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My Great Uncle, Luis Valls from Laredo, Texas piloted the Frances Joan on January 21, 1944 and was shot down 7 miles south of Orvieto, Italy.  The only survivors were Blake Chilton and Gilbert Corona who became POW's.  Would like to hear from anyone who knew Lt. Luis Valls while serving for the 444th.

Thanks,

Beau Guerra
12/31/04

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My Name is Donald G. Roper. I served with the 442nd bomb squadron. I was co-pilot flying with Joe Armstrong when we were shot down over Italy 21 August 1944. I would love to hear from anybody who served with me. I am especially hoping make contact with those who crewed  with me at Barksdale Field prior to heading over seas: Bill (Smitty) Smith, Jim (Shack) Roberts, Fred Poshek, and Otis (Messy), Meserole. I have come to learn tat Ray (Irish) Sheehy our radio/gunner has passed away. If anybody knows the whereabouts of these fellows, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks.

Donald G. Roper
12/28/04

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My name is James Getchell. My Uncle's name is Edgar Beal and he flew with the 320th Bomb Gp, 443rd Bomb Sq.  I looked up his last mission number 563 which was on 18 April 1945 to Schusseuried, Germany.  He was a tail gunner and according to mission info was killed by bomb flak.  I know very little about his crew that he flew with or information in general.  My Uncle is buried in Guernsey, Wyoming.  I would appreciate any information regarding his last mission and or crew.

Thank you for your assistance.

James W. Getchell
12/27/04

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My father, Edwin M. Kerner, was a tail gunner.  He died in 2002 and was never one to talk too much about his experiences ... The only thing I can remember is the name of his plane ... Daffy Duck.

If you know or could help me unravel some of the mystery I would greatly appreciate it.

Gary Kerner
12/23/04

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My father Murlin Humphrey, was a tail gunner in the 320/444 and flew 63 missions from 29 December 1943 to 13 July 1944. All of his missions were over Italy. He was killed in a car accident 22 December 1966 and never wanted to talk about his war experiences. I would appreciated any information, serious or humorous. Also if any of you flew with my father I would like to know your e-mail so I may correspond. 

WHAT A WONDERFUL WEB SITE!   THANKS, THANKS.

Carol Humphrey Perry
12/17/04

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Hello,

My name is Sharon Thompson.  I am looking for information about my father who was a member of the 320th Bomb Group Sq. 444.  He was a pilot.  I contacted several people in June of 2000, who I thought might have known him.  I talked to Mr. J.D. Biggs from Waco, TX who knew my father.  Mr. Biggs said he was my father's crew chief.   I also talked to a Mr. James L. McCrory from Jackson, Mississippi.  He and my father were best friends. I am still seeking information about my father.  He was Capt. Arnold D. Booth.   If anyone knows anything about him, please email me.  Thank you so much!

Sharon Thompson
12/14/04

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Did anyone know my uncle John L. Jensen? He was a tail gunner and flew with the plane " Becky " kia 8-24-44 mission #16 Pilot Junkins crashed the airplane on the way back from the mission,do to a loss of one motor. All bailed out safely except one man's chute never opened. He was known by "Buzz "to family members and his girl friend's name was Betty. If you knew him I'd really like to hear for you. Thanks so much for saving the world for us!!!!

John Jensen
12/13/04

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My Father SSgt Patrick W. Fox passed on when I was age 4 (1973). I have been desperately trying to find out information about his service to his country in WWII. I submitted a request to the NARA for copies of his military records and was told that they were destroyed in a fire in 1968 and was directed to the VA for assistance. I received a copy of his Enlisted Service Record. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 in Los Angeles, CA. He attended radio operator's school in Madison Wisconsin. He was in Naples Foggia Campaign. Was a radio operator/mech. He had an aircrew member badge (wings). He was discharged in Dec 1945 from March AFB, Riverside Ca. On his honorable discharge papers it reads discharged from 556th AAF BU.  I believe he was in the 8th Air Force, 387th Bombardment Group, 556th Squadron . His Army Serial No. was 19 177 187. If there is anyone who served with my father or new of him please contact me. I would be most grateful. Thank you. God Bless.

