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Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1131)
Researcher seeking information on Americans who joined the RCAF prior to Pearl Harbor. Many transferred back into the USAAF and flew P-47's

Posted By: Wally P. Fydenchuk (wpf13@hotmail.com) on 12/24/2000 11:03:22 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1130)
My grandfather was a p-47 pilot ,Milford Nelson.This is a cool sight and it's nice to get a little insight to these amazing trying times !Thank you all for defending my country for me !I'm truly honored!

Posted By: Eric Shofe (artfish220@home.com) on 12/19/2000 6:16:59 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1129)
My grandfather was a p-47 pilot ,Milford Nelson.This is a cool sight and it's nice to get a little insight to these amazing trying times !Thank you all for defending my country for me !I'm truly honored!

Posted By: Eric Shofe (artfish220@home.com) on 12/19/2000 6:16:44 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1128)
My father, Harold E. Gallagher, was a P-47 fighter pilot stationed in England during WWII. He was in the 56th Fighter Group. I was browsing for info to print out for him on the internet.

Posted By: Billie Jo Gallagher (billiejo1956@hotmail.com) on 12/18/2000 3:30:17 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1127)
Two things. First, I regret to inform you all that my Dad, Kenneth M. Knowles, formerly of the 406th FG, died on December 8th 2000 of complications arsing from lung cancer. Second, can anyone tell me if there are any P-47s still flying and making appearances at air shows, etc? Ifso. please email me details of owners names, phone numbers, addresses, etc. Thanks in advance. Craig Knowles ctknowles@mediaone.net

Posted By: Craig Knowles (ctknowles@mediaone.net) on 12/16/2000 12:08:59 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1126)
corrected e-mail address

Posted By: (anonymous visitor) (pacoetal@bellsouth.net) on 12/13/2000 1:07:57 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1125)
The reunion was wonderful. We in Pensacola have come to understand the respect and love the members of the 36TH feel for each other. It is always a pleasure and and humbling event to come with the Darnley's to meet our heroes. Be safe and healthy until we meet again. Paco, Sharon, Jim, Ann and most of all TODD.

Posted By: paco & sharon meador (pacoeyal@bellsouth.net) on 12/13/2000 1:04:53 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1124)
What a great site. My late father served in B-24's as a navigator, then later in the Pacific with the 313th Bomb Wing (B-29's), but he always remembered the first sight of P-47's flying escort for his B-24 group over the Channel. Thanks to allyou guys that flew this great plane,and added thanks for helping bring Dad back home so many times. Would love to hear from some of you and thank you personally.

Posted By: Ed Shelnutt (edshelnutt@hotmail.com) on 12/12/2000 10:50:52 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1123)

Posted By: rich mellom () on 12/11/2000 3:17:54 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1122)
I take the liberty of referring to you in the hope of obtaining some information about the fighter crash occurred during the World War II very near my town Cuneo (latitude Nord 44°23’ – longitude East Greenwich 7° 33’) that is in the North-West of Italy and exactly to the South of Turin. The target was the Cuneo bridge. I’m not sure the plane was P 47 or P 51, but I suppose that was P 47. I know that the exact day of the loss was August 2, 1944 and that the pilot died and was missing. I’m also very interested in the witnesses about the bombing missions in my research area that is the North-West of Italy, to the South of Turin (Cuneo, Borgo San Dalmazzo, Fossano, Mondovì, Roccavione, Savigliano,....) I know that the air bases for the bombing missions over North of Italy were in Corsica, Fighter Group: 27th, 57th, 79th, 86th, 324th, 350th of 12th Air Force, 1944-45. My town, Cuneo, is 152 miles far (as the crow flies) from Bastia in the Corsica Isle. For all those reply to me, I will enclose an Excel.xls file with dates and towns list and some notes about hit targets. Thank you very much for the courtesy and assistance. Ciao Sergio Costagli.

Posted By: Sergio Costagli (sergio.costagli@icsnet) on 12/08/2000 2:08:06 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1121)
I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot. My hobby is Stained Glass and my Three Dimensional Stained Glass Aircraft may be of interest to your guests. If anyone wishes to view my work, please visit me at http://members.home.net/stellarimages

Posted By: Rudy Preus (stellarimages@home.com) on 12/07/2000 11:10:24 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1120)
This is an excellent site and it's refreshing to see that so many people are interested in keeping history alive.

