I am an American documentary filmmaker, I can
be verified at www.imdb.com - type in Tony Schweikle.
I would like to find anyone with knowledge of the
mission to Sapri Italy on August 15 or 19 in 1943.
you, Tony Schweikle 12/1/2009
saw the 2009 reunion on the 320th Bomber Group website.
I wonder if any of you surviving members knew my
Father Jack Jarman or John P. Jarman. He flew in
the 444th bomber group with Chuck Kamanski, James
Beebe, James Logsdon, Moose Fowler, (who was killed
in action), Goldman, who was also a bombardier,
Kelly who was the tail gunner who I think also got
shot down. My father passed away last year in January
2009 at the age of 91. He was living in our home
and fell and broke his second hip. He had hip replacement
surgery but did not bounce back from this surgery.
If any of you have any remembrances of him or even
stories of your time in the 320th, I would like
to hear them. I read the book Blue Battlefields
and really liked it, and it mirrored my dads stories
of how they flew to the Ascension Islands, up through
Africa and down on the other side of the Mediterranean,
how they flew out of Corsica.
I am 52 years
old, have lived a legacy of life so far, with 6
children ages 27 to 7, married 28 years. My wall
is filled with pictures of my father. I have the
greatest respect for what you did as young men in
your service and the greatness of your youth.
On behalf of my Dad, Malcolm L. Scott, a pilot
in the 320BG, I want to thank you for this outstanding
website. "Scotty" always told stories
of his experiences during the war, remembering those
who returned with him and those who did not. He
made it a point to attend most of the reunions.
He passed away in May, 2002, but I think about him
always. GOOD LUCK to all!
John (his son), 11/20/09 [
I would like to thank the
surviving members of the 320th BG that served with
my DAD John H. Eastburn. As I honor him and his
memory along with all the other vets past and present.
W. Eastburn USAF VET 11/16/09
to see if anyone remembers a George W. McQuade 444
? He was a LT. and served his country well. I am
looking to see if I can find any pictures of him
and find out what he was on. Please contact me if
you know of him or know someone that does.
was a pleasure to attend the 2009 reunion in San
Antonio and see you all. I took a good number
of photos while attending, including group and squadron
photos. I have emailed some reunion attendees
with a link to my Walmart Photo page in order to
access the photos. If you did not get this
email and would like to be able to access the photos,
you access them in addition to viewing them all,
you can order prints via the Walmart web site. If
you have trouble accessing the photos, please let
me know and we'll find another way to get them to
you. I hope to see you in Chicago next year!
Joe Seiley Son of SGT Robert
E. Seilehy 320th BG, 443rd BS 10/4/09
may I say first that I love this site.
father Martin A Carter was in the 320th 443rd
from the inception of the group until after the
end of the war. He told very few stories about
the war period other than:
hating Patton but talked about El Alamane
(spelling?) He talked of the strategy before
Paton of one tank a day up the mountain. With
Patton, MANY tanks went up at one time and the battle
was won. 2. a friend that lost his fingers
on beach as they looked at a disabled German
Vehicle. 3. trading cigarettes for 5 cameos,
that each grand daughter now has one of plus my
wife. He sent these back. 4. riding on
the Queen Mary from New Jersey.5. a period when
the aircraft were having many mechanical problems
and the commander having the ground crews ride with
their planes. He talked about how all improved
and how he appreciated the commander. 6. not
being rotated back to the states until well after
the war was over. 7. not being able to bring
home his silverware he was allowed 0 to come home
with him. He said that he had carried those mess
utensils for years and he really wanted these. 8.
lighting cigars with Italian money that had been
declared worthless later to be revalued. 9.
drinking wine once when a full cellar was discovered. 10.
being in Nuremberg the day that the Germans surrendered 11.
Guarding a camp after the war that was full of pregnant
German women superwomen 12. seeing a train
that was full of people going to a concentration
camp it was liberated. But their condition
This is every story that dad ever
talked about in my life I wrote them out. Each
in a few words for the grandkids to have later.
talked about camp life as she followed him until
they had orders to go to New Jersey.
would not answer questions. When my
brother was having problems after Vietnam, dad pulled
him to the side and said that some things you just
have to live with and go on with life. That
was his philosophY.
During the war, my mom
was not allowed to spend a dime of her allotment
her dad, made this rule. So as the troops
were returning home and buying farms, my granddad
helped my mom get a good farm before the good ones
were bought and used the saved allotment for it.
Mom and dad farmed and raised dairy cattle
for a few years. As times were bad, dad got
a job in town at a veterans hospital night
guard and boiler man. Farmed by day and worked
After a few years, he sold the
farm and downsized to 20 acres to raise a few head
of cattle and work in town. By now the family
included 2 boys. Myself and my older brother.
We moved to Moore, OK in 1962. they
lived in that same house until both passed.
worked at two different air force bases until approx
1980. He worked on fire control systems. He
took an early retirement and worked for school systems
for another 10 years. He retired finally for
health reasons. He fought leukemia for years
until 1997. Mom survived him for a few months.
He was a good Christian man. He was
a 32nd degree Mason.
He used to visit a man
named Clark in St Louis or KC? He went to
I always wished that i knew
more about his war years after he and mom passed,
I found his stripes, a few ribbons, shoulder patches,
his ID card, a letter giving the unit the French
medal, a few photos most are not labeled
as who they are. I shared these with the web
Now I would like to know if
anyone can help me know more?
