Year 2000

Date:
12/26/2000
Time:
5:20:46 PM

My father, Staff Sgt. William A. Powers BombGp: 387th BG. Squadron: 398th SQ. Years: 42-45, was a radio operator on a B26 during WWII. He was at MacDill Field Dec. 1942 and I believe he flew in the raids on the bridge at Mayan, Germany and at Prum. I would like to contact anyone who may have known him then. He was and was from Tennessee. He was a school teacher and clearly my best friend. He died in Sept. 1987 and this Christmas Eve ( my 44th birthday!) I found his leather flying hat that i cherished as a boy! What a Christmas/birthday present! I would very much appreciate anyone’s help in my efforts to learn more about him and his crew during these important years of his life. Thank you all Bill Powers, Knoxville, Tn.

Date:
12/25/2000
Time:
11:45:37 PM

Oscar Schricker Bombardier. BombGp: 322 Squadron: 452 Years: March ’45 Class: 44-13 Location: Childress, TX. Howard Carter, Pilot; James Carter, Co-pilot 18 missions in March and April 1945 .

Date:
12/24/2000
Time:
11:30:10 PM

My name is Raymond Le Sueur a pilot of the 22nd bomb group from 1941-45 from Australia RAAF. I am looking for a navigator of the same flight “Rum Runner” named Bill William Bath I am really wanting to find out if he is still alive or if he has passed away. Please email my grandson as soon as possible with the information required, if u are able to find it. best regards Raymond Le Sueur

Date:
12/24/2000
Time:
4:58:10 PM

Jess Dudley . BombGp: 9th Squadron: 387th Years: 42-45
Currently residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Does anyone have a picture of the B26 Marauder “SexMasheen”?

Date:
12/24/00
Time:
1:34:25 PM

My father, Leonard Anderson, was a tail gunner on a B-26 based in England and later France. His cousin, Jerome Mickelson, and later business partner was also a B-26 tail gunner who was shot down over North Africa and spent a couple of years in Stalag 17, the prison camp in the Broadway play and movie. I’m grateful for your site and others like them to help me understand to a small degree what these men experience. My father is still alive but his cousin and dead and I understand WWII vets are dying at the rate of about 1,200 a day. I hope that visitors to this site will appreciate the sacrifice that that so many of them made, a sacrifice that affords us such a good and rich life today. It is difficult to imagine now that these men, in their 80s now, once faced such an incredible job on a daily basis. Their passing and the memory of that time is such a tragedy. Steve Anderson

Date:
12/18/00
Time:
10:51:19 PM

I’m looking for anyone or family from 17th Bomb Group, 95th Squadron. My father, Louis “Bud” Barber flew 63 missions. He was a gunner, staff sergeant, and was stationed in North Africa and took part in Anzio. He is 81 yrs and would love to make contact with anyone or any family members from this group. Thanks for all your help!! Doug Barber

Date:
12/17/00
Time:
10:23:19 PM

John W. Quinlan. Enlisted on 7 Nov 42 and was a flight mechanic on the B-26 in 1942-43. He was in the 22nd Tow Target Squadron out of Ardmore, OK, and Dalhart, TX. The commander or squadron headquarters was located at Pyote, TX. One of the Ardmore AAF B-26’s was a “C” model and carried the numbers 617 876. John refers to it as “Old 876” – maybe someone else will recognize this “old” bird. More on Ardmore: B-26’s were stationed at Ardmore Army Airfield near Ardmore, OK, from 1943-45. The field is still in use as a civil airport. (Gene Autry’s hometown, now named Autry, OK, is inside the traffic pattern of the airport.) From Ardmore AAF the B-26’s flew south to the Gulf where they towed targets for B-17 aerial gunners. Maybe the B-26’s staged out of Matagorda Island (my guess) – that would have been convenient to the Gulf of Mexico. B-26’s were also used for anti-submarine spotting in the Gulf. German submarines were quite numerous in the Gulf attempting to sink ships carrying aviation fuel out of the refineries along the Texas gulf coast. Thank you, Tom Quinlan

John Wells Quinlan
Tom Quinlan

Date:
12/15/00
Time:
10:51:19 PM

My Dad Orla Whitaker was flight engineer in the 323BG, 456BS. Years: 44-45 Location: Shreveport, LA. He was in England and France in 44-45. Unfortunately he was killed in a truck accident in 1950 after surviving the war. I really did not get to know him. I would love to hear from any one in his squadron. This is a great site. Thanks to anyone who might be able to help. John Whitaker

Date:
12/13/00
Time:
5:23:47 AM

Robert Patterson – an American living in Great Dunmow, a commercial pilot interested in history. I feel a strong connection here and was wanting to ask if there are any name lists of crew members that were stationed at Stansted and Easton fields. looking for any Patterson’s and connections. thanks for your efforts in the war and any assistance you could be now. Best Regards; Robert Patterson

Date:
12/10/00
Time:
9:24:29 PM

Scott E. Murphy
I am looking for any information, and hopefully some one that knew, my grandfather- Major Robert Edward Murphy. He was an instructor pilot, squadron commander in Dodge City Kansas, director of training and a group commander in the ninth Air Force. He was killed in France in November 1944. His plane was named the “Miss Kam” after my mother. Thanks!

Date:
12/08/00
Time:
6:43:35 PM

My name is Gwen Guinan and I am an Anthropologist with the United States Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CILHI). You may know of the mission of the CILHI – we are responsible for the recovery and identification of all those missing from prior conflicts involving the United States. Currently, I am in Tunis, Tunisia investigating the possible crash site of what appears to be a B-26 in the South Lake of Tunis. Wreckage from the plane was discovered during dredging operations about a month ago and we were called in after some of the recovered wreckage appeared to be American. At this time, we know that it is a B-26. The wreckage is underwater, but it has been preserved due to the fuel and clay soil to some extent. I have recovered paperwork that states this is a “B-26, B-26A, B-26B” – it appears to be a partial flight manual. We also have recovered a air almanac for 1943 January – April. The air almanac was printed in London which gave us pause as we know that we did supply planes to the British during the war. The aggregate information points to it being an American plane though (US Army Air Force items, etc.). We are researching as to what bomber groups were in the area during this time and what planes were lost, but the records are lacking sometimes for WWII era losses. Any help you might be able to provide would be much appreciated. At this time, we are still on site and planning to put Navy divers in the water to detect the possible presence of UXO which is of course a concern. The visibility in the water is only about 2 inches so we need sonar and metal detectors. You can respond to me at this address http://www.cilhi.army.mil . Thank you for any assistance in advance! Aloha, Gwen Guinan Forensic Anthropologist USA-CILHI

Gwen Guinan

Date:
12/4/00
Time:
11:06:33 PM

My father – Thomas W. Kerley, BombGp: 397 Squadron: 598 Years: 1943-44, was a proud B-26 pilot/co-pilot with the 9th AF. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1989 from lung cancer. He served with pilot Lt. Harry Patterson I believe (who also passed away some time ago I’m told). Anyway, I’ve tracked down one other crew member recently — Buzz Walters a navigator now retired and living in California. I was wondering if anyone else (original crew or, like me, an interested relative) might be interested in swapping information on the 397th (specifically the 598th). My dad’s plane was called “Old Gruesome” and, like most of the guys from that generation, did not readily share memories. However, I have since gone through all my dad’s WW-II stuff and have lots of letters, postcards, and sketches (Dad was an amateur artist) that I’d be willing to share. Thanks for such a great website. All Marauder Men (and relatives) should be proud that their proud legacy can be kept alive through the wonders of the internet. Thanks again! Mike Kerley

Date:
11/30/00
Time:
3:08:26 PM

Pat J. De Santis BombGp: 320 Squadron: 444 Years: 1941-1945 Class: Location: ETO / CBI.
I flew 40 missions as a radio / turret gunner with Capt. Don Towns. We also flew 13 sub patrol missions. I went stateside Dec. 1943 and after a little furlough I was assigned to the ATC stationed in Chabua, India, where I flew 500+ hours over the Hump. The war ended and I was discharged in New Jersey on Oct. 19 45. My rank was a Tech/Sgt. I never did all the Air Medals due me for completing 40 missions. The tail gunner and I are the only ones still living.