Susan E. Fox
12/08/04

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I am looking for any information on my great uncle, S/Sgt Raymond J. Gamache.  He was a radio operator/turret gunner assigned to the 443rd Bomb Squadron and killed in action on 29 January 1944 when aircraft 41-34922 (Fukup) was downed by flak.  I would appreciate contact from anyone who knew him.

Kevin R. Gamache
11/25/04

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I am trying to reach anyone who knew my father, 1st Lt. Donald Treadwell, Jr. He was a B-26 pilot with the 319th Bomb Group K.I.A. 19 October 1944 in the Mantua area of Italy. Plane went down in a small town of Rodendesco, 22 miles East of Mantua.

Thank you.

Donald Treadwell Robertson
11/19/04

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Thank you for the time and effort you have put into the 320th website! I have enjoyed searching through the information, especially since I am trying to discover information about the group that my grandfather (Lawrence Lee Kreissler) serviced with in WWII.

Any advice you can provide on the following would be much appreciated:

    -Is there a good source of information containing the service of the 444th squadron?
    -Do you know where their may be a roster list of those that served in 320th?
    -Is it possible that some B26 pilots didn't go directly to England, but rather went straight to North Africa in October of 1942 (my grandfather say's he didn't go to England and that he was on bombing missions from October to November 16, 1942 in North Africa, but all sources I see indicate there weren't any B26's in N. Africa during that time.)

Over the years I have gained "tidbits" of information from the times my grandfather was open to discuss it - which was not very often. Unfortunatly, his service records are believed to have been destroyed in a fire. In a nutshell, I believe he has survivors guilt from being the only one to survive a plane crash that happened on November 16, 1942 in North Africa.

Again, any advice on where to help piece together his record 444th would be very helpful.

The picture below is believed to be of his plane when it was in North Africa (although the man in the photo was not him).

Here is the general information he has given to me:

    -Enlisted on December 8, 1941 in Kansas City
    -June 29th he was sent to Jefferson Barracks
    -July 1942 he was in flight training at Lambert Field in St. Louis
    -September 1942 sent to Spence Field near Moultrie, Georgia for training on the B26
    -444th Bomber Squadron - rank of flight officer
    -Serial number: 17075484 T42 43 0, was given a new number later (not sure if later in WWII or in Korea) which was 0754361
    -October 1942 sent to North Africa . Flew 23 missions. Name of plane: Missouri Mule
    -Plane was shot down near El Alamein line on Monday, November 16, 1942
    -Was told later that he was captured by the Germans for a short time who gave him medical attention. Germans were overrun by Australian troops.Germans left him behind when they retreated, where the Australians then got him back to a US unit
    -Spent 7 to 8 months recovering in New Orleans (Metairie area) recovering from injuries
    -May 1943 was sent to San Francisco to train on the C87.and then served in the OSS
    -September 1943 was sent to Mitchell Field, Wisconsin for reassignment
    -September 1943 sent to Rosecrans Air Force Base in St. Joseph's, Missouri where he served as instructor in ground school, etc.
    -Was due to be discharged on September 11, 1945, but was selected as one of ten men to deactivate the base. Discharged from Scotts Field in Illinois on December 11, 1945
    -Served in the Korean conflict in the 444th Bomber Squadron

Thanks,

Ken Nichols
11/09/04

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Fred R. Ellsworth 

Good morning!  I am looking for information on my Uncle, Fred R. Ellsworth.  He was a member of the 320th Bomber Group Medium and was listed as "Missing" on May 9, 1943.  I am trying to put together a paragraph for the World War II memorial website.  I didn't find my uncle's name on the list of people  http://www.b26.com/page/320th.bomb.group.roster.htm,   Also I thought he trained on a B-25 but that could be a typo.  Can you help me find any information on him?

This is what I have gathered so far:

"Fred R. Ellsworth  (Killed in Action)  enlisted in the Army  Air Corps on April 29, 1941 in San Francisco, California.  As a pilot of the ??????? Fred achieved the rank of Captain while serving with the 442nd Bomb Squadron, 320th Bombardment Group in the European-African Middle Eastern Theater. During his service Fred was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Service Lapel Button, and European-African Middle Eastern Theater Medal with one bronze battle star, Purple Heart and an Air Medal.  Fredís  crew flew their final mission on May 9, 1943 when their plane  went down in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 20 miles north of Cape San Vito, Sicily;  none of his heroic crew survived."

