ hon. disch. by reason ] AR 615-365 & WD rr 1-1 he was discharged on the 26 sept, 1945 at Sep cen Ft MacArthur Calf. name of duty officer was F Murray Maj FD. Sadly our dad passed away back in 1966 but my brother and I are trying to put a few things together, he lives in the states but as you see Iam in england. My dad was in the 453rd 723 bg but we can not find out much he may have been in other groups I do belive that is what happened, our dads name was Clarance A Keltner [kelly] , I look forward to hearing from some one I hope, sue"
Submitted by: "susan" ("sue"
"london", "england"
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"08/03/04"

Record #: "582"
"For my researches I need a compiled mission list of the 453rd BG. Can someone help? Thank you very much. Mike"
Submitted by: "Mike" ("Mike"
"Bavaria", "Germany"
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"07/29/04"

Record #: "581"
"SORRY I MADE AN MISTAKE I WAS ON LT.PENN"S CREW # 29 of the 733 BM SQD.-HUNTON"
Submitted by: "HUNTON L. MORGAN" ("LUM"
"macon", "ga" "USA"
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"07/26/04"

Record #: "579"
"My Dad, Keith Dibble, was in the 453rd Bomb Group, 734th Bomb Squadron. He was tail gunner on Male Call with the following people: Cpl Charles A Ward, Lt Minyard, Lt Perry, Shorty Evans, Frank Dietz, Jack Alexander, Mac McLain, Ted Kielor and Choo Choo Train. He was also in some pictures with Jimmy Stewart since they both were from PA. I am looking for any of the above people who remembers my Dad. This is a great website."
Submitted by: "Lee Ann Sheaffer" 
"USA"
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"07/25/04"

Record #: "578"
"WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYUINE THAT WAS IN THE 733BM.SQD.WHEN WE LEFT MARCH FIELD,CAL.IN 1943.I2WAS OM LT PENN"S CREW.# 19.E-MAIL,ME."
Submitted by: "HUTON L.MORGAN" ("LUM"
"MACON", "GA" "USA"
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"07/25/04"

Record #: "577"
"I am looking for information regarding Sgt. James Golbski of the 733rd Sq. of the 453rd Grp. He was KIA on 2-22-1944 on the raid to Gotha, Germany. He is memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at Margraten, Holland. He obviously was a high school friend of my father. In looking though newspaper clippings saved by my Grandmother during the war, an article and picture of Golbski is in the materials. This is a notice of his going missing and in checking the WWII Memorial Site I found he was never recovered. Ironically enough, my father died from war injuries at 23 and was also a ball turett gunner on a B-24 with the 828th Sqd, 485th Grp, 15th AAF. Please feel free to email me if you have any knowlege or information on Golbski. Terry Boettcher "
Submitted by: "Terry Boettcher" 
"Indianola", "IA" "USA"
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"07/24/04"

Record #: "576"
"I am signing this book to honor all young souls who have given their lives for our freedom. I started on a journey this past week to find a forgotton hero of our family, my first cousin Hubert W. Williams, who served in the 453rd group, 734th squadron. He lost his life in service of his country one year and one day before I was born. To all of the "great" generation...Thank You."
Submitted by: "VWilliams" 
"Buena Park", "Ca" "USA"
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"07/11/04"

Record #: "575"
"I am looking for any information about the Matecko crew. george Matecko was my great uncle. I am just looking for any kind of information like what the name of the place was, if anyone has any pictures of the crew, or basically anything at all i would really like. Thanks"
Submitted by: "Kari Matecko" 
"USA"
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"07/11/04"

Record #: "574"
"453 bg 734 bs Looking for name of plane and names of crew members with S/Sgt Glenn Gilles left waist gunner of a B- 24 Liberator bomber which took off on an operational mission to Beilefeld, Germany, on November 26, 1944. This bomber crashed near Kenninghall, Norfolk, England, soon after leaving its base. None of the crew survived. His name is entered on the Honor Roll at memorial in Norfolk England. Thanks in advance."
Submitted by: "ginny" 
"sd" "USA"
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"07/08/04"