Posted By: SSgt. Laurinda Burns (laurinda.burns@maxwell.af.mil) on 12/05/2000 3:29:56 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1119)
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Posted By: a () on 12/01/2000 6:04:23 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1118)
A new e-mail address for inquires re the 36th Fighter Group and class 44C(or others) Moore Field, TX.

Posted By: Charles Queen (cqueen@austin.rr.cxom) on 12/01/2000 10:15:21 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1117)
TO David Kirk re: March 10, 2000. The e-mail failed so I’ll leave message here. Gene Baker flew with your great-uncle Col. Allison on the first combat mission of the 48th Ftr Grp out of Ibsley. He recalls he was a very experienced pilot and the oldest pilot he knew. Do you have a log of that flight? Gene lost his log book to termites. Let me know if you wish to talk to Gene.

Posted By: Rod Hodel (hodel@tx3.net) on 11/30/2000 5:22:45 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1116)
I’m writing for Gene Baker, 48th FG/493 Sqn, Gene was at Ibsley for 25 combat missions and at A-4 Normandy for 25. He flew with Roy Lind “Big “ Baker, Ops Officer, wingmen Pee Wee Snyder, plane named Frostie and Lt. Felk. Other pilots were Lee Sheehan, flying Dot’s Hope, Orlando Frank, “G.I. “ Jonas, Young, Cameron , and Wolf. David Wiedemann was in his flight when he was killed in action by a Fw 190. If anyone knows these pilots, please let me know. Gene would love to hear from or about them. At Ibsley, there were brick homes with thatched roofs shared by 4 pilots and the laundry lady there had 4 sons all killed in action with the RAF. If anybody knew her or this family, Gene would like to hear from you. Other places he served were Ontario, Canada with the RCAF fall of 1941 to Feb. 1942 where he trained in Tiger Moths and Fleet Finches. Next he was in Maxwell Field, Louisiana, Selma, Al, and Key Field, Meridian, Ms. He earned his wings at Selma, Al. He was a charter pilot of the 48th Fighter Grp. Baton Rouge, La. After 50 missions, in late summer of 1944, he was sent to Randolph Field, San Antonio for Instructor School then to Waco, Tx, Moore Field, Mission (Marshall?),Tx until Jan. 1945. After that he was at New Berg Field, West Point, NY. Please e-mail me if you knew him at these postings. Gene considers himself very lucky. Although he flew low- level missions- he swears the Germans threw everything from 88s to over shoes at him- he never had a hole in his plane. He never saw an enemy airplane. He says the firepower of the 8 .50 machineguns was tremendous. The ground at the strafing range was rototilled 2 feet deep by bullets. He caught a German motorcycle between 25 feet high hedge rows. When he was hit, rider, machine and message cleared the hedges. A favorite target when they had ammunition left was wooden water towers. After a few barely noticeable splinters flew off, the towers would explode in a spectacular 50 feet high geyser of water. Thanks for a great page and a chance for those pilots to contact each other.

Posted By: Rod Hodel (hodel@tx3.net) on 11/30/2000 3:03:28 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1115)
I just want to add to your list the name of Leoncio Lopez Iriarte, he is my father and he was part of escuadron 201 from Mexico. I would appreciate to receive any informtion to the above address.

Posted By: Tomas A. Lopez (wolf_lopez@hotmail.com) on 11/30/2000 1:20:50 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1114)

Posted By: Rod Hodel (hodel@tx3.net) on 11/30/2000 12:41:57 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1113)
Hi. My name is Steven Friday. I am in a Junior ROTC class at Sumter High School (F Flight). We are doing a model project in which we must build a model of and give a report on an airplane. I chose the P-47 and I am thankful that there is so much information about it on the internet. Thank you for this site because it helped me on my report and it also helped to see pictures of the airplane. Also, Thank you to any veterans that flew this plane for serving so well.

Posted By: Steven A. Friday (ArmyAnt2004@hotmail.com) on 11/28/2000 6:05:32 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1112)
I take the liberty of referring to you in the hope of obtaining some information about the fighter crash occurred during the World War II very near my town Cuneo that is in the North-West of Italy and exactly to the South of Turin. The target was the Cuneo bridge. I’m not sure the plane was P 47 or P 51, but I suppose that was P 47. I know that the exact day of the loss was August 2, 1944 and that the pilot died and was missing. I’m also very interested in the witnesses about the bombing missions in my research area that is the North-West of Italy, to the South of Turin (Cuneo, Borgo San Dalmazzo, Fossano, Mondovì, Rocavione, Savigliano,....) I know that the air bases for the bombing missions over North of Italy were in Corsica. My town, Cuneo, is 152 miles far (as the crow flies) from Bastia in the Corsica Isle. For all those reply to me, I will enclose an Excel.xls file with dates and towns list and some notes about hit targets. Thank you very much for the courtesy and assistance. Ciao Sergio Costagli

