My father, Dale O. Grice, served with the 441st Bomb Squad , flying many
missions with the European Theater. My parents were divorced when I was very
young and I was never able to hear him speak about his service. I came upon
this website on the 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It is the only thing that
comes up when I google my father's name. He enlisted in July 1943 and was
honorably discharged on Sept. 28, 1945. I would love to hear from anyone who
knew him or has any memories of serving with him. He was orginally from
Jill (Grice) Norwood 12/8/06
name is Patrick DeMarco, and I am the oldest son of
Joseph T. DeMarco, who was a member of the 320th Bombardment
Group. He was shot down over Italy 1/21/44. Thanks
to your website, I was able to find the original report
of his mission.
am currently in the middle of transcribing a journal
which he kept while he was a POW from 1/21/44 to the
end of the war. In the journal he mentions all
the towns that the POWs in his group were marched through.
Since the journal is so old and deteriorating,
many of the names of the towns are either smeared, or
I cannot decipher his handwriting, and I am asking for
any help I can get.
was wondering if there is anyone - a family member maybe
– who has any information concerning the town names.
I can provide a typed copy of what I guessed to
be the town names if it will help.
assistance would be greatly appreciated, and I would
be glad to provide a copy of the completed transcription
to the Group if it was wanted.
can be contacted through e-mail.
again, I thank you.
I am the younger brother of Frank Foulkes, top gunner in the Capt. Frank
Carter crew, 443rd. Frank did the sketches for the Boomerang
publication. Frank passed away on September 17, 2006, after suffering a heart
attack, followed by pneumonia. As a skilled graphic artist, we always enjoyed
his creativity in providing a few laughs and memories of what life was like on a
B-26 during 1943-44 period. As he and I would have lunch several times a month,
our conversation would usually turn to WW II and his experiences. The bonding
with the crew, as well as so many others made a profound impact on Frank's
I am looking for information on my uncle, T/Sgt. Robert Van Johnson. He
served in the 320th Bomb Group, 444th Bomb Sq., 12th Air Force in Sardinia from
Dec. 29, 1943 until Aug. 5, 1944. According to a book I have, The Fighting Men
of Texas, he "participated in sixty combat missions over Naples-Foggia,
Rome-Arno and in the air offensive of Europe. He was awarded the Air Medal with
six Oak Leaf Clusters, Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal among other
I have some information regarding his training and discharge, but would
like to know what plane he flew on and his position on it. If anyone knew him,
please contact me by e-mail. I am trying to
research my family history and am wanting to honor those family members that
have served our country.
Unfortunately, he passed away in November 1979 of lung cancer, so I cannot
get any information from him. He married several years after he was discharged
and my aunt does not know much about that time of his life. Any information
that anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your assistance!
Ellen E. Nudo 10/31/06
I am saddened to tell you of the passing of Max Rickless,
88, of Ellenton, Florida, on Oct. 15, 2006. He was born in Rochester, N.Y. and
served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a Navigator in the 441st Bomber
Squadron, 320th Medium Bomber Group During WWII, which flew the Martin B-26
Marauder. You know his history far better than I as he seldom spoke of the war
other than to remember friends or talk of a recent reunion.
Max was especially proud of Sylvia, his wife of 60
years, and their two sons. I met Max through his wife in the 1960s and we
became friends. Max's quiet manner masked his intelligence and compassion for
his fellow man. He almost never spoke of his wartime experiences except saying
once that better men than he didn't come home and speaking of it won't change a
Max is part of a disappearing generation of Americans that
grew up in the depression and then made a choice to defend our nation without a
second thought. After the war they came home, married, raised families and gave
them a home and security with the hope that there would never be another great
Steve Phelps 10/30/06
You people are great!
I looked through a lot of pictures and found one of
my father Charles Moilov. What a blessing; he's been gone since 1985. I have
copies of photos and my sister has original. Please contact me. If any one is
left from the 443rd I would love to hear from you. My father talked about Ben
came to see him in Cleveland . Thanks again for the great works. If I can do
anything contact me.
