Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Video: Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter names his planes

Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter, Jr. names his plane "Charlotte's Chariot II" after his wife.



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Awaiting 16mm WWII gun camera footage to HD transfer




Recently I was lent a reel of 16mm film that was owned by one of the men from the 355th Fighter Squad. It has about 15 minutes of gun camera footage and about 10 minutes of men around the base. He shot this footage!

His name was Ralph Van Cleave. His widow let me borrow the film to make the professional transfer.

I should be getting the transfer back today from Fotokem (a professional post production house in Burbank, CA.). I am curious to see if I will be able to recognize any of the men I have interviewed!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Video: Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter joins the 354th Fighter Group

Another part of our interview with Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter, Jr. discussing joining the 354th Fighter Group.



Replacement Pilots - Cary Salter Interview

Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter, Jr. talks about "replacement pilots" in WWII.

New Video: Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter's Love of Flying

Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter, Jr.'s love of flying began at an early age.


New Video: Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter, Jr 0 April 2, 1945 Mission

Lt. Col. Cary W. Salter, Jr. talks about his April 2, 1945 mission with the 354th Fighter Group.



Monday, June 13, 2011

Flowers placed on 1st Lt. William R. Perkins' grave in France

This morning I received these photos from John Torchio. Torchio lives in France and made a trip to place flowers on the grave of 1st Lt. William R. Perkins on the 67th anniversary of his death.

Perkins was shot down on the morning of June 13, 1944.

Perkins is buried in the the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial (located near the northeastern edge of Brittany in Saint-James (Manche), France).

Thanks John for all you have done for me and keeping the memory of Bill Perkins alive!

(John is on the right side of the third photo below.)