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My grandfather was in the 386th BG - 555th BS. He was a tailgunner.
His name was William V. Braden. My mother just ordered the
book "The Story of the Crusaders," for me. I cannot wait to receive
it. I was told my grandfather's name is in it. I just received his discharge
papers - that's how I found out what unit he was in. I am trying to find
any information on him and his days in the service I can. Can you possibly
tell me if there are other places I can search for this info?
The government sent me a DD214 but the only info on it was where he
went in and came out plus the WWII medal and a service lapel. They said
his was one of those that got lost in the fire. Plus they don't consider
me a next of kin. There really was nothing on this paper to help me. I
wrote 8-10 letters to offices in Ohio and West Virginia. Two weeks ago
Wood County in WV sent me a letter back saying that his papers were there
but I had to have his executor sign for them. He didn't have an executor.
I typed a letter and had my mother sign it. Then last Wed. a lady from
the Division of VA in WV call me. I gave her the number to call for Wood
County and she called me back and said she had it faxed to her and she
was mailing it out. Well, my mother got her copy on Thur. and the one of
the VA came to me on Fri. I made lots of copies. He fought in all the major
parts over there and got many medals. None of which were the 2 the NARA
told me about. I bought a special frame and framed a copy. I put a copy
in my father's safe and the rest are here in different places. I am very
proud to be his granddaughter. I learned alot from this DD214. That's how
I found out he was in the 386th BG/55th BS. I've still got a lot to learn
tho. Checking sites everyday to learn more. My book should be on its way.
Tammy Jenkins-Carr (firstname.lastname@example.org*om) on Wednesday, April
28, 2004 at 09:20:40
Great site! I found it while researching the sculpture created by Kalat.
What a wonderful tribute and a eternal reminder of why our soldiers are
over there. It's unfortunate that wars have to be fought, it's so
hard for me to comprehend why civilization hasn't learned a thing from
the past. My father fought in WWII and my husband in Nam. My nephew
is in the Middle East. I suppose there will always be a reason to fight
for peoples right to exist and live with dignity and respect. It's
just so sad that it has to be but thank God we have people who are willing
to do it.
Thank you..it's really a wonderful site!
Ann (annas_corner@hot*mail.co***m) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 06:56:27
On July 12, 2003 the citizens of Ouachita County Arkansas dedicated
a 7ft. monument to 8 airmen who were killed near Elliott-Frenchport, Arkansas
on January 20, 1944 when their B-26C crashed and burned. Their aircraft
was on a administrative flight from Savannah, Georgia to Sheppard Field-Wichita
Falls, Texas. I have located all of the crew members families except for
M/Sgt. Cecil C. Stewart & M/Sgt. James D. Alexander. Both of these
airmen were with the 397th Bomb Group. If anyone out there can help
me locate the above mentioned airmen I would appreciate it very much.
Here is a picture of the monument that was dedicated by Major General
Rupert Burris, USAF, retired. It was designed by myself. I also raised
the money from local sources and had a crowd of about 125 people when it
on Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 10:00:00
What a wonderful story and important part of history. My dad, Haywood
E. Webb JR., did not fly the combat flights with the airmen, but taught
the airmen in flight school. He was younger than many of his students.
He was very proud of the impact the Tuskegee Airmen had on our country,
and only wished that the pride was still part of the majority of Black
Americans instead of the few.
Cherie' Finkbeiner (cwebb@twc*ny.rr.co*m) on Tuesday, November 18, 2003
I am a retired USAF E9 and now teacher electronics at Polk Juvenile
Correctional Facility. I show the Tuskegee Airman movie at the start of
each of my class. Then I show my Uncle Ret. Col. George W Hollowell souvenirs,
I belive he was at one time working as the manitenance officer. He talked
about them several times. I would like my class to know that the Tuskegee
Airman were real men and not a made up story. The young men here realy
need some one to look up to.
I read about the meeting at the Fantasy of Flight,(we eat lunch there)
I would have loved to have some one come to speek to my class. The next
time someone is in the area, please come and see the 375 young men here
they really need this.
Thanks fro everything
Jacob J Hollowell
Jacob J Hollowell <jake@gzi*nc.com>
Winter Haven, Fl Polk - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 20:19:42 (CDT)
Thank you for all of the information you have made available
to us the searchers. I didn't find any info on my ancestors, but I still
enjoyed looking around John.
marauder tail gunner ww2 italy-france -germany. 65 missions
with 17 gp 432 sqd
Tsgt leo Green <travelingman1705>
Lake Charles, La USA - Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 14:30:30 (CDT)
Thank you for providing such a wonderful site, I have seen the
video of THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN , & can only say that it is first class
, you must be very proud of your dad as i'm sure everyone must be, for
him & all the squadrons, a sad video in many ways , but hopefully things
are much different these days. Could you tell me if there is a book on
THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN , I would be very interested ???
