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Post by Ryan Crockett on Mar 27, 2010 23:46:47 GMT -5
Hi guys, and THANK YOU for your service. My dad (now 90) was stationed around Foggia/Cerignola during the war, but time has faded his memory a bit. Since he's in the "twilight years" , I'd like to pass on his story to my children (2 and a half year old triplets), but the details are a little fuzzy. He was a navigator on several types of ship (B-17, 24, 29) throughout, but I don't know much else about his experience. I'd like to preserve that for posterity.
I'm not looking for "heroic" Hollywood-type anecdotes, but rather trying to fnd out anything to pass on to remember the huge sacrifice all you "boys" (at the time) made to make my life possible in this great country of ours today. Too many people today are ignorant of what your generation did to save our democracy, and I aim to change that. I'm attaching a couple of pics to this post for ANYONE who might remember him then. It would seriously make my decade if someone recognized him and could respond to this post. Here's my dad:
Name :Roy E: Crockett Rank: Not sure, but I think Lieutenant/Capt. eventually. Placement: Foggia, Cerignola (definitely, he remembers that) around 1942-43 (maybe 44?) Height": Around 5'8" Name: Roy E. Crockett
He also is (was) a big cigar smoker (why not?), at least later (trying to be Curt LeMay, maybe)?
My father never talks to me re: his war experiences, and I can understand how a man "walls-off" his emotions from such horrible times. I really would be beside myself with emotion to see people who maybe knew him the reply to this post (so will he). I am turning 40 in a week, and this would be a great birthday present to me. Seriously, guys, I'm not looking for the "Audie Murphy" story here... Just an account of a scared farm-kid from Ohio thrust into the fray of world politics at the age of 22-23. I know a lot of this time must be tough for you all to re-examine, but it is of the utmost importance that this story doesn't die-off with the "Greatest Generation". Check out the pics attached; one is of my dad, the other is of him and his ship buddies after they were rotated to New Mexico after the fall of italy. Thanks, guys...
This is Hughes Glantzberg, webmaster of the 484th BG website. I'm also involved in the 461st BG.
I checked my database of 461st veterans and found your father listed in the 767th Squadron of the 461st BG. Your father was a radar observer assigned to the 461st on April 27, 1945. This was at the end of the war. It's possible that he was with another bomb group prior to this, but I don't have any records indicating where he came from.
Post by pathfinder505 on May 18, 2010 11:24:54 GMT -5
I am trying to find information on a local veteran who served in the 824th Bomb Squadron. His name was John W. Reeves Jr. and died 22 Aug 1944 while on a mission. This is for a local history project in Murfreesboro, TN where Reeves was from. Thanks in advance.
The aircraft was #44-41116 (nose number 21). The plane was apparently lost to fighters on a mission to Vienna. The Missing Aircrew Report is number 8395. The Pilot's name was John Ruthenberg. It may have been the crew's first mission when they went down on Aug 22, 1944.