Hi, I'm trying to find a crew list and maybe other info for my grandfather, His name is Don Nelson. The only info I have is his pilots name, Richard Vance. I'm trying to find the Id # for the b24 he was on and maybe info on any surviving crew members or anything else that would help me. Thanks a lot!!!!
Take a look at Torretta Flyer #22, pages 32 and 33. The crew took a plane over called Sweet Revenge. Try to find a mission report that would list Vance and his crewmembers. The crew was not one of the original crews and that can make info hard to find.
See Mission to Moosbierbaum in Torretta Flyer #31, p15. It has a roster of every member who flew the mission indexed to the pilot so you shold be able to put together the crew list. The crew was flying #42-78268 (Buzz Job II). Once you get the crew list, search the Torretta Flyer index for each name. Maybe one of the men wrote a letter to the editor or even a story for the Flyer.
I am new to this board but I have reviewed the TFs in the past for info on my Dad. I saw your posting about Cpt. Vance as my Dad flew on his crew also, he is pictured in the front row of Torretta Flyer #22 on page 32. His name is Francis Pastor, he was a waist gunner and radio operator from Pennsylvania. After my Dad passed away in 1985, I searched for the name Vance and after many calls, I found who I thought was the pilot of my Dad's crew. I spoke to him about what he remembered of my Father and he even sent me some pictures. I have the same photo from TF#22 that my Dad wrote all of the names on the back. I also have his notebook of all of the missions that they flew.