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Chuck Atwood
2017-05-31 16:19:16
Looking for 703 BS Ole King Cole crewman Ron Hildebrandt
Garry L. Fry
2017-05-27 18:30:45
I am searching for service data on my friend's father, deceased. He is a 445th BG radio operator, Harry V. Erickson. Supposedly he flew on Col. James Stewart's crew at some time. Any assistance would be welcome in this investigation. Thank you for your kind consideration. My phone number is 1-847-695-0849.
2017-04-27 22:20:33
My uncle Melvin J. Odelli was a tail gunner with the 445th. Can you provide me with a detail of his missions. I remember him telling me that he got sick and couldn't fly one of the missions and he indicated that none of his crew returned. Appreciate any help you can provide me. Thank you.
Bennie See
2017-04-14 13:55:28
Great web site!
Greg Dowling
2017-04-02 20:16:03
Sorry his name is James red dowling
Greg Dowling
2017-04-02 20:15:21
My father was a bombardier with the 445th ,shot down on the Kessel mission, pow stalag luft1, he will be turning 94 on April 7th! Trying to get him down to the 8th air force museum but he says he's to busy. Casino is calling him.

Bradley Grose
2017-02-16 16:02:06
Dear 445th.We are working on a B-24 restoration project to honor the 445th and Group would would like to paint the aircraft in Commander Col. Jimmy Stewarts markings. Would anyone have photos or direct us to books with photos of the AC Col. Stewart flew in? We are looking for AC markings. I have the marking for AC Male Call but not sure if it had black horizontal tail - outlined in white - with a white vertical tail stripe from leading top to rear bottom - with a G+ in black. Also ser# would be helpful. Many thanks in advance. Bradley
James Baggech
2017-02-10 22:17:06
Greetings Men,
It is with great sadness that I record the "Passing into Glory" of my friend Stf. Sgt. Joseph (Joe) Jerzyk Jr. of the 445th BG, 702 Squadron of B-24's, September 3, 2016 in Lowell Indiana. He was 94 years old.
I was truly honored to be his friend.
I remember the first time he explained how he went as the upper turret gunner from the Dakota's to Nebraska to Florida, Puerto Rico, Brazil and later in Tibenham, Norfork England.
He said he was sitting in the nose when crossing the Amazon River.
Joe said "they were so low he could have dangled his feet out the nose and touched the water".
He wound up in Photo Analysis of the Bombing Run Photos on base at Tibenham.
Joe told me he would "swipe" someones unattended desk blotter and build a "Diorama" on it and then put it in the Pilot's Briefing Room, so they could see the effect the last bomb run had on the target.
He did see Jimmy Stewart in the office and he did say "Hi Sgt." to Joe.
Joe always told me many times, he really didn't do anything important with his life.
We know different. I know different.
I will leave you with one true quote from Joe Jerzyk Jr.
I was telling him I found out that there was a "Phil Harris" Museum near us in Indiana. Joe said "is that where you can view the empties?" .....I then fell over in laughter. He could be so funny.
Thanks for the memories and kindness to me and my family, Joe. Miss you so much.
Richard Prescott
2017-02-06 11:07:10
Just visited the Mighty 8th museum outside of Savannah this weekend and was very impressed. My father, SSgt Frank Prescott, was tail gunner in the 703 squadron. Seeing the planes and the action above Germany on the movies there helped me to connect with him better, and understand him as a person. He never talked about his experiences as a gunner so this was really eye opening. Thanks to all the people involved on this site and to all of those in the 445BG.
Colin Ellis
2016-11-13 19:45:02
I came upon this site today whilst looking up the name George H. Lymburn. I live in Norwich about ten miles north of Tibbenham Airfield where the 445th were based during WW2.
I met George in 1995 in Norwich while he was visiting the area. He was photographing a remembrance parade and I got chatting to him and he told me how he had flown missions from Tibbenham at the age of 19! and told me the story of the last one he flew, the aircraft was hit by anti aircraft fire over Germany and he ordered the crew to bail out, however, if my memory is correct he didn't want to jump for some reason and he did a force landing in a field and came out unharmed. At that time I was flying light aircraft myself and offered him a trip to see the sights from above but his schedule didn't allow the time. I had no idea that as a child I would have seen him in the TV show Bewitched and maybe other shows, something I only found out today. Sadly I notice he has passed on.
Moving on a few years I continued my flying for fun from a 600 metre farm strip within half a mile of Tibbenham Airfield in an American classic, a 1946 Aeronca Chief. One day a member of the club brought a couple of elderly American gentlemen over to look around the hangars, I had a chat with one of them and he said he had been ground crew (mechanic I think) at the 445th in WW2. It was a nice calm warm day and the Aeronca was out of the hangar so a trip was offered and he said, just one clockwise circuit of the old base was what he would like so he could take photos and compare them to the last ones he had taken on a previous visit many years back.
We landed and it one of those that you wish you could do every time! 3 pointer with no bounce, as we taxied in his comment was, "hell boy, if you could have landed a Liberator like that you'd have been a general in no time at all". I didn't ask his name but thanked him for what him and thousands of others had done for my freedom today. It was a privilege to take him for a flight.
There are many WW2 airfields around where I live, many almost lost to time and industrial estates, but that's progress.
Although I learned to fly at another local WW2 airfield my closest links have been with Tibbenham which is active seven days a week with gliding and light aviation and of course, a bar and restaurant! Its a very pleasant place to spend time watching the aircraft on sunny days and I hope the relatives of the men of the 445 who visit the area will feel that maybe it was not all bad for them.
Without all of those men and women, their courage, their sacrifices, in all the services, the world would be so different today
Patricia M Caldwell (Mayernik)
2016-11-10 16:57:11
My father, Leo E Mayernik, served in the 445th Bombardment Group and I am in the process of taking old photo's that have been boxed up for all these years and putting them into an album. 90% of them have nothing written on them. Dad, like many, never talked much about his service; and now it's too late to as he passed away in January 2010. Some I cannot identify the other men. I still realize the album will be something my siblings can look through and my children and other generations of our family will use.

