Year 2001

Date:
12/31/2001
Time:
6:23:43 PM

Robert Wentz BombGp: 344 Squadron: 495 Years: 3/44 to 11/44 Class: 11/43 Location: Amarillo, Texas, Engineer Gunner Completed 65 missions serving in the European Theater. Flew in B 26 Lak-A-Of-Nookie & Sleepy Time Gal. Glad to hear from others to compare notes. Please identify self by B26 along with e mail handle. Looking for Jim Reeves from Atlanta, Georgia. He served in 391st bomb group 94 and/or 97th. Please let me know if anyone knows him and what happened with him.

Date:
12/29/2001
Time:
10:45:21 AM

Rene Georgin BombGp: 386 Squadron: 555 Years: 1944. I am French and I live at Compiegne(oise) close to Rethondes where a B26 named “Yankee Guerilla” crashed at October 5, 1944. If you have some pictures and the whole history about this plane and the crew please send me these! Thank you for your help! René.

Date:
12/28/2001
Time:
1:09:31 AM

Robert Figueroa BombGp: 322 Squadron: 449 Years: 43-45. My father, Robert Figueroa, was a bomb/nav. Many of his 24 missions were aboard the famed ‘Flak Bait’. Dad is now 77 and would like to hear from anyone that may have been associated with him while he was stationed in Beauvais France and Belgium. Dad has many old pictures and scrapbooks from the war. Many of the pictures and articles mention names which I have seen on this wonderful website. If anyone would like to contact us, please feel free to do so. Thank you to all who served to make our lives better. Michael

Date:
12/27/2001
Time:
11:26:01 PM

Warren M. Grymes Years: 43/46. I was not a flyer in ww2 but did work at the Glenn L. Martin plant from 4/39 until 8/41. I worked in the extrusion dept at first and was later transferred to the main machine shop in A building where I worked on the largest Cincinnati Milling machine there and had the distinct pleasure to make parts for the first B 26 bombers to roll off the line.The first 15 were sent to Dayton Ohio for testing and while there they discovered that the nose wheel would not turn sharp enough for some of the narrow landing strips they would be operating out of. The gear were sent back to Martin’s and I modified them.

Date:
12/27/2001
Time:
3:08:09 PM

Kenneth Coney BombGp: 443 Squadron: 320 Years: ’42 – ’44. Thanks for the site. My father, Winslow S. Coney, who died suddenly without warning at his home in NYC, in 1993 was a Marauder veteran. I visited him for a week about a month before he died. There were no indications his time was short. He was an aircombat photographer and a waist gunner. He was a Tech Sgt. when discharged. He served in North Africa and Italy. He was transferred stateside before D Day and finished out his tour of duty in the Southwest. According to his DD 214 he earned several bronze stars and DFCs in seldom spoken of places like Tunisia. Sadly he never volunteered much about his WW2 experiences, and I was too unknowing when young to ask him. When I was older I spent the last 22 years of his life living 5 states away building my own family and had no idea how short the time was getting. He had many photographs taken during WW2 and a few souveineers. Most of his belongings from that period were kept in boxes, in a rarely opened closet. Back in the late 70s and the ear! ly 80s he gave some of the photographs to someone (S. Rowan?) in a then new Marauder association that was starting up in Florida. I am ashamed to admit that I don’t even know the name of his plane, or any his fellow crew members, nor anything about any of his missions except the one at Casino. He used to tell my mom and I that when he got on the plane for the Casino mission he had blond hair. When he landed the hair was white. That is about all I know of his WW2 experiences. Most of his belongings were lost to burglars before I learned of his death. I remember the emblem of the pygmy with the blowgun on an old leather jacket with many tiny bombs painted on it. Someone took that and the photos, the cameras, the old K-bar, the Zeiss binoculars, etc. If you served with him and know the name of his plane or crew members I would appreciate the information.

Date:
12/25/2001
Time:
10:08:14 PM

Louis Salvati BombGp: 320 Squadron: 443 Years: 3. I am looking for Tauno O. Brooks. If Tauno reads this posted message, or anybody has any information on how to contact Tauno, please e-mail me at the above location. Thank you.

Date:
12/25/2001
Time:
11:47:02 AM

John J. McGrail BombGp: Squadron: RAF Ferry Years: 1940-1945 Class: Location: St Hubert/Dorval Canada. Was Navigator(astro) and Radio officer (civilian) from December1940. Operated under following banners CPA Air service/BMAP/ATFERO/RAF Ferry Command/RAF Transport command/RAF45 group– Flown aircrew 13 different types aircraft including B26 from Florida to El Alamain (Egypt)September 1942. B24 from Calif. to Australia March 1942 ETC ETC Old Crock now, age 88 Yrs. Good Luck John J. McGrail

Date:
12/23/2001
Time:
8:58:54 PM

Lt. James Michael (AKA Mike) Sweeney BombGp: 322 Squadron: 451 Years: 1942-1944. I am Charles B Jonson and Mike Sweeney was my uncle. He was a pilot in the ETO. According to my mother he flew 68 combat missions. His squadon’s war diary reports his death on Aug 6th of 1944 as the result of attempting to land his riddled ship. Mike was a star football player at Texas U. in 40 and 41. The Air Force Historical Research Agency has sent me what they can find. Is it possible to contact members of his Squadron? I note in the diary that men and officers were occasionally placed on “DS” to an Air Force Rest Home such as Coombe House Hotel or Walhampton House. Is this for the purpose of recovering from battle fatigue or what?

Date:
12/17/2001
Time:
3:06:28 AM

Wilmoth ‘Bill’ Lowell Keller (Bomb/Nav). BombGp: 344 Squadron: 496 Years: 44-45 Class: 44 Location: Childress AB, TX. I am looking for anyone who knew and/or served with Bill Keller in the 496th in the ETO. I would like to find out where and when the 496th was in England and Belgium. I understand that he crewed on the “Maxwell House” and possibly “Queen of Hearts”. Thank you- Greg (son)

Date:
12/10/2001
Time:
9:03:39 PM

Andy Stuber BombGp: 319 Squadron: Years: 42-45??? My father was is the 319th Bomb Group. I would like to correspond with anyone who might have known him. His name was Andy Stuber and he flew on Martin’s Miscarriage. A bit of trivia I know and would like to pass on. There is a restaurant on the grounds of the West Palm Beach airport named after the 319th. Also, a man from California named Tavasche (not sure of spelling) restored and sold a B-26 to a museum in Polk City Florida. Have not been there to see it yet, but an going to look into it in the near future. Thank you for your interest, Susie (Stuber) Wardlaw

Date:
12/9/2001
Time:
9:12:02 PM

Robert L. Holliday (HAP) BombGp: 391st Squadron: 573rd Years: 42-45 Class: 43F Location: Pampa Texas. Still looking for my Tail Gunner Anthony NMI Wierney.

Date:
12/9/2001
Time:
9:02:52 PM

Lt. Jack V. Porter My stepfather, Col. Jack Victor Porter, was a pilot of a B-26 during the second world war. He was shot down over France and spent 2 years in a prison camp. Moving from France eventually into Germany. I have a black and white photo of the plane in flight–about 36″ by 25″ in size. On the tail is 01542 and on the main body behind (side gunners) is 58 D. I would like to know how I can find out more about this plane. Also, it appears to be flying over desert and there is not a top turret nor a gun in the nose. Though, it is obvious there were guns in those places. Someone in the family wrote on the carton is has been stored in “Jack’s plane” Can you help? thank you, Don Macdonald

Date:
12/8/2001
Time:
10:26:02 PM

Looking for information on Cloyd Singhass born August 02, 1923. Cloyd is living today. Looking for anyone who knew him and or served with him. Our problem is at age 78 one’s memory sometimes is a bit sketchy.

Cloyd served in World War ll, enlisting September of 1942, at age nineteen in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was not called up until March of 1943. He became an aviation cadet, completed bombardier training at Goodfellow Field St. Angelo Texas and received his gold 2nd Lieutenant bars.

He received added combat flight training at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. Shortly after D-Day June 6, 1944 at the age of twenty one, Cloyd arrived in England.

There he was assigned as a Bombardier/Navigator aboard a B-26A Marauder bomber No. (unknown) named “The Three Bears.” He was first stationed at Stansted Bishop’s Stratford, England with the 9th Air Force, 344th Bomb Group. Cloyd had flown only four or five missions from Stansted, about the time Paris was liberated and Cloyd’s plane and part of the 344th bomb group were transferred to Roye/Amy, France. At Roye/Amy he flew about twenty two or twenty three more missions. Then came the “Battle of the Bulge” in Belgium and the 344th, Cloyd’s plane and crew were again transferred, this time to Liege, Belgium, so they could fly support missions assisting the allies in winning that battle. Cloyd stayed at Liege the remainder of his time, flying maybe ten or twelve more missions. From the three locations, Cloyd flew a total of 38 successful bombing missions over Germany.

Cloyd’s plane No. (unknown), “The Three Bears” and the five other men assigned to the “The Three Bears” were awarded three Presidential Unit Citations. So Cloyd received that Citation with two bronze clusters.

The crew of “The Three Bears.” A Lt. White was the Pilot. Lt. Thomas the Co-Pilot, Lt. Singhass the Bombardier/Navigator, Cpl. Ritchie as Engineer-Gunner, Sgt. Tate the Radioman Gunner, Cpl. Taplin as the tail gunner. As of the year 2001, Singhass, Ritchie and Taplin are living.

Cloyd thinks that his bomb group was the 344th bomb group. But only because this writer says so. But Cloyd, really is not sure of that. I have found the 344th in Roye/Amy and Cloyd was indeed there. But, I find the 391st BG was there September 19, 1944, that the 344th had left. Cloyd says they were there, that later they went to Liege Belgium. Question? What is right. Was he really with the 391st BG?? Not the 344th??

Cloyd seems to think he was with the group that moved to station A-59 Pontoise, Cormeilles-en-Vixen, France, Sept. 30, 1944 (23 miles north of Paris). That he then went to Belgium, he remembers, to Florennes-Juzaine, Belgium on April 5, 1945.
Can anyone clear up and supply correct information for Cloyd?

Contact: Richard F Smith

Date:
12/8/2001
Time:
10:12:01 PM

Zane Puckett, My Father-in-Law flew the B26 out of Italy. His name was Orin Baertsch and he was from Minot North Dakota. He flew for a Col. Holzapple I think. any info would be appreciated.

Note: Zane, Your father-in-law flew with the 319th Bomb Group, Col. Holzapple being the Group commander. The Group flew out of Sardinia, Corsica and Sothern France. Regards Trevor Allen B26 historian

Date:
12/7/2001
Time:
11:43:02 PM

Albert F. Norman BombGp: 17th Squadron: 432nd Years: 1945 Class: 44-D Location: Altus, Oklahoma. My 84-year-old father is Albert Norman, B-26 pilot in ETO Europe theater, in the unit from February 1945 to VE. He is a modest man, young for his years, very active. No one believes he is 84. We cannot get Daddy to talk about the wars. (He also served in infantry in Korea. I guess he did not want to fly again.) He was fortunate to take early retirement from his successful career, spending 25+ years at home with the love of his life. Painfully, he lost the love of his life, Darlene M. Putnam Norman, in 1999. Daddy has cheated death many times since the wars, having beaten several forms of cancer. He is cancer free and we believe he will outlive his children and has many quality years to look forward to, hoping he does not spend them alone. I just wanted to write this for indeed the best generation. I hope my sons and grandson will pick up Daddy’s character attributes and sense of honor and duty. Thank you for the wonderful website. I am sending a photo of Daddy and his crew to Mike at b26.com. The crew in the photo are, from left to right: Albert F. Norman, Pilot; Norman Coggins, Co-pilot; C. E. Harris, Bomb/Nav; Sterling Pendergrass, Engr. & Turret Gunner; Elmer Kilpatrick, Radio Operator & Waist Gunner; Gronczewski, Tail Gunner. Thankfully, Jan Underwood

Date:
12/7/2001
Time:
11:55:15 AM

John G. Pederson BombGp: 319 Squadron: 439 Years: 1943-1944 Class: 43-6 Location: Victorville, CA. I am the son of 1st Lt. John G. Pederson, USAAF. Dad held a Bombardier’s rating, joining the 319th Bomb Group in the 438th Squadron after training at Avon Park, Florida. He completed 18 missions with the 438th. On February 28, 1944, he was placed on Combat Flying Status in the 439th. The next day, Feb 29th, he flew with a crew in a B-26C on a 4:50 mission to strike the Viterbo Airdrome in Italy. He went on to complete 18 more missions with the 439th. He started what was to be his 38th mission, but the aircraft crashed and burned on take off. Dad wrote in his pocket journal that “both props ran away–flew 6 min. 20 sec. –crashed and burned. All six of us got out–Menton died at the hospital”. I was fortunate to meet the pilot, Col. Joe Modrano, who recounted the accident to me. Col. Modrano told me the crash was the result of a high speed stall. Dad and Col. Modrano met at the 319th Group Reunion in Dayton, Ohio in July 1978. The crash broke his back and ended his service. He was transferred to Ft. George Wright, Spokane, WA to recuperate. After that, dad was retired from the USAAF on a medical. I am interested in hearing from anyone who served with Dad. He died in December 1983 from cancer. Thank you for the great site.

Date:
12/6/2001
Time:
2:17:47 PM

Clarance A. Luck BombGp: 397 Squadron: 597 Years: 1942-1945

Date:
12/4/2001
Time:
11:15:49 PM

Delbert F. Kretschmar BombGp: 335 Squadron: 474 Years: 44-45 Class: ? Location: 631st Gulf Port Field La. After the passing of Uncle Del (Dutchman) as his squad called him, I acquired numerous memoirs of his experience as an engine gunner including his flight log and list of bomber runs beginning on June 9th 1944 until his last run on 21 March 1945. Total combat missions and 264 combat operational hours. I was so very proud of him when he spoke of his military experiences. Thank you for this opportunity to convey this information. Is there a specific museum for these things to be displayed? One that is dedicated solely to the B-26 squad? If anyone recalls him, please feel free to e-mail or if you would like further information on his missions. Sincerely, Vicky Rankin. Great-niece of Delbert F. Kretschmar.

Note: Ms. Rankin has provided proof (mission reports, etc.) that the 335/474 did indeed fly combat missions in Europe. Up ’til now, they were only known to have been a training group. This is the type of information we need. By the way, this is very big news in the Marauder Community. Thank you, Ms. Ranlin!

Date:
12/4/2001
Time:
8:23:59 PM

Floyd Dale Colvin BombGp: 394th Squadron: 585th Years: 43-45 Hello all you honorable veterans. I am the son of F. Dale Colvin, a T/Sgt. in the 585th Group. As far as I understand, my Dad worked on the electrical components of the engines. He was based in England and France at different times. His health is not doing well right now. I and doing all I can to cheer him up. If any honorable veterans remember my Dad and wish to send me a note, I will forward it to him. I’m sure it will help tremendously.

Date:
12/1/2001
Time:
3:43:55 PM

Roy B. Edge BombGp: 322 Squadron: 452 Years: 1943-44. 2nd Lt. Roy B. Edge, pilot, 322BG /452 SQ, years 1943-44. Roy Edge died in a crash near London on 31AUG1944. Records indicate the plane was B-26 41-34792 DR-G. Would like to hear from anyone who knew Roy. Would also like to know any prior history including name or nose art of this plane. Would like to know any particulars about the plane known as “Paper Doll”. Thanks, Jerry Edge

Date:
11/27/2001
Time:
9:21:40 PM

Sgt. Frank Rosenbaum BombGp: 387 Squadron: 558 Years: 1943-45. I am looking for information, pictures, crew, plane or anything for Sgt. Frank Rosenbaum. I am his grandson and have his discharge papers and know that he flew with the 387BG/558SQ. He was not a pilot but believe that he was a gunner. Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Glenn Rosenbaum

Date:
11/22/2001
Time:
10:34:25 PM

I am trying to find any info on Pilot, Harry E. Pence, who was from Minnesota. B-26 training, 1942-1943, Europe 1943-1944 64 missions Thank you. Don Ward

Date:
11/25/2001
Time:
9:29:43 PM

I was so glad to find this site on the B-26. I would like to contact any crew members that was with the Air Comando’s at Hulbert Field, Florida in 1961 and 1962. I was a Crew Chief on the B-26 Aircraft during this time and I still have my run-up and taxi card. We were training crews on the B-26 and then sending them to Viet Nam. It was alot of fun to watch a new Pilot that was trained on Jets try to Taxi a airplane that did not have power steering.

Date:
11/25/2001
Time:
8:43:03 PM

Jesse Tyson 397 BG, 598th. Pilot.

Date:
11/22/2001
Time:
11:55:03 AM

Dick Gagnon. My father Staff Sergeant Joseph Robert Gagnon was crew chief for Col. Paul Tibbetts prior to the forming of the 509th and while in the 509th. Tibbetts let my dad name one of the B-26 after my mother – “Sweet Cecilia”. I would love to know if anyone remembers my dad and if they have any pictures of my dad or the plane. Please contact this web site to get my email address.

