Thursday, June 11, 2015

Captain Thomas Whelan's WWII Gun Camera Footage

5 minutes of gun camera footage of Captain Thomas Whelan - of the 354th Fighter Group and the 356th Fighter Squadron ---- His grandson Joe Bell recently transferred this. Thanks Joe for letting me share this piece of aviation history on youtube!





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Photos from Joe Bell's collection of his grandfather Thomas Whelan's Photos and Papers

Thomas Whelan
Joe Bell, the grandson of the 356th FS's Thomas Whelan, has a fantastic collection of his grandfather's WWII photos and papers. Thanks for letting me share them, Joe!!!


Thomas Whelan was part of C FLIGHT. Do you recognize any of these other men?

A group of fighter pilots near the flight line. Do you recognize any of these men?


Fighter Director Vocabulary Page 1 of 2 - This is cool; I've never seen this vocabulary list before.

Fighter Director Vocabulary Page 2 of 2 - This is cool; I've never seen this vocabulary list before.
Thomas Whelan was a member of the 354th Pioneer Mustang Fighter Group Association after the war. It is through this association that I met the men of the 354th and was able to start my documentary series.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Crew Chief Joseph Kronek at the 2007 354th Reunion.

Going through my video footage, I just found this gem!


A true war story told by Crew Chief Joseph Kronek - a member of the 354th Fighter Group - at the 2007 354th Reunion.






Thursday, May 21, 2015

2 New Bonus Segments

A few days ago, I was contacted by a grandson of Thomas Whelan of the 356th FS. With his help and the use of some of his grandfather's papers and photos I will be able to edit a new tribute piece about Thomas Whelan.

I just found this photo of Whelan in my step-uncle's war diary. I believe they may have flown together on several missions. It will be great to add this to the final dvds.



A photo of Thomas Whelan from the diary of William R. Perkins

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Another new segment I am working on is a tribute to Captain Jack L. Norton. He was in the 354th Fighter Group. On our first visit to the 354th Reunion in 2006, we met Jackie and Frank Muncy. Jack Norton was Jackie's father. Over the years, Jackie and Frank have been wonderful in their support of our project. I am glad I will be able to make a tribute to her father.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Getting Closer

As a one-man post-production crew, it takes quite a bit of time to write and edit these WWII mini-documentaries. Especially since this can only be done during my non-work hours and weekends.

My main goal over the years has been to edit at least one segment about each man we interviewed and post them on youtube for them and their families to see.

Lately I've been spending much time, prepping these videos and additional segments to make a multi-dvd collection to sell.

I just submitted this artwork for printing on our DVDs. The DVDs will include the videos already posted on youtube (with out watermarks) and with higher video quality AND new segments and never seen before interviews!!!

I'm going through all my material and trying to make as many extra bonus materials as I can using interviews not seen before.



I'm sure it will be a few more months, but I owe it to the men of the 354th and their families to make the best dvd collection I can that will honor these heroes!


Monday, May 4, 2015

2015 Chino's Planes of Fame Air Show

I decided to attend yesterday's Chino's Planes of Fame Air Show. It was a great way to get my mind off things and get some exercise too!


Here are a few photos I took.


Enjoy these pictures from Sunday May 3, 2015 at the airshow - I had a fantastic time!