Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Video - Major Ted Skowronek's B-25 Flight

Major Ted Skowronek shows us a B-25 then takes a flight in it over Arizona. His best friend Paul Cornell arranged a ride for him on the B-25 named "Barbie III" with the help of Rich Cutshall. Major Skowronek served with the 354th Fighter Group in World War II. In this leisurely paced video you will get a chance to see and hear an actual B-25 from World War II.

Both Ted and Paul passed away in 2012. They will be missed. Paul was extremely helpful with this project.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Video: Brueland's GRIM REAPER (Then and Now)

Col. Lowell K. Brueland of the 354th Fighter Group flew GRIM REAPER in World War II. In this video he explains how his P-51 got named GRIM REAPER. We also see the current day P-51 named GRIM REAPER flying in Hollister, California. (Also included in the video are Chuck Tighe, Ted Skowronek, Hugh Gibson, Clayton K. Gross, and William W. Louie.)

Documentary Completion Date Update

Including the latest video about Lowell K. Brueland, I just realized that I have edited and posted over 3 hours of documentary videos about the 354th Fighter Group. (And another hour of WWII archival material!)

I am so happy that I had decided to concentrate on making these shorter videos instead of one long documentary. Most people today (especially the younger ones) will only watch short videos and I feel this game plan has worked out great.

Some people have asked when the all the segments will be completed. That is a very hard question to answer. It takes somewhere between 50 and 200 hours to edit each segment (depending on its length, how complicated it is and how long it takes to do the research to make sure the facts are correct.)

I am now  a one man band - I can only edit on my free time. It is very time consuming but it has been worth it - meeting the men of the 354th and their families has changed my life for the better.

I am currently unemployed and am trying to edit as much as I can before my next job starts.

I will probably sell all the segments on dvd at some point later on, but for now I am glad that the men of the 354th and their families can view the segments on youtube.

In case you don't know, this is the link to my youtube channel :

It is doubtful that I will ever be able to get these videos on a national cable network, so I am thankful youtube can give the public access to these videos.

Enjoy the videos!

Jon Teboe

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sad News

Recently James Hughes and Norman Davis passed away. James Hughes served in the 354th HQ. Norman Davis was a fighter pilot.

Rest in Peace.

Norman Davis