Pete Wisby <email@example.com>
Hobart, Tasmania Australia - Tuesday, March 04, 2003 at 00:41:37 (CST)
Great game. One of my all time favorites
I got over 6000 twice tonight, playing your game. It is a lot harder
to play with a keyboard that slides, and shifts position, then it is to
play Asteroids on the upright standing console version with the big screen
and the clearly labeled buttons on a shelf below the video screen. NOt
I spent a few rolls of quarters playing Asteroids the first time I played
the game. I was on the second floor of the Los Angeles International Airport
Hotel, while on a break from the 1973 Star Trek Equinox Convention which
was going on below, on the first floor of that hotel.
Thanks for the game. It was fun.
Darryl E. Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Beaverton, Oregon U.S. of A. - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 03:10:46
I am a cubanmamerican, an aircraft mechanic working with the
AF, and proud, very proud of my job....its been a while, quite a while
since I learned of the tuskegee airmen, and of course the beautiful movie..I
knew of them as well as buffolo soldiers way before..anyhow..just want
to say that I(white cuban male by theway, just so its recorded is "white
man" here)feel very very proud of people as your father. Racism, as a friend
of mine once said, its like silence, everywhere in all ways..but once speak
begins,silence is broken!....Cuba had its racism as any country, but we
werew not so apart as the Us was in them days..anyhow...God bless and fell
very proud of the blood on your veins, teach your children and childrens
children who you are , where you come from....VERY MERRY CRISTMAS...manny.
manny dominguez <email@example.com>
san antonio, texas, lone star us - Saturday, December 14, 2002 at 17:35:39
My father was an Tuskegee Airman, He was a crew chief, with the 15
squad, His name " Samual W. Jacobs" of Los Angeles,Ca, His pilot's name
was Capt Pruitt, I'm looking for the dates and place of a reunion of the
Airman. PLease contact me if you know. Thank you for your time.
Jonathan W. Jacobs
Jonathan W. Jacobs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Goose Creek, SC US - Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 14:36:25 (CST)
My father-n-law served in the 386th Bomb Group from 8-17-42
to 5-21-45. Staff Sergeant George Arnoto, Army Serial No.35 392 172. He
died back in 1978 and we have very little information about his service
time. We do know that he was a Gunner and possibly was shot down at least
one time. I would appreciate any direction you can give me to obtain any
information about his service time including any medals or citations he
may have received or been eligible. I do have his Air Medal and National
Defense Medal. Thank you in advance. Respectfully, Derek Hiscox
Derek Hiscox <email@example.com>
Salem, OH - Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 20:55:09 (CST)
This is a really nice article about the Do 335. But I have some
corrections. The standard armament for the Do 335A was a cannon Mk103 30mm
and two MG151/15 20mm guns mounted in the fuselage. The Do 335B which was
planned as a destroyer had an addional armament of two Mk103 30mm cannons
mounted in the outerwing. Just two were built (V13 & V14).
Till the end of WWII Dornier had built 16 experimental versions (V1-V16)
and a small series of A-0 and A-1. The V17 was completed and tested after
the war in France.
Cologne, Germany - Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 08:23:53 (CST)
Thank you for sharing these great stories on your site!
I have interviewed Mr. Gomer for my WWII book project called "War Stories."
If anyone else is interested in contributing their story to this book,
please feel free to contact me via email. I will also be writing stories
about the other wars of the 20th Century in the future.
Thanks to vets such as Joseph Gomer, we all have a future in which
we can write books that won't be burned like the Nazis did! AND we have
a society that has less discrimination thanks to all the Tuskegee Airmen
who, in the words of Mr. Gomer, "fought two enemies."
Thank You Gentlemen!
John Haug "War Stories"
John W. Haug <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Orange, CA USA - Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 16:11:16 (CST)
THIS A GREAT SITE IM GLAD YOUR DAD FLEW HE SOUNDS LIKE A VERY DECENT
PERSON I WISH I COULD HAVE MET HIM CAN YOU. PLEASE GIVE ME MORE INFO ABOUT
MELANIE LITTLE (COBRAJET878) on Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 13:11:50
My uncle Arthur Yonan was a tail gunner during world war II.
