Personal Stories and Biographies
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The last letters to and from the parents and a friend of pilot John R. Anderson, MIA on 21 April 1943,
provided by his nieces Molly Anderson and Jane Anderson Jones.
A letter from pilot Melvin Keith Davis, MIA on 21 March 1943, and newspaper articles about him from the collection of his sister, Evelyn Davis, and provided by his nieces and nephew.
A letter for his grandson’s school assignment by Crew Chief Montie L. Whittenberg, provided by his son Ron Whittenberg.
Personal memories and the artwork of mechanic Al (Aaron) H. Kramsky, provided by his son Paul Kramsky
“Eltzwar:” Pilot Merlin S. Eltzroth’s autobiography chronicling his adventures with the 79th FG, edited by the Eltzroth family.
The life story of sheet metal worker Tilford “Tip” H. Weaver, from his daughters Laurien Weaver Monaghen and Martha Weaver Dickey
The wartime experiences of pilot Gerald “Gerry” Teldon, provided by him, and an article about receiving his long overdue military awards at a family ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, on 29 July 2022
The biography of welder Troy W. Clay, killed in a C-124 crash on 20 November 1955, by his son Ron Clay
War Department letters and telegrams about pilot Irvin C. Hoerr, MIA on 20 February 1945, provided by his family
“A Farm Boy goes to War,” by Reid P. Nelson, Gas Bowser Operator, provided by his daughter Maureene Nelson Plotner.
An interview of Crew Chief Matthew J. Killewald for his granddaughter’s school assignment, provided by his son Brian Killewald.
The adventures of pilot Robert H. Allard following his bailout over China in July, 1945, while later flying with the 1st FS of the 413th FG, provided by his son Forrest Allard.
Mechanic Henry Nivins’ Soldier’s Medal award, provided by his daughters Julie Kelly and Janice Large
Pilot Saverio P. Martino’s Certificate for Valor and newspaper articles, provided by the Martino Family
A tribute to the life of electrical specialist Rocco Soranno, by his daughter Marlene Iaciofano
“The chapters of pilot Henry Kent’s life: from flyboy to cartoonist to educator…and more,”
by Steven Mayer of the Bakersfield Californian, and the Kent family
Memories of communications section Robert Quin Ford, Jr., killed in a motorcycle accident in Italy in 1943, by his cousin Judith Mitchell
“Letters and mementos of Arthur E. Halfpapp, KIA, and his recovery and return home” by Jack Sr. and Jr. Sipe
A school assignment about Crew Chief Roger J. McAvoy by his grandson Brian McAvoy Costin, provided by Pat McAvoy Costin
The WWII recollections and stories of Chester Van Cleave, Engineering Section, as told to his sons Donald and Joe Van Cleave
The life and some anecdotes of combat flying by pilot Emery A. Dietrick, provided by his son Michael Dietrick.
Pilot Kensley M. Miller, KIA on second combat tour over Japan while with the 462nd FS of the 506th FG
Newspaper articles and photographs of mechanic Sterling J. Sullivan, provided by his son Stanley Sullivan
A tribute to the life of pilot Frank M. Huff, by his daughter Robin Nagle and San Diego Union-Tribune Staff Writer Jack Williams