Date:
11/25/00
Time:
9:50:47 PM

A group of us, friends of Gerald “Gerry” Kercher, are planning a surprise party in his honor. At the time of his service his home state was probably Michigan. He presently lives in Connecticut. We need information relating to his USAF career. We know he flew B-26’s in Europe and North Africa. We specially need info (for the purpose of a bit of friendly tail twisting) on how it happened that a B-26 unit accidentally bombed Switzerland. If anyone knows where we can find such info…on short notice…please e-mail Jerry

Date:
11/23/00
Time:
9:39:21 PM

Jeff Dixon BombGp: 391 Squadron: 574 Years: 1942-45 Class: 44B Location: Turner Field. My name is Jeff . My father, Wilbur A Dixon, flew with the 391st, 574th sq. I found B26.com and really enjoy it . If anyone knew Wilbur, or has info that relating to him, please respond via e-mail. I do so much appreciate the sacrifices that the veterans of WW II made for all of us. Thank you.

Date:
11/22/00
Time:
5:52:36 PM

Thomas F. Mooring BombGp: Squadron: 442 Years: 3 Class: ’45 Location: Dijon and Dole France.

Date:
11/22/00
Time:
12:36:21 PM

Dan Lindsay for Andrew G. Lindsay, Col, USAF-Dec’d. BombGp: 386th Squadron: 553rd Years: 1943-44.
Searching for former crewmembers of the “Pay-Off” shot down over Beaumont Le Roger AD on 22 Aug 43 with 1Lt Wilma T. Caldwell still at the controls. My father, Andrew Lindsay, was his copilot. Wondering if anyone is left. They flew out of Boxted that day,–he didn’t return until Feb 44 courtesy of the French Underground. Any others with knowledge of “Pay-Off” and those early weeks in England are encouraged to drop a line.

Dan Lindsay

Date:
11/19/00
Time:
3:03:40 AM

My father, Capt. Eugene Schantz, 322 Bomb Group, 449 Squadron, from Detroit, flew the B-26 on 30+ missions in Europe during WWII. I don’t know what Army group he was in – he never talked much about it. Dad passed away a few years ago and I’ve been going through his notes. He was drafted on May 8, 1941 and began flight school in December 1941. Years: 1941-1946; Location: Europe. If anyone recalls my Pop, I’d be glad to hear about it. Thanks. Craig Schantz

Date:
11/12/00
Time:
9:42:27 AM

I am Sgt.George Brienza’s grandson. He was the crew chief on the “Ollie-L”. BombGp: 387th; Squadron: 557th; Years: 1942-1945; Location: European Theatre. I’m looking for information or persons of the 557th Sq. “Keller’s Killers”. Steve Wood

Date:
11/11/00
Time:
10:54:23 PM

Squadron: 8th Tow Target Years: All Location: McChord Field, Hamilton Field, Yakima, Ephrata, Chanute Field.
My father, Bruce Wooten, trained as a commercial artist before WWII. Of course, when he was assigned to the 8th Tow target Squadron at McChord Field early in the war, he was drafted to do nose art . He did “Misty Lady” “Patty Lou” and “Bosco” that I know of. He was crew chief of “Bosco.” I have photos of all three, except that the top part of “Bosco” has faded and is indiscernible. “Bosco” was a heavily muscled cartoon man about five feet tall with the name “Bosco” in heavy black script next to him. The photo that I have is from the left side of a B-26. I would like a good photo of Bosco or any others that my dad may have done.
Paul Wooten

Date:
11/9/00
Time:
12:53:44 PM

Kathy Squadron: 394th Sig. Co. I really learned a lot on this site. My father was in the 394th Sig. Co. / 9th AFSC. I’ve been searching for photos and information, along with patches. So far, no luck with finding a patch. If anyone out there can help me find one for him, please do… Thanks a lot. Kathy from New Jersey

Date:
11/8/00
Time:
12:38:30 PM

William Whitby Email: . I’m trying to find information about my father, Harry Emerson WHITBY, stationed in Alaska/Aleutians during WWII; At least a squadron designation. He was 17 upon entering. Served from 41-45. I believe he trained in Florida and Utah (Hill AB?) before being shipped to Alaska. He was a flight mechanic/gunner. Attained the rank of sergeant. B-26 tail #135423. His unit bombed Japanese held islands like Attu, Kiska, Amchitka andParamushiro. I have a few pictures of the aircraft, crew, facilities, other aircraft. I scanned most all the messages on your site but don’t remember anything about Alaska or the Aleutian campaign. Were B-26s on Umnak, Adak, Amchitka, Shemya or elsewhere? Were they part of the 73rd Bomb Group, 28th Bomb Group, other? What squadrons were they part of? Thanks for being there! When I figure out how to put these pictures on the computer I’ll be glad to share them. Maybe someone will recognize a relative. Thanks again.

Date:
11/03/00
Time:
8:16:00 AM

I enjoyed your site…PARTICULARLY: <In the fall of 1945, a gigantic aircraft disposal operation began at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and handled the disposal of nearly 1000 surplus USAAF Marauders.> Well, guess what? I live only 40 miles from Walnut Ridge. The “Airbase” is now home to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (“Williams Baptist College”)….and there is no evidence, whatsoever, of it ever having an airplane anywhere around. I even spent 6 hours at a church pianist’s seminar there last year, and wondered what WWII activities occurred on the base. Now I know. You’d think they’d have kept at least ONE B-26…mounted it on a pedestal or something, as an entrance to the college….
–Fred Ahlborn

Date:
11/01/00
Time:
8:10:00 PM

I am building a B-26 model. I want to make it like my Grandfather’s. He was a tail-gunner. All I have is one picture (black and white). I am looking for details and proper colors. What I do know is that he was in the 9th Air Force in England. On the nose of the aircraft is LK3, the name of the airplane was “SO SORRY II”. His name was SGT. Floyd R. Monroe from Connecticut. He was the 387th Bombardment Group (M) in the 9th Air Force from May ’43 to Oct ’45, and he flew over the Battle of the Bulge. He was in a couple crashes, but the only picture I have is of the one above. I am currently on active duty in the Navy. Any ideas? I would appreciate any help.
Thanks, Bob Needham

Date:
11/01/00
Time:
6:04:00 PM

My Dad, Joe Douglas Redden, was a flight engineering and tail gunner on a B26 stationed first in north Africa, then Sardinia, and then England near the end of the war. I just wish he had lived to see the internet because he would have loved to communicate with his comrades in arms. Cancer got him in 1985. I sure feel close to him when I see the photos of the planes and crews. Really enjoyed your website. Cordially yours, Harry Gene Redden

