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 President's Corner

Published in the April 2007 Ragged Irregular

For those whom have access to computers, the web page is on its way to being fixed. You never know the importance of something until it’s broken. I was always interested in the stories offered by the veterans that are on the web page. We even tell some of the stories to friends or acquaintances of what it really was like in England and Europe from 1942 to 1945. Some of the stories are humorous and some are very sad.

My favorites are “The Million Dollar Seat” by Edwin Ehret and the “Unauthorized D-Day Mission” by Jim McPartlin. Edwin writes how he had a million dollar seat to see the invasion, and Jim Tells how he was ordered to fly a general over the invasion and almost lost his seat.

John “Jake” Howland our “Historian” is really doing a terrific job. He is working with Lonna McKinley at National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Paterson AFB and they have accepted his historic offerings. They are on CD’s and offer the following information:

85 veteran stories from the web “Stories from the 91st”.

The Daily Reports for the 4 Squadrons

Casualties Report (which is on the web page)

We must be careful not to send memorabilia to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Paterson AFB. Jake should clear anything you might want to offer because he and Ed Gates is our liaison with the museum. If we send too many items, they might just be stored away and never seen. However, some items might be directed to the Planes of Fame Museum because we do have a memorial there and their plans include a research center. My wife Suzi & I are making sure the memorial is well done and we are working on getting a display case, just for the 91st items.

The 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Association is holding a Rally Round at Minot AFB in North Dakota from September 5 to 10, 2007. The 91st BGMA has been invited because we are the 1st Generation of the 91st. The 91st Space Wing (third generation) will have a “Northern Neighbors Day” that includes the “Air Force Thunderbirds”. If you wish for more information, call or write me and I will mail the application to you.

Jim Shepherd