He was stationed in the Phillipines at (I do not know how to spell the
island)Palawon? and he flew most of his missions bombing Borneo. I know
he flew in a B-25 but I am trying to get more details about what happened
during this period of history and maybe what he had to endure during this
part of his life
Joanne Yonan <email@example.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 17:49:09 (CST)
this game is really fun!!^_^
Jenna Liu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Belmont, MA USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 14:27:21 (CDT)
My father was also a Tuskegee Airman. They used to sing a song
about ducks and "fighting in the 99th." Do you have any knowledge of any
of these songs? I would like to get the song if anyone has it. The duck
one is funny and would be a pleasure to have. Thanks!
Teresa Henry <th*enry64@hotma*il.com>
Mesa, AZ US - Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 23:17:51 (CDT)
trying to track down a harvard my dad owned in the 60's. call
sign was CVM. any ideas on where to look for information? (great pics!)
lisa ruelling <lru*elling@hotm***ail.com>
Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada - Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 18:53:41
I think that this is a great site and I thoughroughly enjoyed
listening to the experiences of people in the same field as myself.
Leeds, Yorkshire England - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 08:18:26
HERE IS A LIST OF THE B-26 PLANES MY DAD FLEW (1ST LT T.V. HARWOOD).
323RD BG 456TH BS. 9TH Army Airforce WWII.LOOKING FOR MORE INFO. PHOTOS
SERIAL CODE NAME
2 41-31801 WT-J Black Fury II
3 42-43281 WT-D Little Mike
4 41-31708 WT-B The Gremlin II
5 41-34967 WT-R Hell's Belle
6 42-96212 WT-Q Patty's Pig
7 41-34033 WT-A Ole 33 & Gal
8 42-107842 WT-W Georgia Miss
9 42-96090 WT-M Blitz Wagon
10 41-34969 WT-S Crew 13
11 41-31861 WT-N Weary Willie,Jr
12 41-31787 WT-K City of Sherman
13 41-35022 YU-V 455th.BS airplane
14 41-31964 WT-L
15 41-35040 WT-F
16 42-107538 WT-T
17 44-68181 WT-R
Ray Harwood <email@example.com*om>
Bakersfield, California USA - Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 11:29:42 (CDT)
Hi to everyone in the Eugene R/C Aeronauts. Glad to see the
club is still going strong. I was past president in the early ninties.
Not flying R/C at this time, but want to again. Anyone who remembers me
drop me a line if you want.
Craig Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Santa Ynez, Ca - Monday, July 29, 2002 at 00:37:15 (CDT)
Sir! A friends young son is about to get his Private ticket
and was asking me where he could get a photo of a Maurader for his son
that, for whatever reason wanted one. He wants to present it to him when
he passes his Check Ride.(as a suprise) I have printed a beautiful one
on photgraphic paper for him and intend to give it to Dad in the Morning
for his son.
THANK YOU for having them available.
Bill Trent <email@example.com>
Camp Verde, Arizona USA - Monday, July 22, 2002 at 01:09:45 (CDT)
My daughter and I watched the movie of the Tuskegee airmen on
07/20/02 on American movie classics, she didn't understand why they were
treated that way and neither can I. The Constitution of the United States
says ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, and that is how my daughter and I feel.
My father was in the navy and when I was younger he told me about them
and I thought how I would like to learn more, I have always been mad that
this country has put nothing in the history books about people who had
contributed so much and gave there lives so We could be free. I'm a white
male and I am very proud to know that these men are finally getting the
recognition that is so long pass do. Thank you so very much for building
this web site to read and see the heroes of America and thank your father
Sincerely Donald L. Melia
DONALD L MELIA <DONALDMELIA@AOL.COM>
OMAHA, NE DOUGLAS - Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 23:20:24 (CDT)
I'M VERY INTERESTED IN BLACK HISTORY FROM SLAVERY TO PRESENT
DAY. I ALWAYS INTERESTED IN HISTORY SINCE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I SERVE
IN THE CANADIAN ARM FORCES. I ENJOY READING ABOUT THE 13TH FIGHTING SQUADON.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE ON THE 332TH FIGHTING GROUP AND A COLOR PICTURE
OF THE P51 MUSTANG WITH THE REDTAIL. MR. R HAMILTOM CD
RICHARD HAMILTON <HAM*I@NRTCO.NET>
PETAWAWA, ONTARIO CANADA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 19:40:29 (CDT)
MY UNCLE WAS WITH THE 386TH B.G.AND SHOT DOWN ON AUGUST 8TH
1944.HE WAS THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE CREW.THE PLANES NOSE ART NAME WAS(YEHUDI).HE
WAS WOUNDED AND A POW UNTIL APRIL 26TH 1945.MAYBE SOMEONE MIGHT KNOW THE
AIRCRAFT OR THIS CREW MEMBER (STAF SGT. GILBERT A. BORBA).