My father and mother attended the 445th reunion that was in New York City in 1967 at the urging of family and friends. I am so grateful that they attended because my mother passed away in March of 1968. They enjoyed the reunion and re-connecting with those that dad served with that had become his friends. As I look at the photo's the biggest thing that hit me was how hard it must have been for a lil ole country boy going away from all his family and what was familiar to him to fight in a war. I realize why he couldn't talk about it - war is hell no matter which war and no matter who you are. Dad ended up with tuberculosis and was hospitalized after returning home and spent a long time away from his wife and children in the Walla Walla Veterans Hospital.

I am forever grateful for what our service men and women go through for the liberties we enjoy as Americans.
Patricia M Caldwell (Mayernik)
2016-11-10 16:57:08
My father, Leo E Mayernik, served in the 445th Bombardment Group and I am in the process of taking old photo's that have been boxed up for all these years and putting them into an album. 90% of them have nothing written on them. Dad, like many, never talked much about his service; and now it's too late to as he passed away in January 2010. Some I cannot identify the other men. I still realize the album will be something my siblings can look through and my children and other generations of our family will use.

My father and mother attended the 445th reunion that was in New York City in 1967 at the urging of family and friends. I am so grateful that they attended because my mother passed away in March of 1968. They enjoyed the reunion and re-connecting with those that dad served with that had become his friends. As I look at the photo's the biggest thing that hit me was how hard it must have been for a lil ole country boy going away from all his family and what was familiar to him to fight in a war. I realize why he couldn't talk about it - war is hell no matter which war and no matter who you are. Dad ended up with tuberculosis and was hospitalized after returning home and spent a long time away from his wife and children in the Walla Walla Veterans Hospital.

I am forever grateful for what our service men and women go through for the liberties we enjoy as Americans.
Raymond t barrett
2016-10-29 21:23:07
My father, Raymond j.t. Barrett was a member of the 445th. He was a nose gunner on lt trombley's crew. They reported
To the group the day after the Kassel mission in sept of 1944.
Patrick M. O'Day
2016-10-25 00:25:13
Thank you so much for all the hard work you have brought to all the hero's of the 445th Bomb Group. My late grandfather George O'Day of the 703d Bombardment Squadron (RN) was the Eng/Top Gunner and the nose artist for his B-24 "Turd Bird" found on pages 65 & 171. Thank you again, Patrick
James Taggart
2016-10-24 12:00:49
I am researching on behalf of James M. Broderick who served with the 445th BG as a Bombardier. Lt. Jim Broderick is a close family friend of ours and one of our Parish Priests. I am one of the Air Force civilian employees that plans & schedules our Annual Veterans Day Salute. Jim Broderick is one of the last WWII Veterans in the Greater Boston. Jim will be attending this years events. He is doing very well for a 92 yo gentleman. Still does daily Mass and teaches scripture to many a student. Now I have looked at the pictures and would like to be able to download to my computer to show Jim. He does not use any new computer technology so I will do this for him. Please get back to me as I want to do this by 8 November 2016.
Thank you
James Taggart
CPI Manager/IG
66 Air Base Group
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
Teresa Hirsch
2016-10-22 10:16:44
I am a volunteer helping the Cambridge (England) WWII Cemetery. They are having a tribute on Memorial Day 2017 and placing all photos they get next to the grave marker or on the Wall of the Missing.

If anyone has photos of a 445th BG crew memeber who is buried or memorialized at Cambridge would you will willing to share it for this tribute? You can send to me or directly to the cemetery at cambridge@abmc.gov.

