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Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1352)
Looking for heritage of 62FS, 8AF, ETO for Luke AFB (F-16) succesor squadron. 602-588-0852. Excellent Site.

Posted By: Chris Rubacha, Maj, USAF (Ret) (phyler2@aol.com) on 08/15/2001 1:51:36 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1351)
Greetings all! My name is Troy and i work within the Mirosoft Flight Simulation community. I am trying to locate the SN# and fuselage markings/code for the P-47 of Pilot Capt. Herbert Stachler--Lil'' Herbie. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please email me with any information. Thank you and Godspeed.

Posted By: Troy Raszka (raszka@gte.net) on 08/14/2001 1:16:41 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1350)
If anyone out there is looking for information on members of the 36th Fighter Group (22nd, 23rd, 32nd, or 53rd Fighter Squadrons) please contact me and I can try to put you in contact with a member of the group that knew that individual. Please provide any information you, can above and beyond a name. I am compiling a database of information about the group and would love to hear from relatives or friends of 36ers in search of information that I can record.

Posted By: Stephen C. Kirkup (skirkup@snet.net) on 08/12/2001 7:22:50 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1349)
JUst now after 57years I have found the P-47 Pilots assoc. I was a former member of the 371st. FG. 404th. SQ. at the end of WW11

Posted By: Rodger Barber (rbarber@oregonsbest.com) on 08/12/2001 3:38:36 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1348)
I am currently writing a book, fiction, concerning the P47 Jug, Razorback, series. I need some technical info concerning the cockpit canopy release and emergency release of this aircraft. Can anybody help, my P47 fighter friend has forgotten exactly where these items were located. Thanks to all and God bless.

Posted By: Jack Adragna (adragna@att.net) on 08/12/2001 12:28:29 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1347)
I would like to add the name of my grandfather, Raul Garica Mercado, who was part of Mexico''s 201st squadron who served in the Phillipines; may he rest in peace.

Posted By: Raul Garcia (rulegg@hotmail.com) on 08/10/2001 5:12:02 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1346)
I would like to correspond with any members of the 406th FTR.GP, 512SQ from WWII especialy if they knew my cousin Lt.Carlton Brauch. I am relaying on you fellows to tell me your story as well as Carlton''s. I visited his grave in Margratten 3 summers ago and I would like to know more about your Squadron and what all of you did. I would appreciate hearing from any of you from the 406th especially if you were in the 512th SQ. Thanks so much.

Posted By: David E. Brauch (David50b@aol.com) on 08/09/2001 7:59:08 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1345)
I love the P-47 and always have. I am 40 years old and wasn''t born until some years after the war. I just want to say thanks to all who served and sacrificed so that myself and my children can grow up in a free society. God bless all of you.

Posted By: Randell Hurst (randellh@yahoo.com) on 08/09/2001 3:30:24 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1344)
Would like to contact Benjamin Reznick for a friend Virgil Roush.

Posted By: Howard L Sumner (hlsumner@networksplus.net) on 08/08/2001 3:56:58 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1343)
I am an illustrator and aviation artist. Recently I have completed a painting of an attack on Venice Harbour (Italy) by Kittyhawks and Mustangs of 239 Wing (RAF), March 21st 1945. Although not in the composition the 79th Fighter Group (USAAF), with rocket armed ''Jugs'', attacked flak sites on Litorale di Lido, south of the target. It would be interesting to know more of the American involvement on this attack - codenamed 'Operation Bowler'

Posted By: Drew Harrison (harr@senet.com.au) on 08/07/2001 10:17:12 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1342)
I was in the 62nd Sqdn, 56th Ftr Gp

Posted By: Ralph A. Johnson (colmayj@webtv.net) on 08/05/2001 4:05:24 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1341)
Does anyone have any memories of Tom Bailey, 356th FG, 361 Sq.? I'd love to hear them and pass them on to him!

Posted By: Carol (lozowski@execpc.com) on 08/04/2001 3:21:29 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1340)
My Father, William Holenchak, was a proud member of the 316th Fighter Squadron, (Hell''s Belles) of the 324th Fighter Group in W.W.II. I sign this guest book in honor of his memory and thank you for providing this wonderful site. Susan M. Riddle

Posted By: Suzi Riddle (blueyonder316@home.com) on 08/02/2001 11:29:25 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1339)
Hi to all !, long long time P-47 fan. While the 51 may have been superior to the Jug in afew areas of performance, it was the Jug that broke the back of the German Air Force. The 51''s came roaring in as a Johnny come lately after most of the experienced German Fighter Pilots were already shot down by Jug drivers. With the advent of the P47N (long range version), the 47 stacked up with the best of the best in all performance catagories. I wish history books would be more accurate in their discussion of the facts. Who shot down all those German fighters, and very nearly cleaned the skies of enemy aircraft within their range before the 51 came along at the end. What fighter group ended the war with the most aerial victories over the Germans (56th Fighter Group) What did they fly till the end of the war, of the course the mighty Jug. The difference between the 51 and 47 as I see it, is that the 51 was a good dancer close (tight turning), the 47 didn''t dance (although it could with the best of them), it typically screamed down on you and punched your lights before the dance ever started. If you unfotunate enough to be a German fighter pilot with P47''s above you, it was usually all but the cryin, nothing could outdive the Jug. The German''s for a long time used this very tactic to try an escape from the Jug, but soon found out that they had just jumped from the frying pan to the fire. To all of you here with ancestors who served and are looking for information about the particulars of their service, check out WWW.Veterans-Records.com, they can retrieve old military records for you for a price. If they are able to get the old records for you, you won''t be disappointed with the detailed info you receive about your Veterans service, and if they cant find the records, most of money will be refunded. Take care all and long live the Jug !!