Record #: "573"
"I am looking for the copilot of the Matecko Crew of the 453rd or anyone from there. I would like to get some information because my great uncle george matecko was a piolot during WW2. Especially if andres de la garza can see this. Thanks "
Submitted by: "Kari Matecko" 
"USA"
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"07/07/04"

Record #: "572"
"JUST GOT BACK FROM ENGLAND,HAD A GREAT TIME,WEMT TO OLE BUCK. IT WAS NOT THE SAME AS WAS WHEN I ARRIVED IN JAN.1944 ON CREW #19. WE KNEE DEEP IN MUD THEN. EVERYONE I MET THERE WAS REALY NICE TO ME. FRANF SHERMAN TOOK ME AROUND AND LET ME SEE WHAT WAS LEFT, NOT MCH,JUST A FEW BARRACKS THE BOMB SITE BUILDING AND THE BUILDING WHERE THEY TRACK US WHILE WE WERE OM OUR MISSIONS. PART OF THE RUNWAY IS STILL THERE ALSO.IT FELT GOOD TO HAVE MY FEET ON THE SAME GROUD THAT I STOOD ON WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD. TEARS CAME IN MY EYES THINKING OF MY OLD FRIENDS. I AM GOING TO TRY AND COME TO MICH. FOR THE REUNION. WOULD LIKE TO MEET YOU GUYS. I WAS DOWN FOR ONE DAY AT THE SAVANNAH REUNION, AS I LIVE HERE IN GA."
Submitted by: "HUNTON L. MPORGAN" ("LUM"
"MACON", "GA" "USA"

"07/04/04"

Record #: "571"
"Please consider adding this link to your page; http://8thcontrails.com/ipw-web/gallery/8th-Bases and see all the 8th bases Cheers Mark Brotherton "
Submitted by: "Mark Brotherton" 
"wr", "ga" "USA"
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"07/03/04"

Record #: "570"
"Looking for information. SSgt James Sharp reported killed in B-24 crash on February 9, 1945. "
Submitted by: "Leslie Gifford" 
"Groton", "NY" "USA"
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"06/28/04"

Record #: "569"
"I am looking for anyone who would know about Donald W. Sang. He is my great-uncle. He flew 10 1/2 missions over occupied Europe with Wayne J. Cowgill and his crew. Also, I am looking for any family members of the following airmen who flew with my great-uncle, Donald W. Sang: Wayne J. Cowgill-Pilot POW
James R. Martin-Co Pilot POW
James W. Wheeler-Bombardier KIA
Ernast G. Stathes-Navigator KIA
Thomas J. O'Kane-Top turret gunner KIA
Dean R. Smith-Radio operator/Ball Turret gunner/Left waist gunner KIA
Dale W. Holker-Right Waist gunner POW
Ellis T. Pfeifer-Engineer KIA
Donald W. Sang-Tail Gunner KIA
I am looking for Dale Holker, Donald V. Kane, the brother of Thomas J. O'Kane. The crew's plane named the "our baby" collided in mid-air over Germany with the "Diana-Mite" on July 21, 1944. If you have any information on this matter or if you are a famiy member of an airmen listed above please write to me at:
185 Bamford Ave.
Hawthorne, New Jersey. 07506.
Thank you and God Bless all of the veterans. "

Submitted by: "Robert M. Rumsby" 
"Hawthorne", "NJ" "USA"

"06/17/04"

Record #: "568"
"Seeking information on James E Moore 453rd group,733rd squadron: KIA May 8 1944. Photo of the crew, the MACR,anything."
Submitted by: "Frank J Jasek" 
"Waco", "TX" "USA"
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"06/16/04"

Record #: "567"
"My Grandfather is Ralph Colliander. He served as a pilot in the 453rd BG 733BS on a ship named "RAG DOLL" I dont have the serial number handy. Anyone who would like to contact him would be welcome to contact me and I can put you in touch with him. He is alive and well living in the Pittsburgh area. He shared many of his Old Buck experiences with me and I would like to say that you are all heroes in my eye. Thank you for your sacrifices. "
Submitted by: "Mike Moulton" 
"Boston", "MA" "USA"
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"06/06/04"