Date:
11/22/2001
Time:
11:30:25 AM

Francis Koller BombGp: ? Squadron: ? Years: 1941-1945 Class: ? Location: ? This is all the info I have regarding my uncle that served in WW2 he enlisted in Ste Genenieve County in Missouri…was based in Africa flew bombing raids in Italy….can you help me to find out more about him when he was in the service?……thanks, Allen

Date:
11/21/2001
Time:
11:51:17 PM

Scott E. Murphy Years: 1939-1944 11/21/2001. I am looking for anyone who knew my grandfather-Major Robert Edward Murphy. He was stationed in Dodge City Kansas and France. His plane was named “Miss Kam”. THANKS!

“Miss Kam” was a B26 belonging to the 559th Bomb Squadron 387th Bomb Group, thus this was your father’s unit. Trevor Allen

Date:
11/21/2001
Time:
11:53:07 AM

AURRENS BombGp: Squadron: MAROC Years: 1942 Class: Location: 1/22

Date:
11/21/2001
Time:
10:28:05 AM

Michelle BombGp: 322 Squadron: 449 Years: 1943-1945 I am looking for any info on the Je Reviens, Classy Chassy, Semper in Excretia, Gasparillan, Peep Sigh. The first 3 are B-26 the last two I have photo’s of but am unsure what type of plane they are. My grandfather was an airplane mechanic and has many photos I wanted to find out anything I could about these planes.

Date:
11/21/2001
Time:
9:45:45 AM

Lt. Col. LW “Bud” Higgs. Years: 193?-1945 I will try to fill in the rest of the info on a later date. My father flew the B26 Marauder in WW2. His name was L.W. Higgs, but everyone knew him as “Bud” or “Buddy”. He originated from Lakeland Florida, used the GI Bill to get his education and join the USAAF as an officer. He was Lieutenant and then Captain rank at time of service, and was Captain pilot of the bomber. His plane was nicknamed the “Hun-Hunter”. He flew 68 missions over occupied France. He was based out of England. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross during his service. I am in process of going over his records to see what his service record was, exactly what group/squadron he was, and where he was based. If anyone happens to have info on him, especially if your father (or yourself if you are happily still alive and well after so many years) was part of his crew, I would love email on this. The B26 was a grand plane. According to a WW2 special on the History Channel, it was called the “Fighter Plane of Bombers”. Certainly looks that way to me. Thank you, and keep up the web site. I am glad I was informed of it. Good luck to all others who find this site useful. Michael Higgs

Your father served with the 558th Bomb Squadron 387th Bomb Group.”Hun Hunter” was B26 41-31649 coded KX-D.This B26 crashlanded at Wethersfield England when its hydraulics were shot out. Trevor Allen

Date:
11/19/2001
Time:
10:56:14 PM

Dean Ginther Years: 1939-1945 Class: 43-F Location: Waco. From the proud son of Ogden (Bud) Dean Ginther, a B-26 pilot–he was a good man (anyone out there know my Dad or any of the crew?) Dean enlisted in the Army Air Force on November 9, 1939 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He was stationed at Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio and served as a private and private first class until April 16, 1940 when he re-enlisted and subsequently served as Private First Class, Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Technical Sergeant, and by the later part of 1943 he had attained the rank of Master Sergeant in the 22nd Bombardment Group. He was subsequently accepted as an aviation student and began two months of pre-flight training at Kelly Field, Texas. He completed primary flight training at Brayton Field, Cuero, Texas, graduating on February 13, 1943. He continued basic pilot training at the Army Flying School in Waco, Texas and then finished 6 months of advanced twin engine training at Lubbock Army Flying School, where he was the cadet officer group Sergeant Major and graduated with class 43-F. He then received an additional nine weeks of specialized! twin-engine flight training in the III Bomber Command, Third Air Force (4th Training Group-flight A, August 2, 1943), in the new Martin B-26 bomber at Laughlin Army Air Field, Del Rio, Texas and graduated on September 4, 1943. He was posted to Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Louisiana in September of 1943 (probably now with the 1st Army Air Force) and promoted to Lieutenant on December 7, 1943. Lt. Ginther received orders to report to Hunter Field, Georgia on February 10, 1944, and to proceed directly from there to Morrison Field, Florida. From Florida, he and his crew (Lt. John J. McAuley, Sergeant Jack I. Nabors, and Sergeant Norris C. Hyre, Jr.) ferried a B-26 to England via North Africa route (the southern route). On July 1, 1944 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. During his duty in Europe, he and his crew flew 68 missions over France and Germany, including multiple missions to support the invasion of Europe. During one of these missions a few days after D-day, his aircraft was disabled and he was forced to land on the French beaches which had been held by the Germans a few days before. As first pilot of the Martin B-26 named Command Performance, he never lost a crew member during the 68 missions he completed while stationed at Bishop Storford, England with the Ninth Air Force. After returning from Europe, he completed his active duty at Chanute Field, Illinois from December 18, 1944 to May 19, 1945, where he received training as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer and served as a Flight Test Officer. After receiving an honorable discharge from active duty and being awarded numerous commendations and two distinguished flying crosses with clusters, he joined the United States Air Force Reserve as a 1st Lieutenant on October 3, 1945. He was promoted to Captain in the reserves on May 25, 1950 and was honorably discharged from the reserves on February 24, 1958.

Date:
11/19/2001
Time:
7:35:06 PM

BombGp: 387 Squadron: 558 Years: ? Hello, I like to know more about Ralph A.Willett who was a SGT. at the 387th group on the 558 bomb squadron. I’ve adopted his grave at the American Cemetery at Margraten Netherlands.Off course all info about crew who died ? with him on May 8th 1945. Please contact me if you have more info. Perhaps one of the Veterans who met at the reunion last October. Kind regards, Richard Kunne
Additional Information:
“I don’t know if you know the Cemetery at Margraten in Holland. The locals helped to build the cemetery back in 44-45, the locals were so thankful that they were liberated that they started to adopt graves of the fallen soldiers. These are infanteristst, navy soldiers and Airman. Word got around that the locals from Margraten started doing this and a soon all the ( I think 8000 graves ) were adopted from Dutchman all over the country. At one point there was a waiting list for adopting a grave. The next of kin in the states were told by the locals with letters en photographs that there is someone looking after there father, brothers, nephew etc. The locals received a lot of gratitude for doing this. As a kid I often visited Margraten with my dad who lived his childhood years with W.W.II and being there always made me feel very humble. A few months ago there was a story in our newspaper about a couple who had adopted a grave and had such warm responses from their surroundings and next of kin, in that article was mentioned that there was room for adopting a grave. When you adopt a grave all the info they have is given to you and you may find the history ( in my case not much) and try to contact the next of kin. They expect you to lay flowers and attend the grave a few times a year, mostly at the 4th of July, Memorial Day and the Dutch liberation day. There are even stories know of locals that passed away who had their last wish full filled by lying the flowers after their own funeral on the grave which they adopted. In fact the event that gave me the final push to write the letter for adoption were the events off September 11th. My other goal is to learn my kids as they get older ( they’re now 3 years and 5 months ) that their freedom was fought for and they always have to remember this. That’s mainly the reason why I want to know as much about Ralph Willett as I can and even try to let his relatives ( if there are any ? ) know that someone is looking after him and giving the attention they probably can’t give him. If you look at www.usabmc.com/abmc2.htm you can see some pictures and info about Margraten.” JK.
Follow up from Alan Crouchman, expert on 387th BG:
“In respect of the crash of aircraft 44-67889 coded KX-B, we have the following from the records: “The aircraft unaccountably crashed near the field while on a routine training flight, killing all the crew. The first investigators for the Squadron to arrive at the scene found flowers strewn upon the bodies by the Dutch people.” Crew on board= 1/Lt Ralf W. Leighty, 1/Lt Robert P. Sturm, 2/Lt Wilbur S.Harding, 2/Lt William W. Tierney, T/Sgt Ralf A. Willet ans S/Sgt Gavin J. Moffatt. (Note spelling of “Ralf” is how presented in the records). No other details are given – both Sgt Willet and Lt Sturm are listed as interred in the Margraten Cemetary. As an aside to the official story we were informed that the crew was celebrating VE Day and engaged in some local “buzzing” of the area but what went wrong whether mechanical or pilotage error we do not know. Best wishes, Alan”
Follow up from Warren Butterfield
Hi Mike,
After reading your recent correspondence, Re: Willett Ralph some memories of that period came to mind.  I was stationed at Maastricht, Holland my tour having ended on April 26th, l945 and I was awaiting reassignment to Santa Ana Air Force Base, which took place on Aug. 7,1945. A short time Prior to this on returning from a mission over Germany, I was approached by 1st Lt. Ralph W. Leighty. He was in great spirits and lauded me on the ‘Great Evasive Action’ I had directed during the mission.  Remarking how the bursts of Flak appeared where he would have been if we had not changed headings as we did.  It was gratifying to receive such compliments from a fellow Flight-Leader and later reflecting the Irony of it all on hearing that he and his crew had survived the perils of Combat only to lose their lives on a practice mission, celebrating the conclusion of the War.  Although the exact reason for the crash was not known it was surmised that he may have experienced a ‘High Speed Stall’ after pulling out of a dive. Records, supplied by the Crouchmans, show that on 3/18/45  Lt. Leighty and crew led the Blue flight on a mission to the commumications Center of Worms in Germany. Because the turn was so violent, after bomb-release, the tracking cameras were unable to record the strike photos.
With fond memories of the combat crew and Best Wishes, Over and Out.
Warren (Scuffer) Butterfield
Bombardier, 387th Bomb Group, 558th Squadron.
9th Air Force. (M)

Date:
11/18/2001
Time:
6:17:53 PM

Karen Monroe Looking for any information on crew of plane identification I K3. My father, Floyd Monroe, was the tail gunner. Other crew member names were (I think) Hodival (first name Roy or Elmer???), Wally Neilsen, and F. Ackerman. Floyd Monroe was awarded the Silver Star. Group was stationed in France. Thank you to anyone who can provide information. And THANK YOU to all who served so that we might have a better life. Karen Monroe

Date:
11/17/2001
Time:
6:56:58 PM

Joseph E McCann BombGp: 394 Squadron: 587 Years: 1942-1945 Class: 1943-e Location: Ellington Field, TX. Hi Sid, I’m at my younger sons, fooling with his computer. Hoping you will see this message. Glad you had a good time at the reunion. Sorry we couldn’t be there. Maybe will make the next one. Hi to Laura Lee for us. Hope she is feeling better. Bud and Jean

Date:
11/17/2001
Time:
2:31:43 PM

Truett K. Whitmire, ‘TK’ to his friends. BombGp: 397th Squadron: 597th Years: 2/44-4/45 My grandfather flew ‘Baby Butch’ in 65 missions during the ETO. All of these were flown with the 597th squadron of the 397th bomb group. I am writing a college paper on the bombers’ experiences and would like to receive emails from anyone with information on this. Thanks! Tristan Whitmire

Date:
11/17/2001
Time:
10:49:20 AM

Fred C. Yost BombGp: 397TH Squadron: 596 Years: 1942-46 Class: ? Location: ? I’m Fred’s daughter, Peggy Pariseau (and it’s my email, as dad doesn’t computer), and am trying very hard to find an original, or copy, of Tech Sgt. insignia for my dad. He’s 80 now, and myself and 3 Grandsons have been searching for years to find a set for him. He was the Top turret gunner of Krannie’s Cradle (or Kreihls Kradle ?) , b26 and flew 35 missions over Germany and the only other name I know from his crew is Mr. Zeemer, I Know that they flew in the battle of the bulge, and were stationed Several places in France, and then at the end of the war in Germany on The border near the Netherlands. I’m not sure of the spellings of The ship or Mr. Zeemer. If there is anyplace that you or anyone else Might know that I can get a tech Sgt. insignia please let me know. I have tried our local 3 military bases for ideas, and other b26 sites, And surplus stores too, with no luck. Thanks for any help with the Insignia and thanks for your service in WW2

Date:
11/12/2001
Time:
5:23:45 PM

Sir Brian D Middleton. Hello/Hi! just a UK RAF guy who was posted to RAF Swanton Morley in Norfolk, UK while it still resembled a wartime station. A fairly major B26 base I think, both US and Polish. I have a superb oil painting done by the famous UK artist John Stevens of Mitchell Marauders being serviced in the typical Norfolk mist of an Autumn morning. No bright colours, I commissioned and directed the painting. If you want a JPEG scan please ask, happy to oblige. Yours Brian D Middleton.

Date:
11/9/2001
Time:
7:21:45 PM

Searching for serials, unit codes, crew information, fates, etc, on the following aircraft which served with the 323rd BG, as part of an extensive research project I am conducting into B-26 Marauder usage & operations. Can anyone help ? “Buckeye Blitz” “Bugs Bunny” 456th BS “Classic Lassie” “Couchez Avec” “Dragon Wagon “Eager Eleanor” “Evasive Action” “Firebird” 455th BS “Flounder Gus” “Hades Lady” “Howard Hurricane II” 455th BS “John Bull” “Klanks Tank” “Klassie Lassie” 456th BS “Lady Luck III” “Little Lulu” RJ-X 454th BS “Lonesome Polecat” “Mandies Dandies” “Miss Twister” “Moose” “Old 588” “Red Dog II” 42-107688 “Sea Swoose” “Stinkin Clinkin” “The Bird Dog Special” 455th BS “The Mad Hatter” “Utah Gamecock” YU-F 455th BS “Weary Willie” “Whose Goose” “Wyoming’s Bad Boy” As far as I am aware these aircraft all served with the 323rd. Many thanks. Paul Clouting

Date:
11/8/2001
Time:
3:59:01 PM

Bill Parker. My father was the flight engineer and top turret gunner on a Martin B-26 during WW-II, 8th Air Force. All I know is the name of the air craft, “Liberty Run”. My Father’s name was Willis (Bill) Parker and was from Texas.

Date:
11/8/2001
Time:
1:46:31 PM

First Lt. Al Resnick BombGp: 323 Squadron: 454 Years: 42-45 Class: 44 Location: Coral Gables, Florida. ETO navigator, bombardier Member of the crew of the 454 Squadron, in the lead plane on D-Day coming over Omaha Beach. Plane: Goatee Hell — first aircraft to hit the beaches. Dropped 500 pound bombs to create the fox holes for the soldiers coming off the landing craft. All our planes returned safely after bombing runs in spite of the intense anti-aircraft fire. Mission Accomplished!!

Date:
11/6/2001
Time:
10:33:15 PM

William H. Deam BombGp: 394th Squadron: 587th Years: 1942-1945 Class: 43J Location: Napier Field. This information is being entered by son Mark. Dad was the co-pilot joining the 587th at Boreham Field near Chelmsford, England. He flew a total of 65 missions, ending up in Cambrai, France. The pilot of his crew was Troy Lively. My dad, wife, brother, and I made a return trip to England, France, and Holland in June, 2001, with about 40 others, including family members, from the 394th BG. It was a very emotional trip for me to stand on Omaha Beach and at three American War Cemeteries. I can only imagine what the veterans must have felt.

Date:
11/6/2001
Time:
6:33:01 PM

Fred Christensen BombGp: 391 Squadron: 574 Years: 43-44. Hello I’m looking for any info from the 391st.-574squad. my father-in-law was in there. Still living in Long Grove, IL. Looking for a guy by the name of Dimetlio Lucero from California. If you have any info please e-mail me. Thanks Mike. PS. does any one have a picture of the b-26 bugs bunny?

Date:
11/6/2001
Time:
3:23:23 PM

Tali Stone BombGp: 387 Squadron: 557 Years: 44-45. Someone left a message on 8/24/01 requesting information on Thomas J. Lotina (pictured in your website!). He was my uncle. He died about 35 years ago from heart or lung disease. I would love to hear about his B26 days. Please contact me.

Date:
10/28/2001
Time:
9:52:17 AM

Wayne T. Dupre BombGp: 322 Squadron: 452 Years: 1944-1945 My grandfather (Wayne Dupre) was a pilot of a B-26 called the Old Vet during the last part of the war. I am looking for any information about him or his crew (322nd/452nd). He flew 55 missions from July 22.1944 – April 20,1945. Contact me at via e-mail.

Date:
10/25/2001
Time:
9:37:55 PM

Tim Melloy BombGp: 387 Died 17 july 1944. My daughter is doing a class project on her great uncle Thomas M. Seymour.Commander of the 387 Bomber group. Any information about his service that can be provided will be appreciated.

Date:
10/21/2001
Time:
10:46:45 PM

Todd A. Ellis BombGp: 320th Squadron: 442nd My grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Harold Heimroth “Happy Hal” passed away in 1995. Joined the Air Corps in June of 41 and was stationed in Texas. He then we to Africa in 1942 and was there until 1945.I never really had an opportunity to speak with him about his involvement before he died, and I have always wanted to know what he was like then. This all came out when I found a few pictures of him from the war, the resemblance of he and I are outstanding, and I would just like to get in touch with anyone who knew him. He was stationed somewhere in northern Africa and was a pilot. I am sorry I do not have anymore information, but like I said I never really had a chance to talk to him about it. Thanks for the help in advance! Todd Ellis

Date:
10/21/2001
Time:
4:06:05 PM

I am looking for a B26 pilot who was involved in the bombardment of Balikpapan in Indonesia on 29/30 April 1958. I was chief radio officer on a Dutch passenger ship “Tjiluwah” when the incident took place. We were not hit but several other ships in the vicinity were not so lucky. The name of the pilot was either Powell or Pope. He was later shot down and paraded through the streets of Djakarta . Somehow he was released and made it safely back to the U.S. Since I now also live in the U.S. it would be nice to compare notes. Thanks, Harm Wijma.