They also have a Facebook page if you want to join and follow along: 'Faces of Cambridge' is the name and Les Turner is the Administrator of it

Thanks for your consideration

Teresa Hirsch
Tonya Benedict
2016-10-15 20:17:39
Looking for the family of Colonel John Rankin really looking for to be in contact with the person who possesses his Purple Heart bronze star and Silver Star my family purchase a storage unit on auction back in 1998 with some very interesting items in it including everything of this man's history and it needs to be placed back in its rightful owner my father recently passed away this was one treasure he thought my parents really possessed
Tonya Benedict
2016-10-15 20:13:41
Looking for the family of Colonel John Rankin
Gary Simpson
2016-10-14 09:29:56
Hello,
Looking for all formation sheet about DDay missions or where to get them.
Contact:
fsa7904@yahoo.com
Thanks for helping in advance
Regards
Gary
Cynthia DePaula
2016-10-11 13:42:41
My father, John DePaula, was part of this group during WWII. Jimmy Stewart was his commanding officer. He was a tail gunner and radioman on his plane. I have a photo of his crew taken in front of their plane. I would love to add it to this site. Please let me know how I can do this. Thank you.
Ashley G. Surles
2016-10-09 21:27:24
My grandfather served in the 445th Bombardment Group, but he passed away before I ever had a chance to ask him about his service. Because of that missed opportunity, I have devoted my studies to history, and hope to one day fully uncover my grandfather's role in the war. Your website and the materials you reference are invaluable in helping me to fill in the blanks. Thank you so much for what you are doing. My gratitude cannot be adequately expressed. If you ever need a research grunt, I am happy to help!

Blessings,
Ashley G. Surles
Gerald Sandoval
2016-09-25 15:42:09
I'm currently assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio since its activation here. we are in the process of setting up an annual award for our maintenance troops. I'm hoping to find some stories and names about crew chiefs and maintenance troops who served with the 445th Bomb Group. I hoping to pay tribute to these men and their actions in WW II by possibly naming our awards after their exploits. I also want to convey that I and the maintenance troops will pay our respects this coming Tuesdays roll call to the men and unit on the anniversary of the Kassel mission. I hope to hear from someone
Anthony Pendleton
2016-08-10 23:14:33
Thank you for this site. I never knew about my grandfather's service. Come to find out he was an aerial gunner on Rough House Kate which was shot down on the Kassel mission on 27 Sept 1944, then survived 7 months as a POW. I only wish I had more info. - Anthony Pendleton, grandson of SSGT Warren B. Pendleton
David A Kachmar
2016-08-01 23:18:20
My father tech/ sargent John P Kachmar flight engineer ,just trying to find any info about him ,we lost him this week his funeral is Friday August 5, please help our family tank you
Mary Beth Barnard
2016-07-27 12:14:57
To Garret Marks - There is a memorial to Arthur Barks on a small square in Providence, RI. I have some photographs of the square in the 1980's. Have been trying to get them scanned for months, but disruptions of life (downsizing, moving out, waiting to moving in smaller place, etc). Using pc at the local library for communication. I recall talking to Jorgensen abt that mission, but that was in the 1970s.
Garret Marks
2016-07-18 16:08:23
Was doing a random search on my great uncle, and found your site. Arthur Barks (the navigator mentioned from "Lizzie") was my great uncle (my grandfather, Lester Barks' brother). I grew up knowing he was the missing presence in the house whenever I went to visit my grandparents and great aunt and uncle in Bonnet Shores. It was a rare thing to hear him mentioned; his loss always pained them.
I'm now the keeper of his memory in the family. I have his picture here in my home office of him in his dress uniform, along with the many volumes my mother put together on the family ancestry before she passed away.
Thanks for keeping this.
Bill kempiak
2016-07-02 18:06:12
If possible I would like some information about my uncle who was a navigator on a B-24 service # was 0-668779 his plane was shot down on a mission to gotha they were shot down some ware over a town named iimenau on the 24th of Feb 1944 his name was Robert L Porter the pilots name was David P Skjete I know I have a lot of information already but I heard at some point that there is a memorial cemitary somewhere in Belgium that hase memorial crosses for Kia and mia's if so is there anyone that can get me the name and how to get a hold it to find out if he has a cross, he is a mia please e-mail me at sandburr25@sbcglobal.net
Nigel kemp
2016-06-26 13:08:36
Hi gentlemen
I used to fly gliders at tibenham some 12 years ago and felt very close to all of the men who flew from there. Good luck to you all.
johnnycas
2016-06-25 15:15:50
my father joseph n casalaspro was 1st lieutenant/captain of the 445th and 700th sqd. i have his medals including d.f .c. and some flight/mission papers. he passed away in 1968 in nyc. i need to know if he was involved in the kassel mission sept. 7th 1944. thanks john casalaspro (son) johncas10@sky.com 07944124470
Brent Hege
2016-06-14 12:37:21
My grandfather, Dick Hege, served with the 700BS/445BG from May to August 1944. He was a gunner on Ray Meadows's crew and flew in 42-95078 (IS-C+) "Hare Patches." The list of 445th aircraft on this website says there is a picture of his plane and I would love to see it - thank you! (barhege@hotmail.com)
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