Date:
10/28/00
Time:
8:59:00 PM

Just printed the history of the 344th. I am an aviation and automotive artist completing a painting of a 344th Marauder and like to provide a brief write-up about each subject. When completed I’ll send a jpeg. The original is a watercolor, 16 x 20. A fellow artist here in FWA was a Marauder pilot in the Med area I think. His name is Keith Freeman, don’t know units or many details. He does not talk about it and did not fly after the end of the war. He said he flew because it seemed like a better life than as a grunt. There are other Marauder pilots here, I run across them at art fairs and air shows.
Nice site…very informative. Bob Roskuski

Date:
10/27/00
Time:
12:30:00 PM

This message is posted in memory of my uncle, SSGT Albert J. Hands (radioman/waist gunner), 332nd Bomb Gp. 451st Bomb.Sq., and his fellow crewmen, who perished in the skys over Stadkyll, Germany on Jan 1 ’45. I have found the next of kin to his good friend, A.W. “Dub” Harriman (ball turret gunner), and I’m looking to contact other families of the airmen on that ship. I would like to hear from anyone else from the 451st who might have known “Al”. James “Jay” A. Hands

Date:
10/27/00
Time:
7:34:17 AM

I am looking for any information concerning Ralph Carbone and Norman Spitzer, surgeons of 17th Bomb Group – 34th Squadron in Sardinia (Italy) during WWII 1943-44. Can you help me?
Thank you very much. Potecariu Ignazio Fanni

Date:
10/24/00
Time:
9:10:09 PM

John (Jack) Prescott. BombGp: 322nd Squadron: 450th.

Great Site !!! Thanks for the dedication it takes to create this. My father was in the 322nd bg 450th sq. I saw a note posted from a Col Roland Scott…but were unable to contact by the email address given. My father is John (Jack) Prescott. If anyone should know him you may contact him at the email provided. Kathy Prescott

Date:
10/23/00
Time:
5:25:53 PM

Bernard Roberts. BombGp: 17; Squadron: 34; Years: 5; Tech Sgt. Engineer Crew Chief.

Date:
10/21/00
Time:
8:59:09 PM

My father, Herbert C. Ratcliffe was a B-26 commander for approx 80 missions in Europe. His aircraft was named (nose art) the “Jay-Walkin Molecule”. My brother and I are both ex Air Force pilots now with major airlines, and we both would love to know more about our father, his crew, and their experiences in WWII. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Ryan Ratcliffe

Date:
10/21/00
Time:
6:40:23 AM

Dick Naugle BombGp: 391st; Squadron: 575th; Years: 3; Class: 44D; Location: Frederick, OK. Also assigned to 320th BG and 442nd BS after 391st. Had Primary in Vernon, Texas, Basic in Greenville, Texas, Transition at Laughlin in Del Rio and RTU at Barksdale in Shreveport. I would like to hear from anyone who knew me at any of these training stages. We each went our own way, and I think it would be very interesting to hear about the different paths we all followed.

Date:
10/20/00
Time:
4:45:19 PM

Richard MacFarland. BombGp: 9th AF Squadron: 391st Years: 1943-45 Class: Location: McDill Field, FL

Date:
10/19/00
Time:
6:45:19 PM

Bob Burger BombGp: 320 Squadron: 441 Years: 1944-1945 Class: 4453-N Location: ELLINGTON FIELD TX.

ANY BODY OUT THERE REMEMBER ME?
Bob Burger

Date:
10/19/00
Time:
3:45:19 PM

My name is Veron Jr., avid WWII aviation buff. My father, Vern Bothwell Sr., flew 40 Missions as a B-26 Pilot with the 17th BG., 95th BS. He is still kicking and flying private but beginning to slow down. In our family archives I came across a yellowed “Proposed Citation” for him for a bombing raid on the Ciampino North Airdrome at Rome 13 JAN 44. He told me he had been put in for a decoration but never heard anything more about it. He said a lot got lost at that time because they were administratively switching from the 9th to the 12th to the 15th AF. Have heard of medals being lost and found from WWII even today. How do I follow up on something like this? I don’t have much to go on. Would like to check it out while he is still flying on earth. Thank you for any help. Vern Bothwell

Date:
10/18/00
Time:
1:17:19 PM

Hello There! I wonder if anyone can help me? I am an author/aviation historian living in England, researching flying accidents on and around The Isles & Hebrides of Scotland. On 24th June 1944, at Stornaway airdrome, Isle of Lewis, a B-26G, 43-34120 overshot the runway and crashed into a Dodge Truck. Of the 6 Crew, 2 were killed, pilot Edwin J. Smolen, 2nd Pilot Edwin Smith, and Navigator John M. Sisson died of injuries. All were 2/Lts. What I am looking for is the 3 survivors, all Sgt’s, Engineer, Walt C. McFadden; Radio OP, Phillip W. Jones; and gunner J.E.Mattison. For their accounts on the accident. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please Write David W. Earl, 25 Hanover Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 1LR. England. Many Thanks.

Date:
10/14/00
Time:
1:23:25 PM

Hello, my name is Nancy Jones. I am trying to help my neighbor find his friend when they were stationed in Ohio. They were members of the Air Corp Glidder Branch WW2. Do you know of any sites that would help me ?? I typed in all kinds of combinations of words for Glidders and nothing came up. The friend’s name is Lester Wright and his home was LA. He would be about 84 years old. I would greatly appreciate any clues you could give me. Thank you, Nancy.

Date:
10/8/00
Time:
8:48:25 PM

Thanks for a great website for the B-26. This plane is special to me because my dad worked on the B-26 at the Glen L. Martin factory in Baltimore during the war. Greg Nilsen

Date:
10/6/00
Time:
11:01:12 PM

Leroy Richard Weaver. Bomb Gp: 344 Squadron: 495. My grandfather is LR Weaver. He doesn’t utilize the email, although I am trying to get some information together for him to remember these years. If anyone remembers him, please contact me at the email address above. Even if it’s just to give me some information about this time of the war or some specifics on this bomb group or squadron, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much to anyone who took the time to acknowledge this message. God bless… Jeanann Leary, grand-daughter of a belly gunner in the B-26 Marauder.

Date:
10/05/00
Time:
9:42:15 AM

William P. Newdome Bomb Gp: 397 Squadron: 596 Years: 4 Class: 44-D Location: Del Rio, Texas. I’m sorry I couldn’t make the reunion 2 weeks ago. I’ve been to one only, but–maybe next year. Bill Newdome

Date:
10/4/00
Time:
7:45:11 PM

Sandy Coffman ( for Linden Coffman) Bomb Gp: 397 Squadron: 596 Years: 43-44. First of all, thank you for this service. I am currently trying to locate anyone who knew my father, Linden Coffman, during WWII. I put a message in before, and I need to correct and add some things. He was a flight engineer/waist gunner on two B-26 planes: his first plane was nicknamed “Uncle Bill’s Flak House” and the pilot was Lt. Flowers. Monte Gray was the tail gunner and “Corky” was the radio man. They always took along on their missions a goat nicknamed “Stinky”. A friend of Dad’s also, but not on this plane was Arthur Harris, a Flight engineer/waist gunner. Dad can’t remember the name of his second plane , but the pilot was Lt. Goodnell. Dad’s outfit broke up in Belgium. Dad was wounded and taken to a hospital in Bath, England. Dad would like to hear from anyone . Also, thank you ,Bernie, for contacting me. I haven’t forgotten …Sandy, Linden’s daughter.