Date:
10/20/2001
Time:
10:06:08 PM

Wladisiaus F. Lizak (a.k.a. “Wally” “Lie”) BombGp: 456th. Squadron: Years: 2/42- 10/45. Hi, I’m in search of any info about Walter Lizak. He was a crew chief on a B-26 named the “b-line”. dates of service were 2/42-10/ 45. I believe he was overseas with the 9th Air Force in England, France , and Germany. (465th bomb squadron) thanks and I would appreciate any info. John Lizak

Date:
10/20/2001
Time:
3:46:25 PM

Antonio Gandara BombGp: 17th Squadron: 95th Years: Class: 1953 Location: Langly Field, Virginia. I am not of WWII vintage. I was at K-9 during 1953 all the way to Sep 27. By the way I was a gunner. My navigator was Lt. Edward A. Leonard (Spokane, WA) and my pilot was Lt. Kenneth F. DeGroot (Waterloo, Iowa).

Date:
10/18/2001
Time:
7:53:16 PM

William Royal Fisher BombGp: Squadron: My grandfather lost his life in the Korean War. I recently found out that he was a pilot of a B-26 prior to the war. His name was Cpt. William Royal Fisher or Bill Fisher. He was stationed at Floyd Bennett Naval Air Station in Ny. (even though he was the Air Force Reserves). He also flew for Capitol air lines prior to the war. He had a buddy by the name of Tom Crane who flew with the above mentioned air line. Any info on Cpt. William Royal Fisher or Tom Crane would help my family alot. Micheal B. Smith Bridgeport, Tx

Date:
10/18/2001
Time:
12:01:21 PM

Michele Davis BombGp: TBA Squadron: TBA Years: 1942-1945. My father, Arthur D. Johnson, was in the Army Air Corp. from 1942 until he retired from the Air Force in the ’60s. I was born in North Africa in 1961 when my dad was stationed there. I believe he flew left seat in the Marauder but I’m not entirely sure. His friends called him A.D., Duey or Johnny. He and his squadron adopted a little dog and I think his name was Beers. He loved to play pinochle and he was the person you wanted in your corner because he would fight to the death to protect you. He was shot down over Germany but not injured and he didn’t pass away until 1979. If you knew my dad, please get in touch with me. Thank you!

Date:
10/14/2001
Time:
10:26:21 PM
I am looking for information on the bomber “Little Mary Gay”. The crew contained J.L Ashby and D.E Scarborough, Jr.
J.L Ashby: 449 Bomb Sq.; 36, 305, 553; Air Flight Chief 750; B-26.
Thanks,
Dennis L. Ashby
Son of Jess L. Ashby

Date:
10/11/2001
Time:
11:24:20 PM

Brad Robinson Years: 1941/42 My step-father, Robert B Williams, from Arizona was a radio/gunner er on a B-26. He was stationed in North Africa in 1941/42. If anyone knew him or his squadron please e-mail me. This is all the info I have. Brad Robinson

Date:
10/10/2001
Time:
7:24:39 PM

Robert Lee BombGp: 386 Squadron: 554 Years: 1942-45 My father, John F. Lee, flew a B-26 aircraft for 79 missions during 1943 and 1944. He flew on D-Day and over Holland and France. He died in 1983 and my brother and I were wondering if anyone had any recollections of him.

Date:
10/8/2001
Time:
2:02:38 PM

Phil Blair BombGp: 387th Squadron: 558th Years: 1943.44 Class: 43b Location: Stockton, Calif. Just got back from the reunion of the 387th at San Diego. It was great. Met the young man who started this web site and his wife. His dad was a flight engineer in 387th and was on Harkin`s crew. I was a co pilot on Wiese`s crew then flew a few missions as first pilot with new crews as they joined group. Flew 65 missions.

Date:
10/6/2001
Time:
9:43:46 AM

Grady Kerr What a Great web site – Thanks for the work you put into it. I invite you to visit my website and add me to your links if you don’t mind. I’ll add yours to mine. Thanks again gk

Date:
10/4/2001
Time:
10:50:12 PM

Sara Willcox Youngblood. My brother, Lt. Col. Grover C. Willcox, Jr. flew the B-26, “The Texas Terror” during WW II and loved every minute of it. I’m sorry I don’t know all the other details, yrs., co-pilot, etc., but I’ll ask him. He loves to talk about it. Sara Willcox Youngblood

Date:
10/4/2001
Time:
9:10:26 PM

Hayne Coleman. I worked as the artist with a member of the 387th BG 558th BS on a color drawing about 5 yrs ago. I am a stickler for accuracy and have been looking for the town ever since. The mission was a Noballs site in the area of ZUDAQUEST. I have lost the date of the mission.

Date:
9/30/2001
Time:
8:48:35 PM

Robin Richards BombGp: 438th Squadron: 319th Years: 1941-1944 Class: Unk Location: Unk. I am the son of the late Shirley Glenn Richards (1913-1972), aka “rich”, “pappy”, or possibly “ole man”. I have photgraphs of him with “The Big Ass Bird”,134-938 . Hand written on the back of photo is “crashed up in landing 7/13/44; crew: J.M. Johnson?, M. Karrind? and me; missions completed 120; retired 8/20/44; transferred 10/1/44; missions completed 145. Writing on photo is some what faded. Anyone with any information regarding the aircraft and/or my father would be greatly appreciated.

Date:
9/28/2001
Time:
11:26:05 PM

Ken Larsen BombGp: 397 Squadron: ? Years: 43-45 Location: Waco Army Airfield. My name is Todd McGuire and I am trying to piece together some background on my wife’s Grandfather. His name is Kenneth Larsen of Elk Horn, Iowa. Ken Larsen passed away in the early 70’s and his war record was not kept in the family. Since the birth of our son (Ken Larsen’s Great Grandson) I have been attempting to discover more about his record to insure his service is honored throughout our family’s generation. I know he was a B-26 pilot and was awarded an Air Medal. His major campaigns were Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe He was awarded the Air Medal with 1st SOLC and 1st BOLC WAME Th Ribbon with 3 Bronze battle stars His B-26 had “Idiots Delight” painted on the side If anyone could help me find out more about the campaigns of 397th, what the Air Medal signifys, anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Todd

Date:
9/28/2001
Time:
7:42:42 PM

BombGp: 387 Squadron: 556. My father, Lt. Burton J. Anderson, was the pilot of a B-26 Marauder Nicknamed “Tabasco” Tail Number 131686. I am looking for information about the missions he and his crew flew during the war. Since I was only a teenager when my father passed away in 1977, I was never able to ask him about this part of his life. I only know that he did fly about 53 missions while in the war. Any infomation abouthis crew or missions would be greatly appriciated. Thank you, Leif Anderson

Date:
9/28/2001
Time:
4:13:33 PM

Arthur Kramer BombGp: 344 Squadron: 494 Years: 1943-46 Class: 43 Location: Big Spring Texas.

Date:
9/26/2001
Time:
2:57:36 PM

Robert Breidenthal Years: 1942 Class: 41A Location: Kelly. I graduated from flying school in class 41A on Feb 7,1941. I instructed in B-26’s at Barksdale in 1942. Flew them also in Dayton and at hunter field in Savannah. I thought the 26’s were great and easy to fly. I can’t remember the unit I was in at Barksdale. I test flew them in Dayton in accelerated service tests at Dayton. Tested them in Savannah. Reckon old age has wiped out most of my old contemporaries. My advice — Hang loose.

Date:
9/20/01
Time:
7:47:49 AM

Michael Jones BombGp: 387 Squadron: 557. I am the nephew of S/SGT Wetzel Kimball, 387th B.Grp. 557th Sq. I have learned that the aircraft that he was a crew member of was “Five by Fives.” I am hoping that someone out there may have photos of the crew, or any information at all. I thank you for your great website; it has brought our family much information that I never thought we would have. Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated. God Bless.

Date:
9/18/01
Time:
2:11:04 PM

Anthony Gore Van Antwerp BombGp: 323 Squadron: 453 Years: 1942-45 Class: 42G Location: Lake Charles, LA. My father is interested in hearing from people in the 453rd squadron with whom he served. He was a pilot based in Earlscone, England from 1943-44. His plane was the Flying Dutchman #726. Thank you

Date:
9/17/01
Time:
2:32:06 PM

Michael Risk BombGp: ? Squadron: ? I have found a photo of the crew of the aircraft my brother, Charles Risk, flew with. Is it possible any of the crew are still around. The photo was taken in front of the nose of a B-26 with BG4 on the nose of the aircraft. This is written at the bottom of the photo. Lt. Reindollar (pilot), F.O. Kelly (co-pilot), Spangler (Bomb-nav), Cpl. Risk (amg),Cpl.Myers (romg),Cpl. Martin (amg). (331AAF)23dec44. 44×220. Barksdale La. Contact me if you have any information. Regards and God Bless. Mike.

Date:
9/14/01
Time:
9:18:22 PM

Walter R. Walker BombGp: 320 Squadron: 442 Years: Class: 1944 Location: Barksdale AFB, La. Looking for any members of the 320 BG 442 BS Station in Sardinia. Was also in Decimo. Was temporarly assigned to the 444 BG (B25) in England 335 BG – 26 April 1944 R.T.U School (Nose Number B 01 in crew picture) shows: Lt. Estes (pilot), Lt. Wells (co-pilot), Lt. Stough (bomb nav) Sgt. Walker (me— eng-gunner), Sgt. Simec (radio-gunner), Sgt. Ward (armorer-gunner).

Date:
9/14/01
Time:
8:13:16 AM

Bob Witty BombGp: 344 Squadron: Years: 1942-1945. I am interested in corresponding with any crew member who might have been on one of the two B-26’s I took from MacDill field to Wright-Patterson in the summer of 1942 for Accelerated Service testing. (For some writing about the early days of the Marauder.) BW

Date:
9/10/01
Time:
6:04:42 PM

George R. Price BombGp: 22nd Squadron: 2 Years: 5 Class: 1940 Location: Langley Field. If anyone in the 2nd sqdn. reads this, and remembers me please e-mail me with details and I will respond. Regards, George

Date:
9/10/01
Time:
12:26:06 PM

Danny Cox. Friend of Ben Hicks.

Date:
9/8/01
Time:
10:48:29 AM

Jeffrey K. Ashby BombGp: 17th Squadron: 95th Years: 1943/44. Hi, I am the son of Technical Sergeant George Marion Ashby. My father flew 63 missions in Northern Africa, Italy, Sicily, and France. He was a tail-gunner. I would just like to know if anybody has any information on him or his missions. I have some pictures and information if anybody is interested. I have some pictures of the New York Central II B-26 bomber that was taken from another airplane. I have old orders and citations.

Date:
9/6/01
Time:
4:10:38 PM

Michael Risk. I am looking for information on my brother, T/Sgt Charles G. Risk. I would like to hear from anyone who flew with or knew him. He was crew chief gunner on B-26’s. At the end of the war he was station at Kitzengin, Germany. Regards and God Bless. Mike

Date:
9/3/01
Time:
8:33:23 PM

Edward J. Kleysteuber (deceased) BombGp: 387th Squadron: 557th Years: 3yrs 8mos. Battles and Campaigns :GO33& 40 WD 45 Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe Duties: Airplane Mechanic and Gunner 748 Name of plane: HOT ROCK? My name is Kenneth A. Wilson. I am the grandson of T-Sgt Edward J. Kleysteuber. I wish I could supply more information. But upon my Grandfathers death in 1996 There is not much for me to go on. I have copies of his discharge papers and a few pictures. Watching shows and specials on WWII one would think that somewhere they would mention the B-26. You hear all about the B-25’s, B-17’s and P-51’s but never anything about the B-26. Why is that? Why don’t they recgonize it? It’s upsetting to me that all the men that flew in B-26’s have taken a back seat. I regret never really talking to my Grandfather about his life in the war. By the time I took interest it was too late. Whatever information You could supply I would appreciate. Kenneth A. Wilson

Date:
9/1/01
Time:
3:33:09 PM

Raul Pompa BombGp: 387 Squadron: 557 Years: 1941-1945. looking for information regarding 387th bg, 557th bs, b-26, tail number 334-151, crash at la neuville, france, on 11/25/1944. specifically, any usaff investigation reports or other documentation of crash. crew as follows: william f. ray (pilot), dennis o. jones (co-pilot), raul pompa (engineer-gunner), preston l. prejean (radio operator)*, james dubois (navigator)*, james f. padgett (bombardier)*, wetzel c. kimball (gunner)*. regular crew member wesley a. anderson (gunner) was not on mission. kimball subbed for anderson. families of pompa, kimball and prejean have made contact. looking for families of Ray, Jones, Dubois, Padgett and Anderson. * killed in crash

Date:
8/25/01
Time:
3:38:24 PM

Warren Beukema BombGp: 17th Squadron: 432nd Years: 42-45. I was in the 17th Bomb Group, 95th Sqd, then transferred to 432nd Sqd, still in 17th BG. Mechanic Crew Chief; Arrived in Africa Christmas Eve, 1942, came home October 1945. Stationed in Casablanca, Africa; Dijon, France; Austria; Northern France. All on B-26 Marauders.

Date:
8/24/01
Time:
1:46:07 PM

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Thoms J. Lotina. Hw was a pilot with the 387th Bomb Group, 557th Bomb squadron station at A-71 Clastres France in 1944-45.

Date:
8/24/01
Time:
12:10:23 PM

Ray Mitchell. My Dad, Leo Mitchell, was a flight engineer, initially trained on the B-26 at the Glenn L. Martin factory school, Middle River, MD in the Spring of 1943, and completed aircrew training at McDill Army Airfield, FL in the Fall of 1943. He was subsequently assigned to a B-26 Tow Target Squadron at Wendover AAF, UT, in the Winter of 1943. I’m interested in contacting anyone who may know my Dad or was assigned to Wendover Tow Target Units during late 1943 – early 1944.

Date:
8/20/01
Time:
10:52:23 PM

Albert Sutter — tail gunner. BombGp: 452 Squadron: 322 Years: 3 1/2 Class: Location: Send: send Date: Time: Comments: I would like to hear from anyone from 452nd group or 322 squadron. I flew 55 missions in the B 26 Marauder. My pilot was James Rollins. I flew in “Lady be good”-“Ol’ Pappy”-“Weary Lena”-“Frances”-&”Dragon Lady”. I was stationed at Braintree, England in 1944.

Date:
8/20/01
Time:
3:51:48 PM

Mitch Ellington. I am researching the WW II activities of a family member, Col. Glenn Nye. Though the family has some data, I am looking for more data regarding Col. Nye’s experience with the 332 BG. I would be very appreciative of any material. Are there any personal memories of Col. Nye? Off hand I remember Col. Nye was the 322 Bomber Group Commander. He took over the 322BG May 1943 after all B26s were grounded as the result of disastrous low level bombing over Belgium. This Group became known as ” Nye’s Annihilators”. At that time the 322 Bomber Group was under 8th Air Force and was transferred to 9th Air Force Oct. 1943. I think the Group was stationed at Andrews Field in England and then transferred to France. I would like to find the chain of command for 8th and 9th Air Force from the commander through the Bomber Groups. Where can I find this ? Can you supply this info? Thank you, Mitch Ellington

Date:
8/18/01
Time:
1:19:00 PM

Rubin Kichen BombGp: 397 Squadron: 598 Years: 44-45. On Feb 16, 1945, I was shot down. Tail gunner 23rd mission.

Date:
8/17/01
Time:
9:27:18 PM

Joe Wilkinson BombGp: 323 Squadron: Group Hdqrs Years: 3. Joined 323 at Myrtle Beach S.C. in October. There was 80 of us that was sent from the Induction Center. Camp Attabery, Indiana to McDill Field in Tampa Fla. to the 323rd Bomb Group. When we arrived in Tampa the 323 had been moved to Myrtle Beach. In three days we were loaded on a train and sent to Myrtle Beach. When we arrived at Myrtle Beach and unloaded at Group Headquarters. The acting Corporal was told to report to Col. Thatcher.He walked into the Colonel office handed him the envelope they gave him in McDill and set down on the corner of the Colonel’s desk. At this the Top Sgt. let out a scream that could be heard for blocks. All of us could hear this when the Colonel said “Take it easy Sgt. how long have these soldiers been in the Army.”The acting corporal replied 5 days sir.So after much discussion we were split up 20 men to each Squadron. I ended up in the 455th Squadron, Where I was made duty clerk in the Orderly room. So I spent 3 years in the Air Force never pulled a night of guard duty. Never was on K.P. Never had a day of basic training. The other 19 soldiers ended up as cooks,truck drivers and a few ended up as gunners on the B26.