IF SO PLEASE DROP ME A LINE.
Onalaska, Wa. USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 01:52:28 (CDT)
Several of your WW2 pilots and squadron members were shool mates and
friends of mine. Dr English, Robert Jennings , Robinson and that is all
I can opull out of this tired ole mind. Matthew Kulungian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Springfield, Mass U.S.A. - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 12:43:06 (CDT)
My comment is about your Do. 335 page. The Smithsonian has a
D0. 335 A-0, but the armament data given is that of a B-6 "Zerstorer".
Even then, the gun lists are off. There were 2 15mm guns above the engines,
and 2 30mm guns in the wings fillets, and another 30mm firing thru the
propeller hub. The page stated that the upper fuselage and wing fillets
were 20mm and 15mm respectively.
Dan F. <email@example.com>
Mokena, IL USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2002 at 14:06:58 (CDT)
Sir; Since my last e-mail to you, we have taken a more detailed
look at my aircracft photos taken by my uncle at France Field (CZ) 1928-1932.
Indeed, I have several photos of the B3-A on the "flight line" and in flight
formations. Also photos of same aircraft with markings indicating KEYSTONE
Tom Hogan <Sgrfirstname.lastname@example.org>
beaumont, TX - Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 10:29:37 (CDT)
Came across your website researching France Field,CZ. I beleive
you maybe wrong about the "last" photo of a Keystone B-3A. I have my uncles
collection (200+) of planes at France Field. He was stationed there 1928-1932.There
was an Army Photo. company there also and he aquired through them, as well
as his own photos, of many planes of that era. He even has several of C
Lindbergh own a trip of his visting France Field (Spirit of St Louis as
well). At this time I'm putting all these photos in some type of order
and will put them up for sale later this year.
Tom Hogan <Sgreenb500@worldnet.att.net>
Beaumont, TX - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 09:57:04 (CDT)
I just stood behind the fence at the Asheville Regional Airport
and felt the propwash coming off the "Aluminum Overcast". I could barely
keep my eyes open. I made two aquaintences, one a B-26 gunner, and listened
to some great stories as we watched this Glorious aircraft taxi back from
a local tour flight and swing around not twenty feet in front of us. Heard
about the visit on a local radio station on the way home from work, and
since I pass by the airport I had to stop and see this tribute to American
spirit. I was in the Air Force in the early sixties and had only jets to
work on, but after I was discharged I worked at an overhaul facility and
was lucky enough to become a test cell operator, running R-3350s and R-4360s.
Great memories and now I have another one. I will be visiting your excellent
site again. Thanks.
Arthur J. Conrad <acon*rad28@mc*hsi.com>
Hendersonville, NC USA - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 17:34:29 (CDT)
I'm hoping that you can tell me something about two local (to me, that
is) men who were lost while serivng with the 386th.
Sgt Theodore P. Coyle of Camden NJ
2nd Lt. Thomas C. Costello of Gloucester City NJ
I am building web-pages about Camden County men lost in the wars.
Phil Cohen <ph*il552@co*mcast.net>
Camden, NJ USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 21:29:49 (CDT)
Thanks for the nice site...
I was looking in a search engine for an A26. I thought there was an
early model used by the Navy. In fact, I thought the airplane had originally
been developed for Navy as an A 26.
Do you know anything about that?? I'll bet you do.
Thanks for your hard work and keeping everyone informed on this
Bill Mill <email@example.com>
cheyenne, Wy USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 20:03:18 (CDT)
I search the web for cardboard airplanes and came up with Harry's
name and a link to your page. I build and sell real cardboard airplane
kits. "The only way to go for a beginner."
Nice site and club.
Only land when you can do it right ...
Brian Cardinal <Acebfirstname.lastname@example.org>
Clinton, NewYork USA - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 14:49:11 (CDT)
haveing lived in great dunmow all my life i have made numerus
visits to the old home of the 386th BG at easton lodge and over the last
20 yrs the place has changed very little. have lots of interest of the
us 8th & 9th air forces in essex during ww2 . very good sight if anybody
would like some up to date photos email me and i try my best to help
d clayden <d.clayden@btinter*net.*com>
great dunmow, essex uk - Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 15:05:12 (CDT)
COOL SITE DUDE
Grimsby, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 22:07:49 (CDT)
Hello there i am a remote control flyer, great to see your air
strips, wouldn't mind more of r/c stuff.
Good site well done
Mick Newton <email@example.com>
Lilydale, Tasmania Australia - Friday, April 19, 2002 at 22:29:29 (CDT)
Thanks for the photos of the Keyston B3A Bomber. My Uncle, Pvt.