Record #: "566"
"My family is looking for anyone who may have served with our uncle, Ssgt. William J. Acton, of Winkleman, AZ. He served as a ball turret gunner with the 453rd BG, KIA over Brunswick, GE on 08May1944. Aircraft was called the "Malfunction". Pilot's name was Jack Stilbert of Lubbock, TX. Would love any information about him or the other crew. Our family had the honor to attend the dedication of the WWII Memorial last weekend. It was an honor to meet so many great men that served. We were hoping to meet 453BG alum, but did not meet any. Please e- mail any info. Looking forward to hearing from anyone."
Submitted by: "Robert Brown" 
"Manahawkin", "NJ" "USA"
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"06/03/04"

Record #: "565"
"Trying to locate: crew, officers, anyone who knew my father: William L. Bonnell, Jr. He was the Captain/pilot of a B-24 Bomber and flew 26 missions into Germany. He was with the 453rd Bomb Group, 733rd Bomb Squadron (H). Missions were flown from November 2, 1944 to April 8, 1945 from Old Buckenham, England - Eighth Air Force. Crew Members Listed: 1. Pilot: Captain William L. Bonnell, Jr. 2. Co Pilot: 1st Lt. Shelby M. Freeman 3. Navigator: 1st Lt. Alberth A. Riemer 4. Bombardier: Leon F. Dolechek 5. Radio Oper. Thomas J. Wells 6. Engineer: Henry W. Patterson 7. Nose Gunner: Orlando J. Russo 8. Top Turret Gunner: Umberto E. Papa 9. Waist Gunner: George A. Wenzel 10.Tail Turret Gunner: William L. Nyberg Want to know the name of my father's ship and anything else you can remember about him and that time. God bless you all. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. "
Submitted by: "Sharon Bonnell" 
"Roseville", "CA" "USA"
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"05/31/04"

Record #: "564"
"Dear 453rd association, I don't even know if I'm writing to the right group but here goes. My dad's name was Joseph B. Turner- he was from West Virginia. I have one picture of him standing in front of a sign that says 453rd SUB DEPOT ENGINEERING..I think this was in England but thatis all I know as he would never talk about it. Would love it if ANYONE can tell me if they knew him. Thanks and God bless every one of you. Gwen Rogers"
Submitted by: "gwen rogers" 
"arlington", "va" "USA"
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"05/28/04"

Record #: "562"
"I AM GOING TO ENGLAND IN JUNE AND WOULD LIKE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT OLE BUCK WILL STAY IN CAMBRIDGE ABD GO OUT FROM THERE.I SERVED WIIH THE 733 BM.SQD.CREW #19 left from march field,calif.-hunton"
Submitted by: "HUNTON L. MORGAN " ("LUM"
"MACON", "GA" "USA"
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"04/21/04"

Record #: "561"
" I am helping my friend Dudley Jenkins who flew 30 missions over Europe with the 453rd bomb group / 733 bomb squadron from 7 July 44 to 15 Dec 44 from Old Buckingham, England. He was the radio operator on those missions. He has a photo dated 15 Dec 44 of the ship and path finder crew of " Blood and Guts " He also has the names of all the crew and a commendation certificate for the "Low Left Squadron" lead crew mission of 25 Aug 44 to Wismar, Germany. Crew members listed below
  • 1. Pilot............Lt. W.H.Whitwhouse
  • 2. Co Pilot.........F/O P.H. Stovey
  • 3. Navagator........Lt. K.F. Hider
  • 4. Bomb.............Lt. O.G. Martin
  • 5. Radio Op.........T/Sgt D.D Jenkins
  • 6. Eng..............S/Sgt T.Jones
  • 7. Gunner...........S/Sgt J.F.DeLong
  • 8. Gunner...........S/Sgt C.G.Duckworth
  • 9. Gunner...........S/Sht B.G.Harrer
  • 10. Gunner...........S/Sgt R.E.Dowse
  • 11. Navagator........Lt. G.J.Forman
He would like to share this and additional info with all on the 453rd BG web site. Please E-Mail me and we will establish a way to scan the photo and commendation. Dudley lives here in Stamford Ct. close to me. With his approval you may call him direct at 203-348-3903 Thanks for your attention Chuck Ickrath Dud is not into this computer thing yet so until he is I'll act as his secretary."