Date:
10/04/00
Time:
11:37:10 AM

I grew up during WWII, come to think of it you guys did too but in other ways. Just want to thank all you “fly boys”, the Army Air Corp. Our Daughter received her wings in 1983 as a Army Rotor Wing pilot. A month after receiving her wings, the Army reinstituted the Air Corp.. Thanks from the Tucson Parks Family

Date:
9/28/00
Time:
8:15:10 PM

Marian Betmarik Mccrory bomb gp: 554? Squadron: 386th years: 42-46 location: cbi. Lee R. Betmarik, my father, looking for any info about him. His honorable discharge paper states he was with the 12th combat cargo sqdn, and a radio oper & mech aaf 2756. He passed away in Sept. 1988, in Pensacola, Florida (his home town) and is buried in Barrancus National Cemetery there. I would greatly appreciate anything about my father. Thanks

Date:
9/28/00
Time:
12:36:20 PM

Sharon Leezer. Bomb Gp: 387 Squadron: 559 Years: 43 – 44 Location: France. I am looking for any information about my father, Eckard Munsch Jr. He was called Joey by the crew. He was in the 387 Group and 559 Bomb Squadron. His plane went down on December 23, 1944 in Junkerath, Germany. I would like to know where he was stationed in France at the time and which missions he flew. The plane was called “The Front Burner 2”. I was a baby when he died and would appreciate any information. Thank you.

Date:
9/27/00
Time:
11:37:10 AM

Memorial
Milton A. Courtright X-XXX045 (B-26 Pilot) BombGp: 344 Squadron: 495 Years: ’44-’45

“Uncle Milt” passed away peacefully and painlessly in his sleep 15 Sept. 2000 at his home in Horseheads, N. Y.
Douglas Courtright (nephew)
Date:
9/26/00
Time:
2:37:10 PM

Very good site.
Would like to get in touch with former members of 344th Group, who can provide me with information about the missions flew to Arnhem on 5,6,7 October 1944 to bomb the bridges. Looking for personal accounts, photographs of crews, planes, and maybe even some take during the flight to Arnhem or the bombing. Not much know about this subject till so far, so please come forward. Greetings Philip Reinders, Arnhem Battle Research Group

Date:
9/25/00
Time:
9:51:10 PM

I am the son of Harry J. Bevan Sr., (Bomb Gp: 386 Squadron: 554) and I just want to say that I am looking for more on the B-26 Marauder. My dad flew in one called “Thumbs Up”. If I could get any response from anyone who knew of her or my dad, please contact me. Dad and I sit down on many occasions comparing his war stories with my Viet Nam stories. Dad does not own a computer, so I would love to surprise him and see if I can find something on here that will totally blow dad away. Thank you all for a job well done over there in Europe, and may God Bless you all.
Harry J. Bevan Jr.

Date:
9/23/00
Time:
9:51:10 PM

Hello. First let me say thank you for a wonderful site! I’m trying to find as much info on my grandfather as possible. His name was Paul Rieth and I think he was in the 397th although I don’t know which bomb sqdn. I don’t know where to begin looking? Thank you, Jonathan Rieth

Date:
9/16/00
Time:
8:18:10 PM

To Clyde Harkins, thank you for the look into the past so I can see some of my father’s pictures from the War. Steve Malec (son of Chester J. Malec)

Date:
9/16/00
Time:
7:18:10 PM

Would like to hear from anyone knowing about 397th Bomb Group, 596th Squadron. My father, Linden Coffman, was a tail gunner in this Squadron. He has not been to any reunions as he has just recently been able to talk about the war . He lovingly remembers the men he flew with . Thank you. Sandy Coffman

Date:
9/14/00
Time:
12:14:10 AM

Just an admirer. was part of 509theSMS at Whitman AFB (minuteman program-launch officer) and flew 4 years on the E3A and 4 years on the EC-130 ABCCC (flew 20 combat support missions in Desert Storm – 500 hours total in 7 months of Desert Shield/Storm. crew briefs in huts looked just like film of same thing in W.W.II Europe. not comparing my experience to that in any way just that it does provide a perspective some other interested parties might not have. could look out of a/c at AAA fire going up into sky even if not meant for our a/c and was target of incoming scuds. no claim to being a hero just an airman/soldier that served 20 years and through the gulf war as a proud member of our military forces. the 5 years as a member of SAC was certainly worth the ride if nothing else had ever happened. my hat goes off to men who flew the skies anytime and anywhere in W.W.II and certainly to those who were associated with the B-26. Chuck Shorter

Date:
9/06/00
Time:
9:11:10 AM

My father was a crew member in B-26s during world war two and I would like to find specific information regarding crews, missions, awards, etc. His name was Joseph Douglas Jenkinson, he was a radio operator and top turret gunner in the 320th B.G. 443rd Bomb SQDR. I believe he was based out of France and flew 44 combat missions. I would also like information on WWII Aviation Art, specifically the B-26. I have his discharge paperwork so I can provide more information if needed. My father has passed away, and I am trying to compile both our military histories for my own enjoyment. I am a retired Army Aviator. Scott C. Jenkinson.

Date:
9/05/00
Time:
5:45:10 PM

My father was Maurice O’Reilly, who piloted a B-26 Marauder during World War II. He died in 1995, but I’d love to hear from anyone out there who knew him in training or during the war. I’ve gotten some great information and photos from “Dub”‘ Mills in Texas, who was his radio operator during training, but if there’s more, please pass it on. Dave O’Reilly

Date:
9/03/00
Time:
7:03 PM

Douglas Wolfe . I graduated with class 42G. A SINGLE ENGINE SCHOOL. WE HAD THE CHOICE OF SINGLE OR TWIN ENGINE. Many of my classmate in basic at cal aero went to twin engine schools in California. I flew in Sarasota (38 and many of my friends flew out of Tampa. I know that many lost their lives before combat.)

Date:
8/31/00
Time:
10:50:10 PM

BombGp: 387th Squadron: 558th Years: 1944-1945
My grandpa was in a B-26 he was tail gunner/radio operator he was in these campaigns Central Europe Rhineland Ardennes looking for anybody who knew this men who was in the crew with my grandpa Lt. K.J. Young, Lt. A.L. Blackwell, Lt. C.?. Wetzel, Sgt H.Y. McGuire, S/Sgt. G.E. Noldan

Date:
8/26/00
Time:
8:25:10 PM

Jack Sturges Jones 2nd Lt. I am his daughter. My Dad was in the 391st.group. He flew 65 missions from Dec.1943 to Dec 1945. He trained at MacDill, FL and then went to Godman field in Fort Knox. Other members of the crew were Lamer Sellers, Shorty Elgeston and Mark Hopkins. On one side of the plane was written “Smoky’s Coach” and on the other side was written ” Righteos Jones”. The plane’s tail # was 334144. My Dad died in 1972, I think of him everyday and would really like to hear from anyone that also remember him.