A. what did
an engineer / gunner do on the plane and from where? B.
anyone remember dad? C. He flew a lot of missions
early in the war and after that? D. Dad was a sgt,
s/sgt, and then a cpl in May 1943 based on crew
records. ????? E. The pilot that he flew with
is named Tresch. F. His crew did not use the same
plane on most missions?
Any information about
my dad would be appreciated
for this site and the thoughts behind it!
appreciate the detailed information on your website.
I would like to report that my late father-in-law,
Jesse Willard (Will) Largent, who is listed as a
320th BG POW on your site (bailed out on 13 Aug
1944 from a burning B-26 near Toulon, France) survived
the war. He lived to be almost 79 years old and
before passing away authored the book RAF WINGS
OVER FLORIDA, about the training of WW II British
air crews in central Florida.
The New York
Herald Tribune article about Will being held as
a POW by a Nazi medical unit, but later receiving
the surrender of the commanding German admiral is
for all the hard work you have invested in your
website -- it is a wonderful
source of information on those who served our country.
(Tod) Roberts, Editor RAF
WINGS OVER FLORIDA 9/7/09
name is George W. Sholl, III and my father was George
W. Sholl, Jr. He was a Flight Officer in the 442nd
Bomb Squadron toward the end of the war. He later
rejoined the USAF and died in 1963. I'd be very
interested in hearing from anyone in the 320th BG
Association who knew or flew with him. (earlier,
in researching my father's record, I had received
a letter from a 320th member, but it was stolen
in a burglery).
great uncle was Lt. James (Jim) N. Hipple,
he was a pilot in the 441st. James died on 13
August 1944 over France. I have read the
missing crew reports and mission summaries, but I
am always in search of information. If anyone
knew James or has heard any stories regarding him
it would be greatly appreciated. Also, if
anyone knows/knew or knows how to contact Rudolf
Oppenheimer, Vincent Borg, Harold Waldrop, James
Largent, or Robert Allen his crew on that day,
it would be greatly appreciated.
Dad, Dean S. Gausche, was with the 320th during
the Korean War. He passed away, way too young
in 1975. I am trying to compile some stories
for our children and our grandchildren about their
grandfather. If anyone knew him during his
time with the 320th I would appreciate it if you
could contact me.
you in advance for your assistance.
H. Donahue 5/26/09
am searching for information about my dad, James
L. Murray, who served in the 320th Bomb Group, 441st
squadron, in WWII. My dad passed away in 1985
after 30 years active duty and 15 years civil service.
Any information would be tremendously appreciated.
Murray Ferrara 5/23/09
I am looking for anyone who might remember my uncle
William Walter Claude West. He was shot while on
duty at the base in Tunisia.
Kim West-Righetti 5/16/09
My name is Marie-Jeanne Chanut, I am French and
I was born on 26 March 1946 in Dijon, France.
am looking for information about my father, Carl
Taylor. I have been looking for him for years unsuccessfully
and I was hoping someone might be able to help me.
His name is Carl Taylor (I don't know of a middle
name). He arrived in Dijon in November 1944. He
was part of the 310th Service Group squadron, support
unit of 320th Bomb Group, based in Dijon-Longvic.
The 310th Service Group headquarters was based in
Rue Verrerie, Dijon.
He was driving a jeep, matriculated
"1TAF 310" (First TAF). He was a mechanic
or radio-operator. My father can be seen on the
320th Bomb Group website under Archives/Crews/10th
photo (File No. C0010). There is a group of 8 men
in front of the "Spillin Kitten" plane,
my father is the 3rd from the right, cap up and
left hand on the left pocket of his jacket. I am
wondering if the person who posted this photo would
be able to send it to me in a higher resolution.
Also, it would be very useful if I could know
the names of the men around him on the photo. I have
also posted a photo of my father and his insignia
that he gave my grandmother when he left Dijon in
1945, and a photo of the 310th Service Group squadron
headquarters on a website here:
I hope someone would remember him and could tell
me if he is still alive? My father probably does
not know of my existence. I wish he could
be informed about my research and be given my contact
details to get in touch with me.
If unfortunately, he is dead, I would like to
know where he rests if possible; I would come over
and pay tribute to him.
Here are a few photos:
My father Carl Taylor 3rd from the right
Marie-Jeanne Chanut 4/29/09
This has been a great find for me. My dad's youngest
brother and my namesake, Bruister H. LeNoir, was
with 444th and was killed in action on Dec. 18 1942.
He is memorialized in Tunisia. Is there any way
to find specifically what plane he flew on and who
the pilot and crew were that he served with? What
about the circumstances of their service including
their final flight? Thanks in advance,
E. Clark, listed in the Memorials, was my paternal
uncle. He was a prisoner in Germany. He came home
after the war to Ohio and in October 1948, his body
was found on a railroad track. It was a suspected
murder. No culprit was ever found. He never married
and was only 27.
Mary Clark Gilchrist 1/3/09
Hi my name is Robert T. Luther.
I am the son of Robert C. Luther . I would like to know if
any of you guys can tell me the name of the plane my dad flew on and if
you have any picture of him and the crew he flew with. Also if you have any stories
about him I would love to hear from you . Hope all of you guys are
well & good and thanks for all you have done for our country. Also I
think my dad flew with the 443rd squadron.