Posted By: Ellis Owens (N51773@aol,com) on 07/30/2001 1:03:42 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1338)
Does anyone know joseph lang.Killed 10/14/44.He flew a P-47 before graduating to the P-51 to become a double ace pilot with 11.84 confirmed kills.I would like to speak with someone that remember the day he flew his P-51 D mustang through a hanger.Or happens just to remember him.Daniel Wolf

Posted By: daniel wolf (danwolf101@hotmail.com) on 07/29/2001 10:55:55 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1337)
I am 13, and love ww2 air craft and eny thing that ha eny thing to do with ww2. is there a end to the the list of comments!!!I hop I can see my comment at the end of the list have a good time BYe! P.S. I realy like the p 47 but I thinkthe P51 is slitly beter then the p 47.

Posted By: richard ! () on 07/28/2001 1:29:47 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1336)
I have a friend who flew Thunderbolts in WW2. He was in the 36th fighter group, 22nd squadron. I could listen to him talk for hours. They did mostly fighter bomber work, and it is fascinating. What I wouldnt give to fly a P-47 just once. Alas, I guess a flight sim is as close as I will ever get. Great site. Keep up the good work.

Posted By: Ken Mayfield (kenm91@home.com) on 07/27/2001 12:01:47 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1335)

Posted By: steve tarrant (StephenMTarrant@aol.com) on 07/26/2001 6:03:21 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1334)
I have had great reponse to the 368th FG web site. The site is updated often and I invite all to visit. Lots of Thunderbolt pictures, info, and links to other great sites. Still need more 396th & 397th FS stuff!

Posted By: Kenneth Kik (webmaster@368thfightergroup.com) on 07/26/2001 4:46:59 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1333)
How many of your association have read or have copies of Bob Johnson''s book -- THUNDERBOLT! It is the best fighter pilot book of WWII written by the best fighter pilot of WWII -- all of his 27 kills German combat aircraft victories, none on the ground. The book is available from Honoribus Press, PO Box 4872 Spartanburg, SC 29305 -- $19.95 plus $4.00 P/H (priority mail) A few signed copies are avail upon request for an added extra cost.

Posted By: Ed Y.Hall (halley@wofford.edu) on 07/25/2001 2:14:15 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1332)
lookimg for any info on p-47''s of Mexico 201 sqn. in the philipines islands.

Posted By: R.D.Pastrana () on 07/23/2001 6:43:40 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1331)
Just recently had my computer overhauled & have been re-entering my www data. When I entered the P-47 Pilot''s Association web page I spent the next couple of hours reading all the guests comments. I am upset because I haven''t checked on it for quite awhile & there are several messages that I will now respond to that I might be able to help people get together. In the future I will scan your web page often so that I can respond immediately.

Posted By: Roy Alldritt (gog25@aol.com) on 07/22/2001 9:23:12 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1330)

We just started the 9th AF in the ETO - website. Have an eye on the list of the losses and the airfields. More to follow ... Best regards

L & L

Posted By: Laurent and Luc (AF9th@yahoo.co.uk) on 07/21/2001 4:07:27 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1329)
My Grandfather flew n quite a few missions, his name is Howard R Dentz, or Jack as he was called. He named his plane after my mother judy. I am so proud of him and all of those who faced many hardships, All I can say is Thank you.....

Posted By: debbie (dsven14@aol.com) on 07/19/2001 7:28:40 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1328)
I would like to correspond with anyone who may have known my father. He was a crew chief in the ETO, 9th AF, 405th FG, 509th FS, in Belgium, France and Germany. His name was SSGT F. J. Gigantelli, nick named Gig (after 1949 he had is last name translated to Littlejohn). He worked on P-47''s, one in particular piloted by Capt. Oscar E. Theis (nose art was Disney character Panchito with the words El Texano above. Crew members were, Wilson, Duncan, DiNicola, Nobles, Brodeur, Perry. Others in his unit were Hansen, Brown, Lausch, Capone, Barber, Peross, kru, Sandy, Dean, Lippy, Geary. Any info. would be appreciated, as I am attempting to document his career. He died June 22nd, 2001, age 81. My undying gratitude and respect for those who served.

Posted By: Joseph (freelinjpl@mac.com) on 07/19/2001 4:40:54 AM EST

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