William Haywood Cooper, of Charlotte, NC and member of 12 Photo Section,
Air Corp, France Field, Canal Zone, was killed on 9 Dec 1935 in a B3A crash
10 miles off of Cristobal, Panama. His body and the aircraft were never
recoved. The B3A was enroute to Portobelo and was piloted by Lt. Samford.
To see photo of a twin engine B3A go to czimages.com/czmemories/fort_clayton/clayton38.
My uncle took a photo of about 20 bi-planes flying in formation at France
Field; I guess they were B3As. I turned his Army Corp photos (which were
shipped to his parents) over to the North Carolina Archives a few years
Charles Purser <firstname.lastname@example.org**r.com>
Garner, NC USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 14:34:54 (CDT)
There's a new racist game out called <REMOVED BY WEBMASTER>
Daryl <REMOVED BY WEBMASTER>
Troy, Michigan USA - Monday, April 15, 2002 at 21:12:09 (CDT)
(Webmaster comments: nice try. not welcome here)
thank's for the game site it is awesome!!!
ken graham <kenb*lob@yaho*o.com>
clinton, Ia usa - Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 19:34:40 (CST)
this is a very, very good site. i'm an airplane nut, fly
some r/c, and a private pilot. will be back too this one for sure.
don jenkins <jenkinsd@ip**a.net>
morrilton, arkansas united states - Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 01:39:16
Great site. I am looking for information for a friend whose
father was an airman. The airman's name was Ellsworth Dansby...is there
a listing of airmen? We are hoping to there is ....appreciate any help.
Carol Huff <email@example.com*m>
- Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 19:00:52 (CST)
Great site I really enjoyed it thanks,
scottsdale, AZ usa - Friday, December 22, 2000 at 12:23:23 (CST)
Please add to other comments--I am an old pilot from the 323rd
Bomb Group. We flew combat without co-pilots.
lillian, alabama - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 16:07:00 (CST)
I noticed some of your pictures are of B-26's with white tails.Those
with white tails are from the 323rd Bomb Group, not the 386th. I am an
old pilot and flew 72 missions in the 323rd in 1943-44.
I must say, that was one fine aircraft!!!
lillian, alabama - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 15:53:32 (CST)
I like the web site, nice to see the areonaughts on the web,
I belonged to the club about 10 yrs ago Im gettng back into the hobby again
slowly, I have some information that I would like to send along, a good
friend of mine passed on about 2 months ago and Im selling some of his
planes, I have electra 300, a Dego Red mustang, and a Cristen Eagle
all planes have about a 50 inch wing span, also have a bunch of cans
of spray paint some never used, and I also have a Ross 53 inducted fan
with pipes neve used for sale Im trying to find out what it cost new, Im
selling this stuff for about 1/2 of the new price if any body in the club
is interested have them drop me a e-mail or call me at home at 689-8545,
also what are the dues now been thinking of joining again when the funds
come in, thanks for your time in reading this
Eugene, Or - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 00:59:46 (CST)
Very interesting site, i 've just looked at the Do335 page.
I think the pictures are from the storage at Silver Hill (correct ?). If
you want how this aircraft looked on a display in Germany some years ago,
go to my homepage and look at the survivors - page.
Again congratulations - well done !!!
Muenster, Nord-Rhein-Westfalen Germany - Monday, October 30, 2000 at
like to build models -- site a great help in painting and
newbugh, n y - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 18:54:42 (CDT)
Visited the Do.335 photos on your museum site thanks to a referral
by a colleague, and am impressed. But feel moved to comment on the statement
that the Pfeil was the "only" WWII aircraft to have an ejection seat.
I can remember 3 others off the top of my head, to wit the Heinkel162
Volksjaeger, the Heinkel 280 (experimental) and the Heinkel 219 Uhu..there
seems to be a pattern here...!
Could it be that Heinkel were largely responsible for researching,
developing and manufacturing the early seats?
I know that at least 2 of these 3 aircraft were involved in live ejections
(He 280 and He219) and believe that at least one pilot successfullyejected
from a He162.
A number of the development projects listed for pre-production during
1945 also had ejection seats specified, such as the Ho 229 and Ta 183 jets.
The Germans called the seats Schleidersitz or "catapult " seats, and
the propulsive power was compressed gas (He219, Do 335), or cartridge (explosive)
Cartridge power has since been the norm for post-war "bang-seats",
such as those developed and made by Martin-Baker of the U.K., latterly
being largely replaced by rocket power.
I seem to recall that there were an estimated 60 successful ejections
before the end of the second war, and that the first was made from a He
280 in early 1942, when the experimental He S turbojets failed.
