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|John C. Godburn, Maj., USAF (Ret) (email@example.com)
|Wednesday, 27 December 2000 at 2:57pm
My father, John J. (Jack) Godburn recently passed. He was a member of the 91st during
the latter stages of the war and flew as a navigator from Bassingbourn. I believe he was
in the 322nd Sq., but he may have been in the 323d. I perhaps did not avail myself of his
knowledge and experiences while in England since when he spoke of missions he had flown,
he referred to them as "milk runs". I failed to press for details and, as a
consequence, have no knowledge of aircraft, missions or crew identity.
I would very much appreciate any former member of the 91st who might have known or flew
with my father getting in touch with me via e-mail. As a matter of interest, following the
war, he reverted back to the grade of MSgt. He was recalled as a 1st Lt. for Korea and
flew B-36s out of Ramey in PR, then taught navigation at Mather in CA and ended his career
in 1963 as the AFPRO at Boeing Wichita/McConnell AFB. Thank you for your consideration.
|Lt. Col. Raymond E. Jones
|Wednesday, 27 December 2000 at 1:38pm
337-478-4883 home phone
Lt. Col. Raymond E. Jones
HC-53 Box 335
Hemphill, TX 75948
I was Co-Pilot on Don Knapp's Crew. Our Aircraft was Winnie Frank & Joe LLZ. We were
Shot Down 20 july 1944. We lost our
navigator, bombidier, ball turrit gunner, & one waste Gunner.
Don, I and Bob Hart wound up in Stalage Luft 1 at Barth, Germany
on the North Sea.
Jim Veries our engineer & top turrit Gunner was badly wounded. I got him out of his
position. Got a parachute on him & got him out of the aircraft. Germans hospitalized
him got him well & sent him to a concintration camp. Where he was later released after
being found by Luftwaffe officer and camp doctor.
The Tail of the Aircraft came off and the gunner fell with it until the tail turned in
such a position to throw him out. We learned this at camp Lucky Strike in France after
being released from POW Camp. I am the Sole suvivore of the Crew Winne, Frank & Joe. I
Can tell you more if you would like to call me.
Lt. Col. Raymond E. Jones
I will have a e-mail address later
|Thomas Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Tuesday, 26 December 2000 at 5:50pm
My grandfather, Norman Lee Harper, was a tailgunner in the 91st
Bomb Group stationed in Bassingbourn. I am not sure what squadron or plane that he was in.
If anyone has any information on his part in the war, I would sure appreciate contact.
Thanks, and God Bless each and everyone of you humble heros.
|Bryan A. Hopkins (email@example.com)
|Tuesday, 26 December 2000 at 11:11am
God Bless All of You,
I have been assigned the mighty task for the Piloten Bunker web site to gather and compile
all info concerning Allied Bomber Pilots and Crews.
The info I am looking for consist of Name, Rank, Air Force flown with, Nationality, Number
of missions flown, Job, (i.e. Pilot, navigator ball turrent gunner, etc.) and last but not
least Info and pics on each individual. Yes I have a very large assignment ahead of me.
That is why I am asking for anyone and everyones help.
Your time and consideration cannot be thanked or praised enough but is more than greatly
appreciated. Please correspond to the link I have provided below,...again Thank you very
Bryan A. Hopkins
(P.S. This site is amazing and the stories at times so heart felt that I have had tears
welt up in my eye's. Thank you for these pages and links)
|Celeste C. Bancroft (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Sunday, 24 December 2000 at 11:19am
My Dad Victor H. Clifford was stationed in Bassingbourne as part of the 91st bomb
group. His plane was Hell and High Water and was shot down on March 6, 1944. He was a POW
in Stalag Luft 4. I am interested in any information you may have or if you knew my Dad.
|Sunday, 24 December 2000 at 4:16am
Very interested to read Edward Ah Tye's (GAhTyes@aol.com)comments: 'Our group is
dwindling, but the memory of our quest, for all of us, should never be forgotten. This web
site is a wonderful way to continue that spirit.'
I would like to endorse those comments - this site just goes from strength to strength and
is a credit to all the effort and hard work of Jim, Suzi & all those 91st BGMA members
have put into it.
We would like to wish all our friends in the 91st BGMA all the very best for a very Happy
Christmas and a wonderful New Year when we hope to see more of you back at Bassingbourn.
Please don't forget the work of the Museum on your old base which also helps in 'keeping
the meory alive'.
Steve Pena. Curator 91st BG Tower Museum, Bassingbourn, England.
ALM 91st BGMA. HLM. EAAS.
Tower Museum Website
Tower Museum Message Board
|David Manning (email@example.com)
|Saturday, 23 December 2000 at 10:20pm
I know Mr. Eldon Hughes former waist gunner and then bombardier(after 8th mission) on
the sho sho baby. Ive spent many hours talking with him since I was a kid and have greatly
enjoyed a first hand account of history. Mr Hughes has had some health problems over the
past few years but seems to be doing ok.I am only 30 years old but the W.W.2 generation
has always held my attention and Im happy to see sites like this one preserving the
sacrifice and victories of the people that lived it,I thank each and everyone of them.
|TOM PHILLIPS (JOLTINJOSIE2ND@AOL.COM)
|Saturday, 23 December 2000 at 10:05pm
FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISES FOR THE NEW YEAR. I SURFED
INTO YOUR WEB PAGE, AND WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT THE 91ST BGMA HAD A WEBSITE I WAS VERY
EXCITED. I USED TO BE AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO,AND I REMEMBERED BACK IN
1982 AT WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE MUSEUM WHEN THE 91ST HELD IT'S REUNION THERE. I MET AND
TALKED WITH THE MEN WHO FLEW THE MISSIONS AND THE STORIES THEY TOLD ME, I FELT LIKE I WAS
RIGHT THERE WITH THEM.WELL IT'S BEEN AWHILE,AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET BACK WITH THE GROUP.IF
YOU COULD TELL ME HOW TO RECONNECT,I SURE WOULD APRECIATE IT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND
GOD BLESS. SINCERLY THOMAS R.PHILLIPS FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS
|Edward Ah Tye (GAhTyes@aol.com)
|Saturday, 23 December 2000 at 1:32pm
My name is Edward Ah Tye, and my son, Gordon is helping me discover the world of the
internet. This is a great web site and all those involved deserve a big vote of thanks. I
am a member of the 91st Bomb Group of the 324th squadron. I was top turret gunner. I flew
in 35 combat missions over France and Germany. Every other year I attend with my wife our
crew reunion in various parts of the country. The last reunion we had was November
1st-4th,2000,in Galveston, Texas. Our next reunion will be in Tacoma Washington in 2002.
Our group is dwindling, but the memory of our quest, for all of us, should never be
forgotten. This web site is a wonderful way to continue that spirit. In my past I have
given talks about our experiences. I hope to share some of them in the future with you, if
you are interested.
I currently do not have a computer to go on line, but hope to in the near future. In the
meanwhile, I will communicate through my son at his email address. God Bless you all this
holiday season, and God Bless America.
TSgt.Edward Ah Tye
91st Bomb Group
(Different Crew than that pictured on 12/24/00. Wild Hare captained by Phillip Collins.
Crew picture to be submitted by navigator Andrew Caswell)
|Leland Forsblad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Friday, 22 December 2000 at 10:27am
I do not know what war Mr. Kast was in but I, for one, was grateful to be back under
allied controll. We were fed well and clothed well and we were going home. Lucky Strike
was the start of this journey. I was a prisoner at Stalage Luft 3 for two years. Can't
understand Mr. Kast.