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My father was Sgt. Arthur E. Garner, Radar Mechanic. He passed away in 1947. I appreciate the efforts of those who are responsible for this site. I visited the 8th Museum in Savannah, GA. It is a great tribute to those of you who served before the "Smart Bombs" of today. Thank you. Richard E. Garner; LTC-US Army Retired.
I spent a day in Fort Worth, Texas at the Vintage Flying Museum looking over The B-17 called Chuckie. I am a huge WWII buff and the B-17 is my favorite of all planes old and new. I really have enjoyed reading everything there is to read on the web site. Great job to all who have been involved.
Had not visited the site in a while. It's still very outstanding. Pilot, 833rd
My dad, Howard C. Krasemann was one of the pilots. I may have some additional info for your site.
enjoyed the site very much,iam making a model of american beauty and it was good to see the men who flew in her.if anyone has any stories of there time in her i would love to read them.many thanks steve.
I would like to highly recommend a book about one specific day in 1944. It is "Mission 376:Battle Over the Reich", by Ivo de Jong. The day was May 28, 1944. Ivo has done extensive research for many years and this book is the result. It describes and give the account of that day from EVERY vantage point. Included are members of the Army Air Corps (England and Italy), the RAF,the Germans, and civilians. The indexes are very long, from those listed as missing or killed in that one day from all sides, plus a list of all mentioned in the book. It can be obtained at Specialty Press - www.specialtypress.com Thanks Robin for this opportunity. Linda
Great site! My father "Robert S. Wylie Jr" was a crew member on "Short Arm", I turned him on to your site and he thought it was terrific!
See picture of all the 8th Air Force bases at http://8thcontrails.com/ipw-web/gallery/8th-Bases Cheers Mark Brotherton
I am a 30 year old Canadian Male. I am a Mechanical Designer. I design machines for a living, and I have recently taken an interest in the flying fortress for the machine that it is. I stumbled upon your site and have spent many days reading it and have become very interested. I have come to the realization that there is an extremely strong sentimental quality to associated with the B17. I just wanted to express my admiration and pride in the duty that you and all of the service people have done, not just in your country, but all of the allies, and to let you know that it was not in vain. It is sites like this that will allow people of my generation to learn about the sacrifice. Thank you, Sincerely, Cory McConnell
I have really enjoyed looking at your sight. My grandfather, Walter Doerschlag was a part of Wood's Crew that went down over Hof, Germany on April 8, 1945. I remember him speaking so very fondly of the men that he flew with. I have no idea how to get in touch with some of his buddies, but would love to talk to them. Thank you for making a website that honors the men and women...my heros... We can never thank them enough.
My grandfather Chester Kology was a gunner with the 834th. I was so happy to stumble upon this sight and learn some intersting information I had never heared before. Poppy is still alive and well and has been living in Stafford Springs, CT - married to my grandmother Lorriane for almost 58 years! They have 6 sons - 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild! He would love to hear from any of his old friends. Please e-mail me with any contact information.
Hello, My Father Robert E. Orlosky, was crew chief of the Milk Wagon 447th BG. My Uncle Johnny Orlosky was the Co-Pilot of Lt. Pearson's Crew. What an exciting moment When I found this web site and read about my uncle Johnny I remember my Dad talking about going to see him when he was wounded. Of course I would love to hear from anyone who knew my Dad or Uncle, or have stories to tell about the airplanes. The best times of my life was listening to Dad over Saturday morning coffee talking about The Milk Wagon. Thank-you, Karen Imboden
Airbase Memories The hangar stands now as giant peak of memory in the daylight The Quonset huts are now speed humps in the mind, slowing the brain Ensuring the senses take in the memories The runway shadow calls to be recognized as the fast track to glory, commitment and perhaps death The fields are taking over the base But now the memories slip back into the landscape and back into the mind These are vets remembering the most minute details of the alter stretched out before them Their old base understood, by only them. To daily passer bys this is an old farm seen everyday without great importance To these visitors it's the most scared place on earth A place where great stories make up a far away life Maybe a history book here and there And now the authors and subjects stand here and stare Families stand as a quiet guard protecting the moment as the veterans themselves are lost Lost in a world where only they have gone and hope their grandchildren will never know Mark Brotherton
Sir: I have just finished a book about WWII fliers and it includes a profile of a man in the 486BG/833BS. Please take a look at: http://www.mpress.addr.com/s_wings.html If it is to your liking, please help me to inform others so they may also take a look. Many thanks! Respectfully, Don Ward
Paul Vravis' grandson.
A special tribute this Memorial Day, 2004 to all who are or have served in our United States military. Thank you and God bless you. A special salute to the crew of American Beauty s/n 298008 486th BG, 834th BS. and Wm. R. Solomon (my father) RO/WG who passed away June 20, 2001. And a wink at the Beauty herself, who took the fight to the enemy 72 times and brought her crew back safely every time, without a loss. God bless you all.
My father, Leland J. Harper, was a pilot for the 832nd, flight #145, shot down over Germany on 08/04/44. He was a POW for 9 months before being liberated by Patton's men. He didn't like to talk about it, but my brothers and I thought it was pretty cool. I really enjoy your website and am looking forward to the 486th reunion in Kansas City later this year. Keep up the good work. We owe your generation a debt of gratitude that we cannot even come close to repaying. Jim Harper
My father, MSgt. Lavelle Kile, retired, was a gunner in the 832nd. The pilot was Kurbjun. I recently sent in a picture of the crew, and it is now posted. Talk about some good looking men!! My dad remembers his crew being the last plane to leave Tucson, Arizona (at the completion of the training). The commander told them to be sure and "turn off the lights." This is a great site--interesting and easy to navigate.
Sirs: My father was Charles "Red" Reynolds (bombardier) with Radke and others. I have a list of his 35 missions and photos of his traing classe in TX, Victerville, CA and Rapid City. He died in CA at age 49 from a heart attack folling a prostate operation. He was a salesman for Scientfic America? Can anyone of the 486th share any memories of him?
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