Russell Moilov 10/5/06
My name is Tonello Odorico,living in Ala,a
small city on the Brenner Pass in North Italy.On 11/05/44 a B-26 plane crashed
near Ala city having been shot down by 2 german Me-109s. The plane was hit a few forward its
target of Rovereto. I was present at that tragedy and at the capture of an
American pilot. I now know that the plane was of 320th, BG 441st BS and SN 43 34396-battle/BN
01. Crew:Truman-Louis-Pidkock(all POW)-Brush-Moore-Mc Mahon-Kramer (all
killed). Their poor body were taken to the Cemetry of Ala. I ask gentily of you:
I have fro you the MACR #9598 please? Can I be in touch with one of the
relatives? Any other information about the incident
would be appreciated.
Odorico 38061 ALA (TN) Italy 8/16/06
was stationed at March Air Force Base between 1953 -55
in the 320th bomb wing and am looking for a patch for
the 320th. I can't remember the squadron names (numbers)
that made up the 320th. We had three squadrons
of B-47's. Can you help me.
Iam looking for any kind of information
concerning with the Liberation in Italy of my native
village Cavarzere. I would like to gather aerial photos
/videos / B-26 Marauder aircrafts about the bombing
of Cavarzere or neighbor locality. Cavarzere is located
40 km from Venice between Rivers PO and Adige, in
the Po Valley.
I am doing an exhibition for the
Liberation day and we like to remember the special contribution
of the allied Army, in collaboration with the City Council
Iappreciated your time and attention
to this request and thank you in advance.
anyone furnish me any information on an aircraft named
Judy? My wife's uncle was on it when it went down
on 11-6-44. There were no survivors. If
anyone can recall a gunner named Willard Dininny assigned
to the 444thSquadron we would appreciate any info you
can give us. Thanks.
have a friend, an Italian Historian, who is interested
in getting a photograph or information on “Little Sue,”
Tail 95, a 320th BG plane (SN 95785). Does anyone
have any information on that plane? He is
working on a book about aerial combat in Italy during
WWII and the book features a story about this plane
over Ostiglia. Any insight would be appreciated.
If your serial number is correct, 42-95785, the plane
was with the 319th bomb group and was lost 26 September
1944. The Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) is 8941.
One can request a copy of the MACR from the National
Archives in College Park,MD:
National Archives and Records Administration Textual Reference Branch 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001
Reisdorf 320th Historian, volunteer
recently came across the 320th Bomb Group Website. My
father (James N. Childs) was a pilot in the 442nd. He
passed away this past April 18th, 2006 after a long
struggle with Alzheimers at the age of 84. I was
quite excited when I stumbled upon all the history and
photos that my dad was a part of. Thanks for all
the hard work you and others did to make this happen.
God Bless America.
don't know if your BG Members are aware of it, the MAPS
Air Museum in Canton, Ohio is restoring a B-26 Marauder.
I'd like to invite any of your members to visit the
museum if they are in the area. We are working on the
fuselage now. The wings are off. It's a labor of love
by volunteers. If any of your BG alum are interested
in volunteering, sharing their knowledge or experiences
we would welcome them.
I'll be passing the word
to as many B-26 groups as I can.
to everyone at the marvelous 320th Bomb Group web site.
I have been searching for photos of planes that
my dad, George W. Gleason, flew in during his WWII service
in the 320th Bomb Group. He served in the 442nd
Bomb Squadron some, but mainly in the 444th Bomb Squadron.
I have located photos of all the planes he flew
in with the exception of #76 and #91. If you have
photos of those planes, I would greatly appreciate it
if you would email me. Thank you and God bless!
for any information about my father, Joseph D. Jenkinson,
who was a member of your unit based out of France. Photos,
tail numbers manifests etc. Any and all information
would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all that have served in all
branches of the armed services. We owe a great
deal to each one that has put their country as their
first priority and made the sacrifices. A word
of thanks cannot be enough for those that are currently
serving throughout the world. We keep each one
in our prayers, remember those that are now gone and
send our best to the families and friends of those that
are not on our soil for this weekend. For those
in harms way, may God bless you and keep you, take care
and stay safe. We support you and are ready to
welcome you when come home.
