Just when you thought things were going well, Fate hands you a reminder that things can go wrong when you least want them to. For the third time in 3 months, this website has suffered a setback. About 10 days ago, the hard disk containing all of my data on the 445th Bomb Group failed. I had backups of most of the data, but I lost a lot of new information that hadn't been backed up yet - about 2 months worth of work. I now have nightly incremental backups running as I begin rebuilding.
Added new photos provided by a friend in England who lives near the airfield at Tibenham. The photos were extracted from a PDF document, so they aren't the best quality available. I tried to do some work improving the quality but I would need new scans of the original photos.
June 3, 2013
Sorry for the inconvenience but we're having some technical problems with the logbook feature of the website. If you've successfully posted a comment or question, rest assured that I have received the request for information and I am working on it. I have received information that I wanted to get out onto the site ASAP - Steve Willkinson has come into possession of the flight logbook of 1st Lt Charles H. Thornton, a pilot in the 701st Bomb Squadron who was shot down on his 32 mission on June 20, 1944 and became a POW. Steve has offered to return the logbook at no cost as he is a former military pilot and knows the value of this log. If Mr. Thronton or his family would like to have this logbook back, please contact the webmaster at this link.
April 21, 2013
Toured the Collings Foundation aircraft at the Marana Municipal Airport, Marana, Airzona (just North of Tucson) where they had their B-17G, B-24J, P-51C, and for the first time out, their Me-262 jet fighter. I have to say I was very impressed with the detail on the Me-262 as it is, next to the Fw-190 Focke Wulf fighter, my favorite German aircraft. Tom Shafer, a pilot in the 700th Bomb Squadron, had a tail gunner who was credited with damaging an Me-262 - not an easy feat considering the speed differences between the two planes.
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