8th AF Signaturesusaaf
Posted 14 January 2006 - 11:06 AM
A perfect copy of Edward Jablonski's 'Double Strike' , a book never published in the UK. This one's a little different, it's been autographed by : -
Wm. Lawley 305th BG graemlins/moh.gif
Robert K Morgan 91st BG ( pilot of Memphis Belle )
Fred Koger 92nd BG
Clifford 'Backy' Bachman 303rd BG
Harry Crosby, Jack Kidd ( who has written ' a tough trip to Regensburg on Aug. 17 !' ), John Brady, Everett Blakely, 'Cowboy' Roane, 'Bucky' Cleven - all 100th BG
And, in the same post from The Aviator's Bookshop, a mint copy of Budd Peaslee's 'Heritage Of valor' - signed by Budd J Peaslee.
These weren't cheap, but I'm very pleased to have them on my shelves. I'm really thrilled to have Gale 'Bucky' Cleven's autograph ; one of the 100th BG's heroic, colourful and controversial characters.
OK, I'd much rather have been able to meet these men ; I still treasure more my multi-signed copy of the 100th BG history and my inscribed copy of 'B17 Sam's book - I was able to converse with these fine men.
But these are nice 'Mighty Eighth' mementoes.
( And I did feeel a moment of guilt that I could be robbing the USA of some of its' aviation heritage. But then I thought of Kermit Weeks with 'our' Mosquito and the guilt disappeared... )
[ 14. January 2006, 07:24 AM: Message edited by: Martin Bull ]
Posted 14 January 2006 - 04:08 PM
Posted 14 January 2006 - 04:10 PM
I have to give full marks to their mail order service - the precious book arrived in perfect condition. graemlins/salute.gif
Posted 14 January 2006 - 04:15 PM
Posted 09 March 2006 - 09:10 PM
Posted 09 March 2006 - 10:33 PM
Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:35 AM
Peter Spoden is a good friend of mine and I know Karl Johanssen as well.
Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:52 AM
You've probably seen the 'Date For UK Diaries' thread ; Peter Spoden and Karl Johanssen were in England last weekend and happily, both were on fine form.
Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:05 PM
Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:48 PM
I still work on first hand accts of 8th/15th pilots against the Me 262A
Posted 17 March 2006 - 11:57 PM
Posted 18 March 2006 - 12:01 AM
Bud Anderson (357th) and Hewitt (78th) will be at the WWII Weekend in Reading, PA the first weekend of June, as well as Paul Tibbets, Theodor Van Kirk (both from the Enola Gay), Don Lopez (23rd FG in China), and Boots Blesse (Korea). Check www.maam.com for further details. It's a great show. FIFI, the only flying B-29 will be there this year, as well as a Bf-109E and a Lancaster!
Posted 18 March 2006 - 12:14 AM
yes Kelly has his book out the last month and have a friend living in his hometown going to see him next week, maybe pick up a copy or two. Bob are you going to the show in PA then ? if so greet Dick for me would you and yes a letter goes out to Bud in another week as well.........deje vue eh ?
Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:02 AM
Posted 02 May 2006 - 07:17 AM
Posted 02 May 2006 - 09:27 AM
Posted 02 May 2006 - 06:23 PM
have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Hub on two seperate occassions back in the early 90's where he signed his Zemkes wolfpack book for me and two other books ~ 56th fg and aces of the 8th. the last book Gabby G. was present and they started having an argument over the photos within, Gabby trying to pull the "my score was higher than yours", Hub's response " yeah but I was your C.O." kinda stuff. Very comical but in all seriousness, I wanted to seprate them in put them in a corner to blow off steam. both of them had the fighters twinkle in their eyes. . . .
Hub when signing also went to the pages on the 479th fg which he was C.O. of, the pic of him standing on the wing of his P-38 and he began to tell me and the Mrs. the story of how he became POW with the group .... his Mustang and another pilot caught in a very violent thunderstorm where he was buffetted and then finally hit by lighting blowing out the electrical works of the Stang and the craft dropped like a stone. A riveting story it was
Posted 02 May 2006 - 08:26 PM
Having read a lot about him recently, I find Zemke an interesting personality ; someone who took his position & responsibilities of leadership very seriously.
Posted 02 May 2006 - 09:02 PM
I must get some scans put in the saved pile and post here of Gabby and Hub besides a few German Luftie friends like Horst Petschler, Oskar Bösch, etc .....
Posted 02 May 2006 - 09:19 PM
Bob is a wonderful guy and is authoring a new book on his fg. "Tales of the Blue nosers", we have been in contact the last two days about my deceased cousins gruppe II./JG 301 which got plastered by the 352nd on 21 November 44 for his text.
Posted 20 August 2006 - 07:48 PM
a BIG bump.
also a friend has attended this weekend the Cali Camirillo Air show where several vets are to have attended, hopeful the pilot/ace of the 15th Tac Rece was attending, Clyde East as I had some questions for him
Posted 20 August 2006 - 10:37 PM
I've got some signatures you might like to see.
Back in 1992 here is Savannah, Georgia they held the 50th Anniversary Reunion of all the 8th Air Force veterans considering Savannah, Georgia is where the 8th USAAF was formed.
I was 12 yrs. old a the time and the only kid that went to meet and talk with the veterans and, I got a TON of autographs. This is not to mention ones I got years after from guys from the 303rd BG, the 398th BG and the 98th BG of the 12th USAAF.
My moms old department supervisor at Gulfstream Aerospace Wes Thebodeaux brought her a blown up picture of the Sentimental Journey its about 20"x18" and its got tons of autographs on it. Some which include....
Bob Morgan -Pilot "Memphis Belle" -91st BG, 324th BS
Jim Verinis -Co-Pilot "Memphis Belle" -91st BG, 324th BS
Bob Hanson -Radio Op. "Memphis Belle" -91st BG, 324th BS
Bill Winchell -Left Waist "Memphis Belle" -91st BG, 324th BS
Francis "Gabby" Gabreski -56th FG, 61st FS
Walt McElroy -Bombadier(35 Missions)
Frank R. Beedle -97th BG
Lou McKinney -Ball Turret Gunner 487th BG, 838th BS
Bill Haga -Tail Gunner
"Lucky" Joe Jones -Tail Gunner(fell 13,000 ft. in a tail of a B-17/ survived)
Curtis L. Smart -364th FG, 385th FS
Lt. Paul Grassey -Pilot 446th BG
Birch McVey -95th BG(P.O.W.) Stalag Luft-3
Hal Power -Pilot
Jack PreDemore -Top Turret
Kenneth Vail -Top Turret 457th BG
Kenneth J. Pratz -361st FG
These are just some of them on this photo...
"ROCK OF THE MARNE"
Sgt. James Dunigan III
Able Co., U.S. 30th Infantry Regiment
U.S. 3rd Infantry Division(Reenacted)
Posted 21 August 2006 - 04:21 PM
AJ * S "Merle Maureen" of the 356tg fs
Lt. Richard Asbury
Posted 29 August 2006 - 06:47 PM
Posted 29 August 2006 - 10:28 PM
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