The pilot (Haupt. Peterle?) was awarded a sizeable sum of money for
Perth, West Australia Guess! - Friday, October 13, 2000 at 03:20:44
Great site! I like it a lot!
Chicago, Il USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 10:49:51 (CDT)
Just visited the B26 site with all the great pictures of the
Crusaders. Let's never forget the greatest generation and their sacrifices
for our freedom.
Tom Di Filippo
Arlington, VA USA - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 21:38:05 (CDT)
Great photos! My father, Louis Di Filippo, flew a B-26, "Ole
Smokey". I have his leather flight jacket with a painting of the plane,
its name, a bomb for each of the 69 missions on the back. On the front
above the pocket is his nickname: "Flip". Over the other pocket was his
girl friend's name: "Lil Obie" for an Irish lass by the name of O'Brien.
As a child, my favorite bed time stories were about his flying adventures.
I also have a picture of him and some of the crew members standing in front
of the plane. His silver pilot wings were always a prized possession. Pop
is gone, now, but your site brought a smile and fond memories of him.
San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 17:42:04 (CDT)
I made a bet with 2 co-workers (one of which as a degree in mechanical
Yesterday in LA there was a police chase. And what basically happened
is 2 cars hit head on, and both cars were doing approx 60mph.
We are assuming both cars have the same mass.
Now the 2 people i made a bet with say that the force of impact for
each car is 120mph, and I say that its 60mph because both forces cancel
each other out.
So basically they say that each car felt the same impact as if they
were doing 120mph into a Brick wall.
So what is the impact speed that both cars feel? is it 60mph, or 120mph???
(i hope its 60mph, i have $2 at stake here!!)
thanks a lot for your time an consideration.
natick, ma - Friday, September 01, 2000 at 10:08:55 (CDT)
FYI There are 2 REAL 13th Squadron Associations, one from WWII,
and one from the Korean War. The WWII survivors will reunion at Wright-Patterson
AFB Oct 19-22.The Korean vets just held theirs in Texas where the 13th
For a good look at WWII in the pacific up to 1943 check out
an aussie site. I can't put it down because it will not be shown in
my gestbook submission, it won't show web sites!!
Anyhow after the W3 put a dot then st ,another dot then net,another
dot then au, then a / and a tilde, then dunn,
then another / and heynfotos,followed by a dot and htm.If you can figure
this out you will see some excellent photos
of the 3rd Bomb Gp. ( 8th,13th 89th 90th & Hq Squadrons) in Australia
and New Guinea
Berkeley, CA - Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 17:02:08 (CDT)
I was in the 555th bomb sqdn, 386th bomb grp. I was an eng.
gunner on the Loretta Young. Do you have more pictures of this sqdn?
owings mills, md usa - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 12:16:49 (CDT)
Es el primer sitio donde me encuentro que no puedo bajar uinas
fotos. Como modelista me causo gracia la "sugerencia" de visitar el sitio
cada vez que lo necesite...umaginense armar un Do 335 y estar conectado
a internet para poder ver las fotos...
un desproposito ademas de pagar una cuenta abultada de telefono.
Asi que como decimos aca metete las fotos en el ORTO.
Gracias por nada.
- Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 09:23:49 (CDT)
Came on it by accident. Really interesting. Will be back with
a friend who served with 320th in Sardinia and Italy.
Sioux Falls, SD - Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at 23:15:55 (CDT)
I served in the 13th Sq,3rd Attack Bombardment GP, The Grim Reapers,
in the pacific in WWII. This outfit was in the war from day one. It was
formed from survivors from the Phillipines and Burma plus a boatload of
what were supposed to be reinforcments for the Phillipines , but who were
diverted to Australia en route after 12-31-41. The 3rd Gp always led the
attack, developed the very low level mission concept, and then honed it
to perfection. I joined them as a replacement at Hollandia New Guinea,
and was with the 13th at Leyte,Mindoro and Okinawa.
Berkeley, Ca USA - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 18:11:27 (CDT)
I had read somewhere about B-26's being equipped with 75mm cannons.
Were any of these actually used in combat? Also, I was curious about how
the 75mm gun worked ie. whether it automatically fed, its rate of fire,
Bothell, WA USA - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 14:04:12 (CDT)
Dos anyone have any info on the "norden bombsight". I have one here
OKC, OK USA - Wednesday, May 03, 2000 at 21:48:35 (CDT)
I'M A BLACK MALE AND A FORMER UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AVIATOR.