Date:
8/17/01
Time:
1:35:38 PM

Michael Groom, Jr. My father, the late Capt. Michael Farmer Groom, was a pilot of the B-26 assigned to the 323rd Group. His squadron’s plane had the White Stripe on the wing. I do not have the squadron number but will research it. He was decorated with the DFC, AM with 12 OLC and the Bronze Star and is buried at the Golden Gate national cemetery in San Bruno, California. I was 12 when he died and do not have much of his service-year documents. He did leave me a book however, called Flak Bait about experiences of B-26 crews and operations. I will post again when I have more to write. I love this web-site. Thank you for providing it!

Your father was with the 455th bomb squadron 323rd bomb group. Assigned as a 2nd. Lt he rose in rank to be a Captain. TA

Date:
8/17/01
Time:
4:15:54 AM

Robert Notestine BombGp: ? Squadron: ? Years: 3? Class: 1940 Location: Texas. My father, Ronald E. Notestine (1920-2000) joined the Army Air Corp in 1940 and schooled in Texas. I have to look it up but can find the field. (I know they made a movie there about pilots in training while he was there. He was a pilot of B-26’s in New guinea in ‘42,43. Also flew an ambulance plane over the Owens-Stanley Mountains evacuating Aussie wounded for which he received the MBE from King George 6th. Also rec’d the Air Medal and purple heart. In 43or 44 he contracted malaria and was sent home. I may be able to send more info after looking through his things.

Date:
8/17/01
Time:
12:11:56 AM

James Michael Sweeney BombGp: 322 Squadron: 451 Years: 42-44 Class: 42 Location: U of Texas. James was my mother’s brother. He played end for Texas prior to entering the air service in April of 42. He was a pilot. His plane was hit on D-day +6 and lost an engine and crashed in a French hedge row. Three crew men survived. James and the rest were lost. We would appreciating hearing from any one who knew him or how we might learn more of his service. Charles B. Johnson

Date:
8/15/01
Time:
11:50:32 AM

Michael Hines BombGp: 387 Squadron: 557 Years: 44-45. My father, Don Hines, was a copilot in the 557th Squadron, flew 30 missions. I was wondering if anyone knew him.

Date:
8/15/01
Time:
9:52:31 AM

My father was 1st Lt. C.M. (Larry) Bollinger. He was stationed with the 391bg/573Sq at Matching Green, England. He received his training at Lubbock, Texas in ’43, and trained on the B26 at Dodge City, Kansas. There he met and courted a green eyed blond who worked at the PX. After transferring to Lake Charles, Louisiana he sent for her and they were married in December ’43. He was then sent to Avon Park, Florida to pick up his plane, flew the south Atlantic route, arriving in Matching Green in February ’44. After 69 missions, 4 on D-day, he returned to Dodge City to become an instructor on the B26. After the War, he stayed in the area to farm with his father-in-law. At the age of 31 he contacted polio. For the rest of his life he maneuvered his wheelchair with the same calm courage, skill and determined grace that every man who flew a B26 must have possessed. Once you met the man, you didn’t see the wheelchair, and the term ‘handicap’ was never mentioned. It is easy to honor such a father. He left us in 1985 from reoccurring complications due to the polio. My mother’s country home was on a farm just half-a-mile south of the practice landing field at Jetmore, Kansas. The main runway from this strip still exists and now an Airfield for the county. Another note. After visiting the old air strip in Matching Green, England in 1998, my husband and I discovered the Imperial War Museum at Duxford Airfield. It is a wonderful place to visit. There we found a book titled “UK Airfields of the Ninth then and now” by Roger A. Freeman. It contains pictures, maps and descriptions of every Ninth Bomb Group’s airfield. Upon opening to the section on the field at Matching Green, I found a picture of my father and his bombardier Richard W. Gibson. I shall always treasure this book. I hope to return to Matching Green and use the information from this book to help understand the layout of the field. Thanks for the this site, and a chance to honor my father. Carolyn Heatwole

Date:
8/15/01
Time:
3:46:23 AM

D. F. Hostetter. I am interested in the history of the B26 during WW2. My uncle, George O. Isted (Sgt. USAAF)(1918-2000), was an aerial photographer flying in B26s. He landed in North Africa on D-Day + 2 and flew from bases in North Africa, Sardinia, Corsica and southern France. He was inducted at Riverside, CA and trained, I believe, in Shreveport, LA, before shipping out for overseas duty where he served from 1942 until the end of the war. I would appreciate any information on how I can learn more about that phase of the war effort. My thanks and a proud salute to all of you who served in that noble cause and for the freedom of people everywhere.

Date:
8/13/01
Time:
10:51:59 PM

Tom Keenan. My uncle, Corporal Robert L. Saas, was an armorer in the 1st Pathfinder Squadron (M) (Prov). He died in 1978 and we never talked about his time in the ETO. This squadron, according what I have found on the net, was attached to the 397th BG. Are there any books, articles, websites, etc. that are available describing the history of this unit in 1944 & 1945?
The 1st Pathfinder squadron was formed from a cadre of the 322nd Bomb Group at Great Saling,(Andrewsfield), Essex county. The original commanding officer was Major Robert A Porter a member of the 452nd BS 322nd Bomb Group.The eight
original Pathfinder crews were drawn from the other operational B26 Groups in England. Three crews from the 322nd BG; three crews from 323rd BG; three crews from 386th BG; three crews from the 387th and three crews from the 391st.BG.
Crews were transferred to the 1st.PFS complete with their B26’s and crew chiefs. Operations commenced 21st February 1944 when Maj. Porter led the 322nd bomb group to Coxyde airfield, Belgium.
Response from Trevor Allen, Historian, B26.COM
“Although to TO called for a squadron strength of 18 planes, 24 planes were eventually on the strength at Great Saling of which 22 had constantly to be available.

14th June 1944 the squadron carried out the first night pathfinder mission to Coutances, France.

24th September 1944 the squadron moved to Beauvais/Till, France still with the 322nd BG.

9th October 1944 first mission flown from Beauvais/Tille.

During December 1944 the squadron commander Lt.Col.Robert A Porter was succeeded by Lt. Col.Bill Hale.

7th January 1945 the squadron moved to Mouchy-la-Gach near St Quentin, France.

27th April 1945 the squadron moved to Venlo,Holland,here were also based the 394th and 397th BG’s.

3rd May 1945 led the last bombing raid by the 9th.AAF to the Stod Ammon ammunition plant, Czechoslovakia.

I trust this gives you some idea of the squadrons operations and structure, but should I be able to help further please let me know.

Regards,

Trevor Allen
Historian”

Date:
8/12/01
Time:
10:28:27 PM

The 556th, 557th, 558, and 559th bomb squadrons of the 387th Bomb Group is having their reunion in San Diego, Oct 3 to Oct 7, At the Handlery Hotel.

Date:
8/9/01
Time:
10:24:03 PM

Rubin Kichen BombGp: 397 Squadron: 598 Years: 3. Flew 23 missions. Shot down February, 16th 1945. There were pictures of our plane going down. Saw a print a long time ago. If any one has a copy, please contact me. The planes name was 4F.

Date:
8/08/01
Time:
11:50:05 AM
Davd Divinity Danner BombGp: 320th Squadron: 441st Years: 3y,9m,7d Class: 42 Location: Scott Field. David D. Danner is my Father. He was a Radio Operator and Waist Gunner. Trained at Scott Field. The Name of his B-26 was the Dusty Devil. He was with The BOOMERANG BOMBERS OF THE 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE IN FRANCE. The bomber group flew 500 missions in a series of 6 Major Campaigns, which has seen the MARAUDERS targets move From AFRICA to Germany. Cited by the war Dept. as a Distinguished Unit, they have also been awarded The CROIX DE GUERRE by GENERAL DeGaulle and the French goverments for outstanding Combat Achievements. Tunisia, Rhineland, Air Offensive Europe. I will find out his Squadron. Thank you ever so much God Bless you all!!! Sam Danner (No valid email address)

Date:
8/06/01
Time:
12:02:17 PM

Hello Mike, I am publishing my book about my memoir as a combat infantryman in WWII in Patton’s Third Army.  In chapter 20 I tell about the battle of Struth, Germany.  We were in Patton’s Raiders riding shotgun in his new Pershing Tanks when we were attacked by 22 Panzers at Struth.  We had been cut off from all of our support.but they got some truck thru and took us out of there. When we left there on trucks we were strafed by some Me-109 s  and then were attacked by two B-26s who were making their second pass over us. I was the one that got out and displayed the color  panels that saves us.  They closed their bomb bay doors just prior to getting in range to drop their bombs. They were about 3,000 feet above  us. They immediately closed their bomb bay doors and dipped their wings and flew on back towards Struth.  My book will be out by November.  My web site  is: http://www.atestoffaithandcourage.com, Oscar B Ladner

Date:
7/30/01
Time:
10:45:59 PM

Charles W. McKenna BombGp: 323 Squadron: 454/455 Years: 43-44. My father, Captain Charles W McKenna, age 82, was a B-26 pilot for 26 missions in the 323 Bomb Group in the 454 Squadron in the European theater, stationed in SW England. Before this he was a co-pilot for 39 missions with the 323 Bomb Group, 455 Squadron. I possess his flight log notes that contain vivid details of his missions over primarily France. The co-pilot notes are still in his possession. While bombing the beaches east of Cherbourg on D-Day one of the bombs got hung up on its shackle. My father mentions that the bombardier, a Lt. Houston, wearing no parachute and standing on the catwalk, managed to roll the bomb that was hung up on the open door of the B-26 out of the plane just before they made it back to the Cliffs of Dover. My father goes on to say that Lt. Houston never received a medal for this heroic act, even though my father put in for one. Does any one else remember this bombardier? Or does anyone remember my father? Please contact his son, Timothy McKenna (e-mail request to B26.com) and I can put you in touch with my computerless dad in NC. PS My dad just recently received a special medal from France for being a D-Day participant.

Date:
7/30/01
Time:
12:00:42 PM

Dan Knox BombGp: 397th Squadron: 597th Years: 1942-45. My father, Freal C Knox, was a B-26B pilot flying with the 597th Squadron out of “Station 168,” which was in England someplace. My wife and I are vacationing in England this fall, and I hope to visit the area where he was based. He was there April through the end of June, 1944, when his aircraft was shot down over France. Captured, he spent the remainder of the war in POW camps. Anybody out there perhaps know where Station 168 may have been?

Date:
7/29/01
Time:
12:27:54 PM

Warren M. Grymes Years: 2.5. Although I never was a flyer with the B26 I did work on the building of the first one at the Middle River Plant. I was a milling machine operator in the main machine shop there for two years. 1939 til 1941 and I made a lot of parts for the first 26 and as I remember there was not a prototype made of that plane.

Date:
7/28/01
Time:
11:31:39 PM

Jack Hanlon 1st L. Years: 9-24-44 RE: TO WAYNE APPLING REQUEST FOR INFO. ON JACK HANLON WHO FLEW A B-26 MARAUDER IN ENGLAND NAMED “GREEN HORNET” I AM JACK HANLON’S sister in NORTH BEND ,OHIO. We just visited London and found my brother’s name in the book of honor in ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL in the AMERICAN MEMORIAL CHAPEL . We decided to for any info. on him and come a crossed your request. What a surprise. JACK’S plane was the GREEN HORNET and he was killed in a mid air crash in England on 9-24-44. HE has a son TOM A. HANLON living in MEMPHIS, TENN. HE has a picture of his dad and the b 26. He has more info. about squadron, bomb group etc. we would love to know of your interest and why.WE have rekindled a new interest in any info. you may have for us. JACK was loved by everyone he met and is a great lose to our family, HE WAS THE CREAM OF THE CROP! THRER ARE many relatives here, siblings, grandchildren, and a loyal mother who recently died at age 103 and was a GOLD STAR member all her life.

Date:
7/28/01
Time:
2:41:25 PM

Harold Simmons BombGp: 344 Squadron: 497 Years: 1945. I was a tail gunner on the B26. No assigned plane number on the missions listed below: Would like to have any information on any target cities from March 8 to April 24, 1945 Mission Dates were March 8,11,11,12,13,15,16,18,23,23,25,28; April 8,9,9,12,17,17,19,24.

Date:
7/24/01
Time:
7:37:07 PM

John “Jack” Albert Hobson BombGp: 391 Squadron: 575 Years: 1943-1944 Class: 43-H Location: Eagle Pass, TX. I am looking for surviving crew or any information on my brother-in-law John A. “Jack or Pajo” Hobson (Mississippi), co-pilot of B-26 “1880” painted on the fuselage. He was Killed in Action 6-7-44 after the aircraft was shot down and crewmembers parachuted out — 2 survivors. Partial list of crew: 2nd Lt (Captain) LeRoy R Sullivan (Minnesota), T/Sgt Joesph F Roberge (NH), and S/Sgt Kenneth D Peterson (Kansas). Thank you and God Bless all crewmembers of the B-26! Mrs. William J. Hobson Sr.

Jack Hobson was lost while serving with the 391st Bomb Group 575th Bomb Squadron on 7th June 1944 The B26 serial number 42-95848 coded 08-N was hit by flak, fell out of formation to the right and under control. Four parachutes were seen, then the B26 fell out of control and crashed into an open field north of Brouze, France. TA

Date:
7/22/01
Time:
1:12:13 AM

Roger C. Martin BombGp: 344th Squadron: 494th Years: 43-44. I’m looking for any info on my father, I know that the BS he flew with were call the Silver Streaks. The # on his B-26 was 42-107679. His pilots name was Carson W. Carrington, I would like to find anyone who may have known him or my father. My fathers name was Wayne L. Martin. Mr.Carrington was not only my fathers pilot, but was one of his best friends. So much so that my father had told my mother if she had a boy, that he wanted him named after his friend.So my middle name is Carson. Any info that you may have,I would be very grateful. Thank you. Roger C. Martin

Date:
7/21/01
Time:
7:26:22 AM

Jim Creedon BombGp: 386th/397th Squadron: 552/596 Years: 1943-1945. Hi Marauder types. Come to the annual B26 Martin Marauder meet at ESAM, Glenville NY located on NYS Rt50 North of Scotia,NY (was Schenectady County Airport)) The under reconstruction project restoring a Marauder is well under way and the results can be seen by all at its new prominent location at the Museum entrance The day is Aug 18 (afternoon) for this special meeting or come when you can to see this great static Marauder. ( It will never “fly” but is an almost complete airplane you can get into, (see ESAM website for museum hours) prev yrs have brought all kinds of B26 people; usually a score or so turn up. And there are lots of other museum & aircraft displays, all 1st class Come to the Empire State Aerospace Museum

Date:
7/20/01
Time:
2:25:33 PM

Jerry R. Dean Gentlemen: I have a friend named Norman Dudley who flew 55 missions on a B-26 with the 9th Air Force. His aircraft was shot down on December 23rd, 1944 near Luxemburg (I believe) Mr. Dudley was a Captain at the time. We have visited the B-26 at Fantasy of Flight a couple of times, each time it has been pretty emotional for Mr. Dudley. I will try to get further information, frankly, I hadn’t thought to get the Bomb Group, Squadron etc. Thank you for what you guys are doing. We’ll be back with you, Jerry Dean

Date:
7/19/01
Time:
4:33:05 PM

Pam Hale Trachta BombGp: 394th Squadron: 585th Years: 4 Class: 41-F Location: Ontario, CA I am researching the life of my father, Capt. Robert A. Hale, who was a flight instructor in Sacramento and Bakersfield, and then joined the European theater around August of ’44. He was stationed in Cambrai, France, was operations officer in the fall of ’44, and was shot down and killed on 2/21/45. I have retrieved an incredible amount of information, but would always love more, especially if anyone out there remembers him from training and instructing days. I am working on a book, but will change names as appropriate!

Date:
7/17/01
Time:
7:41:24 PM

RALPH M. WEFEL — S/SGT Radio Op – Gunner BombGp: 323 Squadron: 455 Years: 1942 – 1946 Class: Location: Send: send Date: Time: Comments: Hello, B-26 MARAUDER Vets: For a look at my WWII USAAF 323rd BG / 455th BS. I am posting this message to help a Son of a 344th BG man of the 494th BS, who with his crew were shot down on their last 60th mission over Venlow, Holland, on 23 Sept 1944. This father was S/SGT WAYNE L. MARTIN, Engineer-gunner, and his inquiring son is ROGER L. MARTIN. Any of you 344th BG Vets that knew S/SGT MARTIN in the ETO during WWII USAAF please email his son above. OK ? Also, let ROGER MARTIN know if a 344th BG Reunion Group exists and who for him to contact. You might mention my name and maybe place me as a CC in your message ? OK ? Thank you. GOD BLESS all us Old MARAUDER MEN ! Ralph and Elaine Wefel

Date:
7/16/01
Time:
9:21:04 AM

Michael Joseph Donahoe BombGp: 394 Squadron: 584 Years: 1943-1946. I was a radio gunner on B26 stationed in European Theatre of operations. Pilot of our crew was Richard Bigelow, Seattle; co-pilot, George Burghardt, Brooklyn; Edward Locke, Bombardier Navigator, Detroit; William Jardine, Engr. gunner, Ohio; Cecil Taylor, Armory Gunner, Boise. Would like to hear from anyone of the above or anyone who might be acquainted with them. Thanks for your help.