Date:
8/10/00
Time:
10:32:21 PM

My name is John Gregg, I was a 1st Lt. instructor pilot with the B-26 (Dodge City) in 1944 until Spring of 45. I got my wings in Lubbock, TX Class of 44D. I would love to hear from anyone who might know me. I’m from Pittsburgh, PA., now living in Tryon, North Carolina. Best Regards, John Gregg

Date:
8/8/00
Time:
10:54:21 PM

Hello my name is George H. Heller, son of Herman C. Heller who was a ground mechanic for the 452nd bomb squadron based in England. I’m not sure of the date that they arrived there but I know that they preceded the planes arrivals to the airfield. My dad is now 80 years old and very active. He keeps up on the old years as an air mechanic. He belongs to the Ninth Air Force Association, Inc. and goes to their reunions. I think he would like to hear from you.

Date:
8/6/00
Time:
9:04:31 PM

I am Col. Roland B Scott, pilot of the 450th Sqdn 322 nd Bomb Gp. I led the first B-26 mission, low level, on 14 May 43. Got all shot up but we hit our target. To my old Sqdn Mates: Greetings.

Date:
8/6/00
Time:
5:07:18 PM

My dad was with the 342-17 bomb squadron. After his death this month, I began looking through his records and photos. Dad didn’t talk much about the war at all. But I wish now I would have asked more questions. I know he flew 74 missions, 62 combat, I have a list of all the missions he flew. Some of the planes were named sweet sue, the wolves, the widow maker, and sis. Some of the names in the photos were Jack Grimes, Richard Dunlap, Eugune Grubb, Burt Crossman, Bob Colling, Richard Fields, Kennith Cox, Sam Furman, David Croker, Webb, M M Wallace, RB Carothers, LE Lellmon, Boley, Barton, Pratt. Wallace. It would really be nice to be able to visit with someone that knew my dad, and flew with him.

Date:
8/5/00
Time:
1:57:33 PM

Great site! Thanks for sharing it with everyone interested in B-26 Marauders. My father’s brother Jack Eskenazi flew over 65 combat missions as a bombardier in B-26’s before being shot down over Germany and taken POW. He was a member of the 386th bomb group, 553rd squadron. If any other crew members of “Dinah Might” are interested in contacting Jack, please email me. Thanks, Drew Eskenazi

Date:
7/30/00
Time:
12:17:24 AM

Hello. My name is Ralph Segura from New Orleans. I was on the ground crew of a B-26 Marauder in England, France, and Holland. I was in the 387th Group, 559th Squadron from July 1943 to the end of the “Big One”. Is there anyone out there from the old 387/559th Group/Squadron ? I would like to hear from you. Raphael F. Segura, Sr. (age 83 and still kicking strong !!)

Date:
7/26/00
Time:
12:06:04 PM

My grandpa, Sgt. John Frank Montoya, was in the 558th bomb sq. He was a radio operator, mechanic and gunner. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. If you know any thing about my grandpa please tell me.

Date:
7/26/00
Time:
10:32:46 PM

My name is Frank P. Carrozza I flew 65 missions out of Stansted England and Pontoise (Courmeille) France. My fourth and fifth missions were on D-day June 6, 1944 under orders from Col. Vance. I was part of the 344th bomb group, 495 bomb squadron. My commanding officer at that time was Capt. Lucius D. Clay Jr. I have a complete diary of my missions including locations, bomb load, flak intensity, fighter escort, and other comments. My crew included Pilot Robert Shephard, Copilot Harold Aiken, Engr/Gunner Thomas E. Inglet, Radio/Gunner Frank P. Carrozza (Goomba), Tail Gunner Donald Ramsey, Nav/Bomb. Norman Carlson (killed in action) Replaced by Togglier ?. I subscribe to the Milk Run. If you know of the whereabouts of any of the above or if you are interested in the diary or any of the above write:  Frank P. Carrozza

Date:
7/26/00
Time:
3:01:43 PM

George A. Flemming, Flight Engineer 386th, 555th Group. Looking for anyone with pictures or surviving personnel from this group.

Date:
7/21/00
Time:
6:47:41 PM

Cpl. David Friedman. Getting old and says Hello to all, Good Luck to All. Contact via Web, through son Terry Friedman.

Greetings,
386 Bomb Group
555 Squad, Yellow Tails
Thank You, Terry L Friedman

Date:
7/20/00
Time:
8:58:53 PM

Cpl. David Friedman. Getting old and says Hello to all, Good Luck to All. Contact via Web, through son Terry Friedman
Greetings 386 Bomb Group 555 Squad, Yellow Tails. Thank You, Terry L Friedman (Thank you)

Date:
7/17/00
Time:
2:21:37 AM

Henry Ambroskiewicz Cpl 397 group 597 squadron. Hi, I am a former mechanic, I’m looking to contact any other member of this squadron. I would like to track down some old buddies.

Date:
7/15/00
Time:
1:13:28AM

Hello: My name is JoAnn Mallon and my father was a B-26 pilot. He flew 65 missions in Europe and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters. We recently lost him and I have been trying to find out more about the B-26. His name was Joseph T. Garland. He was a 1st Lt. I am very good friends with retired General David E. Baker who was a pilot and served in Viet Nam. He told me that the reason so little is said about the B-26 is that it was a very dangerous plane. I thank you for this site as it told me more about what my Dad did along with all of you to save our country. I would love to hear from all or any of the people who flew this plane. Thank you. JoAnn

Date:
8/21/00
Time:
10:36:48 PM

Hi, my name is James Getchell, my uncle Edgar A. Beal was a gunner on the B-26 Marauder. He was killed 18 April 1945 on a bombing mission over Schussenried, Germany. He was in the 443 SQ. I don’t know much on details or the crew he flew with. If anybody has information would sure like to here from you.

Date:
8/21/00
Time:
10:31:31 PM

Hi to fellow buddies. I am Bill Norris from the 386th 553rd squadron and flew on the “Sexation”. You can reach me through my daughter’s email address.

Date:
7/4/00
Time:
4:03:11 PM

Greetings to all B-26 crews from Raphael F. Segura, Sr. B-26 mechanic with the 559th Squadron, 387th Group.

Date:
7/1/00
Time:
4:45:54 PM

344th BG, 494th BS, March 8th 1944

1st Lt. George E. Bair, Bombardier.
S/Sgt. Lewis O. Thompson, Radio/Gunner.
S/Sgt. Edward J. Powell, Armourer/Gunner.
Captain. Jack W. Miller, Pilot.
2nd Lt. Linwood G. Brooks, Co-Pilot.
1st Lt. James A. Hudson, Bombardier.
S/Sgt. Abraham B. Butler Jr., Engineer/Gunner.
S/Sgt. George D. McMannamy, Radio/Gunner.
S/Sgt. W.J. Summers, Armourer/Gunner.

Many Thanks,
Colin Wingrave
Essex, England

Date:
6/24/00
Time:
10:55:30 AM

My grandfather was on B26 in France. He was in the Bretagne’s group of the FFL. He was radio in the B26 n°28 or 29.

Francois Lebreau petit fils de l’ adjudant chef Léon Lebreau.