I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU ARE MAKING INFORMATION REFERENCE THE TUSKEGEE
AIRMAN AVAILABLE SO THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR
THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MADE TO OUR COUNTRY.
cincinnati, UNITED STATES - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 13:12:37 (CDT)
Me personaliy i like you little games but you should try and
put some F-14 Tomcat simulators.
US - Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 17:34:54 (CDT)
Interesting site. As a lover of aircraft and an active R/C modeller
I found it very interesting.
Grimsby, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 14:19:52 (CDT)
Hello, I know virtually nothing about planes but an trying to
find a picture of a German aircraft which my father encountered in his
youth in Denmark. He describes it as a Dornier airboat. As I understand
it, it had a long wing span and a bubble underneath where a gunner sat
with his machine gun trained on my dad as it circled him. He sat down on
the ground in a meadow and hoped they wouldn't fire on him. Do you have
any idea what plane this might have been and where I may look for a picture
of it? Thanks.
Lompoc, CA USA - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 16:32:09 (CDT)
Whats the highest Asteroids score?
Lake Stevens, Washington United States - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at
Loved the Dornier D0335 photos! I,m building a scale R/C version
(81" wingspan) and is always good to see some new photos. Thanks
Campbell, Calif USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2000 at 22:57:08 (CDT)
OUTSTANDING PAGE. ARE ANY PICTURES OF THE GERMAN FOUR ENGINE
BOMBER THAT LOOKED SIMILAR TO THE B-29.THIS MAYBE HAVE BEEN A FOXWOLF DESIGNE.
WOULD ENJOY SEEING PHOTO'S OF THE AIRPLANE.
AUGUSTA, ME USA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 08:00:52 (CST)
Visit the intended area in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen every
time I am in Alabama. When will the park be complete in honor of those
brave and heroic men?
DeRidder, Louisiana - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 00:09:27 (CST)
I was a B-24 copilot in the 72nd Sqdn, 5th Bomb Grp in the 13th Air
Force. Flew 40 missions over Borneo and the Philippines during WWII. We
have group reunions every two years. The next one is scheduled for October
2001 in Midland, Texas. I have a working Norden bombsight mounted on a
table. At floor level, I have an endless belt on which are painted terrain
features and targets such as airfields, industrial areas, railroads and
a dam. The belt is driven by a gearmotor to simulate motion. You can select
a target and synchronize the crosshairs. At the appropriate time, the sight
turns on a computer chip saying "bombs away" and shortly after, a laser
beam fires bright red dots onto the target belt to signify hits. These
are accompanied by explosion sounds from another computer chip. Regards,
Pasadena, California USA - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 01:53:31 (CST)
Thanks for a very informative web site, I know your father is
memphis, tn usa - Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 00:44:11 (CST)
(webmaster comment- Michael is referring to the Tuskegee
Airman article by guest writer Phyllis Douglass' Dad)
I have got to do a report on the Tuskegee Airmen, due in 3 weeks
and I am very glad that yall have this website available for students that
are studing about world history and about our country.
Northport, Alabama United States - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 16:28:46
I had to let you know!!!! You DO have the best photos of the Dornier
on the Web... I'm putting together the background and needed reference
material for a scale RC airplane project. Yep you guess it, the Dornier!
I have been searching for a VERY long time for such top notch and detailed
photos!!! Now I won't have to travel to DC to shoot photographs. Thanks.
Whom ever your source is....please pass along my thanks...
Thanks very much for posting the photos! I really appreciate it!
Very best regards,
- Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 00:20:19 (CST)
Former B-26 pilot with the 441st Sqd, 320th BG, Italy. Attended
th B-26 Heritage Society Reunion in Washington this year. glad you European
B-26 Groups are keeping the spirit alive.
Austin, , TX - Monday, January 17, 2000 at 12:39:29 (CST)
Location: eugene, or ?
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 01:23:28
Hi! I love the astroids game! Hee HEee HEee :-) Well
any way your web site is pretty awesome! I couldn't do all this work! See
you soon and good luck! Love Jo
Name: Skip Young
Location: Ft. Myers, FL USA
Date: Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 11:42:18
Gordon: Great work. Will let our people know about the
site. Know they will enjoy it. Keep up the good work. Skip
Location: Springfield, OR USA
Date: Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 00:38:49
Hi Alan, There are a BUNCH of organizations such as the one
you are referring to. You need to know your Dads unit. Do a search on that
and any other key words that would relate to your fathers organization
with your favorite search engine and start browsing. If you are new to
computers and aren't sure how to do a search, just send me the name of
your Dads unit and I'll look it up for you. If you know the "name" of his
plane, even better. Send that too. I'll bet your Dad has some great stories.
If he would care to share them I would be happy to post them on my site.
