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#1 texson66

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:55 AM

now down to five people. There had been about 1500 in the unit in WWII.

Complete story at

WWII aviation group reunion down to 5 -- baltimoresun.com

Here's a couple of attendees...

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Wish I had known about this before hand.
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#2 wstoutamire

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 05:30 PM

texson66,

I am the grandson of Betsy Stoutamire, mentioned in this article, and have been attending these reunions since my grandfather's passing in 2003. If there is anything you would like to know about the 349th, please feel free to ask.

I do have to say... It is unfortunate, but the woman who wrote this article completely botched most of the stories. I have heard them many times, and was there for most of the two hour interview (which we have on tape), and I can say for sure that she hardly got any of her facts straight.

- When my grandfather landed in Copenhagen, piloting the first American plane to touch down there, the Germans had already surrendered. They were carrying their guns, but the fighting was over. They were also buzzed only once, as they landed... not on multiple occassions.
- The 311th was detached and sent to the Pacific, but the 349th TCG was not formed until well after Pearl Harbor... there was no immediate relation between the two.
- Eisenhower didn't decide to drop the bomb.... We told her Truman, she made it up.
- She also managed to misidentify some of the vets, including mixing up their postwar employment.

It is unfortunate that an opportunity to honor these men was partially botched by a terrible job of journalism.

#3 texson66

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:42 PM

Well, I'm not sure they teach real journalism anymore anway. Thanks for your comments; it is sad that a reporter probably even with a tape recorder couldn't get it right. Sad.

LOL! I didnt notice that she attributed the republican president to be and then ETO commander to decide to drop the A bomb in the Pacific! Thanks for highlighting that one!:cool:
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#4 Jim Gaulke Jr.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:52 PM

My father served in the 349th. Are there any reunions planned?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:49 PM

Hi Jim. Welcome to the forum.

It's unlikely that there are reunions planned. This thread is 3 years old, and at that time there were only five members left. You can check here, but you have to register first. 349TH TROOP CARRIER WING (M) UNITED STATES AIR FOR | Air Force Units | VetFriends.com. Good luck.

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