Submitted by: "charles Ickrath" ("Chuck"
"Stamford", "CT" "USA"
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"04/18/04"

Record #: "560"
"I'm signing this guest book in my fathers honor! He was in North Africa and Cerignola Italy in 43 and 44! God bless them all and thank you!"
Submitted by: "George L. Lucas" ("Luke"
"Midwest City", "Ok" "USA"

"04/08/04"

Record #: "559"
"My father, COL (R) Francis T. Eyre was a bombardier/navigator & flew 25 msns as Lead Crew. He flew on the "Iron Duke" & "Ruth Marie". 733rd Sqdn. Anyone out there w/ photos or info?"
Submitted by: "LTC Michael A. Eyre" 
"Alexandria", "VA" "USA"
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"03/29/04"

Record #: "558"
"My father, COL (R) Francis T. Eyre was a bombardier/navigator & flew 25 msns as Lead Crew. He flew on the "Iron Duke" & "Ruth Marie". 733rd Sqdn. Anyone out there w/ photos or info?"
Submitted by: "lLTC Michael A. Eyre" 
"Alexandria", "VA" "USA"
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"03/29/04"

Record #: "557"
"Please note change of e-mail address.From rmsage2@aol.com to rmsage@rochelle.net. Bob Sage Sr."
Submitted by: "Robert M. Sage Sr." 
"Rochelle", "Il" "USA"
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"03/24/04"

Record #: "556"
"Hi; Just a line to let You know I am happy to see Your web back up and running again,but I hope more ex group members will take advantage of it and keep in touch. Neil"
Submitted by: "Neil Creer" 
"Howell", "Mi" "USA"
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"03/20/04"

Record #: "554"
"My oldest brother, George Robb, was originally assigned to crew #72. He left March Field in circa December, 1943 and arrived in England about the first of the year. His first 8 missions were completed with that crew. One of his crew, Bob Sage, told me that George was reassigned to another crew, but did not know which one. George then flew another 24 missions and came home about sometime in the Fall of 1944. George was discharged soon after VJ Day, having served his country for nearly 5 years. George had a log of all his missions, but during one of his moves the record was lost along with his Air Medals and DFC. I have a picture of his original crew with the names on the back. If there is an easy way to post this on this web site I would be happy to do so. I have a scanner if that helps. George died the day after his 67th birthday on January 26, 1989. He left a widow, Betty and one son George C. Betty passed away this past year. If anyone has any information about the crew that George served on after his reassignment, I would appreciate hearing from you. Roy Robb Chesapeake, VA"
Submitted by: "Roy Robb" 
"Chesapeake", "VA" "USA"
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"02/17/04"

Record #: "553"
"I am interested to know if any of you people might have gone to Springfield College in the Aviation Cadet Program in the fall and winter of "43. The program was shut down and many of us were sent to Scott Field. If any of you were in this siuation please sent me a note. I was a crewmember on Dave Templeton crew in the 732nd and came back on the Hermitage. A group of us gunners trans. to MATS at Ft. DixAB and flew on C-47s."
Submitted by: "Ken Ferland" ("Ken"
"Bangor", "Me" "USA"
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"02/16/04"

Record #: "552"
"Looking for information about my father, Lt.Ambrose L. Prouhet, 453rd Bomb Group, 732nd,then 734th Squadron."
Submitted by: "Lydel Prouhet Bertasz" 
"Palestine", "TX" "USA"
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"02/11/04"

Record #: "551"
"I am attempting to research my uncle, Albert Harold Edgett,whom was in this bomber group. He was KIA march 6,1944. "
Submitted by: "harold edgett" 
"Henderson", "nc" "USA"
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"02/06/04"
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