My Grandparents never talked about Fred and my Dad passed away in April of 2003 so I don't have any relatives to talk to about this.

Thanks for your help,

Jill R. Scott
Escondido, CA - 11/08/04

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I am Carole McCurley Anderson, niece of Clifford McCurley killed in a landing crash near Dijon France, Feb 6 1945.  Anyone out there ever know him?  He was with the 442nd Bomb Squad.

Carole McCurley
10/31/04

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I am looking for info on my great uncle. He flew as tail gunner (think he was aircraft mechanic). His name was Rene (R.L.) Broussard and enlisted in Louisiana.

From what my family knows of him, he flew in N. Africa, not sure if it was in early combat over the region or flying from airfields there.  I have very little history to go on at present.  His wife threw all his war correspondence and papers away when he died.  My father seems to remember he was a S/Sgt. Someone said his name was not on the 320 roster, but I am hoping for a miracle anyway.  I checked the 17th and in the process of checking the 319th.

Thank you.

Tom Adams
10/22/04

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I have a 1:72 plastic kit of a B-26 Marauder made by Russian company 'Eastern Express'. The serial is 41-31661 and battle number is 82 (yellow). Shark mouth decal, yellow tailband too. This indicates a 320th BG 444th BS Marauder, but B/N 82 is not in the list found at this website, and I have no info in my records of B/N 82 except for this: 41-31661 was KX-J Miss Ginger of 387th BG 558th BS, which was lost in an accident 09.05.1944. Any suggestions here?

Alf Egil Johannessen
Sandefjord, Norway - 9/22/04

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Hi. guys! This is Mary Frances Peddie Marshall. I met several of you at the WWII Memorial on 08/27.  My father was Scott Peddie, a pilot with the 443rd.  I have quite a few pictures (aircraft, hits, a crew, and some camp life) some of which I shred with you.  I will be sending them on to Franz to be put on this site. In examining the pictures I found several marked "Partisans". I know that when Dad was at HQ. in Florence he worked closely with French and Italian flying a small, droopy winged captured German aircraft behind lines. I'd be interested to know if anyone knows about this work and could help me identify this photos. Thank you for your time at the Memorial, but most of all, thank you for your service to this country!

Mary Frances Peddie Marshall
USA - 8/30/04

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I ran across a photo of my grandfather and two other men standing behind a propeller. There seems to be bullet holes in one blade and the name "Doris" written on another. My grandfather is the one standing by the bullet holes. If you'd like to see the picture, go here: http://216.77.188.54/coDataImages/p/Groups/16/16718/folders/152594/1143982doris.jpg If someone can tell me anything about it, or would like to see a larger version of the picture, please email me. Thanks.

Kim
Bastrop, LA USA - 7/15/04

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I am George W. (Bill) Gleason, a former Armorer Gunner, 1943 Barksdale Field, La. I flew with a Sgt. Krause, Radio Gunner in B-26 Medium Bombers. Our crew was Hampton, Pilot...Armstrong, Co-Pilot...Hendrex, Bombardier Navigator...Ellsworth, Engineer Gunner...Krause, Radio Gunner...and me Armorer Gunner. I have located everyone except Krause. I know that he finished his combat missions and returned to New York where he lived but I do not have an address on him and don't know if he is alive. Hampton and Armstrong have passed on. I am 81 years old and would love to locate Krause while there is still time. Can anyone help me? I would deeply appreciate any help! Bill Gleason

George W. (Bill) Gleason
Groves, TX USA - 7/1/04

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Pow stalag luft I looking for anyone who remembers me please get in touch 217 423-5687 thanks and god bless

Jerry Banicki
Decatur, IL USA - 6/26/04

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I found a little more information on Frellson McIntyre. He was at Harding Field in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on December 18, 1942.