Posted By: Sergio Costagli (sergio.costagli@icsnet.it) on 11/28/2000 3:29:58 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1111)
Member 346th FS, 350th FG flying jugs out of Pisa, Italy. 1944-45

Posted By: Henry E.Tatum (p47jug350@aol.com) on 11/26/2000 3:32:58 PM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1110)
On November 11, 2000 the wreckage of a P-47 Thunderbolt was dug out near BERNBRUNN, a little village in South Germany. Bernbrunn is situated between HEIDELBERG and HEILBRONN, east of the NECKAR River. The inhabitants insits on the opinion that the pilot never was recovered and that the pilot is still in his plane. I don’’t share this opinion. As I know it, each american soldier KIA was recovered and buried. The P-47 crashed on April 2, 1945 at noon time or early afternoon. The results of the recovery were: a few human bones, a lighter (initials: GAB but not engraved),smallest parts of a uniform and parts of the headgear with parts of the right headphone and a automatic colt.45. I researched the american losses of the XII TAC on April 2,1945 as well as the losses of April 1, 1945. The only losses at the XII TAC on APRIL 2,1945, had been with the 27th FIGHTER BOMBER GROUP. You can read in the Daily Mission Report for April 2, 1945: .... AO 69 8 a/c off at 1200 on ground controlled strafing mission. In area between R-8367 and R-9786, formation received intense, light flak causing loss of 3 planes. Other 5 planes landed 1400. Flak: Intense, Light, Accurate from R-8367, R-9068 and R-9786. The distance from R-9786 (flak hit) to the place of the crash is only a few kilometers. The following pilots who didn’’t return to their base Toul/Ochey in France, had been: 1. 2nd Ltn. Arnold I. Sellars (O-720937) 2. 1st Ltn. William J. Hay (O-821621),3. Robert P. Jones (O-825446). All three were then reported MIA. A Research Group (MACR’’s and Data Casualty) told me via E-Mail, that Ltn. Hay was POW and survived the war. Ltn. Sellars is not in the Database, so he also might have survived the war. But 1st Ltn ROBERT P.JONES was declared KIA and buried (information from the Research Group). The red coloured spinner of the a/c indicates, that these 3 officers may have belonged to the 522nd Fighter Bomber Squadron/27th Fighter Bomber Group. Can anyone confirm the recovery and burial of Ltn. Jones and tell me the place where he is buried. It my be of interest to you, that after the revovery work of the few relics a Divine Service was celebrated and a LORDS PRAYER was spoken. A former German Fighter Pilot (FW-190) who served in Italy - but not involved in this loss- laid down some red and yellow roses. He held a short speech to honour this unknown american soldier and former enemy as a man, ho had to do his duty for his country as well as he and his comrades of the German Air Force had to do their duty. I feel very obliged to anyone,who can anything tell about this mission especially the fate of 1st Ltn Robert P.Jones. It would be great, if pictures of these 3 pilots and their planes could be made available to me. Please E-Mail or write me. Günter Beck, Kirschenrain 4, 71717 Beilstein, Germany E-Mail: geebeck@onlinehome.de

Posted By: Günter Beck (geebeck@onlinehome.de) on 11/26/2000 6:02:33 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1109)
I enjoyed this website very much .It’’s amust for any WWII history buff. I;ll be sure to visit it again soon.

Posted By: david baggett () on 11/26/2000 4:55:41 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1108)
thanks to all of you who gave so much to the war effort and flew this wonderful bird into history.

Posted By: tom pettit (irvingobservatory@yahoo.com) on 11/24/2000 5:30:17 AM EST

Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1107)
Enjoyed the site very much. Am seeking info on Maj Sam Hitchcock. He was the CO 366th FS 358th 9th AF from about Sept 44 through June 45. His callsign was Bookworm Leader. He was a very close friend and passed away about 6 years ago. He was one of a few pilots to get airborne at Pearl Harbor and flew at Guadacanal before going to europe. Would like to track down a copy of the photo of him that appears in the 358th Group history book. Thank you...Jack Cook

Posted By: Jack Cook (Ordy1Jack@msn.com) on 11/19/2000 6:25:30 PM EST

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