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To: Members of 486th Bomb Group From: Charles (Norm) Stevens, Member of 351st Bomb Group I would like you to know that I have published a book about my experiences as an 8th Air Force Bombardier on a B-17 from June-October, 1944, stationed at Polebrook, England (near Peterborough). This is an account of my 34 missions and my reactions to them. My memories were enhanced by my visits to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. where I reviewed each mission report. The book entitled "An Innocent at Polebrook: A Memoir of an 8th Air Force Bombardier" is published by AuthorHouse and is available from them either by phone at 888-280-7715 or online at www.authorhouse.com or at amazon.com. It is in paperback and reasonably priced. I would like to share my story with those who faced the same circumstances and others who are interested in this unique time in history. I would appreciate it if you would transmit this information to your members throughout whatever means of communication you have established. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I have a full page press release available if you would like to receive it. Thank you. Charles Norm Stevens 254 Bloom Drive Monterey Park, CA 91755 323-721-8230 e-mail: CnStevens@aol.com
I am a niece of Lt. David M. Paris. Had there been remains to return to the U.S. doubtless my grandparents and David's siblings would have wanted photographs of his flag-draped coffin displayed nationwide. Thank you.
My father was a pilot in the 832nd--Leland Harper. When my brothers and I were growing up, we heard the story many times of how his plane went down over Germany and he was a POW for 9 months, before being liberated by Patton. Your website has added "meat" to the "bare bones" story. I really admire his generation and the sacrifices that they made for us.
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the Christmas party you gave for us kids from Sudbury in 1944, and although I have never had the pleasure of meeting any members of the BG since that time, I never forgot that party.It was only after a 24 year career in the RAF that I got the time and the equipment to research the "Mighty Eighth" on the internet.Ironically, while researching the Great Waldingfield and Sudbury areas few years back, I ran into a whole busload of airmen, but they were from the 487th BG at Lavenham, on a return visit to their old base. I wish you all everything that you would wish for yourselves. God Bless You!
I am looking for any information about Fadden" crew (homesick Angel) ---is anyone still living???? My father is pictured on the plane #2839. Please write me an e-mail on how to contact the crew. Thanks so much!!!!!! S.K.
I am researching U.S. citizens who served with the RAF/RCAF in the early days of WWII.
After Pearl Harbor, many would transfer to the USAAF.
Any names/information would be appreciated.
My father was a co-pilot on Bob Cross Crew. I am so proud of him and his crew. He recently passed away in October. His love for his country and family brought him home safely and he was a fantastic pilot and support for his crew.
My husband, James Harold Grissom, completed 30 missions as co-pilot with Bob Cross and crew. Thanks to SaVanne, daughter of Don Conyers and Robin I have been able to contact several of my husband's crew member who are still living. We were married in 1941 and I was in Tampa when the crew was at Drew Field. Enjoy learning all I can about the 486th -Sq. 835. Like most of the men in WW11,Harold spoke very little of those days. This Association has helped so much. Keep up the good work. Thanks again to Robin. Audrey Grissom
Would like any info of Remo F. Morlini a gunner on D. Wards crew 833 squadron. I beleive I went gunnery school with him and was also in the 833 at the time he was Sid Penman
Thank you for putting my Grandpa's picture ,(Carl E.Woodard)on your site. It makes me very proud to be an American.That picture has a very special meaning for me as the plane was named after my mother Mary Lou Woodard. Thanks again for sharing this with the world!!!!! Randy L. Thomas Bloomingdale, Indiana
While compiling research concerning my father's WWII experiences, I have come to believe that he, Norman Cook, may have had an assignment with the 1453rd Ordinance S & M Company, 486th BG(H). However, his name is not listed in any of the cadre lists which causes me suspect some of my research. I am wondering if any 486ers have recollections of serving with him? Any responses would be appreciated.
Thanks for a good website! Can you tell me how to get in touch with Mr. Clayton Hutsell--the artist of the Turnip Termite?? My daddy's brother was one of the crew that died in the crash. We found out about the memorial, etc. only after I started looking around the web. Please have him e-mail my above address as we are VERY interested in the history surrounding this incident. I would like to talk to him if he is interested, as well! Thanks for forwarding/reading/helping !!!!!!
wanted information --- i was the crew chief on the B-17 "easy movement" and i'd like to contact Lt. Lou Bedard or a member of his family. please call 1-203-266-4000
Would love to hear from my former Army buddies!
What a remarkable web site. You all are to be commended. In fact, you are hereby commended.
I'm an old navigator in 24's from Italy, calling for 35's and 17's for compass headings. Were any of you guys kriegies? Stalag Luft III? Stalag 7A?
John Hutton, Las Vegas
My Dad, Louis F. DiGiovanni was a navigator during WWII with the 486th with Riley's Crew. Thank you so much for this website. I am proud to be his son and I love him very much. Jude T. DiGiovanni
Signing in for my father Lyle M. Steven, gunner with Moffit 1944-45
My father, Richard J. Parker, served in WWII. I am trying to determine if he is pictured in your "Morris' Crew" photo on the web site. Daddy passed away five years ago this past Friday. If anyone knows about this, please, please contact me. I have two sisters and we would all like to know about this. Thanks for your help. Jackie Pilcher
My father, Clarence Baugh, was one of "Wiley's Crew", http://www.486th.org/BS835/Wiley.htm He didn't talk about WWII, like so many of you have posted. He passed away in November 2003. It was then that I found out a little about his war experience, so I thought it fitting to share it here. This is from an article written about him. In 1942 he joined the Air Force hoping to become a pilot, but before training could be started his entire class was sent to Pullman, Washington, and from there to England. He became a tailgunner on the B-17, which Clarence described as a remarkable machine. On February 25, 1945, on a bombing mission over Germany, his plane was attacked, two engines were knocked out, and they headed for France. When the third engine shut down, the pilot changed course toward Switzerland but could not make it over the Alps. They landed near Sonthofen in the midst of a German army training camp. After two nights in the local jail they trekked across Southern Germany through the bombed-out cities of Munich, Augsburg, Nuremberg, and finally to Darmstadt. Each prisoner was interrogated individually at Frankfurt-am-Main, and later they were all transported in a "40 and 8" boxcar (meaning 40 men or eight horses) to a prison camp at Wetzler, the prisoners, then to Stalag 3 in Nuremberg. The Americans were afforded the best treatment of all the prisoners, meaning their food consisted of one slice of black bread and one bowl of questionable soup a day. They were later transferred to Stalag 7-8 near Nuremburg, where one of the final battles of the war took place. General Patton's Seventh Calvary Tanks appeared on the scene, bringing with them white bread for the prisoners; this tasted like ambrosia to them. They were at Rheims, France, on May 8, 1945, when the unconditional surrender was signed, and shortly afterwards shipped home. The U.S. Government paid each prisoner $1.00 for each day of confinement. He will be interned at the National Memorial of the Pacific, in Honolulu, Hawaii on Monday July 12th. Thank you, Alice Meyer
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