Best wishes! Crash Gordon
Name: Alan Beasley
Location: Durham, NC US
Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 at 22:34:52
My name is Alan Beasley from Durham N.C. I am 37 years old
and my dad, Terry Beasley is 75. He was a tailgunner on the B-17 and trained
in Ft Meyers Fla. before going into WWII and flying over 50 bombing missions
over Italy, Germany. Currently he does not know anyone else alive that
flew on any missions when he did. Do you know of any WWII organizations
that have reunions??
Name: Fred Timm
Location: Gibbsboro, nj usa
Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 at 05:41:19
Great website I've been interested in aviation most of my adult
life. My uncle talked me in to joining the Air National Guard at age 17,
went through basic at Lackland AFB. Worked for Allegheny/USair for 31 years,
and have FS 98. As a teenager/young adult, I worked for a construction
co., and got friendly with a mechanic that was always talking about the
Norden Bombsight. Now I know. Thanks, Fred
Location: Springfield, OR USA
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 15:00:00
Hi Steve, I'm flattered by your inquiry, unfortunately I don't
have any further information other than what is posted on my site. Although
I am an avid WW2 historian there is so much to know that no one person
or organization can "know it all". Keep searching the internet, there are
many survivors associations and other sites such as mine that might lead
you closer to your answers. The U.S. Air Force has a nice site that may
be of help. They can also do research for you at your request. Your story
sure sounds interesting, I would love to hear about your grandfathers stories.
Is he still alive? If so I would urge you to document as many of his memories
as you possibly can. I would be privileged post his stories on my site
if you desire. Very best wishes! Gordon
Name: Steve Parsons
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 14:57:19
Gordon, I was wondering if there is any way to research airmen
that were assigned to the B-17's. My grandfather "chic" parsons was a waist
gunner on 3 different B-17's. he was shot down 3 separate times and on
the 3rd was captured and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp.
He was also reported to be friends with the crew that dropped the 1st nuclear
bomb. My father claims that maynard game him a distributor cap from one
of the Engines of the "Enola gay" Any info you have would be appreciated
Location: Bothell, WA USA
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 22:20:24
Hi Crash. Great website as always. Keep up the good work.
Name: Alan Hahaj JR
Location: Niles, MI United States
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 at 19:27:56
This game room is so cool, I didn't think games from
the 70's were cool.
Location: Springfield, OR USA
Date: Friday, October 8, 1999 at 17:27:46
Dear Simon, Thank you for taking the time to express your opinion.
Sorry if it wasn't to your liking. Crash Gordon
Name: simon morris
Location: adelaide, sa australia
Date: Thursday, October 7, 1999 at 23:02:19
i thought your games and your website were s#@t
Name: Michael and Marc Zika
Location: North Bend,Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 at 14:37:39
I would like to say Hi from the Bay Area r/c flyers,Also
my Dad Thomas J. Zika who probly has flown with you a few years back.In
the air they should stay,we know planes like it that way. Thank you all
for your site.Happy landings
Location: Silkeborg, DK Denmark,Scandinavia,Europe
Date: Thursday, August 19, 1999 at 05:59:24
Hey from Denmark. Nice web page. I am just a sport flyer. Do
you want to be my friend? Have a good flight and happy landings. Sincerely
Location: Metz, France
Date: Sunday, August 15, 1999 at 09:01:53
I am looking for information about some french pilot
and instructor at Big Spring Texas. My grand Father was here during the
41 44 period as an bombing instructor. I'm waiting to your reply. Sincerely.
Location: Eugene, ORDate: Saturday, August 7, 1999 at 21:12:43
What a great website! You should get a job as a webpage designer.
Location: Springfield, OR USA
Date: Sunday, June 6, 1999 at 14:17:20
Looks good, Gordon. I didn't realize that you had added so
Name: John Waid
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at 01:02:20
My father-in-law flew B-26's for the 320th Bomg Gp. during
the war, and I visited your site collecting information for my son's school
project. Dad has many pix, tho not in color. My son is only 8, but this
will give him some appreciation for what Dad and thousands of thers like
him did for our country.
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Date: Friday, May 14, 1999 at 10:48:56
Hey Crash! How's it going? Got your games link -- thanks. See
Name: Butch Jurhs
Location: McMinnville, OR. U.S.A.
Date: Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 18:41:13
just got your e-mail, thanks will try to make it down. we are
mailing out our flyers for our fun fly in june , hope you can make it up.
your web page looks good. hope to get ours updated and going again soon.
happy flying to all . Butch Jurhs
Name: Crash Gordon
Location: Springfield, OR USA
Date: Saturday, April 17, 1999 at 21:54:22