Date:
7/13/01
Time:
10:29:52 PM

William P. Morton BombGp: 344th Squadron: 494 Years: 3-1/2 Class: 44-D Location: Altus, OK.

Date:
7/13/01
Time:
9:51:01 PM

Warren Buzz Buhler Lt.Col. U.S.A.F.Ret BombGp: 394 Squadron: 587 Years: 41 to 45 Class: 42 J Location: Victorville, Ca. Flew B-26s all during WWII. Instructed at MacDill, Went to combat with the 394B Gp, Flew 65 in Europe, Came home and Instructed in B-26s at Laughlin Field, Tx

Date:
7/11/01
Time:
1:51:15 PM

John W. Dillman BombGp: 22nd Squadron: 2nd Years: 1942-45 Class: 43A Location: Western Training

Date:
7/11/01
Time:
12:56:07 AM

Diamond Hoover Anderson/Betty Anderson BombGp: 17th Squadron: 171? MacDill/Florida. My Father was Diamond H. Anderson whom flew in a B26. Does anyone have any information/memories with the 17th that knew him? He was nicknamed: Andy Anderson. Friends names I have: Glen Hotelin/Florida and “Tough Shit”. Thank You very much. And thank you for your service. Betty-

Date:
7/10/01
Time:
2:18:27 PM

Richie Kalt. I was born in 45. My father, Bernie Kalt, was a ground test pilot at Glenn L. Martin Co. Every night at dinner my sister, brother and myself were test on the B-26 and it’s working parts. I feel as if I could fly one even though I have never seen one.

Date:
7/10/01
Time:
5:02:04 AM

Gabriel Quoirin BombGp: 387 Squadron: Years: 1944. On December 25th. at about 10.30am. a B-26 either 42-107606 pilot 1st Lt. Alexander or 43-34303, pilot 1st LT. Neff, crashed on the southern edge of the Forest of Rulles( Belgian province of Luxembourg ) The plane burned after having hit the trees at the said place ” Le Prochene” I have tried to contact the Archives at Maxwell AFB on two occasions without success. Who would have the details on this crash. I was 14 years old at that time and have just retired in 1989 as a Nato Civil Servant at SHAPE, where I still surf from. I wish to be contacted by people who themselves need to know about site crashes in Belgium or Luxemburg country. Tks Gabriel A+ 🙂

Date:
7/9/01
Time:
11:06:01 PM

James C. Houston BombGp: 22nd Squadron: 2nd&19th Years: 42-44 Class: 42-8 Location: Victorville, Calif. This is an interesting Site. However you have no mention of the origingal B26 Group. The 22nd Bomb Group stated flying the B26 in 1940 until December of 1943.

Date:
7/8/01
Time:
5:06:18 PM

CEPPARO, Bruno BombGp: Squadron: BRETAGNE Years: 1942-1945. Hello, I’m a French pilot on the C135FR Tanker and my squadron wear the name of “BRETAGNE” which is the name of a French squadron that operated in WWII on B26. This squadron was created on January, 1st of 1942 and we’ll celebrate the 60th anniversary of this squadron next year. Do you know where there are some B26 flying today? In fact I’d like to make a surprise to all the people still alive and who have flown on it. thank for your information

Bruno, what is your email address?

Date:
7/8/01
Time:
10:17:06 AM

Pat De Santis BombGp: 320 Squadron: 444 Years: 1941-1945. I had 40 bombing missions On Red Hot with Don Towns as radio oerator and turret gunner. The dates of my missions were from April 23,1943 to Dec.18,1943. What was the criteria for awarding the Air Medal during that period? I also had 12 sub patrol missions from Feb.13, 1943 thru March 9, 1943. I was rotated to Atlantic City for a furlough and rest camp. I hope some one from the 320 Bomb Group can give me a definitive answer to the awarding of the Air Medal at that time period. Thank You, T/Sgt PJ De Santis

Date:
7/7/01
Time:
12:13:57 PM

dion fisher BombGp: 397 Squadron: 598 Years: 1943-1945. to whom it may concern, i am stationed with the 101 abn, and need help finding out about an award(s) that were given to the crew of the leapin lena, my grandfather, 1 lt. norton was part of their grew as a pilot and may have not gotten all of his awards and i would like to get them to him as a surprise from me. any information about how to start paperwork or obtain them for him would be of much help. dion fisher medic 101abn air assault

Date:
7/7/01
Time:
8:52:12 AM

Cheryl Fisher BombGp: 397th Squadron: 598th Years: 1943-1945. My father was a co-pilot and pilot in wwII. He was a member of the 397th, 598th squadron. His name is Maurice D. Norton. He flew a plane with the name of Leapin Lena and served under Col. Richard T. Coiner, Jr. A picture of him is in the nose art site. His group was awarded medals for their performance during the war. He never did receive these medals. He is 83 yr. old and doing fairly well. I would like to get these medals for him but I have not got any idea how to go about it. I need to know what these medals were that the group received and how to get them for him before he dies. He has told me he does not remember what they are and at the time they were given did not think it was important to get them but now he would like to have them. I would appreciate any help I could get on this as it would mean so much to him. Thank you for any help you can give me. Cheryl Fisher

Date:
7/6/01
Time:
4:46:31 PM

Katie Pearson My father flew a B26 Martin Marauder during WWII. He was shot down over Germany…and spent 16 months in a POW camp. His name was James Durward Pearson. Would anyone possibly know him or remember him? He may have been with the 555th Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group.

Date:
7/6/01
Time:
1:38:00 PM

Steven W. Hill BombGp: 44. I work at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. We were recently given a photograph of a B-26 flying through flak over France. The photo is supposed to be of the donor’s brother’s plane, or possibly taken FROM the brother’s plane. The brother was Sgt. Earl J. Parrish, in the 44th Bomber Group, which so far as we know, was equipped with B-24’s. Does anyone know (1) did 44th Bomber Group ever have B-26’s (2) did 44th Bomber Group, in B-24’s, ever fly missions with any other group equipped with B-26’s? Where and when answer to either question would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the assistance. Steven W. Hill Museum Specialist (formerly A/229 Assault Helicopters)

Date:
7/5/01
Time:
3:50:42 PM

Stephen Campbell Loder BombGp: 320th Squadron: group C.O. My Grandpa, Col. Blaine B. Campbell, was the last C.O. of the 320th Bomb Group from 28 May 45 on. I am trying to find out any information I can about him and his association with the group. Please contact me if you have any information at all — even if you didn’t know him and you were just in the group at that time. Thanks, Steve

Date:
7/4/01
Time:
1:31:03 PM

Anthony Spagnolo BombGp: 397 Squadron: 596 Years: 1942-1945 Class: March ’43 Location: Inglewood, California. I am wishing to get in contact with former servicemen that I served with. I was a mechanic on 296-144 X2-C 596 squadron, 397 Bomb Group.

Date:
7/3/01
Time:
10:31:42 PM

Ed Naddour BombGp: 387 Squadron: 557 Years: 1943-45. Am interested in finding former crewman.

Date:
7/3/01
Time:
3:50:29 PM

John Callahan BombGp: 344 Squadron: 336 Years: 1944. My father, John Callahan, was a B-26 tailgunner in a B-26 in 344th Bomb Group and 336th Bomb Squadron. After flying into Cornwall, England, from Marrakesh, he was stationed in Burtonwood, England and then flew across to Belgium, near Florennes. He would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew him in WWII. Thank you.

Date:
7/3/01
Time:
1:35:02 PM

Michael Brande BombGp: 394 Squadron: 586 Years: 4 Class: 43I Location: Ellington Field. Hi……..I loved the B26. I am now 80 and feel I can still take that baby off (it flew off easily) but landing may be a bit tougher. I go over the check sheets every night while trying to fall asleep.

Date:
7/1/01
Time:
10:44:14 PM

T/Sgt P.J. De Santis BombGp: 320 Squadron: 444 Years: 1942-1945. I flew 40 missions with Capt. Don Towns from April 1943 thru Dec, 1943 and I was rotated stateside. I would like to know how many Air Medals I was awarded, I was never officially notified. After every five missions an Air Medal was awarded. I would like to know if this is a correct assumption.

Date:
6/29/01
Time:
1:17:26 PM

Norman K. Bachert BombGp: 42 Squadron: 70 Years: 1940-1945 My father was top turret gunner on B-26 called “The Crusader”. Not sure how many missions he flew, but know he was at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Figi’s, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Grew up hearing a lot of stories which I truly enjoyed. I have a photo of dad and crew standing in front of “The Crusader”, however, do not know the other crew members. Any surviving crew members still out there or family members? Dad passed away in 1998. After dad got back to the states in 1944, he taught gunnery school. He was at McDill field in FL. and also in Greenville, SC. He was discharged in October 1945 Thank You

Date:
6/29/01
Time:
10:30:09 AM

Nancy Parrish My mom, Deanie Parrish, was a B-26 pilot…and says it was a ‘hot’ plane. She loved flying it…and towing targets for the gunners practicing for combat. She was stationed at Tyndall AFB. Mom was one of several WASP trained to fly the B-26. Originally, they were trained as an ‘experiment’ to show the male cadets that the airplane was safe to fly. Once the male pilots saw the WASP flying the B-26, the accident rate in training was lowered and the morale was raised. Just thought I’d pass that on…since it is not in your B-26 history. It is a fact…Hap Arnold and Jacqueline Cochran planned it that way…and it worked! If you’d like to read more about it, mom’s scrapbook is. Blessings all around and best of luck with your website, Nancy Parrish, Daughter of a WASP

Date:
6/28/01
Time:
12:05:07 AM

John (Mac) Macaluso Years: 1941-?. I am John’s granddaughter and seeking any information on my grandfather. I believe he completed service as a Sgt. He was a tailgunner and photographer on a B-26 medium bomber and served on many missions in the 9th Air Division. If you flew with or knew John (Mac) Macaluso in any capacity, I would love to hear from you. Grandpa is now deceased, and we would like to honor his service and his memory. Thank you! Kelly Brown

Date:
6/27/01
Time:
10:14:48 PM

1st Lt. Lawrence M. Hohlaus (Larry) BombGp: 322nd Squadron: 1st Pathfinder, Provisinal Years: ’43, ’44, ’45 Class: 44B Location: Stuttgart, Arkansas. I flew 41 missions as a Co-pilot, with 1st Pathfinder Sqdn., from Great Saling, England, Beauvais, France and St. Quintin, France, from Sep’44 to May’45. Flight crew member’s last names I remember include Gaudette, Mayes, Brown, Bryson, Perry, Robertson, Hammett, Wilgus, Shirey, Bartels, McAlpin, & Mathis. Would like to hear from any of you who are still kicking. Best Wishes To All B-26 Veterans !!

Date:
6/26/01
Time:
6:19:52 AM

Robin Broadfoot Hello, My Father, Albert Robert Broadfoot was Bombadier on a B-26 in the ETO out of Belgium (9th Corps?) toward the end of the war. His Commanders name was Maxwell, hence the ships nickname “Maxwell house- good to the last drop”. The graphic on the nose was of a cup of coffee. Dad is no longer alive, but throughout my child hood I heard the stories and looked at the fotos of “his” plane and crew. Unfortunately the fotos are gone. I would appreciate any information or Photographs from this time from his crewmembers or archives. Any help or background information would be of help to keep this significant past alive for his grandchildren. Thanks, Robin Broadfoot

Date:
6/24/01
Time:
4:34:37 PM

Rob Best BombGp: 322 Squadron: 354. This request is for my father, Ret. Capt Thomas A Best Sr, I have his crew picture and would love to post it on the site. He is alive and in Denton NC. Because of his health he has not been able to attend the last three reunions. I found out about this site from a friend whose dad also flew the 26 in WWII. I told my dad about this site and he is excited about visiting it. Thanks for doing this for the Marauder Men. Rob Best
Date:
6/22/01
Time:
2:07:51 PM

John Seiders. I worked with a man named Charles Baker from Harrisburg back in the 60’s and 70’s at tv 27 television station. Charlie was the chief engineer. During the war he was a radio operator on b-26’s. the irony of it is he helped to design the radio system in the airplane when he worked for the company when they were designing the plane. Then when he entered the service he had to attend the school to learn how to operate them. that is the army for you.

Date:
6/21/01
Time:
10:55:28 PM

Jerry Latiolais BombGp: 336 Squadron: Years: 1942-1945 My uncle, John Latiolais, flew with the 336 Bomb Group (?) out of Castle Dawson, Northern Ireland….The name of the base was Toonbridge (not sure of spelling)…He remembers the name of the pilot as Col. Vernon W. Hughes who later lived in the Washington / Oregon area….. If anyone has any info or knows where I might find additional info please let me know….. Thanks.

Date:
6/21/01
Time:
7:49:51 PM

Bill Lawson BombGp: ??? Squadron: ??? Years: 1944 Class: ??? Location: ???. I have a deceased second cousin = Walter Marshall Bailey from Summerville, SC. He was a B-26 pilot stationed in England. He flew 65 combat missions – twice on D-Day – 0600 and 1800. He was awarded one DFC and about 12 Air Medals. He brought home at least 3 airplanes with battle damage. He survived WW II. How would I find reports about his missions – esp. his mission where he was awarded a DFC? – his squadron? – his bomb group? – the members of his crew? I appreciate any support and help. Bill Lawson

Date:
6/21/01
Time:
6:29:47 PM

E. A. Moore BombGp: 386 Squadron: 555 Years: 1942 – 1945. I’m looking for anyone who served with or knew my dad, Roland E. Wallace (“Wally”). He served in the 9th AF, 386th BG, 555th bomb squadron. He was a turret gunner on one of the B-26 Marauders, but can’t remember the nickname of the plane anymore. They had a “mascot” that they called the “Red Devil”. He was in the service from July 3, 1942 until September 27, 1945. He met and married my mom in or very near London, England. He is still alive, was from Minneapolis, Minnesota and lives there now. He is 80 years old and has a pretty vivid memory once you get him started. I’ve heard from someone that he may not be listed on the roster for the 386th. If anyone else has any information about my dad or anyone who served with him or remembers him, please EMail me. Dad’s engineer was George Flemming and his bombardier was Ralph Mohr. Ralph has passed away but he’s not sure about George. Great site. EAMoore. God Bless.

Date:
6/20/01
Time:
2:36:21 PM

Ken Norman BombGp: Squadron: Years: Class: Location: Send: send Date: Time: My uncle, Walter Greer, was a tail gunner on the B-26 from 44-45. He gave me some pictures of some of the planes he flew on when he was in the 391st/574 they are Ruthless, Little Pink Panties, Baby Bumps 2, The Three Bears, with pilot Jerry Moore in it. Have their names but no Tail # to find out what happened to them. If you have that info would help me out. He also was in the 387thBG/557thBS the plane that I have a picture of is Tail # 41-31799 Kiziyo pofoth 2nd / Egalet in one picture J. Bodard is in front of it also a top turret or tail gunner. any info would be helpful. Thanks Ken

Date:
6/19/01
Time:
7:11:42 PM

Ed Thorn BombGp: 391 Squadron: 572 Years: 42-46 Class: 43-6 Location: Victorville, CA. We would be interested in a joint reunion now that our numbers have dwindled. Any interest? Let me hear from you.

Date:
6/18/01
Time:
4:29:55 PM

Ward C. Swalewll, S/Sgt, Rad-Gnr, 599thBS, 397BG was lost somewhere over Belgium or Luxembourg on 23 December 1944.  As far a we know he still remains an MIA. The pilot was a W. P. Cook. The Engineer was Frank E. Lane. The tail gunner was Maurice Fevold.  This information was provided by a crew member of another aircraft, Robert E. Myers, of Carrollville, Wisconsin in a letter dated 18 June 1945. He was in the mission that was attacked by 50-60 German fighters. Is any kind of memorial for the MIAs lost at that time? I would appreciate any information or what source to contact or pursue.  Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Warren S. Laird, Jr .

Date:
6/18/01
Time:
6:48:37 AM

Carl Carrozza BombGp: 495 Squadron: 344. The search engines have not found my b26 site yet. Come visit at http://www.geocities.com/b26carrozza/. The page includes the roll of enlisted men and officers of the 495th. I recently added pictures of the crew of the Shopworn Angel and my Dad’s bomber jacket and medals/awards. I made a “morph” of my Dad from 1942 to present. It is pretty effective.

Date:
6/18/01
Time:
2:57:32 PM

Larry Galmish BombGp: 387 Squadron: Years: 1943-44. I’m Larry Galmish, looking for anyone who knew or has information about my father, Elvin J. Galmish, B-26 pilot in the 387th group (I believe). Went down near Cherbourg, France on September 5, 1944, five days after I was born. His co-pilot was Gleason. Understand all were lost save tailgunner. Interested in knowing anything about my father, if he received word about my birth before he was lost, what type of man he was, etc. Heartfelt thanks to all who fought with him and allowing all of us to live free.

