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.