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|Hans Onderwater (email@example.com)
|Monday, 11 September 2000 at 2:22pm
I am desperately looking for a photograph of B17 42-29916 of 323 BS which crashed in
South Holland on 31 July 1743, and its crew
2Lt Robert L.Bru 0-797257 PoW
2Lt Erwin Feld 0-738972 PoW
Sgt James H. Parris 14072285 PoW
Sgt Stanley C, Chielewski 36224335 PoW
Sgt Frank Phaneuf 36502034 PoW
Sgt Chester P. Lawless 14108013 PoW
Sgt Earl E. West 37285179 KIA
Sgt Frederick J. Maynard 31163168 KIA, or anyone who
knows or knew one of these men and/or can get me in touch with them or their next of kin.
The photos are to be used for a book about the airwar over the area South of Rotterdam,
|John Meurs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Monday, 11 September 2000 at 9:13am
When I was a nine years old schoolboy living in nazi-occupied Holland a B-17 crashed
behind our house in the village called Apeldoorn. That was Thanksgiving Day 1944.Two of
the crew members were killed by German soldiers when they were descending under their
white parachutes, the pilot died in the crash, the tail-gunner escaped from a German
hospital with the help of the Dutch underground and was hidden by a family living in the
same street as we did.
A couple of months ago we were connected to internet and I started my research concerning
the background of "my" B-17. Since then I've come in contact with two members of
the crew, obtained from Maxwell AFB a film roll with the 8th AF Mission Report for that
Now I would like to extend my research to the complete 8th AF mission of November 26,
1944. The 91stBG went to the railway viaduct of Altenbeken, together with the 303rdBG,
384thBG, and the 381stBG. I'm very interested in the 91stBG Mission Report for that day
and also in the squadron reports. I would very much like to get in contact with 91stBG
members who flew that mission and could perhaps provide me some background information.
I thank you in advance for your kind cooperation in this matter.
Im Gubel 5
Ch-8630 Rueti ZH
|James P. Michalski (email@example.com)
|Monday, 11 September 2000 at 7:28am
I stumbled upon this page, in between working, and will return to read all the
comments. My uncle Joseph B. Michalski was killed on 16 August 1944, I believe. None of my
relatives have ever visited his grave. I am fortunate in that I will be taking many
business trips to London and intend to find my Uncle Joe's grave. He was 22 years old and
grew up in Pittsburgh. I have a photo of his grave with a serial? number on the cross. All
I know is that we think he is in a US Military Cemetary, Neuville en-Condroz Belgium about
10 miles south of Liege.
I also have what I believe is his plot marker, e.g., "Pilot, etc.". Can anyone
suggest how I can find his grave? Thank you on behalf of all the surviving Michalski
family and all families who lost a loved one.
|D. Lieurance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Sunday, 10 September 2000 at 8:17pm
I am writing this for a friend. Any follow up will be much
appreciated.------------------"Did you know my dad,Hanford "Rusty" James
Rustand? He was a B-17 Pilot, 8th A.A.F.,91stBG,323 Squadron. He was kia during the
bombing of Merseburg on 2 Nov. 44.Were you there?Do you know the status of his Co-Pilot
[Wyndham M. Peck]? Do you remember his aircraft "PARD"? I'd like to know the
original colors of the noseart for some art work I'm having done in just a few weeks.It
was a character horse winking, with "PARD" lettered underneath. I'm also looking
for any of the "HI-HO SILVER" crew [Corman,Hale, Jenson,Law, MacArthur, Newsome,
Pothier, & Wiegel]. I am anxious to hear from anybody. Also, please look me up at the
91st Reunion in Tx., I plan to attend Nov1-3.
|J.L. Woods (crnawoods@AOL.com)
|Sunday, 10 September 2000 at 5:39pm
I enjoy learning anything I can about avaition, esp. of W.W.-2.
|Sunday, 10 September 2000 at 10:42am
Made a mistake on my first message. Uncle Art is 89 years old. My brother is going to
take your website picture of Hitler's Gremlin up to Uncle Art to see if he can name the
other crew members.(His eyes and ears aren't very good anymore.)He was shot down two days
after that photo was taking. Flak took out one engine and they used so much gas keeping up
with the group that they ran out of fuel on the way back. I asked him if they dropped
their bombs on Schweinfurt. He looked at me kind of funny and said,"of course".
I don't think it ever occurrred to them to turn back even though they lost the engine very
early in the mission and probably could have turned back.
|Jerry Micetich (email@example.com)
|Saturday, 9 September 2000 at 6:36pm
My Uncle was a tail gunner on Hitler's Gemlin. Shot down on the raid on the ball
bearing plants. Made it back to the channel where they ditched. Everyone survived. That
was his 17th mission.
He's now in his 90's. Finally got him to talk about it. I went thru the B-17 that the
confederate air force flys. Wow! I don't know if I'd have guts enough to do what he did.
No fighter protection then.
|Gary F Price (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Thursday, 7 September 2000 at 6:52pm
Does anyone know a LT. KENNEDY, 323BS? I have found an excellant color photo of the
gentleman in a catalog. Subject is wearing a B10 jacket and 323 patch. Photo credit is
NASM, probably taken in mid-44 or after. If Mr.Kennedy/family/friends are interested feel
free to drop me a line. I have already contacted LOWELL GETZ about him, it maybe sometime
before he can check his loading lists. Can anyone help identify or supply some info on
him? This is really a superb photo of him and I am trying to make sure that he or his
family and friends are aware of it.
|Gary F Price (email@example.com)
|Thursday, 7 September 2000 at 6:40pm
Does anyone know a LT.KENNEDY,323BS? I have run across an excellant color photo of the
gentleman in a catalog. Subject is wearing a B10 jacket with 323 patch. Photo credit is
NASM,probably taken mid-44 of after. If Mr. Kennedy/relatives or friends are interested,
then feel free to drop me a line. I have already contacted LOWELL GETZ about him, it maybe
some time before he can check his loading lists on him. If anyone would like to fill in
some of the spaces then feel free to contact me. This is really a superb photo and I want
to try to make sure that he or his family members are aware of it.
|J. MICETICH (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Thursday, 7 September 2000 at 11:45am
I am trying to find out information about "Hitler's Gremlin" a B-17 which was
ditched in the English Channel in August of 1943 returning from the Schweinfurt, Germany
raid. Lt. Eugene M. Lockhart from Hillsboro, N.C. piloted the plane and my uncle Arthur W.
Burns was the tail-gunner. I was told via e-mail that "Hitler's Gremlin" was
assigned to the 91st BG. I would appreciate any information about where I can locate a
history of the group and that B-17.