This B-24 website is dedicated to the men who flew with the 445th Bomb Group out of Tibenham, England during World War II. It is our mission to preserve their history for future generations. It is for us, those who came after the men and women you will read about and see, to cherise their memory and never forget the sacrifices they made so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. Even more so, given the current economic and political climate, we need to remember what it was that made them the "greatest generation".
Before you progress on into the pages of the 445th's website, I would like to take a minute of your time with a request for assistance. For the past fourteen years my wife Deborah (or Deb as she like to be called) and I have borne the full costs of supporting this website, doing the research, and purchasing materials to include in not only the website, but to enhance the Personal Mission Histories that we do for the veterans and families of 445th members.
Unless you have experience in website creation and hosting, most of you aren't aware of the costs that goes along with maintaining a website from year to year. I did a lot of research to find a good hosting company at a very reasonable price that would have the resources to host what I hope will become the model for a World War 2 aviation website. As I want to present a lot of pictures, bandwidth (how much website traffic would be allowed) and disk storage space (pictures eat up a lot of space) became primary factors. The Canadian firm called Netfirms had a package deal that was too good to pass up.
To host the website for 2 years is $214.80 and to register the domain name "445BG.org" is $35 per year. To develop the website, I purchased Incomedia's WebSite X5 at a cost of about $150. To store the hundreds of pictures, files, maps, and videos we've had to purchase additional disk storage equipment for my main computer system. Because of the size of some of the tables Deb and I are working with, our main computer system was upgraded to a Dell quad-core system with 8 Gigabytes of memory and 2.5 Terabytes of disk storage space. To use the additional Random Access Memory (RAM) in the system, the Operating System was upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) ($239.00) and use Microsoft Office Professional 2010 ($359.00) to handle tables up to 4,795 rows by 300 columns. I've since upgraded my computer system to a custom-built, 3.8GHz eight core processor system with 64 Gigabytes of RAM, Microsoft Office 2016, and over 7 Terabytes of disk storage. That more computing power than was used for all of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo moon missions combined!
We also have our eyes on some 35 reels of microfilm (which have been converted to CDs) with information like Tactical Mission Reports, Unit Special and General Orders, Awards and Decorations, Maps, Strike Photos. Each reel of microfilm (or CD) contains some 2,000 images (pages) of records. That's some 70,000 pages of documentation that will have to be reviewed, cataloged, and saved to disk. Those 35 CDs will cost us $30 each for a total of $1,050.
There are other fees that we pay to get information and to provide services to our patrons. I keep a membership with Footnote.com to research biographical data on 445th members as well as having access to all of the Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) and photos that were digitized out of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, MD. That's $59.95 a year. All of the proceeds go back into an account we use only for the 445th Website and research services.
I know these times are tough, but if you can see your way to make a donation to the 445th, you can be assured that those funds will be spent wisely and well in support of the website and the acquisition of additional reference material to support our mission. Help us keep alive the memory of those brave men of the 445th; all gave some and some gave all!
Donations can be made by check, money order, and PayPal (which will handle secure credit card donations). If you would like to send your donations directly to me, please contact me at my 445th email account. Thank you very much for your time in reading this. Please continue on and learn about the 445th Bomb Group.