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I love this site, and to all that sacrificed and contributed.
I'm recently looking for a job writing stories, after being laid-off from the newspaper one year ago.
Meanwhile, writing a book about my dad, William V. Owen (Ret. Col.),much more than the Berlin mission, but that is included...he is a great man.
David S. Owen
Have enjoyed your site very much, thankyou.
My father, Robert I. Jessee, served in the 482nd BG at Alconbury as crew chief of an aircraft believed to have been known as "Lucky Lady." Dad died 21 April 2013 at age 91. Happy landings.
69 years ago today on March 4, 1944 a 482nd Bomb Group B-17 piloted by LT Bill Owen was credited with being the first B-17 to reach the Nazi capital of Berlin and release its bombs on the Bosch factory....the Pathfinder aircraft led the 13th combat wing
I am trying to find out information on my father, 2nd Lt. Leonard S. Salleng (B), 2nd Lt. Ryan, W. S. (N),1st Lt. Wine, R. E. (P), 2nd Lt. Degen, C. E. (P), who transferred to the 482nd on or shortly after 10/3/1943. Any help would be appreciated.
My Father (Robert Franklin Day) served in the 813th Squadron. He was an early member of the 92nd Bomb Group joining the Army Airforce in September of 1941. If anyone has information on him, please let me. I believe Dad was a crew chief. I have photos, but do not know he is posing with. Likely some of them were while he was assigned to the 92 nd BG.
Just met and thanked Joe Haynes, 93 who was on the first mission that bombed Berlin in WWII, for his service to our nation. Thank you all!
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My father in law, Don Willumson, flew from Alconbury with the 8th. Just starting out on a research project and I believe he was a part of the 482 bomb group. Will check back later when I've dug into the memorabilia that Don left with us !
Yes, My father, Earle Colten Hart was a navigator in the PATHFINDERS GROUP of the 482nd. bomb group, stationed in Alconbury. He flew over Berlin in stealth night runs to test the accuracy of the new radar systems....
Maybe you can dig up more information about him.
We would love to find out more . Thanks and best regards !!
Anyone having knowledge of the service which the above named was involved with during his service with 482d Bombardment Group situated in Brampton, Cambridgeshire (just 4 miles north of Huntingdon), please contact his son - Richard W. Roe email@example.com
now living in New Zealand.
Oh! I forgot to mention, Richard Shaw had been awarded the Purple Heart medal of honour.
My father (Richard W Shaw) was stationed at Brampton during the latter stages of the second world war. He met a then now deceased young lady named Queenie Clarke. As a result of their relationship, I was born September 1944. Should anyone remember Richard (my true father) who I never met, for he was repatriated back to Indianapolis at the end of the war, please contact me.
Richard Shaw did meet my brother Colin (now also deceased. I am led to believe he (my father is now deceased), however he had a wife and children and if still alive, I would love to contact them, without prejudice or malice.
Thank you so much for the picture I just found on this website of my father, Walter Haynes. He was a navigator who is pictured with those who stayed in England to train others coming over after he completed his missions. he ended up a captain and any more information about him and his service would be very appreciated. We lost him in 2002 and I miss him daily. He never spoke much about his time in the service.
I have a photo of the HQs Company of the 482d Bomb Group taken in 1944 in England. My father was MSG Charles "Ode" Lance. I think one of his nicknames was "Tobacco Road" not sure. The photo is posed in front of a B-17 and dated June 1944.
Warmest Regards. My father served as an air crew chief aboard The Floose, 303rd BG (H).
Grandson of T/SGT Robert W. Bechtel 813th bomb squadron flew as ball turret gunner.was on the first pathfinder raid on September 27 1943 to Edmen Germany and went on to fly 6 more missions until March of 1944 when he went to the 384th Bomb Group.Anybody knew of him or has any info on him while he was with the 482nd,PLEASE e-mail me! Thank You firstname.lastname@example.org
I was stationed at RAF Alconbury during 1980 - 1983. I am now retired after serving 26 years as a Bioenvironmental Engineering technician. I retired at E-7. The greatest gift that the Lord brought into my life was my wife - who was born (April 17 1943) and raised in Alconbury village. My last visit to England and RAf Alconbury was quite tragic and hurtful - as my wife was dying from cancer during 2005 . Although I've had a special life long interest since childhood for the B-17 and the airwar with Germany - while stationed at Alconbury - I made no attempt to delve into the WWII history and mission at Alconbury. I now regret this beyond expression!During the years I was stationed there - I possibly would have had the chance to meet some of the later visiting aircrew members that somehow survived those deadly missions during the war. I would have been extremely proud just to have met some of those guys!
I'm restarting my seach for 2 airmen who successfully bailed out of a midair between a B-24 and B-24 pathfinder over England. Anyone knowing Robert R.Stout co-pilot of the pathfinder or its radioman Benjamin Zdnarvich please email me. Our family,who lost their brother on the bomber just want some closure.
I'm trying to track down information on a 814th BS B-24J PFF aircraft that flew the 15 March 1944. From the 445th BG's formation sheet I have the last 3 digits of the tail number as 653 and the radio call letter was G-George. Jimmy Stewart was the 445th Air Commander that day and the crew was provided by the 445th with Leo Cook as pilot. If I could get the full aircraft serial number and squadron ID letters, it would be appreciated greatly. Data will be displayed on the 445th BG website (http://445BG.org).
Brian D. O'Neills very thorough book which chronicles the 303rd Bomb Group's history during WW II includes a comment about a 482nd Pathfinder unitwhich flew with the 303rd on 1/11/44, 42-3486. My father in law was the BT gunner on that airplane. O'Neill reports from eyewitness accounts i in his book, Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer (Special Edition) that 42-3486 was lost on the inbound part of that mission: "This aircraft was B-17F 42-3486, an H2X 'Mickey" aircraft from the 482nd Group, based at Alconbury, ten miles from Molesworth, which had joined the formation over England. It crashed in the Zuider Zee, where its remains were discovered by the Dutch military in March 1968, together with the bodies of all ten men aboard." With all respect fo O'Neill's wonderful work, this statement has a couple of errors. Based on the hand written reports of my father in law, S Sgt. Euian Mills, 42-3486 was lost on the return to England, not inbound to Germany. This is confirmed by the recovery of the remains of the aircraft in 1968, when a picture from the onboard camera was, miraculously, developed by the Dutch, showing the scene below at "bombs away." And, of the 10 men aboard, three survived: S Sgt Mills; S Sgt. Angelo Riccardi and S Sgt. WEilliam Glenn, allthree of whom were captured and were POW's for the remainder of the war. I just wanted a corrected version of what happened that day to be available. My compliments to Mr. O'Neill for his work, which is so thorough.
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