Kim Johnston
Bastrop, LA USA - 6/26/04

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I am still seeking information on my grandfather, T/Sgt. Frellson McIntyre. He was in the 320th Bombardment Group during World War II. I am trying to find out what squadron he was a part of. He was in supply and that's pretty much all I know. Please email me if you can help. His picture is toward the beginning of this year's entries. Thanks again.

Kim Johnston
Bastrop, LA USA - 6/24/04

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Can anyone tell me the details of the 441st Squadron, 320th Group which was MIA on 17 June 1944? My father-in-law is seeking info on his brother, Leslie C. Smith, Jr. or anyone who may have known him. Thank you for any info.

Sandie J. Smith <
sandiej@cfl.rr.com>
Rockledge, FL USA - 6/21/04

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I'm looking for anyone who knew my dad, Ambrose J. Riley. He was in the 320th in WWII and was shot down August 21, 1943, over Naples Italy, spending the rest of the war in Stalag Luft III. My sisters and I plan to attend the reunion in August 2004 and would love to talk with anyone who knew him.

Kathleen Riley
Baltimore, MD USA - 6/21/04

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Mr. DeSantis, I did get your Email and pictures of your Father, however one of my other computer users thought it was spam and deleted it. Please resend your message and pictures. Thank You Jimmy L. Hart Son of Paul W. Hart 443rd Sqn 320th BG

Jimmy L. Hart
Soldotna, AK USA - 6/19/04

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Col. Ashley Woolridge died Monday, May 3, in Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh after a brief illness. Woolridge was C.O. of the 320th Bomb Group at war's end. He went over to Africa as a second lieutenant and earned bird colonel by his courage and leadership. Heluva guy, he flew 108 missions.

Col. Woolridge was the first man in the AAF to reach the "century mark" in one combat tour in B-26s. The plane he flew that day, shown here, was named "Clearfield" after the Colonel's hometown. He is seen here being congratulated by Lt. Col Herb Macia upon completing his 100th mission 15 March 1945.

Charles O'Mahony
Pittsburgh, PA USA - 6/15/04


My Father, Paul W. Hart was a top gunner in the 443rd. He trained at MacDill then they flew to Belem Brazil and on to North Africa via Ascension island. He flew 53 missions over Sardinia, Sicily and Anzio, Selarno and Monte Casino in Italy. Dad turned 83 in April. I have been writing down his story and would be interested to hear from anyone who flew or had a Father, Grandfather etc. in the 443rd. Remember: Freedom isn't Free. Jimmy L. Hart 7th Bn 13th Arty Republic of Vietnam

Jimmy L. Hart
Soldotna, AK USA - 6/12/04

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Thank you.

Randy Harris
Springfield, IL USA - 6/5/04

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MY FATHERS NAME WAS F/O WM HARDING HALLENBECK(BECKY). HE WAS REPORTED MISSING IN ACTION SEPT 9, 1944 OVER COVIGLIANO, ITALY ON AUG 23, 1944. IN 1949 THE WAR DEPT NOTIFIED MY MOTHER DORIS HALLENBECK SULLIVAN THAT HIS REMAINS WERE NOW IN FLORENCE ITALY. SGT. ALBERT GIUFFRE ADVISED MY MOTHER IN 1945 THAT HE NEVER MADE IT OUT OF THE PLANE. IT LOOKS AS THOUGH HE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO SURVIVED THE CRASH. 1ST LT. WILBERT WEIER'S WIFE WAS NOTIFIED IN 1945 THAT HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION. (PER LETTER SENT TO MY MOTHER) MY QUESTION IS WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR THE WAR DEPT TO NOTIFY MY MOTHER OF MY DAD'S DEATH AND WHERE HIS REMAINS WERE? DO ANY OF YOU REMEMBER THIS MISSION OR WHAT YOU SAW? I SEE FROM THE WEBSITE ON ABMC.GOV THAT 3 OTHER CREW MEMBERS WERE BURIED IN FLORENCE ITALY ALSO. I DO NOT SEE 1ST LT WEIER THOUGH. HE MUST HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO USA. I NEED SOME ANSWERS. THE LETTER DATED SEPT 29, 1944 TO MY MOTHER STATES THAT DURING THE MISSION AT APPROX 7:45PM WHILE OVER TARGET AREA, BOMBER SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM ENEMY ANTIAIRCRAFT FIRE. THE CRAFT REMAINED IN EVEN FLIGHT FOR A FEW SECONDS AND SIX PARACHUTES WERE SEEN TO EMERGE, THEN IT WENT INTO A SPIN AND FELL TOWARD THE EARTH. I ALSO DO NOT SEE THE NAME OF SGT WALTER KADEL, JR. ANYWHERE MENTIONED IN MEMORIAL OR ROSTER. !!!
TERRIE S HALLENBECK
GLENMONT, NY USA - 6/3/04