Date:
6/18/00
Time:
11:05:31 AM

This Weekend was B-26 Marauder in Dübendorf (CH-Zurich) between a Fly-meeting. together with other Models (B-17 / B-25 ) and I had on my life the first time see one, that with 37 my age. It was wonderful to see life fling to hear the twin Motors. A really big graduations for this plane and for them where this Constuktors. Take off more B-26 ! Duner Christian Luzern / Switzerland

Date:
6/16/00
Time:
4:44:29 PM

My father, Jackson Read, called Jack, was in the 9th Air Force and flew a B-26 out of a base north of Paris in the fall of ’44 and spring of 45. He flew 38 missions. He went on to serve in Korea and headed up an operation called Red Horse in Vietnam. His brother Charles H. W. Read, called Wick, was bomber pilot, although certainly not of B-26’s, who died on a mission over North Vietnam in 1968. My Dad has been gone for 11 years now, and I still regret not talking to him more about his war experience. He, like most of his generation, wasn’t talkative about what he accomplished when he was such a young man. If anyone knew my dad, I would very much appreciate hearing from them. Susannah Lyle.

Date:
6/16/00
Time:
1:03:59 PM

My father-in-law, Norman J. Miller was a pilot in the 449th/322nd during World War II. He is still alive and well in So. Calif. Would like to find out more about him and his unit during the war. He is reluctant to talk about his WW II service, but with four young grandsons I think it is important to understand the many sacrifices made by our service men and women during the war. Although he does not have e-mail, I can provide a connection. Thanks

Date:
6/14/00
Time:
5:03:46 PM

My Dad is a war hero. His name is George Walish and he flew 23 missions over Germany in a Martin B-26 Marauder with the 387th Bomb Group, 558th Bomb Squadron. I showed him this site as part of is Fathers Day gift and I hope he meets other who served with him. You are all heroes. George Walish & Geralyn Walish

Date:
6/12/00
Time:
9:12:36 PM

My uncle, Albert Wayne Wells, was one of the original members of the 387th Bomb Group, 556th Bomb Squadron. He was a co-pilot on James E. Anderson’s crew and later got his own plane. “Shootin’In” was his plane I believe. Does anyone remember him or have any additional information on him? I would love to hear from you! Also, he was in cadet class 43-B. Thanks, Joe Wells

Date:
6/11/00
Time:
5:48:10 PM

In Memory of S/Sgt Francis Sieck Tail Gunner On “LiL Jan” and “BlueBeard” 322nd Bomb Grp 451st Bomb Sqdn. Later transferred to 397th Bomb Grp. 597th Sqdn. Any info on my Dad, the planes, Bomb Groups and Squadrons

Date:
6/9/00
Time:
2:00:23 AM

My family is from MD. I grew up with my Grandfather telling me stories about Martin’s and the B26’s. It turned out my best friends uncle worked on the 26’s also. My Uncle was a gunner in the 8th Air Force, mostly 17’s. I came upon this site, dwelling on his impending death (cancer) and memories of my grandfather. Great Job Thanks for the Memories

Date:
6/4/00
Time:
10:18:13 PM

My father, Clyde Donald Chaney, was a co-pilot on a B-26. He flew from Brazil to North Africa, from there the crew flew on to England-They arrived on June 5, 1944. My father was asked by the base commander how they had gotten on to the base because it was closed. My father soon found out why-OPERATION OVERLORD. My father flew at 500 ft. over Normandy dropping bombs. Later during the Battle of the Bulge his plane was sent up despite the foggy weather. A mid air collision occurred with another plane. My father’s chute opened as his feet hit the ground. Everyone on the plane survived. He became a member of the “Caterpillar Club”- because of the use of his chute. My father is still living, 78 years old and works everyday. I am very proud of him.

Date:
6/3/00
Time:
11:52:22 AM

My grandpa, Sgt. John Frank Montoya, was in the 558th bomb sq. He was a radio operator, mechanic and gunner. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. If you know any thing about my grandpa please tell me.

Date:
5/30/00
Time:
9:44:46 PM

On my 33rd mission, January 25,1945, with the 387th, 558th, we were hit by flak. My pilot Robert Taylor maintained control long enough for me to leave the nose and make it to the rear to bail out. Bobby went down with the plane. I became a POW. I have no idea what ever happened to the other crew members. Edward Kennedy

Date:
5/28/00
Time:
1:21:38 AM

My father is Thomas W Deering. He flew in WW II and Korea. I’m ashamed to admit my ignorance. I know he flew B-26’s but am not sure when. It would be great if anyone remembers him and could contact me to put them in touch with him. It would make a great Father’s Day gift. He is a true American Hero.

Date:
5/26/00
Time:
7:49:56 AM

Fr: Larry Medina Waipahu High School Alumni C/O ’90

Thought you might find this interesting. Our high school overlooks Pearl Harbor, and with pride running high during those first moments of WWII, our school body decided on a mascot to rally support for our armed forces — the mascot chosen was a B-26 Marauder! Our high school is still known as the Marauders, but the mascot has changed. Instead of a B-26, it’s now a pirate. The B-26 legacy lives on…

Date:
5/25/00
Time:
1:26:45 PM

My grandfather Kenneth Paul Dougherty flew the B26 in World War II. I am hoping to find anyone that knows anything about a General Holzapple. I left the military to come home and care for him and am a former ground crew member on the B-1 Bomber. It is very important to my grandfather to thank General Holzapple and as he has failing health I hope to even find a family member. I will add all information on Squadrons and places he served as soon as I can. I have a picture of his B-26 and ground crew I will try to post it here as well. Hope to hear from someone and get him excited. Gina Evans hooraah! Crew Dogs.

Date:
5/24/00
Time:
10:18:42 PM

My brother was in the ground crew for Flak-Bait in the 449th Bomb Sqdrn. He lives and breathes B-26 Marauders. Would like to hear from anyone with any information about the 449th Bomb Squadron. Bill

Date:
5/24/00
Time:
4:22:36 PM

My name is Van Moody. I served in the Pacific Campaign and in Korea in late 1945. The B26 was one of my favorite air craft. If any one wishes to contact me…

Date:
5/21/00
Time:
6:11:44 PM
Lt. Frank McKeown, Bombardier-Navigator arrived Chipping Ongar February 1944. Crashed at Chateaudun, France, October 4, l944. Like to hear from comrades.

ATTENTION: Frank McKeown. Earl Seagars, your Pilot, wants to talk with you.

After 60 years, successfully reunited in 2002

Date:
5/18/00
Time:
6:42:42 PM

Great site. My grandfather, Captain Torolf “Cap” Bylund, flew the B-26 in WWII in the 17th Bomb Group based in Dijon, France. Sadly he passed away in October 1999. I will miss him. Did anyone know him or anything about his aircraft?
Evan Rosenzweig

Date:
5/15/00
Time:
12:14:16 PM

Philip G Blair, Pilot/Co-Pilot, 387th BG, 558 Sqdn. Aug 43 to Aug 44.

Date:
5/11/00
Time:
9:26:15 AM

My dad was a gunner on a B-26 in WWII in Korea. I believe he served in the 17th bomb squadron. M.Wade

Date:
5/5/00
Time:
11:55:29 PM

Greetings from the Garden State! My father was in the 9th USAAF, 322nd Bomb group. He was not a flyer, but has always spoken highly of the B-26 and their crews. God bless all the veterans and their families! George Falkowski Scotch Plains, NJ

Date:
5/1/00
Time:
1:04:04 PM

Hi All~ My brother was a crew member on B-26’s. He was trained at Barksdale Air Force base and shipped to North Africa. His name is Ray Fletcher, sorry I don’t have any information about units, but I was very young. If any of you have records about the crews that may have this name attached to them please let me know. Thanks.