Date:
6/17/01
Time:
11:25:38 PM

Jesse Wade BombGp: 17 Squadron: 432 Years: 42-45 Location: Barksdale. Looking for any crew members that may have known my Father, Jesse Wade. He was from Oklahoma. My Dad flew 76 missions as a tail gunner. He flew with Boley, Barton, Pratt, Wallace, Crocker, Webb, Carothers, Lellmon, Gear. Some of the planes he was associated with were the Widow Maker, The Wolves, Sweet Sue, and Sis. My dad is now deceased and never would talk to us about the war. It would be nice to hear from some of his crew members. Thank you. Maurice Wade, I was named after one of his crew members.
Date:
6/17/01
Time:
2:29:55 PM

Conny Spann BombGp: ? Squadron: ? Years: Class: 43-I Location: Marfa, Texas on Oct 1, 1943. I’m searching for information about my uncle, Robert (Bob) Wingblade. He was a B26 pilot who died Feb 29, 1944 en route from Ascension Island to Roberts Field, Liberia. Bob entered Santa Ana Army Air Base in Nov 1942 and then attended flight training at Mira Loma Flight Academy in Oxnard, CA. Two of his roommates were Clyde Thompson and Jack Thomas. He was also at Gardner Field, Taft CA. He graduated from Advanced Flying Shool at Marfa Army Airfield, TX on Oct 1, 1943, then continued training at Barksdale Field, Shreveport LA through January 1944. He was assigned a new B26 at Savannah GA. Flew to Brazil, then to Ascension Islands in Jan/Feb 1944. Left Ascension Island, destination Roberts Field, Liberia. Encountered severe weather. Two planes lost — Bob’s and one other. Other planes in the group report Bob’s plane enter a cloud but didn’t see it come out. A scrapbook contains a decal “SQ 474” written in pencil. It’s round with a blue dog-like character dressed in green, holding yellow/red bombs in each hand, getting ready to toss then down. Bob’s parents and only sister (my mom) have passed away. Bob hadn’t married so there’s no remaining family. I’ve become much more interested in his pilot record, as my son’s a cadet at USAFA and also plans to fly. Thanks for any information you can provide.

Date:
6/16/01
Time:
10:19:11 PM

Leslie L Palmer BombGp: 319 Squadron: 440 Years: 42-45 Class: 44-3 Location: Childress AAF. I am looking for any information on Ted Roper and Merle Riley.They were classmates and I know Riley was KIA and won the Silver Star. Also have information that Roper was KIA but do not have any other information. I assume they were with the 9th in England.

Date:
6/16/01
Time:
5:33:35 PM

Frank E. Larkin Jr. 1st Lt. B/N “Toid Boid” BombGp: 323 Squadron: 453` Years: 43-45 Class: Location: Albequerque, NM.

Date:
6/15/01
Time:
1:36:26 PM

Suzanne Speed Powers BombGp: 320 Squadron: 443 Years: 44-45. My father, Lt. Worth M. Speed, flew a B-26 Marauder 1944-45. Was captured in 1945. Just looking for anyone who might have flown with him. He is celebrating his 80th birthday in July.

Date:
6/14/01
Time:
8:16:09 AM

Joseph J. Mastrianni BombGp: 556,558,559 Squadron: 387 Years: 43-45 Class: 1943 Location: Keesler Field, Mississippi. I am registering for my Dad. He loved this airplane and is always looking for a model to build. He also kept all his metals and names of men he flew with. I would like to keep him updated if any of you are out there. Tom Bourgeois, Callier, Digello, Wilford Moore.

Date:
6/10/01
Time:
12:50:25 PM

Merton J. Silver BombGp: 387 Squadron: 558 Years: 1942-46 Class: 43-D Location: Yuma, AZ. Was instructor twin engine, volunteered and took my b26 training at Fort Dodge, picked up crew at Barksdale and trained at Lake Charles, La. Flew a new B26 the southern route through So. America and Africa. Joined the 558 and was immediately transferred to 1st Prov Pathfinder. Trained and saw war over before we flew mission. loved that b26.

Ernie Cusano, please contact Merton J. Silver

Date:
6/7/01
Time:
5:00:32 AM

Lt. Maurice L Cohen BombGp: unknown Squadron: unknown Years: to 12/42 Class: unk. my uncle was a lieutenant in the army and an aerial gunner in a martin marauder B26 bomber that was shot down over Lake Tunisia in Dec 1942. my family was just contacted this Monday the 4th of June, that after 59 years, my uncles plane and some remains along with personal possessions have been recovered, much to our shock and amazement. The details are sketchy so far. I don’t have a clue as to his squadron #, bomb gp or class or graduation location. all I can say is its all over the news as we speak. Its being run currently on abcnews.com “WWII remains headed home”. Anyway my family and myself would like some information on his fateful flight or find anyone that might have known him. Your help is greatly appreciated! please e-mail me.

Date:
6/6/01
Time:
9:54:13 PM

Eric P Dundatscheck BombGp: 323 Squadron: 454 Years: 1940-1945 Class: 42b Location: Miami B Enlisted at Chanute fld 1940. Attended AM School . Became Instructor in Propeller Branch and went to Keesler. Attended OCS at Miami B May 42 thru July. Assigned to 449 BS 322 Group as Asst Eng O. Transferred to 454 323 in same capacity. Promoted to Captain in December of 43 as Eng O. Stayed in reserve and became LC with accreditation at Air Command and Dtaff and Air WQar College. Wrote Sustineo Alas a book that describes authors backgrond on East River Water Front in depression years, time spent in engine room of fruit ship and time spent in serivce from 40 through 45.

Date:
6/4/01
Time:
9:50:09 AM

Lt. Edward W. Davis BombGp: 322 Squadron: 452 Years: 5/43-11/44 Class: 1943 Location: Shreveport LA. I am not Edward Davis! Rather I am Philip Davis, his son. Always I am interested in hearing from anyone who served with or knew of him. My Dad was a B-26 Pilot, who arrived in England just after the disastrous, low level, B-26 attack in which all or most of the participating aircraft were lost. With the 452nd, I believe, he flew out of Rattlesden(sp), in England. At some point after D-Day the 452nd flew Bouvetille(sp), in France. His best friend was Roy Edge who died in an effort to keep his damaged plane from crashing into a populated area, in England. Edward Davis flew 76 missions before being sent home in November of 1944. He was tall. 6′ 2″ and built like a swimmer. Dad’s hair was black and wavy and his eyes were brown. My mother, his wife’s name is Barbara and her picture hung in his desk area, inside the Nissan huts, in which the air crews lived. (He had a plane named Barbara, for a while, until it blew up, while being flown by another crew. An Arkansas boy, he was friendly, but quiet. Also he had a good sense of humor. Dad read a lot. He had a reputation of being calm, cool, deliberate and lucky. People liked to fly with him and in his box. After combat he was stationed in Del Rio Texas. If anyone remembers him, please write. Philip Davis

Date:
6/4/01
Time:
9:07:05 AM

Matthew Robert Coseo Class: 2001 Location: Colgate University My name is Matthew Coseo and my grandfather was a Marauder pilot named Robert Coseo. I do not know his squadron but he flew missions over Europe and was stationed in Britain. I never knew my grandfather because he died before I was born, but I want to learn about him. If there is anyone out there who knew him or knows anything about him or where I can find out any more information, please write me at my e-mail address. Thank you all very much.

Date:
6/3/01
Time:
12:45:05 PM

George Robison BombGp: 322nd Squadron: 481st Years: 1945. To Whom It May Concern: I am writing for my father-in-law, George Robison, 80, of Patterson, Ga., who served aboard a B-26 in WWII as a radio operator. George would like to get in touch with his pilot, Bland Dysart, whom he described as the “best damn pilot who flew for any air force in World War II.” Bland, if you’re out there somewhere, your radio operator would like a word with you. Thanks, Jack Williams

Date:
6/3/01
Time:
2:09:23 AM

Carol LeSauvage BombGp: 391 Squadron: 575 Years: 1942-1945. Please help our family locate information about our uncle S/Sgt. Joe R. (Ralph) Sanchez, who was a radio gunner in the “Silver Dollar” B26th Marauder (9AF). He has been listed as MIA as of 12/23/44 when his plane was shot down 3 miles east of Ahrweiler, Germany. We know that all 6 crew members parachuted and 1st Lt. John J.Adair survived, 2 crewman’s bodies were recovered (we would like to know where and when they were recovered). Our uncle’s and two other crewmembers’ remains have yet to be found. Any information that can help us answer what may have happened to Uncle Ralph is appreciated. Additional details: Born in Whittier, California on February 29, 1924. We know he is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Luxembourg American Cemetery at Luxembourg City.

Date:
6/2/01
Time:
11:05:09 PM

John J Barta, Col USAF Ret. BombGp: 391st Squadron: 573rd Years: 4/10/42 thru12/19/45 Class: 43-E Location: Ellington Field. Immediately out of flying school I was assigned to the 474 sq, 335th RTU Barksdale Field for b-26 transition. Having completed that I was kept as an instructor pilot. After several months I was moved to the 476th sq and instructed until I was given a crew and departed for overseas in November 1944. From Savanah, I flew the southern route through South America, to Africa via Ascention Is., on to England. I was then assigned to the 391st. At Barksdale, as an instructor, I had flown the A-26 starting in May 1944 and checked out a number of pilots in the 391st when our group converted. I flew the Marauder for 23 months, June 1943 through my last flight in May 1945, and have approximately 1000 very memorable hours in that wonderful airplane. I also spent two months TDY in 1943 at Biggs Field, Tx in the 3rd Tow Target Squadron running a ground school on the B-26 as well as checking out pilots and towing targets.

Date:
6/1/01
Time:
9:59:15 PM

Billy F. Williams BombGp: 391st Squadron: 573rd Years: 1942 -19466 Class: 16-42 Location: Roswell, N.M. With the 391st since formed in Tampa, FL. in January 1943. Was a Bombardier with Frank Adams and shot down May 8,1944. Flew out of Matching Green in England. Was a Pow until April 29,1945. At Stalag Luft 3 and 7 at Moosburg.

Date:
5/25/01
Time:
12:55:09 PM

Paul Geba BombGp: 319th Squadron: 437 Years: l943-44. My dad, John Geba was in N. Africa and Sardinia, 1943-44 with the 437 BS, 319th BG. Would like to obtain copies of photos taken in this period and would welcome any other information.
Date:
5/19/01
Time:
11:15:47 PM

Thomas F. Curran . My late uncle, Lt. Bill “Red” Flanagan, was a pilot in the 387th BG. His first combat missions were at the Bulge. I’d truly enjoy hearing from any of his buddies. Thanks very much for a great site.

Date:
5/13/01
Time:
2:26:35 PM

William W. Jasper BombGp: 319 Squadron: 437 Years: 1941-1945 Location: Victorville, California. Hello, I am Trent Breckenridge, William W. Jasper is my grandpa. He was a Captain of a B-26 in the war. I am just trying to get some info on him from back then. I have a few articles and one picture of he and his crew after they were shot down and crash landed in Italy. He is still with us and resides in Sanger, California. In fact I just took him to the Doolittle Raiders reunion in Fresno, California last night and he got to talk to his buddy, Gen. David Jones. If you could help me out on getting some info or pointing me in the right direction I would be forever thankful and so would my grandpa. Thank you, Trent

Date:
5/11/01
Time:
11:32:15 AM

Capt. Stanley U. Guistwite (GUS) BombGp: 386th Squadron: 553rd Years: 1943-1945 Jerry Guistwite writing on behalf of my father, Stanley. I couldn’t believe when I did a search for B26 and found this site, fantastic! I grew up hearing the stories, seeing the pictures, and watching my Dad tear up as he talked about his experiences. Dad, a 1st Lt. at the time and co-pilot flew 65 missions before being shot down on the 65th in the ship “Dinah Might” on November 18th 1944. He spent the rest of the war a POW. I would love to hear from other crew /BG/SQ members that served with my father. I am especially interested in a particular story he told me about flying with a first time crew and losing an engine to flak, tossing out all they could to maintain altitude and being saved by a couple of spitfires. Dad is 82 and still full of life, he doesn’t have a computer nor would he use it if he did! He’s never been to a reunion, says he would get to emotional.

Date:
5/7/01
Time:
10:02:31 PM

James D. Anderson BombGp: 444th Squadron: 676th Years: 1940-45. I am looking for anyone that knew Carson Carrington, a b26pilot who I understand was shot down some time in late 1945. we were close 1940 to 42 then he went to b26s and i went to b29s.

Carson W Carrington 344th Bomb Group, 494th Bomb Squadron. 23rd September 1944 shot down by flak over Venlo, Holland in B26 42-107679 K9-M

Date:
5/6/01
Time:
12:30:38 PM

Nicholas Norman BombGp: 322nd Squadron: 452nd Years: 1942-1945. I am looking for information concerning my grandfather, Carl C. Norman of Ohio. As stated above, he was in the 322nd/452nd and flew as a tail gunner on an unknown B-26 Marauder. According to his discharge papers, he was not injured during any of his missions and I would hope that his fellow crew members or friends may be able to help me. Thank You

Date:
5/6/01
Time:
7:40:32 AM

Gabriel Quoirin . Plse anyone who knows about a B26 which crashed in the forest of Rulles( Southern Belgium, 0 on December 25th ( a sunday 0 at about 10.30am. may get in touch with me for more info from both sides. I like your huge site which has been recommended to me by Michael Faley editor of Splasher six. Cheers ! s a resistant had not passed away, I would have heard more about it. It might have been the case that he helped the crew to recover from the crash landing. I’d like to hear about anyone who knows about this plane.

Date:
5/1/01
Time:
8:50:01 PM

Glenn Bickley. Looking for information regarding my late uncle 1st Lt. John Bickley. I have information that he was in the 336th Bomb Group that was a replacement training unit in Florida during 1943. They transferred overseas in the late summer or early fall of 1943. I do not know what combat squadron he was transferred to, but I do know they were stationed in Northern Ireland for theatre orientation. Does anyone recognize this bomb group designation?

Date:
4/29/01
Time:
6:19:56 PM

Charles E. Wm. Flegel BombGp: 599 Squadron: 397th Years: l942 to l945 Class: 43 Location: Obtario, Oregon. I have been trying to find something about my group or squadron. We went overseas on Jan l, 1944 and then to San Quentin, France. I have gone through all the shown information and have not found one that was stationed there. We were then transferred to Venlo, Holland and I see several other groups that were there also.

Date:
4/24/01
Time:
10:46:46 PM

D. Toler BombGp: 397 Does anyone remember a navigator by the name of Milton Moorman? Flew with a Col. Birkenkamp of the 397th bomb group. I believe Batjer was the CO.

Date:
4/22/01
Time:
9:38:51 AM

I was a milling machine operator at the Middle River Plant of The Glenn L. Martin Co. from April 1939 until July 1941 and I worked on many parts of the B26 including the initial prototype parts and I have always been proud of that. In the Spring of 1941 I had to modify part of the nose wheel assembly to allow the planes to turn in a tighter circle. The first, as I was left to believe, 15 planes that were sent to Wright Patterson for testing nose wheel assemblies were sent back to Martin’s and I got the job. This information may not be pertinent to your web site but I just wanted to let you know that some of us who worked on those wonderful planes were very proud of our contribution. Cordially, Warren M. Grymes

Date:
4/22/01
Time:
12:51:35 AM

I am hoping to contact anyone who may have knowledge of the crew of the B-26 that my uncle was killed in. His name was S/Sgt. Wetzel Kimball, with the 387th Group, 557th Squadron. On his 71st mission, out of Clastes in France, he volunteered to replace a tail gunner who had become ill. The crewmen who survived the crash were William Floyd Ray (pilot), Dennis Jones (co-pilot), and Raul Pompa, Engineer. The deceased were Preston Prejean (Radio), James DuBois (Navigator), and James Padgett (Bombardier). This crash occurred on Nov. 25, 1944, near the town of Sains-Richaumont. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Michael Jones

Date:
4/21/01
Time:
1:49:34 PM

James B. Aten BombGp: 320 Squadron: 441. I am asking if anyone can recall searving with my father. His name was James Delmer Aten, Called James, Jim, Del, or a number of other names. According to his discharge papers he was in the 12th Air Force, 320th Bombardment Group, 441th Bomb Group. He was a tail gunner on a B-26 as far as I can recall from what he did talk about the war. This is about all I know and would like to find out more. He had some great pictures and we (my brothers and I) would like to know more if possible. Thank You James B. Aten (No valid email address)

Date:
4/21/01
Time:
1:41:44 PM

Thank you for developing this site. My dad was a co-pilot on a B-26 over France in the 1943 – 1944 area. He is no longer with us, but was very proud of the thirty three missions that his plane flew. He was member of the 17th bomb group stationed , I believe, in Dijon France. His name was Eugene Vaughn Allen and his rank was 2nd Lt. United States Army Air Corps. His airplane crashed at one point, upon take-off from his base in France with a full load of bombs – 8,000 pounds according to his notes next to the photographs. All survived . His plane was nicknamed “Big red” because the rear tail was painted that way – it also sported a large black panther in the nose. If you can give me any information regarding this plane and its’ crew (Jim Rogers was the pilot), I would be most appreciative. Please stay in touch. Thanks. Dave Allen

Date:
4/21/01
Time:
2:52:44 AM

George E. Beaman BombGp: 17 Squadron: ?? Years: 41-45 Class: 41 Location: Dallas, Love Field TSGT Beaman was crew chief on “SWEET SUE” until crash on 97th mission. Currently living in N.E. TX. 78 yrs old. This posted by Walton Beaman, son.