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I am looking for anyone tht new my uncle Howard E. Kithcart. He was killed long before my generation ever knew him. I would love to talk to anyone about him. He is sadly missed by his remaining family. Thank you.

Carrie Kithcart
Rochester, NY USA - 6/2/04

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My Grandfather was a pilot in the 442. Harold E. Heimroth. I am looking for any information on him, or anyone who may have known him. Please let me know... Thanks in advance! A lot of people called him "Happy Hal"

Todd Ellis
Carmel, IN USA - 6/2/04

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Wishing the Veterans of the 320th Bombardment Group(M) a very happy Memorial Day. Our nation is privlidged for the outstanding service and ultimate sacrifices made by the Service Squadrons, Ground Crews, Support Staff,and Crews that flew the missions. As a nation we are truely indebted for your gallantry, and bravery over 60 years ago. I saw some CSPAN coverage on the WW II memorial and dedication today. It was long, long over due. I wish my father was around to see it. J. Melson son of Frank Melson 320th BG, 441rst Sq Radio Operator/Gunner, Toggle Bombardier 6/44-5/45

Jeff Melson
Brownsburg, IN USA - 5/29/04

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Great work. My uncle Charles R. Cummins was with the 320Bg. I think he was in the 441Sq. Would like any info that any one has on him. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Eugene Cummins
Andrews, Tx USA - 5/24/04

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I am looking for anyone who knows anything about my great-grandfather's brother. His name was Roscoe Orr, and served in the 320thBG/443BS. He was killed July 24, 1943.

Matt Ramsdell
Waco, Tx USA - 5/16/04

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It is with great sadness that I announce the loss of Joseph R. Armstrong. Joe passed away Thursday, 15 April. Mr. Armstrong was a pilot with the 442nd. He entered the Army Air Force in January, 1942 and went on to fly 64 missions as a pilot in the Mediterranean theater before being shot down over Italy in August, 1944. He suffered a bullet injury to the hand, was captured, and ultimately interned as a prisoner of war for eight months. He had a distinguished career not only with the 320th, but also as a civic leader and was highly respected in his community. Joe was a man of honor and dignity. We will miss him and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Franz Reisdorf
St. Paul, MN USA - 4/20/04


My Dad was T/Sgt. Henry C. Winstell, 442nd. He was from New Orleans and served as Crew Chief on B-26 having serial number 118056 on its tail. The nose art was very simple having, what appears to be, a ducks head and two webbed feet seperated by what looks like a large bone. He used to tell us that the plane was called the "Skeleton Duck." One of the pictures shows about fifty guys standing, sitting (two guys are on the spinners of the props.) My Dad died in 1978. I would certainly like to hear from any one who either knew my Dad or had some information about this particular B-26. Thanks and what a great site! I can't help but keep coming back! Hal Winstell Hal.Winstell@uticanational.com

Hal Winstell
Whitesboro, Ny USA - 4/15/04

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Greetings! I am so encouraged by this great site! My father, Earl K. King, originally from NC, was aerial photographer/gunner on Wine, Women and Song, shot down while on a bombing mission over Italy. He received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained after parachuting out of his plane. According to his stories, he and a fellow crew member, David F. Huston, were captured by German soldiers, escaped and were guided through occupied France back to England via the French Resistance - an organization he spoke of with much respect. His medals and stories are a great source of pride to his family. I really appreciate this wonderful site. God bless.

