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Fantastic!!Keep up the good work. RWB
The web site I have submitted is related to WW1. You may or may not be interested in it. However there is a wealth of information there. The link which I have included is information I submitted about my grandfather's service with the 77th Division, WW1, Camp Upton. He (SGT. Charles Riley) was a SGT. with the 308 Ambulance Company, 302 Sanitary Train, France. You too can research information about the Lost Battalion. Also on the site is invaluable other documented information. I now have a daughter serving in Iraq with the BIG RED ONE (1). It is so important that we all remember all out Veterans everywhere. It is because of their dedicated service that we live in a Free Nation, and will continue to. God Bless All our Veterans Everywhere. Please fight to keep their VA Hospitals open. It was recently announced that our VA Center here may go to Nursing Home Facility only. And we have a replica of The WALL. So sad. The Van Zant Hospital.
Hello, I loved the site and I'm doing a project on World War II, tactics in the Pacific Theater. I would appreciate any information you have about the topic. I would mostly like your opinion on what went on, but anything would be great. Thank You.
My grandfather, Darrell V. Betz, was in the 8th AAF, 305 Bomb Group (H), 422nd Bomb Squadron (H). He was the pilot of a B-17G #44-6304, stationed out of Chelveston, England. The name of his plane was the "Chain Gang". He was the only survivor after the plane was hit by flak enroute to Leipzig, Germany on August 16, 1944. The plane crashed near Jena, Germany. In November 2003, my father, my brother and I went to Germany to trace his footsteps, as he was a POW, picked up after he bailed out of the plane. We were able to locate the field where the plane went down, as well as the location of the POW camp he was in until the end of WWII. My family is interested in finding the 10th crew member, who was transferred to another unit before they went on their last flight. His name is George Udjer, please contact me if anyone remembers George or my grandpa. Grandpa died in 1985, I miss him more than words can say.
I'm just a guy who loves aviation and has a deep appreciation for technology that enables a collection of various machine parts, wires and fluids to fly, and for the people who keep these machines flying!
I saw you speak about "My Gal Sal" at Northern Kentucky University not too long ago and was amazed to hear your story and see the pictures. What a remarkable job you did putting the plane back together! I would love to come see her sometime!
Looking good! I love the B-17. It is my all time favorite aircraft. Graceful, yet durable. Good luck with the restoration.
Great site. I am sure the crew is looking down and one happy bunch. Keep it up
We owe these vets so much for what they did for us and the world.
WOW! What a great site and inspired efforts on the part of all to bring “My Gal Sal” back to life. I vividly remember reading the LIFE article on her in 1964, the time of TV’s “Twelve o’ Clock High” and Revell’s model kit of the “Memphis Belle.” As a ten-year old fascinated by World War II history, I fell in love with the B-17’s elegant lines. As I grew older, I came to appreciate the sacrifices of so many men who flew the Forts and other aircraft against the Axis. I still have as a life’s goal standing before the “Belle” on Mud Island, and now I have another: to pay tribute to “Sal” just as soon as she’s ready to receive visitors. God bless you all, as well as those who fought, suffered and died so that we could keep our freedom.
Proud daughter of Stan Varner, the engine guy! What a great thing to do for the veterans. More things like this should be done.
Fabulous job! My father was a fill in crew member on B-17's during WWII. He was never assigned to a regular crew, but because he was a radio operator and trained as a gunner he would occassionally fill in for a sick or disabled crewman. He was in Biskra (North Africa) and Foggia, Italy with the 15th Air Force ( I believe 97th Bomb Group, 5th Bomb Wing). I have photos of him with "Fuddy Duddy" and "Nine-O-Nine". Wish he had lived long enough to see your project completed.
My Dad was a top turret gunner in WWII (Germany), and one of the original crewman on My Gal Sal. If anyone knew my Dad please contact me. My son is currently serving in the USMC, and fought in Iraq. I think my son would like to know more about the grandfather he never met.
Thanks, Rich Eresman NJ
Wanted to find a book about the restoration of the Greenland Plane for a very dear friend.
This is a great site. My kids and I have been to the Air Force Museum in Dayton several times and love to talk about and see these treasures! Keep up the great work!!
Neat site!! My brother lives in Loveland, Ohio and sent me this site. I would really like to see this next time we get down to see him--You are preserving a great part of our history as Americans--Thank you--Bruce Dodenhoff
Just checking to see how things are going. Were amazed by the last pictures Bob Ready sent Harry.
My whole life, since I was a child, I've been fascinated by the heroics of the average soldier and airman in World War II. I am lucky to live in a place were it is common to see Pearl Harbor survivors, Purple Heart recipients, and Medal of Honor license plates every day. I often stop and talk to these heroes. I thank them and tell them how proud it makes me to have met them. Now there are new heroes from the terrorist wars around and I also try to meet and let them know what it means to my family and myself the sacrifice that they have given. I want to thank you because you also are doing just as great a service to your country as they have. I used to dream of finding old crashes also, but unfortunately I only dreamt about it while you have actually sacrificed your time, money and comfort to recover these treasures. Don't worry about restoring them to flying condition, it would be wonderful but then you risk the chance of losing them once again to another accident. Thank you again and keep up the good work.
Great Site. My dad trained as a mechanic for B-29's back in the mid 50's so I know that he would really enjoy this. May your endeavors continue to grow so that those who come after us may not forget the sacrifices of those who went before us. Robert Kosusnik
This is a great site, and very helpful. This is a great site.
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