Date:
4/29/00
Time:
2:45:57 PM

Regards from the 444th bomb squadron, of the 319th bomb group, 12th Air Force stationed on Sardinia 1943-44.
-Stan Morgenstern, First Lieutenant, Pilot of the “Brinah”, #99

Date:
4/25/00
Time:
10:36:36 PM

Lt. John W. Meany pilot with 386, 387, 323, gps.

Date:
4/23/00
Time:
11:42:31 PM

I am looking for information, my uncle was a crewman on a B26 lost flying from Decimomannu Airdrome, Sardinia on a bombing mission to the Marshalling Yards at Arezzo, Italy 26th November 1943. Three B26 went down 30 minutes out (believed to have been a midair). His name was Ssgt Joseph P. HIGGINS 36316796. If anyone knew him or could help me find out more about his service please contact me. My dad didn’t know much to pass on about him as he was in the Pacific throughout the war. Thanks to all of you who served the country.

Date:
4/16/00
Time:
10:08:25 PM

I am so grateful to you for this site. Since my posting, I have received incredible information about my father and what his life was like as a Crew Chief on the B-26 in WWII. Thank you Thank you Thank you……May all good blessings be known to you and your kin.

Date:
4/16/00
Time:
9:08:27 PM

My father flew 66 missions as a tail gunner in the B-26. He was assigned to the 323BG, 455BS at Matching Green. Would like to hear from anyone with info on the 455BS. His plane was The Bird Dog Special. My father’s is Walter R. (Bob) Hansen. P.T. Hansen T/Sgt (Ret) USAF

Date:
4/8/00
Time:
8:35:36 PM

I have more time as an instructor and combat pilot in this aircraft than anyone alive. Lt. Col. Lawrence Jack Hunter USAF Res. Ret.

Date:
3/31/00
Time:
11:45 AM

Greetings, I have inherited some B-26 artifacts that have been in storage and not seen since the owner Gene Jones (Sayer Ok) was KIA. It looks like Gene was assigned to 451 St bomb squdrn. APO 638 NY.

Photos I have include a Graduation photo in front of a hanger and a b26, field photo of b26 “MISSED HER PERIOD II” and some photos of his friends and classmates including: Funk and Grubsner, Van Able, Noel and others, Stinkie and Van Able and Fulk (noted “my instructor”).

If anyone is related to any of these personnel, and can provide proof, please contact me if you would like to view the photos. Robert C. Scarbrough

Date:
3/21/00
Time:
8:48:50 PM

Joe Shouse looking for the 387th BG home page.

You’ve found it.

Date:
3/21/00
Time:
10:21:50 AM

I was a crew member on a B-26 in Korea. 3rd Bomb Wing- Kunsan, Korea – “Home of the Invaders”. The B-26 was a fine aircraft and did its job in World War 2 – Korea – Indo-China and Vietnam. BOB LEMONS U.S.A.F.

Date:
3/19/00
Time:
9:08:07 PM

I am looking for information on a Jack Halon and his aircraft which was a B-26 Called the Green Hornet. Jack did 69 missions over Germany and was killed on his 70th mission during a mid-air collision. If you have any pictures of the aircraft please forward them to me. Thanks, Wayne Appling

Date:
3/19/00
Time:
5:09:36 AM

I was raised on stories of my Father’s favorite plane – the B26. My father, William Thomas Stavely, was a crew chief, and he tried to provide me with his expertise. It soon became apparent that in order to be proud of my father, I needed to understand her ways. Please provide me with any information you may have about her.

Date:
3/19/00
Time:
4:36:11 AM

I apologize that the person I am asking about was not in the 387th, rather from his recollection his group was the 397th, 597th squadron. He was a crew chief and inordinately proud of it. He was my Father, and he taught me to fly both in airplanes and in life. In his words, “I could not fly the planes, I could only keep them from falling.” My dear Father did teach me to fly, and then died peacefully in his sleep on an early morning in March 1994. I would love so much anyone who would be willing to tell me about what it was like for my Father in England/France/Italy. Wherever ya’ll were at that time between 42 and 45. I would be so appreciative of anyone taking the time to describing to me what it was like servicing or flying the B-26 “One a day in Tampa Bay” aircraft. Thank you.
b26.com web site is dedicated to any one who had anything to do with the B26 plane.

Date:
3/12/00
Time:
8:30:23 PM
Comments: My name is Bradley, and my grandfather (William Henry Kroner) was a tailgunner on a B-26 in the Pacific. I am looking for groups who served there, and possibly, try to find some crewmembers who are still alive that may have served with him. I know very little about his service, and only know that he was in Australia, I think, and may be New Zealand. He was hit by Japanese fighter plane fire on a mission, and subsequently taken from service and had to have one lung removed, and part of the other taken out too, .30 cal fire is hard on the body. He didn’t like to talk about his experiences so now I am left trying to piece together what I can. I am looking for anyone who can help me find my grandfather’s service history. I am in the service myself, active duty US Coast Guard. Thank you in advance for your help! Brad

Date:
3/7/00
Time:
10:38:40 AM

Hi. I am Chris Waller. My Dad flew B-26 Marauders with the RAF in Italy in 1945 with the Balkan Air Force – 39 squadron. Chris Waller

Date:
3/6/00
Time:
5:57:55 PM

Hello, I am working on a textbook 10 grade and have been trying to find a picture showing the D Day Armada in the British Isle’s loading equipment into the large carriers…do you have a source for such a picture? Many thanks, Paula Dailey, National Geographic School Publishing

Date:
3/2/00
Time:
12:01:16 AM

I am looking for anyone that knew the crew of, or has information regarding B-26B, No.41-31669, 387th BG, 558th BS. This aircraft was hit by flak on June 15, 1944 and forced to ditch in the Channel with the loss of the following three members of the 558th.

The Pilot: 1st Lt. Jack McHenry; Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. James M. Jack; Radio-Gunner: S/Sgt. Dominic A. Gelormo.

Survivors: Eng.-Gunner: Sgt. Alexander Malash & Tail Gunner: S/Sgt. Warren C. Schriver, were picked up by a British Destroyer.

I would like to know more about the individuals in this crew, and gain a better understanding of the objectives, situation, and activity of the squadron at that time. Thank you, Rich Witt

Date:
2/19/00
Time:
3:04:38 PM

I was fooling around with the Internet and I ran into you guys. I flew in Korea during 1953 and it seems that some of the guests are looking for some information about family members and friends. I belong to a group of 26 flyers from W.W.II and Korea. There is a paper put out several times a year and a yearly reunion which changes location every year. If anyone wants to get any information about the club just write to 17th Bomb Group/Wing Reunion Association. I myself have never been able to attend one of these meetings as I am still working and most of the time I find myself outside the country. I am working in Campeche, Mexico. Antonio Gandara.