R. M. Eno
Richmond, VA USA - 4/3/04

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I would like to thank Ken Ross, for dedicating so much time and effort to helping me to know a little about my grandfather, Ernest Mathews, who was in the 320th, and was lost on May 9, 1943. My father was only 5 months old, when his father went down, and my grandfather never got to hold his only son. Through Kens continuing efforts, I have a greater knowledge of who my grandfather was, and pictures, too! I would love to hear from anyone else that has information on him. Thanks to all, especially Ken!

Ernie Mathews
Cherry Valley, Ca USA - 3/30/04

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My dad was T/Sgt Richard Dale (Dick) Pogue, who served in the HQ of the 320th. He was with the 320th from MacDill through Sardinia. I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who knew him. Thanks.

Jim Pogue
Memphis, TN USA - 3/29/04

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I wanted to add this info for any who may have an interest. My dad, Mal Scott, was a Capt.with 441/320.He flew 67 combat missions between 7-6-44 and 4-30-45. I have some photos and crew info from his Senior Pilot Log. I would be willing to share this info if others would desire it. Among the aircraft Names and #'s he flew are : Eight Ball (old 01) - 1 mission BashfulBaby 01 - 9 missions(He and a Sgt.painted tail black) 04 - 2 missions MyGal 08 - 14 missions (His Favorite) Little Sherry - 09 - 2 missions Ol'Timer - 18 - 3 missions Memphis Mule - 19 - 5 missions LadyLynn - 21 - 4 missions BelleRinger - 22 - 2 missions Thumper II - 23 - 3 missions ..he has other aircraft by # only I have nose art photo with some crew members of 'MyGal' ..he told me about a dog '88' or Oct Zein Oct (mascot) and I would to know more (a picture perhaps). My dad always spoke highly of those he served with !!! Thanks (for then and now), Bill Scott

Bill Scott
Brush Prairie, Wa. USA - 3/25/04

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320th BG mission? On the back cover of "The Martin Star" Oct'-43 issue there is a photo with this caption: "The back cover is a picture of a group of B-26 Marauders returning to their North African base after a raid on Sicily, a picture only recently received in this country and one of the best showing Marauders in a mass flight over enemy territory". Photo shows a flight of 6 behind two front planes, which have serials 41-18283 and 41-17958. No battle numbers. I found that 41-18283 belonged to 37th BG from December 1944. 41-17958 might be a 320th BG plane of 444th BS, as they had a xx-xx958. There is a V on rear (right)fuselage in front of star/bar insignia (41-17959 was "Miss Fortune" of 320th BG 444th BS).

Alf Egil Johannessen
Sandefjord, Norway - 3/19/04

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I was a pilot and flight leader with the 320th 442 sqd. from July 5,1942 until Oct. 4 1943 when I finished my 40th mission.I was on missions 17,18,and 19,on one of these misions we were loaded with parachute frag bombs,the target was clouded in so the mission was aborted (tis was a low level mission) so we turned for home. We had the option of dropping our bomb or we carry them back to base. Hardie Tatum aparentely decided to get rid of his bombs and when the bombs hit the airsteam they blew up and caused the plane to go down with all aboard.

Kenneth Ross
Winter Springs, FL USA - 3/3/04

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Thanks!!

Guy Bollinger Jr.
Ballwin, MO USA - 2/23/04

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Back when the reunion was in Buffalo, we were fortunate enough to find out the circumstances of which my Uncle Howard E. Kithcart passed. I won't go into details, but I would like to thank the gentleman who came to our table, told us and left. That was something the War Department never told the family. Only a few of us were curious. We did inform a few other family members of the incident. We haven't been to another reunion since then. We may sometime in the future. Again, thank you for the information. Carrie Kithcart