Dad said it was the
job of the military to keep our freedoms and the job
of the civilians to express them. I hope that
each of us will do that, with our speech, vote and actions.
am a friend of someone who knows Tom Wakefield. All
I know is he served in Africa with the 320th flying
b-26's. I have searched the site and cannot find any
info on his activities/crew etc. He now lives in Kentucky
and as far as I know always has. He doesn’t talk much
about it, but I would love to keep his stories alive
Can you help me in any way?
Maj. James L. McCrory (Lt. Col. Retired) passed away
May 5, 2006 at the age of 85. He flew 53 combat missions
for the 320th, was shot down over Italy and evaded capture.
He returned home, serving 26 years in the military.
Graduated from Pampa Army Air Field; Pampa, Texas;
Class 43G 1943 KIA 10-dec-44 while flying as
co-pilot on a mission over Brenner Pass.
I am trying to put my fathers service together in
order to leave my children and grandchildren as complete
a picture of the sacrifices my father and so many others
made in order for them to enjoy the freedoms that they
My father was sent from Barksdale
Field, La to Hunter Field, GA as a replacement. He was
assigned a crew and a B-26-G bomber Serial # 43-34382
on 24 July 1944 (FL-716-AT-2) and sent to Morrison Field,
FL the next day.
On 28 July 1944 he received
order to depart for an undisclosed location overseas
from Morrison Field.
I have found the aircraft
43-34382 in the records of the 320th BG; 442 Marauders----BN=39;
Serial #= 43-34382; Name= "Jackie"; Disposition
= VE (I have not figured out what VE represents). Even
though the plane is assigned to the 320th B.G. there
is no record of my father or his crew on the roster
of the 320th BG. The next time I can definitely know
where he is is starting in October of 1944 where he
is carried on the records of the 319th BG; 439 BS flying
B-26 and in November switching to the B-25.
anyone advise me of how I might find the records of
duty for him from July 28th until I find him in the
Hi I’m Russell Moilov the son of Charles Moilov.
My Dad didn’t speak much about the War but was proud
of his time spent serving with all you great men. He
passed in1986. My sister is a private pilot and loves
to fly. I keep my feet closer to the ground. I flew
with my Dad and sister in a private plane and on the
landing we had a flat. My sister listened to Dad and
we landed well. I got out and swore only commercial
.I am recently writing and putting together a movie
about my Dads life. I have been approached by several
producers and want to add stories of my Dad and Photos
of the 320 Bomb group. I want to include the best years
of my father’s life flying with you great men. Id love
to add photos of all of you proud Americans! My father
is Charles Moilov 320th Bomb group 443. Id like
to hear from people who served with him.
Would like to know if anyone remembers my father
L. Davies), who was a SGT. attached to the 441st Bombardment Squadron 320th
Bombardment Group. He was overseas from Jan '44 thru Nov
He was originally from Tilton, New Hampshire. He was
a hydraulic mechanic. I remember him telling me about
being in London. He past away this past March, and I
would like to hear from anyone who remembers him.
father recently passed away and I would love to talk
with anyone who remembers him. Lt. Robert Sherwood
served w/ the 441, 320th bg starting August 44 after
serving as a flight instructor stateside. Be careful
not to confuse him with Lt. Courtney Sherwood who apparently
was in the 443. Especially would like to here
from anyone who also has knowledge of Ed Posey or Dick
Doug Sherwood 5/12/06
Re: Theodore F. Balk, Jr. 443rd Born July 4,
1920 Died July 24, 1943
I am a family member of Theodore's who has done
quite a bit of research to find all the information about his service and the
crash that ended his life between Italy and Massicault, Tunisia. It was with a
great deal of satisfaction, relief, and closure that we were able to find more
than anyone in the family had known. This was done about five years ago
to web sites like yours and those who were willing to e-mail me and share
information on Theodore. My then husband, who was Theodore's brother, had
always wanted to know what happened. He died shortly after I found the
We learned that Theodore was the Co-Pilot of
41-34800, one of the two planes that crashed on the mission.
