Sunday, December 24, 2006

New Interviews

Since my last post, our team has shot a few more interviews. We interviewed Ed Regis at his home in Riverside, CA. He gave us a great interview about his life. It was very moving.

Part of the interview was about his time as a POW. It sure puts things into perspective and makes you take a moment to think about what FREEDOM really is!

Ed was able to arrange for us to meet and interview General F. Michael Rogers at his home in Santa Barbara, CA. He retired from the Air Force as a 4 Star General.

Both interviews were great. Thanks to Ed and General Rogers for letting us visit them.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Production Team

Executive Producer - Director - Writer.........Jon Teboe

Director of Photography.......Zev Esquenazi

Producer........Francesca Esquenazi

Researcher.......Clarice Franklin

Original Music.........Frankie Martinez

Grip ........Greg Leach

Stills and Additional Camerawork......Gerard Mate'

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Were You in the 354th Fighter Group?

Zev, Francesca and I are hoping to conduct more interviews with the men of the 354th Fighter Group. If you were associated with the 354th in any way, please contact us. We want to hear from the support crews, the ground crews, and everyone else who made the missions possible.

We are based in Southern California but will be traveling around the country to conduct more interviews.

We are currently researching and submitting for grant funding to produce this documentary.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Chuck Tighe Interview




We interviewed Chuck Tighe, another P-51 Fighter Pilot, at his home. This is our first interview since we came back from Portland.

Chuck, his wife and his family were very nice and very helpful with our videotaping. He explained a lot of thing about the war that I did not know, especially things about flying the P-51.

The P-51 is considered by many historians to be the best fighter aircraft in World War II.





Monday, October 16, 2006

WW II Veterans That We Interviewed in Portland

A few weeks ago, we attended the 354th Fighter Group Reunion in Portland. We met and interviewed several men who served in the 353rd, 355th and 356th Fighter Squadrons of the 354th Fighter Group.

Thanks to the many people who were very kind in helping us out at the reunion. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event we will never forget.

Our documentary will incorporate Perkins' diary and new interviews with Col. A. W. Owen, Hugh A. Gibson, Lindy Genung, Nathan Glick, Dr. Clayton Kelly Gross, Ed Regis, Bruno Peters, James Hughes, Lowell K. Brueland, Ken Dahlberg, Bill Davis, Robert J. Ramer, Chuck Tighe and many others.

Our crew had a great time meeting these men who served during World War 2. Take a look at some photos from our video shoot.


Wednesday, October 4, 2006

No One Remembered Bill

I was disappointed that no one at the reunion remembered Bill Perkins.

The main reason is that the 354th Fighter Group was made up of 3 Fighter Squadrons (353rd, 355th, and 356th). Bill was in the 356th Fighter Squad. During the war it was very rare that men from two different squadrons would know each other or hang out together.

No one who was in the 356th Fighter Squad attended this year's reunion.

As we began meeting the men at the reunion, we were very interested in their contributions to the war. I decided that it would be great to change the focus of the documentary to the ENTIRE 354th Fighter Group.

I think I will now use passages from Bill's diary as "guide-posts" for the documentary.

We were able to interview some of the men.

Friday, September 15, 2006

A WWII Fighter Group Reunion

My research led me to a great website - http://www.354thpmfg.com. I found out from its webmaster(Daniel Carrizales) that every year the 354th Fighter Group has a reunion. This year it is in Oregon.

My friend, Zev Esquenazi, and his wife, Francesca are going to help me produce this documentary.

We are going to attend the 354th Fighter Group's reunion in Portland, Oregon. We are bringing Zev's video camera and some new lighting equipment I bought. We will hopefully find some men who knew Bill Perkins in the war.

We plan on interviewing the men who knew Bill.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Angel from Hell

The photo is of William R. Perkins, also known as "Perk."

"Perk" served in the United States' 356th Fighter Squadron (which was a part of the 354th Fighter Group) in World War 2. His P-51 Mustang was named ANGEL FROM HELL. Although against the rules, he kept a very detailed diary from January 1 to June 12, 1944, the last six months of his life as a fighter pilot in World War II.

He crashed on June 13, 1944, a few days after D-Day near Notre Dame de Cenilly in France.

My mother was married to Gordon Perkins, Bill's older brother. Gordon kept Bill's diary after the war. My mother had told me about it and when I read it, I was inspired to produce a documentary about his life in the war.

If you have any information about William R. Perkins or knew him, please contact Jon Teboe at flashframe1966@gmail.com.