Date:
4/20/01
Time:
4:50:40 PM

Harvey G. Lias BombGp: 320 Squadron: 441 Years: 1943 Class: 1942 Location: Akron, Iowa.

Date:
4/17/01
Time:
11:05:31 PM

Gervais Jarmer, B-26 tailgunner, Years: 1940-44. Can you please help me, I am researching information on my Grandfather’s B-26 crew. He flew in the bomber named “The Hannibal Hoops”. If anyone has any information on him or his crew, please e-mail me. Thank you, Nathan Wiedenmann

Date:
4/14/01
Time:
10:36:32 PM

Donald Allen Farrow BombGp: 494 Squadron: 344 Years: 1943-1946.

Date:
4/8/01
Time:
11:55:56 PM

Ralph Woolf BombGp: 320 Squadron: 442 Years: 1944-45 Class: 44-C Location: Fredrich AAF OK As Sec’y treasurer of the 320 Bomb Group I will respond to any members, or relatives of any of our members.

Date:
4/8/01
Time:
9:37:30 AM

Looking for Don Hetrick, tailgunner and musician, ETO 1944-45. He later resided in Hatboro Pa., later moved to Md., was HS music teacher and jazz musician (sax and percussion). If anybody is looking for Eddie Dorson (bombardier) he lives in GILLELEJE, Denmark – my town. Tom Heller

Date:
4/6/01
Time:
10:31:30 PM

Henry C. Palmer BombGp: 394 Squadron: 584 Years: 1944-1945. Feel free to contact me. There is a reunion in Tucson, AZ. 9/27/2001 for 394th Bomb Group.

Date:
3/31/01
Time:
10:11:02 PM

I would like information about Harold J. Brothers. He grew up in Owensville, Ohio. He entered service in June 1942 and served thru Oct 1945. He was a Master Sergeant at the end of the war and at least towards the end we have orders signed indicating that he was the Chief Operations Officer for the 323rd. He spoke frequently about Col. Wood and was able to visit with him approximately 10 years ago. Thanks again Douglas J. Brothers

Date:
3/31/01
Time:
4:45:02 PM

Dave Earl . Calling all `Marauder Men`! Those who have visited the links pages on this site will recall I wrote an article & pictures entitled “Mountain Marauder”. This I was able to compile from contact with the pilots brother, as well as archive records. My latest project for a book involves crashes around the Isles and Scottish Hebrides, and one such incident involved a B-26 on a ferry flight to the UK. During a spell of low cloud, and with mechanical & radio trouble, the B-26 made a hasty landing at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, 24th June 1944. With only 1,500ft of runway she overshot, hit a truck & was written off. The pilot, 2/Lt Ed Smolen, Co-Pilot 2/Lt Ed Smith & Nav 2/Lt John Sisson were killed, and 2 survived. I am trying to locate the survivors or anyone who knew them, they were R/Op S/Sgt Philip W.Jones & Gunner Sgt J.E.Mattison . Any help from the two survivors, or info or pictures of any of the crew would be most welcome. Thanks & Regards. Dave Earl.

Date:
3/31/01
Time:
7:55:40 AM

Frank P. Carrozza BombGp: 344 Squadron: 495 Years: ’44. Location: Stansted. I’ve just posted the roster of the personel of the 344 BG, 495 SQ., from some old records I kept. I have wartime addresses and serial numbers as well. I’d like to hear from each and every one of you or from friends and relatives.

Date:
3/28/01
Time:
9:33:02 AM

Jack Turner. I was a B-26 pilot in tbe 599 sq, 397th gp with mission on D day etc. I’m 81 now, I got my pilots lic. in 1941 and quit flying 4 years ago. Good luck-Jack T.

Date:
3/27/01
Time:
11:19:36 PM

Marauders on 2. March 1945
Hello. I am Slovak air force historical researcher. I am working on a project covering all actions of the Luftwaffe and USAAF over Europe on March 2., 1945. Please, can you help me in search for any info on Marauders actions that day and their fighter cover. I know that there was one loss of B-26. Any details could be added? I was looking at home for more info on that 2.March 1945 mission, to give you some data of help to assist me. So various sources says, that 30-120-150 (what was the real number?) of Marauders attacked stores at Giesen. One of the BGs assigned had to be 394.BG (is it right?). They were attacked at 1722 hours by 9-12 FW 190s and Me 109s. One plane B-26 42-95933 was lost due to fighter fire. He had to belong to 391.BG, 1.PFSQ (is this right?) Please, can you find for me as much info as possible about this action, about this sole loss and about the claims of the board gunners of other Marauders (they claimed several e/a shot down, and really three enemy FW 190s were lost probably due their fire.) Also any photo on Marauders or crews related to this action would be greatly welcomed. Any info will help me. Thanks Peter

Date:
3/27/01
Time:
10:26:19 PM

Hello, My name is Dillon Pritchard. I am doing a project for school on my family’s history. My Grandad, Major William Pritchard, was a B-26 pilot. He flew “The Coughin Coffin”. I’m not sure, but I think he was in the 17th and 323rd bomb groups. I have no idea what squadron though. If you could, please give me information or links that involve the coughin coffin or the squadrons it was in. Thank you and please respond. Dillon Pritchard

Date:
3/25/01
Time:
8:49:19 AM

Jonathan Andrew Sheen BombGp: 387th Squadron: 558th Location: MacDill. More is now available on-line about the “Secksma Sheen.” 387th Bombardment Group, 558th Squadron Pilot: Major Lewis B. Sheen. Are you, or do you/did you know one of these men? If so, please send me an e-mail. I’d love to identify all the men in this shot including ranks and flight duties. Thanks very much!

Date:
3/24/01
Time:
6:44:26 AM

I am looking for information on my Grandfather Robert Brannon (he went by Bob). He was a tail gunner in “Luckey Lady”. He was in France and Italy. He served with Doolittle for a bit. Born June 21, 1922, armeror-gunner Dijon France 17th BG. Supplied the crews in Tokyo for the first attack served in Corsica and Gardenia flew 49 missions 24 of them over Germany. He received Air Medal, 6 oak leaf clusters. Authorized to wear the European Theater ribbon. 3 battle stars. Distinguished unit badge. Service medal, 5 bronze stars, croix de Gueree. This is all I know except that he joined when it was the Army Air Corps. I want to compile all the info that I can for the family. He lived in Ohio. His wife (my Grandmother) was named Martha, I have been searching and have not come up with much so far. Can you help? Thanks, Christoper Brown

Date:
3/23/01
Time:
9:44:26 PM

Lane Coleman BombGp: 396 Squadron: 597. My father was flew as a crew member with Col. Wood. He was sqd. bombardier for the 597 th. They had three aircraft as I know of two crash landings. There is a group still around, and reunions on occasion. Contact me if you like. Best Wishes.

Date:
3/20/01
Time:
12:42:57 PM

Larry Rocheleau A very interesting web site for almost anyone ever associated with the most beautiful aircraft devised by man. In the early 50’s we had several B26 aircraft outfitted for recon. at Spangdahlem AFB Germany. The last time I saw them was in May of 54 and the all looked and ran like new. They were part of the 10th TacRecon group out of the Carolinas. I was not directly involved with the aircraft but did manage to hitch a couple (un-official) flights for r&r.

Date:
3/20/01
Time:
11:31:57 AM

Hugh Walker BombGp: 391 Squadron: 572 Years: 42-45 Class: 43A Location: Ellington.

Date:
3/20/01
Time:
6:35:21 AM

Hello, I wonder if you can help me. I work with a woman whose Father flew in a b-26. His name is William H. Considine. One of the planes he flew in was called (if he remembers it correctly) Hell and Highwater. He was in Europe in 43-44 and stationed in Tunis and Sardinia. He is desperately seeking information on the 319th bomb group, 437 squadron. He is hoping for pictures and in the best case scenario a way to contact long lost comrades. He does not have internet access and I agreed to help. Yours has been the best site so far and I hope perhaps you know of a way to locate pictures or names for this man. Also, I would like your permission to print some information from this site and share it with him. Thank you in advance for your help. Also, I think your site is very well designed and now I am personally interested in this particular plane and the war itself. Thank you. Dan Knight

Date:
3/20/01
Time:
12:21:51 AM

Ralph B Woolf BombGp: 320 BG; Squadron: 442 BS; Years: 1944-45 Class: 44c Location: Fredrich, OK. I am the sec.y treasurer of the 320th bomb group and was a co-pilot and pilot in the 442 bomb squadron. I handle most of the groups queries and request for info. we will meet this year in Albuquerque, NM, Sept 6, 7, 8, 2001. Next year we will have a reunion with the 17th and 319th bomb groups in Kansas City. date to be announced.

Date:
3/19/01
Time:
9:19:39 AM

Stephen A. Prokopiak BombGp: Squadron: 559 Years: 1943-45. Looking for information on my father who was a member of the 559th…his name was Stephen Chester Prokopiak, from Carteret, New Jersey, had a brothers Joseph Prokopiak and Stanley Prokopiak who also fought in WWII.

Date:
3/18/01
Time:
8:45:24 PM

John C. Dinou BombGp: 344 Squadron: 496 Years: 1942-45 Class: 43K Location: Brooks Field, TX. Please visit my web site. John

Date:
3/18/01
Time:
12:12:04 PM

John D. Privette. NAV/BOMB, flew 52 missions BombGp: 322 Squadron: 449 Years: 43-45 Class: 43 Location: Laredo, TX. His WWII dairy is incomplete regarding crews, plane names….childhood stories remembered the mentioning of Flak Bait. Please email with insights or search directions.

Read with interest the memoir of Eugene Schantz, Captain, Army Air Force 322 Bomb Group, 449 Squadron…..my Dad’s dairy mentions bailing out over the basefield due to hydraulic damage from a mission on 9/11/1944. Curious if Capt. Schantz mission is identified along with crew? Thanks John Privette

Date:
3/17/01
Time:
7:44:22 PM

Richard (Dick) Ayers BombGp: 394 Squadron: 586 Years: 42-45. I’m remembered for the “nose art” I painted on the noses of the squadron’s bombers. I served with the 586th from MacDill all the way to Venlo, Holland.

Date:
3/16/01
Time:
6:14:24 PM

Marvin Kellman, B-26 tail gunner, 394 BG, 586 BS, is trying to find any of his crew. Please e-mail and I can supply addition info.

Crew members: Pilot, Davis; Co-Pilot, Harris; Bombardier, Carlisle; Radio, E. Swinford; Engineer, Copeland; Armorer/tail gunner, Kellman. Served in Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe. Went to war in 1942 out in 1945. One (1) silver cluster and 2 bronze oak leaf clusters. If any of his crew is still around I’m sure he would love to see them. Thank you again for any help. Dave Feld

Date:
3/13/01
Time:
7:34:24 PM

Robert L. Holliday (Hap) . BombGp: 391st Squadron: 573rd Years: 42-45 Class: 43F Location: Gulf Coast. Would like to hear from any and all 391 people who have not contacted me through the 391st Bomb Group Association.

Date:
3/12/01
Time:
9:21:16 PM

Alexander Ehoodin. BombGp: 322 Squadron: 449. My Dad was in Flak Bait, WWII. He’s 81!!! My children as well as myself are interested in any info on his ship, crew, etc. Thank you. Peter S. Ehoodin

Date:
3/11/01
Time:
1:11:23 PM

Boyd V. Hall BombGp: 322 Squadron: 449&452 Years: 1942- 1945 Class: Location: Altoona. Pa. 16601. Hello I was with the 322Bomb Group when it was formed at MacDill Field. Signed up for combat there, and when we moved to England at Bury St Edmunds was there for the first two raids but wasn’t assigned to a crew then. Finally was on my first mission on July 31 1943, and finished on the 65th on Feb.2,1945. I would like to hear from any one from the group.
Boyd V. Hall

Date:
3/9/01
Time:
10:23:21 PM

John James Bickley. BombGp: Squadron: Years: 41 to 44. I have received further info on my late uncle 1st Lt. John James Bickley: 336th Bomb Group November 14 1942 Fort Meyers, Fl.; 478th Bomb Group December 9, 1942 Avon Park, Fl; 336th Bomb Group August 28, 1943 Camp Kilmer, NJ. This info is from the US Army Total Command Center, and John’s 293 file. There may be some confusion between groups and squadrons. John was sent overseas and eventually he and his crew transferred to B-17’s. He was shot down on 31 December 1943 over Cognac, France and he and six other crewmembers were KIA. Does anyone recognize this name or can they provide anymore leads?? Thank you all so much for your sacrifices. Glenn Bickley

Date:
3/7/01
Time:
6:58:12 PM

Douglas Peterson. BombGp: 391 Squadron: 574 Years: 42-45 Class: 42 Location: ETO Send: send Date: Time: Hello to everyone! I’ve been talking with Bill Hollis, who sends regards also to crews and ground personnel. Anyone else who would like to write me can do so at email address

Date:
3/4/01
Time:
7:21:38 PM

Campbell H. Williams, Sgt. Squadron: 89th Air Service Squadron Ninth Air Force Years: 1942-1945; Location: England and France. I am the daughter of Sgt. Campbell H. Williams. He is presently terminally ill with cancer. He was a mechanic on B-26 Marauders during his service in England and France. He was often on detached duty in France repairing planes that went down for various reasons. He has always spoken fondly of his love for those planes.

Date:
3/3/01
Time:
10:14:34 PM

Mark T. Phillips (son of vet. William. A. Phillips) BombGp: 323rd Squadron: 456th Years: 1942-45 Class: Location: ETO. Just wanted to leave a note re: info. Anyone recall 1st Lt. William A. Phillips (d. 1997) Flew as a navigator/bombardier w/ Jim Dissey’s crew. Have some pics to ID and other names. Bill Glock ? Looking for plane name/tail #. All info appreciated and thank you.

Date:
3/3/01
Time:
6:37:23 PM

Marvin Kellman, tail gunner on B-26, trying to find any of his crew. Please email and I can supply more info.

Date:
3/1/01
Time:
4:12:50 PM

Reuben Ward . My grandfather was aboard a B-26, he is my hero. He enlisted immediately after Pearl Harbor until 1945. I do not know many stories to relate but I thought it may help to have another name chronicled. his name is George Lester Ward. He was a radio operator and gunner in the 397th Bombardment and the 599th Squadron. The plane was the Lucky Strike although the name may have changed.

Date:
3/1/01
Time:
12:23:46 PM

Lt. Frank White BombGp: 386 Squadron: 552 Years: 42-46 Class: 43a Location: Valdosta, Ga. Looking for buddies who flew with my dad Frank White from New Jersey. His ship was named “danny boy”. He flew 69 missions and was wounded (in a different ship) June 22 1944. He is 80 and is still driving me nuts. Hope to hear from someone soon.

Date:
2/24/01
Time:
3:28:29 PM

Ralph M. Wefel BombGp: 323 Squadron: 455th BS Years: 1942-45 Class: Location: ETO — all in France.

Date:
2/23/01
Time:
2:08:39 PM

James A. Graham BombGp: 344 Squadron: 494 Years: 1942-1945 Class: 1942 Location: Keesler Field, Miss.

Date:
2/22/01
Time:
5:09:04 PM

Lt. Rodney Brubaker BombGp: 344 Squadron: 495 Years: 1944-45 Class: 1943 Location: Ellington Field-Houston, Texas. Still Kicking After All These Years! Age 82-Married to same girl—Proud Great Grandfather-Live in Mexia, Texas- Miss the good times and crews!!!! Based in Stansted, England

Date:
2/21/01
Time:
4:04:51 AM

Christine (Butler) Parker BombGp: 323rd Squadron: 323. Years: 1942-?? Location: Rhineland. Trying to find information on my father, Frank Lloyd Butler. I found out that my dad was a clerk for the 323rd “White Tailed” Marauder medium bomber group. While growing up he never talked about the war and now that he is gone I have come across some papers and pictures and would be interested in having someone explain them to me. I have pictures of where bombs were dropped on Dannes on Feb 5, 1944. If anyone knows anything about this operation please email me at. Thank you, Chris Parker

Date:
2/20/01
Time:
6:22:03 PM

Henry Clinton “Clint” Palmer BombGp: 394th Squadron: 584th Years: 1942-1945. I am an 80 year-old veteran of WWII. I am interested in reading, seeing, or helping contribute to the work in putting together any information pertaining to my area.

Date:
2/19/01
Time:
8:21:01 PM

BombGp: 19th? Squadron: Years: 42,43? Class: Location: Sardinia. I am helping a family member of Jack Miller try to locate “Ace Shapiro” who was a tail gunner ?? and crew member of Commander Jack Miller while in Sardinia. Information is approximate, I hope those who read this will understand. Thank you! Cecil Wagner, USAF SSgt 1968-1976

Date:
2/18/01
Time:
3:51:23 PM

Joseph Sulkin.  I was a B26 pilot during WWII and I am seeking information on a B25 crash on iceberg in Alaska the pilot was named J. Blaise. Does anyone have any information on the crash?