My new husband and I are taking a trip to Rome and
the Mediterranean in May and we have arranged for a trip to the Rome American
Cemetery at Nettuno to see the Wall of the Missing where Theodore's name is
inscribed along with so many others who lie asleep in the deep. We also plan to
drop flowers into the water when our cruise ship is between Sicily and Naples,
near the site of the crash. This will be a long overdue memorial to a
much-loved and missed family member on behalf of my late husband,
Theodore's three living brothers, his deceased parents, and his living widow.
Our thanks and gratitude to Victor Tanehill and
all the others who have preserved and presented the History of the 320th. It
means so much to family.
And God richly bless all of you who
Sincerely, Jane Balk Ferko 4/11/06
Looking for any information on my father Frank S.
Grabowski, 320th BG, 442nd Squad, 12th Air Force.
My name is Jim Haney, my father, Tom (T.P.) Haney, flew with the 320thbg
sq444th. He was a gunner and flew most missions with Hal Fair. My father would
appreciate hearing from anyone who flew with him in his same squadron, or if
anyone knows of a relative or friend who may have flown with him. We are
traveling to Orvieto, Italy and plan to visit a grave site of one of his
friends, Ed Noe.
Jim Haney 3/5/06
I am looking for anyone that may have flown or knew my uncle,
Mike Rohal, he was with the 320th 442nd. He has passed away and we are trying
toget as much information as possible for a shadow box and memory board. I can
be reached using email. Mike flew out of north africa as far as
we know his service number was 36165033 and may have been radiooperator or
gunner, I would appreciate any info that you can provide. Mike was from Ionia
Michigan if that helps.............. thanks!!
My dad John P. Barber was with 444th and he passed away
in 1983. I was wondering if anyone could tell me or how I could what his MO was
during his service with 444th? Was he on flight a crew or was he ground
Thank You. John P.
Barber, Jr. 2/25/06
Can someone please help me out? Trying to locate Crew from
394th Bomb Group/586th Bomb Squadron. I am doing this for Mr. Richard (Dick)
Leenhouts, he was in WW2 and also something to do with the Sheboygan Can someone
help me out?
Thanks Sandi on behalf of R.H. Leenhouts 1/20/06
is with much sadness that I report the loss of James
R. Logsdon. Mr. Logsdon was a pilot with the 444th.
On 5 November 1994 his ship was shot down by enemy fighters.
He was captured and detained as a prisoner of war at
Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to
Nuremberg-Langwasser) for six months before being liberated.
Franz Reisdorf 1/10/06
a former member of the 320th Bomb Group, 444th
Bomb Squadron. I was a tail gunner and
flew in the squadron in the latter part of the
European Theater from November, 1944 to the
end of hostilities in May, 1945.
trying to determine the name of the Crew Chief
of the aircraft that I flew most of my missions
in. The aircraft had been named Miss Arkansas
by the crew chief and carried the battle number
"88" on the verticle tail. The nose
of the aircraft also had Miss Arkansas
painted on it along with a painting of a beautiful
anyone can furnish this information, I would certainly
appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!
Roy Siewert 1/07/06
am wondering if you could post a message relating to my Grandpa Josef
Chabak to your bulletin board.
Josef Chabak sadly passed away in July 2005 after a very long, happy and
full life. He was born in Zvolen Slovakia and joined the free Czech 311
Squadron. He was a wonderful man and I always feel so very lucky and honoured to
have known him. I have a few pictures of him and other men from his squadron
and would be happy to share them with anyone that may have an interest in this
squadron. I would also love to her from anyone who may have relatives who may
have served with him