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Doris Ann Woolf obituary

DORIS ANN WOOLF, 83, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at Heartland Healthcare in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, after suffering a stroke in April. She was born on 3 September 1925, to the late Clyde Marshall and Ethel Jones in Cleveland Hts., OH, which she always considered her home. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ralph B. Woolf in 2005. She is survived by her daughter Joyce (Dennis) Fath, and her sons, Craig Woolf, Deane Woolf and Keith Woolf. Grandchildren include Elizabeth (Ramiro) Woolf Fontes, Seth (Nina) Woolf, Niki Woolf, Kathy Woolf, Tracy (Alan) Bates and great-granddaughter, Amber Bates. Doris graduated from Cleveland Heights High,OH in 1943 and was a state officer in the Rainbow Girls. She was active in local theater in the Cleveland  area, in many musicals and plays with her family, and she held the lead role in both Hello Dolly and The New Moon. She and Ralph moved to West Palm Beach, FL in 1981, where she worked for the Gubelmann family estate until retirement in 1998. She and Ralph traveled often, but her favorite trips were always to visit her family and friends in Ohio and to go to the 320th Bomb Group Reunions which she and Ralph helped to organize for four years. She was an incredibly loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many. We will miss her songs and her sincere love for everyone and everything. Memorial Services will be announced later.

Tracy
10/29/08

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This is a wonderful website in helping family members learn more about our relative's military experience!

Our family is working on a school history project and trying to gather more information on my late grandfather's role in the 443 bomb squadron.
  His name is Anthony Proto. He was a mechanic and served from '42-'45. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your service!

Jacqui Campbell

9
/18/08

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Looking for anyone that knew and can give a summary of SSGT Grady T. Aldrich’s service with the following unit:

441st Bomber Squadron 320th Bomber

Here is some basic information on Grady.
  Anyone that may have known him, please contact me.

Name:
  Grady T Aldrich
Inducted From:
Alabama
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Combat Organization:  441st Bomber Squadron 320th Bomber
Death Date: 17 July 1943
Monument: Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Italy
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal & Air Medal

Many thanks,

Paul D. Williams
Master Sergeant USMC (Ret.)
9/4/08

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I would like to know if anyone can help me find out which Bomber my 1st cousin flew as “tailgunner” in? during WWII? All I have is his SS # and his DOB –name Angelo Varallo. He is in a nursing home in Gallatin, TN and does not remember anything?

Can anyone help me?

Geny Varallo
Nashville, TN

6
/8/08

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Like to contact any one who knew my father,William S.Glidewell, 442nd.

Michael Glidewell
4
/23/08

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I'm looking for any information anyone may have on my father's military groups.

He was discharged from the 320th Bomb Group on 10 December 1945. His last service before leaving Europe (from Le Havre, 27 November 1945 aboard the SS Mexico Victory) was at Ainring, Germany, across the river from Salzburg, Austria

Prior to that he was in the 2076th QM Trk Co, 32nd Air Service Group, 492nd Air Service Group [sic], and transferred from there on 11 June 1945

Even though he was 9th Air Force (by the patch on his photos) dad was always a ground pounder. He never flew except for a mission or two behind lines. He has told stories of driving a fuel truck and a half-track, so it seems he was in a support role for the aircraft. He always mentioned P-38s and P-47s and seemed pretty familiar with them.

If anyone has information on any of the above units, I would be most appreciative to receive any information. I also have photos I can share if we manage to match up units at any point.

For anyone wishing a more expansive day-to-day view of the air war, I recommend the book "Air War Europa" by Eric Hammel. I plan to look through again now that I have the above information.

Jay Cunnington
4
/16/08

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I am writing in an effort to find out more information about Roscoe D. Orr.

Roscoe Orr's information.

F/O Orr
320th Bomber Group
443rd Bomber Squadron

F/O Orr was shot down 24 July 1943, after making a bombing run with several other planes.  His plane number was 41-17763, and I believe the name of his plane was Bad Penny, but I have found conflicting stories regarding this.  F/O Orr and crew were returning from a second attempt to bomb rail yards at Marina Di Paola. 

According to MACR 343 the following people may have witnessed the crash.
1st. Lt.  John Tuck
Capt.    Thomas Grove
2nd. Lt. Thomas Grant
2nd. Lt. Valber Clarke

Would anyone happen to know if any of these men are still alive?  Also, would anyone have any recollection of F/O Orr?

Thank you for your help, and time.

Matt Ramsdell
4
/7/08

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Gentlemen in my research of Lt. Col. Charles R Johnson, I have reviewed his personnel records and cannot figure out the meanings of the following symbols or mission details

Senior Pilot.
 What  is the definition? 
Secret flights
What would have been secret in 1943 and 44?
Wing A3
Col. Johnson was made wing A3 in May of 43 when Col. Fordyce died along with his staff in a B26.
What were the duties of an A3?
Thank you for your help Col. Johnson is my father and he served in the headquarters of the 42nd, 47th, and 7th fighter wings. 

Bill Johnson
1/31/08

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Hello to all surviving B26 crewmembers and familys. I am seeking information on my late uncle Lt. Robert A Wilson from Massachusetts. He served with the 442 and the444 . Any and all information would be most appreciated. Thank you all you made the world a better place.

Dana R. Perry
1/10/08

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For those interested, at AAF.com there is a recent posting about an incident between B-26 41-31595 (Jerome M. Asher 441st) and C-47 41-18368 (Leo J. Hagerty 64th TCG 17th TCS):

See posting at on the Army Air Forces  Forum by clicking here

The accident occurred at Ciampino, Italy, on July 15th 1944. Aviation Archaeology says Taxiing Accident. The C-47 was condemned July 22nd 1944.

Regards,

Alf Egil Johannessen
1/8/08
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