Date:
2/19/00
Time:
1:30:23 AM

Mentioning the AA gunners should be included whenever the B-26 Marauder groups are discussed. They provided airfield defense during the war and close to the end of W.W.II were absorbed into those B-26 groups and squadrons. It was reported that the 696th CA Btry AA AW went through the entire 8 campaigns without losing anyone, however, the 693rd lost half of it’s men in the harbor during the Sicily operation when a German bomb went down the hatch of a LST. They lost approximately half of their 78 men. Sincerely, James W. Perry SSG (Ret), US Army Reserve

Date:
2/18/00
Time:
9:53:45 PM

A long time friend of our family, Ernnie Kiss, was a B-26 pilot during WWII in the ETO and was an avid camera nut who took tons of pics during missions. I worked for him in his printing business in Oceanside, Calif. in the late 60’s after I returned from serving with the USAF. He showed me boxes of pics he took back then, along with numerous actual B-26 recruiting war posters he had collected. I’m sorry to say he passed away a few years ago. I have always wondered of those pics of his have ever showed up for public viewing. His widow and son still run his printing business, North Country Printers in Oceanside, Calif. Ernnie was a great friend and one hellava human being and I’m proud to have had the honor of knowing him and his family. Frank Parnell Michigan, USA

Date:
2/15/00
Time:
8:32:17 PM

My Dad, Marcel Boisvert served in WW2 in a b26 marauder. He recently died of Emphysema. He was a great man. He flew many missions over Germany, and the stories flowed while we sat together. His entire crew -1 died when returning from a mission bombing Germany. He was a radio man and a gunner. One particular mission he was supposed to go on he had an abscessed tooth. Because of this, he was not allowed to fly, and I was allowed to be born. That was the day his buddies died. I am not sure of his unit, but I will find out and post again. God bless America. Thanks Dad.

Date:
2/13/00
Time:
12:28:14 PM

Antonio Gandara
95th Bomb Squadron K-9 Gunner

Date:
2/11/00
Time:
11:38:37 AM

Lew A. Guernsey aka “Red”, 394th B.G, 586th Sqn. Cambrai France Tail gunner on 1/Lt. Eber Arnold’s (KIA) crew. We were shot down on 22 Mar 45 over Haltern Germany, the three gunners got out the rest didn’t, it was a sad day.

Lewis Guernsey

Date:
2/4/00
Time:
7:32:46 PM

HEROLD BURK – HELLO!

Date:
2/4/00
Time:
3:23:18 AM

Thanks. My Dad flew 68 missions in the 387th, 556th Squadron out of Chipping Ongar, England from Aug. 1942 to Nov. 1944. He was T/Sgt. Burl Thompson, and his plane was, “TABASCO”. Would love to hear from people who were either in the 556th or 387th, or had relatives who were. Ken Thompson

Date:
2/3/00
Time:
1:14:17 PM

Thank you for this great site. My dad, Robert M. Sherman, was a navigator/bombardier with the 387th BG, 556th BS, and a navigator with the 1st Pathfinder Sqdn. Jeff Sherman

Date:
2/1/00
Time:
11:56:44 PM

My father-in-Law, Hugh Luterick, was a bombardier with the 569th(?). I am not sure of that squadron number, but the aircraft was designated with yellow stripes on the tail, and I believe their mascot was a frog. Every time I visit I love to hear the stories of the missions he flew. I love the man. Anyway, If any airmen out there are familiar with this particular squadron, or know of any links, I would be grateful. Thank you for your service to this country.

Date:
1/28/00
Time:
3:43:21 PM

In 1953 while I was still in the USAF Cadet program, one Bob Malaney, a B-26 pilot, and family friend, then a USAF Captain gave me a pair of large gold Second Lieutenant Bars and an insignia for my dress hat. I wore them and especially the hat insignia for twenty years. The Air Force had reduced the size of this emblem some time in the fifties. I took a lot of ribbing and flax for wearing this emblem because it stuck up over the top of my hat. I must add that I wore it very proudly. Thanks Bob. Mike Powers, Major USAF, Retired Member 8th TFW, Ubon, 497th TFS, Nite Owls, F-4C, D, & E’s

Date:
1/28/00
Time:
11:51:03 AM

I am a 30 yr. aircraft mechanic with experience on airplanes from the Convair 240 to the SR71, the only combat aircraft (flying actual missions, the F4D,E and OV10A. I am cursed with aviation fever, and have been focusing on the B26 recently. I would like to obtain information such as diaries or books on aircraft maintenance during WW2, especially maintenance on tactical aircraft that had to follow the front. I hope that this has already been thoroughly documented. Any such material, including photos, would be appreciated. Regards, Steve

Date:
1/27/00
Time:
6:15:03 PM

Could anyone provide me with info on the 90th Station Complement Squadron (Special). Constituted on 25 Oct 1943 and assigned/supported 9th AF HQ–27 Nov 43 – 15 Nov 45. Stations: Camp Griffiths, England 28 Oct 43, Ascot (Sunninghill Park), England 11 Nov 43, Chantilly, France 26 Sep 44, Bad Kissingen, Germany 6 Jun – 15 Nov 45. Thank you, SSgt Jack Waid 90 LSS (Used to be the 90th Station Complement Squadron) F. E. Warren AFB

Date:
1/27/00
Time:
2:59:49 PM

I notice that most of the people on this site are the air crews. As a member of the 906th Air Engineers Squadron, 486 Air Service Group in England And Europe we serviced the planes these brave men flew. When the planes came from the US they were equipped with Armour plate for the instruments, we removed this plate and made seats for the pilots and crew from it, this made more sense. Chester H. Hanson

Thank you, Chester. Uncle Bob told me that without the Engineers, he would have never made it. This site is for everybody that had anything to do with the B-26.

Date:
1/24/00
Time:
10:16:01 PM

I’m am looking for information on my grandfather. He was a crewman on the B-26 (We Can’t Miss Victory). If anyone knew S/Sgt. Eric C Peterson . Any information would be helpful. As for this site, I think it is great the men are remembered well past there generation.

Date:
1/23/00
Time:
4:18:07 PM

I am Bob Witty 344th Bomb Group (Colonel Robert Witty, USAF Retired) and if I can be of any help to you subscribers wanting info. Now retired (thoroughly!). Writing a weekly column for the Tryon Daily Bulletin. Better hurry (I’m 85).

Date:
1/22/00
Time:
2:29:23 PM

Well done site, keep up the good work.
Robert S. Paukert’ Lt. Col. USAF. Ret.

Date:
1/21/00
Time:
4:48:48 PM

I am trying to find details of a 387th bg marauder that crashed near Ringwood England July-august 1944 whilst the group were operating out of Stoney Cross airfield, the engines of this aircraft were recovered 2 years ago and are now displayed, any details would be most helpful. Pete

Date:
1/20/00
Time:
1:20:15 AM

Your web-site is very nice. My grandfather Johnny Lopez, flew with the 9th Air Force, 397th Bomb Group 598th bomb squadron. He flew a plane called “Little Peedoff.” He is has been trying to locate Captin E.P. Richardson.

Date:
1/15/00
Time:
12:10:47 PM

Nice site. Great a/c and we need to know about the crews who served above and beyond. Retired co-worker was tail gunner in North Africa. 52 missions: Jim Keyes. Keep ’em Flyin’! Dave Matteson

Date:
1/10/00
Time:
11:44:09 PM

My husbands father, S/Sgt Robert G. Hargrove, 397thBG 598th SQ was KIA 17 June 1944, “somewhere in England.” All of this valuable information should never be lost. I know I am just one of millions who appreciate all that you have and are now doing. In my search for answers I thank you. Marlene Hargrove

Date:
1/1/00
Time:
5:32:14 PM

John J. Moran Piloted 63 missions in the B-26 Marauder. Would like to hear from anyone who knew him or his crewmembers. He was in the 9th, 344th. I have pictures of him with 2 planes, “Ill Wind” and “The Passion Pit.”
Thank you for reading this. D. Moran