Monday, June 25, 2012

A Webpage about Bob Stephens

I just found a nice webpage about Bob Stephens!


http://www.baseballinwartime.com/player_biographies/stephens_robert.htm



It has some great photos and lots of information! Check it out!




Sunday, June 24, 2012

Another photo found on FOLD3.com




I confirmed these pilots are from the 354th by looking through Steven Blake's book about the 354th.

The men in the photo are 2nd Lt. Richard F. Poole (manning the gun), Capt. Glendon J. Buer and 2nd Lt. Walter P. Meyler.

Friday, June 22, 2012

James W. Edwards' Obituary

I just found this obituary of James W. Edwards who served in the 356th Fighter Squadron of the 354th Fighter Group. We had the pleasure of meeting him and interviewing him at the 2008 Reunion.



http://www.theunion.com/article/20090409/OBITUARIES/904099990












Rest in Peace, Jim!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

LOWELL BRUELAND PHOTO

I just found another document on FOLD3.COM (formally FOOTNOTE.COM) relating to the 354th Fighter Group.

In this photo, Lowell K. Brueland (Captain at the time) receives the Distiguished Service Cross for actions on July 28, 1944!




WAU KAU KONG's MACR

I just found a few more documents on FOLD3.COM (formally FOOTNOTE.COM) relating to the 354th Fighter Group.

These are the pages of Wau Kau Kong's MACR report (2327). It seems like at least one page is missing.


Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6







DON BLAKESLEE MIAMI HERALD





I found this MIAMI HERALD article in my collection. Don Blakeslee led the first flights of the 354th. He was not in the 354th, but was brought in to lead them at the beginning.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

On June 13, 1944 1st  Lt. William R. Perkins was shot down while flying a mission with the 354th Fighter Group.



                                                                  He is not forgotten.






Monday, June 11, 2012

Life's website has a great collection of color WWII photos:
http://life.time.com/history/d-day-rare-color-photos/?iid=lb-gal-viewagn#1

Before and After D-Day:

Rare Color Photos

 

All photos by Frank Scherschel — Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Peggy Harris on CBS NEWS




I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy during some of the 354th Reunions! She is quite a gal!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Winning Your Wings" 1942 - Jimmy Stewart Recruitment Film

I just found this recruitment film in my WWII video archives.





"Winning Your Wings" is a short film designed to encourage recruits for the American Army Air Forces. According to imdb.com it was released on May 28, 1942, co-directed by John Huston and nominated for an Oscar!

I wonder how many men of the 354th saw this film before they enlisted! I bet many!



More about Jimmy Stewart's military career : http://www.militaryhub.com/military-people.cfm?id=44

D-DAY Newsreel




A newsreel about D-DAY that I recently found in my WWII video collection.

SNAFU - a funny song from WWII featuring Martha Raye



What is the meaning of SNAFU? - Situation Normal All Fouled Up or (F***ked Up)

I recently found this in my WWII video collection! Enjoy!



This year's 354th Reunion is Cancelled

I just received a letter in the mail from Clayton "Kelly" Gross (President of the 354th Association) stating that the reunion in New Orleans for this summer has been cancelled due to health reasons of some of the veterans.

This letter hits home that there are not many of the men of the 354th left.

I had the pleasure of meeting a few of them over the last 6 years. I attended the 2006, 2007 and 2008 reunions. Meeting these men and their families changed my life for the better!

If you are reading this blog, then you should be aware of my youtube channel and the videos about the 354th Fighter Group that I have posted. (My channel can be found by searching "flashframe1966" on the youtube website.)

While I am still attempting to get a wider audience for these video tributes, youtube had been a fantastic way to showcase the sacrifices made by the men!

I am doing my best in making sure that these men will never be forgotten!