Date:
2/16/01
Time:
10:24:54 PM

Tommy Thompson BombGp: 319th Squadron: 440th Years: 1944 Class: 1943 Location: Selma Feild, LA. I am active in reunions and would like to correspond with any members of my group. Navigator, wounded JAN 1944.

Date:
2/12/01
Time:
11:04:05 PM

Raymond Paul Engelhardt, Sr., from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. 320th BG, 444th Sq. Corsica. One of his planes was “FUBAR” which is pictured in a magazine-type book on B-26s.

Date:
2/12/01
Time:
10:04:05 PM

Harvey Jacobs BombGp: 323rd Squadron: 456th Years: Class: 43-A Location: Lubbock Tx.

Date:
2/12/01
Time:
5:36:01 PM

Brain Davies SSGT BombGp: 394 Squadron: 587 Years: 1942-1945 Class: Location: Mac Dill to Cambre. SSGT Brian Davies, ToggleBomb. & Nav, Flew 65 combat Missions from England through France till 26 March 1945. Bloody Mary was the Aircraft 38 – 40 Missions. I am seeking photo’s or information on the Bloody Mary (which crashed landed on take off with Full Bomb load. All survived the war and still in contact with all crew Members minus Co-pilot) Regret to inform you that T-SGT Frank Zatopek WaistGunner Passed away during Christmas time of 2000. If any one wishes to contact please feel free to do so. Brian Davies

Date:
2/12/01
Time:
1:57:37 PM

T/Sgt James P. Kelley Jr BombGp: 394th Squadron: 584th Years: 41-44 Class: 42 Location: Barksdale, Boreham, Eng, Cambrai, France. Looking for any information concerning my father James Kelley. He was at Barksdale Field for late ’42 to late 43′. Then on to Kellogge Field to be with the 394th BG – 584th BS. He was sent to England and then France. A book Bridge Busters gave us alot of information but we were wondering if any one remembers Capt. L.Harper, P.Stephens, J.Harrison, R. Pagano, S. Ottenheimer, W. Andrew, K.Wolf or J. Kelley – their plane was shot down 11/22/44 over Germany. (H.Mote suvived). They usually flew ‘Wingless Victory’ I have pictures and we are trying to name faces. Thanks to everyone.

Date:
2/11/01
Time:
5:05:36 PM

Russell L. Williams BombGp: 386 Squadron: 556 Years: 1 Class: Sergeant Location: France. I would like to hear from any members of my crew.

Date:
2/8/01
Time:
8:23:58 AM

Howard Troup . My father, Jay S. Troup, was a radio operator in the Battle of the Bulge. He was shot down and was a prisoner of war. He died in 1979 when I was 12 years old I am trying to locate someone who new my father during the war. I have a picture and on the bottom is LCAAF I June 44-551-4 could you tell what this means? Howard

Date:
2/6/01
Time:
2:21:00 PM

Bill Rooney . Does anyone remember Phil Rooney – Pilot B-26, 65 Missions, Europe 43-44, 391st BG, Crashed/Died March 27, 1945 while towing practice target over Yakima Firing Center, Yakima Washington? Thank you, Brother Bill Rooney

Date:
2/5/01
Time:
5:48:58 PM

Rudolph Gasperich BombGp: 17th Squadron: 95 Years: 1940-45 Class: 1941 Location: Columbia, S.C. I’m sending this message for Rudy, since he does not have a computer. I know him well. He is still flying at 83. He flew several B26’s, one was called the (Lounge Lizard), another called (Speedy) and one called, Widow Maker. He was stationed in North Africa from 1942-45. Crew Chief’s name; Furnace, Co-pilot was Lt. McGuire, Gunner was; Brown. One of the pilot’s he knew is David Jones (Davy Jones). Bombardier/navigator was; Aggers. Had his training at Columbia, S.C. in B25’s and move to Barksdale Louisiana for B26 training. Would like to hear from anyone who might have known Rudy and or any of the other names that I have mentioned. Thank You, Ray Smith

Date:
2/5/01
Time:
12:44:01 PM

Frank P. Carrozza BombGp: 344th Squadron: 495th Years: 1944-45; Location: Stansted & Pontoise. My name is Frank P. Carrozza I flew 65 missions out of Stanstead 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: or Frank P. Carrozza,

Date:
2/4/01
Time:
12:33:58 PM

Richard E. Collins

Date:
2/3/01
Time:
10:43:17 PM

James Robert Humphreys, P.E. BombGp: Squadron: Years: 1943-1945 Class: H-’44 Location: Del Rio, TX. Upon getting my Pilot’s wings at Lubbock, TX in Jun.’44, 20 of our graduating class of 300 were picked for Marauder combat flight training at Del Rio, TX. We went through all the system’s classes, but never got over-seas with the airplane before the Marauder pilot training program was cut back! We were then ordered to fly Bombardier/Navigator training missions and racked up 120-125 hours per month flight times until discharged in Dec.1945. -James R. Humphreys, P.E.

Date:
1/30/01
Time:
1:10:43 AM

James H. Perkoski BombGp: 386; Squadron: 555; Years: 42-44; Class: 43J; Location: Great Dunmow.

Date:
1/28/01
Time:
2:42:02 PM

Oliver Jumper BombGp: 320 Squadron: 443 9th AF Years: 1943-1945 Class: Location: Send: send Date: 2/8/01 Time: 10:58:07 AM Comments: My dad was Oliver Jumper. BombGp: 320th Squadron: Years: 1943-1945 Location: France & Germany. He was a B-26 pilot from 1943-1945 in Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, and North Apenines. My dad’s nickname was “Jump”. He was a First Lt. and flew 13 missions. I remember him saying that he didn’t always fly with the same crew members. I do remember him talking about a buddy named “Hedges”. Dad went to High School in Lacrosse, Indiana and played the violin and piano. During pilot training, Dad spent time at Shreveport, La., San Antonio, Tex., Fredrick, Oklahoma. Dad received 2 Air Medals, the American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, German Occupation Medal, and the Victory Medal…. Dad passed away in 1979 after raising 2 sons who were very proud of him. Just before he died, he and I took a little trip to Wright Patterson A.F. Museum and I was able to get a few pictures of him standing next to the B-26 that is on display. I wish the pictures would have turned out. Dean Jumper

Date:
1/27/01
Time:
9:46:14 PM

Albert B. Sax BombGp: 386 Squadron: Years: 1943-45 Location: England, France, Belgium. What a surprise to find B-26 on the internet. I was in 9th airforce headquarters in Bournmouth, England in 1943. Also with the B-26 in Beaumont-sur-Oise and St. Trond, Belgium. Will write later with more details. Send regular mailing address to me by email. Thank You, Al Sax

Date:
1/27/01
Time:
4:25:46 PM

Dick Seager BombGp: 17th Squadron: 95th Location: Korea K-9 Pusan. I was a gunner on the B26. It was a three man crew, pilot, navigator-bombardier, gunner. Phil Pugh–pilot and Bob Shelton nav. bomb.

Date:
1/24/01
Time:
11:13:16 PM
Gene D. Lowe BombGp: 391 Squadron: 575. My dad, Gene D. Lowe, was a navigator in a B-26. Would love to here from anyone who might have known him. He has lost touch with most of the men he served with. Thank you all for your service. Kenneth Lowe

Date:
1/23/01
Time:
8:03:38 AM

Robert E. Breidenthal Years: 1942-3 Class: 41-A. I never flew b-26 overseas. Was an instructor at barksdale. test flew at wright patterson and hunter field savannah ga. wonder if any of now aged buddies are still around. the second character in my email address is the numeral zero.

Date:
1/22/01
Time:
11:23:56 PM

Burt Schoen BombGp: 391 Squadron: 409 Years: 42-45. I was an armorer on B26 originating at MacDill field. And then with the 409th bomb group at Roding in Essex. Would love to hear from anyone to talk about old times. thanks Burt Schoen

Date:
1/19/01
Time:
11:04:56 PM

W. B. (Willie B.) Paine BombGp: 394 Squadron: 585 Years: 42-45 Location: Shreveport & Pensacola Willie B. Paine is and was Engineer and gunner. He talks about how great the B26’s were and how the crews loved them. His pilot was Billy Billington whom he loved dearly. Billy made his last flight last year, ’00. He was a nice guy. Dad said he saved their you know whats many a time. Dad is looking for John Macki, another engineer. This man convinced his pilot to break formation and fly cover for Dad’s plane when they were shoot-up extremely bad over France or Germany. Any information would be welcome to my Dad. Thanks to all of you who helped to keep us free. Proud son, Rodney Paine

Date:
1/19/01
Time:
5:30:42 AM

braxton bradford i’m trying to locate information on sgt joseph a. koballa, who i’m told flew on a plane call “tobacco road.” this may have been w/the 322nd bomb gp. he received the silver star per g.o. in 1944. any help would be greatly appreciated. best, braxton

Date:
1/17/01
Time:
12:04:50 AM

Ellen Krueger for Master Sgt. Donald E. Proudfit 391st Bombardment Group. Squadron: 575th; Years: 1942-47. Location: Matching Green England.

What a pleasure to have found this site. My companion of nine years Master Sergeant Donald E. Proudfit passed away on October 28,2000. He served in the 391st Bomb Group and was a member of their association. Don was very proud of his service years and had many stories of England, France, and Belgium. The pictures of the B-26 helped tie together the stories of the 391st Bomb group. Thanks so much! Ellen Forbes Krueger

Date:
1/16/01
Time:
4:04:24 PM

I was a young boy during WWII, living in Texas. We were close to Dallas and were treated to lots of a/c flying overhead constantly. My brother and I became quite adept at identifying the a/c type just by listening to the sound it made. The silky-smooth Merlins and the low hum of big round P & W’s were easy to ID. But when we heard a plane that had a little meaner and throatier rumble, it meant only one thing….MARAUDER! Out to our back yard we’d fly; there were no trees there to interfere. We’d just stand and stare as that beauty flew by. Occasionally, we would be treated to a low altitude, high-speed pass (performed strictly within the guidelines established by the C.A.B., I’m sure). An exceptional airplane, crewed by exceptional people. Thanks for what you did. Fred Hardin

Date:
1/16/01
Time:
9:05:36 AM

Glenn Bickley Years: 1943. Looking for information on my late uncle, 1st Lt. John James Bickley. Info that I have says that he trained as a B-26 pilot in Avon Park, FL. in Summer 1943. Went overseas with 9th Air Force to a base in Northern Ireland for theatre orientation. John and his crew transferred to B-17’s and were assigned to the 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds, England around Thanksgiving of 1943. John’s B-17 was shot down over Cognac, France 31 December 1943 and he and six of the crew were KIA. I have a lot of info regarding Johns B-17 service but almost nothing on his B-26 service. Can anyone get me started in the right direction? Glenn

Date:
1/15/01
Time:
3:13:53 PM

My uncle First Lt. Frederick C. Gedge, BombGp: 319 Squadron: 440 Years: 1942-44, was lost in action over Italy while a B-26 pilot assigned to the 319th Bombardment Group, 440th Squadron. I would very much appreciate any information anyone could provide about my uncle, his crew, name of his plane, his last mission, etc. I believe that he was shot down and later died near the town of Ovietto (orvieto??), Italy in January 1944 and was later buried at the U.S. Military cemetary in Nettuno, just outside Anzio. Craig Davis

Date:
1/14/01
Time:
7:22:35 PM

Joseph S. Meckoll BombGp: 387 Squadron: 557 Years: 1943-1945 Class: 44C Location: Blackland Fld.Waco,TX; Editoreld, Waco, TX Send: Editor of Yea-Botz , newsletter of the 557th Bomb Squadron.

Date:
1/14/01
Time:
3:20:40 PM

Zack Bosslet BombGp: 352. My grandfather was a b26 pilot in the war and flew on d-day as I am sure most of them did. he is still here with us today and I am so very proud of him and my other grandfather as well who served in the navy during the war. he also is still with us today. I hold a sense of pride to have living ties with the greatest generation America has ever seen. I want to reach out my thanks to all veterans alive and dead from the revolutionary war all the way to Kosovo. my grandfather’s name is William “Wild bill” Moriarity and his plane was called “Top Sarge”. again than you to all who sacrificed their lives at war and those who kept our country intact during those times.

Date:
1/9/2001
Time:
4:19:00 PM

I am seeking any information on Lt. James Elliott, who was shot down at St. Lo France. He was a Pilot, Squadron unknown, believed to be stationed in England. He was ex enlisted Glider Pilot who had gone to Pilot training. He may have been Squadron instructor pilot. He rotated to Europe from Florida piloting his own plane. I believe he was shot down somewhere around D Day. Lt. Elliott was my Uncle, whom I never knew and I would appreciate any information or help you could provide. Thank You Les Taylor, USAF ret

Date:
1/4/2001
Time:
3:47:00 PM

Brett Moonen Years: 1944-1946 Class: 44F Location: Shepard Field Comments: Just trying to get some history of my father’s service. He was one of many who would not discuss the war. His name was Donald F. Moonen and was part of a cadet program that graduated from Shepard Field in 1944, in class 44-F. Coincidentally, my choir director (and the master organist) at West Point graduated in 44-G, John Davis. After becoming an officer, he was assigned to Europe and flew over Holland (his ancestral home) and Germany. He had orders to the Pacific on VJ Day and went to Oklahoma for a year before he had the choice of resign or stay in at a lower grade. He stayed in the USAFR until rtmnt and swore me in upon my commissioning at West Point in 1974.

Date:
01/04/2001
Time:
4:12:26 PM

My Father-in-law, Donald A. Seitz, was a T-sergeant in the 33rd squadron in the 22nd bomb group. He and I were looking in the net for information on his group. He is 84 now. Thanks Debbie Seitz

This is Don A. Seitz eng. Gunner for Cap. Kindig and later Lt. Lint in B-25 & B-24. Kindig became a major and Lt. Lint became our pilot. I completed my missions and was sent back to USA in 44. I want hear from my crew. The B-25 I flew in was named “I’ll do anything for a price”. I don’t know the name of the B-24. Don.

Date:
01/03/2001
Time:
4:12:26 PM

Wynn Anderson My father, Winfred W. Anderson, was a pilot with the 397th Bomb Group, 597th Bomb Squadron, 1944-1945. Anyone having photos, etc. I would appreciate contact. I have been emailing some of the Group personnel who have been more than helpful. I can now scan photos and will forward those I have to those who want. I don’t have many, but will share. Also am trying to establish contact with Air Force History Section at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.: any help in this regards would be appreciated. Wynn

Date:
01/03/2001
Time:
1:14:31 PM

My father-in-law, Joseph Castoro, 344 Bombardment Group, 494 Combat Squadron, was assigned to the above referenced Group and Squadron starting in March 1944. He flew 65 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He tells me the stories of some of his missions and has a written account of all 65 missions. He is very proud of his time in the B-26 and of his Group and Squadron. I would like to help him find out information on his Squadron and men he served with. Can you help send me in the right direction. Thank You, Mark Blaire (Prior Air Force)

Date:
01/01/2001
Time:
10:50:31 AM

Fred Butler I was a weapons mechanic during Vietnam stationed at NKP Thailand and worked on one of the last groups of B26’s that were is service. They were changed to A26’s for Vietnam and I was there when the last of the planes were taken out of service. This was in either late 1969 or early 1970.

Date:
01/01/2001
Time:
10:46:31 AM

Ballinger B. Moore. BombGp: 22; Squadron: 18; Class: 41E; Location: Randolph AFB. Flew the B-26 during New Guinea tour in WWII. I would like very much to get in touch with anyone from 41E or the 18th. Skip Moore (Son)

Date:
01/01/2001
Time:
10:30:31 AM

My grandfather, T/Sgt Lloyd H. Allen served as a Radio Gunner on a B-26 with the 9th Air Force 9th Bomber 98th CB 387th 556th. He flew 76 combat sorties. Would anyone have any info on his squadron or help on where to find info? Thanks, Don McShanog

Date:
01/01/2001
Time:
10:21:31 AM

I’m looking for information about the B-26 units stationed at the Atterbury Army Air Field in Columbus, Indiana during WWII for the Atterbury-Balakar Air Museum. We need help with the historical profile of these units. From a January 7, 1944 story in the Columbus Indiana newspaper under the heading of “B-26 Marauder Bombers Arrive at Local Field” these names were in the article. Lt. Lewis Hammond of Gary and his wife the former Miss Emily Pruitt of Edinburg IN. Commander of the group Col. Richard T. Coiner, Jr, Executive officer Maj. Franklyn E. Ebeling and other commanders Maj. Robert M. McLeod and Maj. Kenneth C. Dempster.

We have very little information about the B26 units that were stationed at Atterbury Army Air Field. All I have is that they were on base during 1943 and 1944. One unit was from Ardmore, Oklahoma prior to arriving at Atterbury Army Air Field in Columbus, Indiana. The only name we can come up with is a Capt. Roland M. Huff the field’s public relations officer at that time. One of the B-26’s crashed in October of 1943 about four miles east of the field with no serious injuries. One of the B-26’s had a nose over on take off about this time. As you can see the information we have is very thin. We are trying to build our historical file for the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum which is located on the former base property which is now the Columbus Airport. Thanks for your help. Gordon Lake