Carrie Kithcart
Rochester, ny USA - 2/20/04

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I was fortunate enough to get a copy of "Boomerang! Story of the 320th Bombardment Group in World War II" by Victor C. Tannehill, as well as one of his other books, "First TACAF: First Tactical Air Force in World War II" and we have literally "lived" in these books since we received them at Christmas. We cannot put them down and I battle with my mom and dad on whose "turn" is it to get control of the books." Reading Mr. Tannehill's books is like being able to go back in time for just a small glimpse of what our WWII heroes went through. I am SO grateful for these books and for the dedication to preserve history that inspired Mr. Tannehill to write these powerfully moving and definitive books. I cannot tell you how much reading them has meant to my father, who flew in several planes in WWII, but loved the B26 the best. I highly recommend these books to anyone who is blessed enough to get a copy and can only say that I wish a publisher would do another print on them so that we could be certain that the next generation might have the advantage of reading them also and knowing what our men and women of WWII sacrificed and accomplished for us. Mr. Tannehill, may God bless you richly for listening to your heart and writing these books (and also for your kind and generous heart).

Additionally, words can never express the debt we owe to Dr. Franz Reisdorf for his dedication and hard work on this web site. He is truly passing the torch to the next generation when he urges us to share the memories, eloquently and gently reminding us to "Remember your story is not just your own, but also that of those who served with you." Who could state any better why we simply MUST preserve these stories so that they may be passed to the next generation? I am humbled by the dedication of these men, and the others contributing to this web site, for their sacrifice of their time, their use of their talents, skills and finances to ensure that our heroes are remembered. I know my dad, former Sgt. George W. (Bill) Gleason and his "better half" Verdie, would join me in saluting the awesome job you all have done. God bless you. Donna Guidry

Donna Guidry
Port Arthur, TX USA - 1/30/04

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I attended your annual meeting for the first time last August at San Jose, CA as a guest of my father's, Bill Sharp, Sr., who was a pilot with the 441st Sq. This is a wonderful web site that I will bookmark and visit regularly. I enjoyed the Reunion experience enormously, especially the chance to meet some of you members who served with my Dad.

Wm. C. (Bill) Sharp, Jr.
Marietta, GA USA - 1/27/04

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I came across this website by mistake (researching our family name). The pictures are amazing. My father was Arthur Kennerson, who I believe was a tailgunner and bombadier in the 444th stationed at Bessey les Citeaux. He didn't want to talk much about his experiences but always spoke fondly of the French family that he lived with. He returned there in 1983 and found that same family still alive. If any of you served with or remember my father I would appreciate it if you would contact me at gkennerson@earthlink.net.

John Kennerson
Clovis, Ca USA - 1/22/04

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WE HAVE A RECORD THAT PLAYS IN REVERSE (FROM THE INSIDE TO THE OUTSIDE, AS I UNDERSTAND) THAT WAS MADE BY MY HUSBAND'S UNCLE, BERNIE GUTHRIE, WHO WAS KILLED ON HIS LAST VOLUNTARY MISSION...HE WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE GONE HOME BUT DECIDED TO FLY THIS ONE MORE TIME...IT WAS MADE WHILE ON DUTY...THO' WE HAVE NOT THE EQUIPMENT TO PLAY IT...IF ANY ONE HAS INFORMATION ON EITHER MY UNCLE-IN-LAW OR HOW TO PLAY THIS MY FAMILY WOULD BE ECSTATIC WITH JOY...MY HUSBAND IS NAMED AFTER THIS UNCLE!...HUGS AND KISSES, CAROLE GUTHRIE

CAROLE F GUTHRIE
WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN USA - 1/11/04

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Just wanted to say how much I appreciate the people who have put this site together. My father, Walter D. Ashley, was in the 444th. He was very pleased with the site also. I am presently a full time Air National Guardsman, and also have 21 years total military time in. Former active duty Air Force. I have been hungry for information about my father's experiences in the 320th for many years. It is something I am hugely proud of and count it as one of the reasons I love working on aircraft (KC-135E's) today. Please keep up the good work, I visit this site often. I especially love the artwork done for the paint schemes. Outstanding!

TSgt Mark Ashley
Knoxville, TN USA - 1/4/04

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My grandfather, Sgt. Frelson McIntyre, was in the 320th during World War II. He died when my dad was just 13, so I really don't know much about him. I don't know what squadron he was in, but I have a picture of him in his uniform taken in Paris in 1945. If anyone could help me out, please e-mail me. Thank you!

Kim McIntyre Johnston
LA USA - 1/1/04

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