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Click Here's the Lib that started it
all with me and military aviation history
||This is the
B-24 Liberator Research
Click Here's the Lib that started it all with me
aviation history. I would guess around 1954/1955 the old
man stopped for a beer at some bar in
Canton, IL. I locked onto the completed model of "Buffalo
Bill" atop a TV and I was hooked.
B-24 Liberator, "Tulsamerican"
The Very Last B-24 Liberator to be built
in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Willow Run Ford KD
kit B-24J-10-DT #42-51430
"Tulsamerican" begins at Douglas-Tulsa.
L to R: Ina Overstreet, C.D.
Pitts, Marguerite Foster, C.W.
Kilgore. Inside: Clara W. Campbell
Hi Jeff and Ben,
Willow Run B-24s--another Ford Willow Run KD kit assembled by
Douglas-Tulsa was B-24J-1-DT,
#42-51226, "I Walk
Alone". #226 was assigned to the 8th AF, 482nd BG, 36th RCM (Radar
Counter Measures) Squadron attached to 100th Group RAF. #226 (Sq code R4-L)
was on a nighttime spoofing mission on 10 November 1944. At 0200hrs the
566th and 563rd SAW (Signals Aircraft Warning Sqs.--Hattonville) vectored
in error a 425th NFS P-61 to the B-24's location. The
P-61 destroyed #226's
#4 engine and damaged #3. #226 crashed at about 0230 about 1,000 yards
north of Tincourt-Boucly, Dept of the Somme, France. Three crewmen died in
B-24J-5-FO #42-51546 was replaced #226 was painted
with the same serial number and nickname.
Aerospace historian and author
Willis "Sam" Cole Jr. (www.ww1.org)
has spent over sixteen years researching and made over forty field trips to
France to verify his thesis that the shoot down of #226 was covered
up. On 9 November 1944, 15 1/2 hours before and 138 miles from where #226
crashed, a 452nd BG, 729th Sq. B-17G-35VE #42-97904
"The Lady Jeannette"
badly damaged by flak and fighters, had failed in its attempt to land at the
emergency French airstrip A-72.
The B-17 slammed into the ground and
exploded. Author Cole maintains that the B-17's crash was transposed in
flight history and location to cover the crash of #226. The bodies of the
dead airmen from the B-17 were moved to #226's crash site. Author Cole has
published two books, THE
LAST FLIGHT OF THE LADY JEANNETTE AND THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF
WWII which give considerable credence that a "cover up" spiraled
upwards through the 9th AF and reached General Eisenhower and was link to
the "accidental" death of General Patton.
Perhaps there is room for the inclusion of Mr. Cole's
research and conclusions into the body of the forthcoming movie "Willow
Saluting a Job Well Done,
Douglas employees bid farewell the the "Tulsamerican."
the last B-24 to roll off the Tulsa Assemble Line, August 1944
The Tulsamerican Nose Art
Click Here's some of the names that are signed on the aircraft.
L. Miller, F. G. Mochlcakamp, Tulsa,
Okla. E. Walker, Okla.
LG. Wleylen, 20 West 1stH. Tulsa Oklahoma.
J. L. Scott, 503 So. Harvard, Tulsa, Okla.
Elaine Connelas. J. Walker 6409 E ??, Tulsa.
Dave Calvert, Floyd Lowes
Mans Badge Number 21891
From the Webmaster. This is the best that I can
do trying to read the signatures printed on this aircraft.
But click on the photo and look at the rivets very closely. You will
notice that the rivets are not drilled straight
and, by today's standards, this plane would not pass any inspection for
aircraft quality. These rivets just had to be
close and that was it. This shows the difference in the technology of
yesterdays aircraft and today's.
Now the rivets on modern aircraft are flush mounted and perfectly straight.
Also, even more advanced,
there are no rivets, instead many components are either welded or bonded.
As far as stealth,
every rivet is a radar reflection point.
|William Donald crew flew Tulsamerican to
The 461st Bomb Group, 765th Bomb Squadron
"The Tulsamerican" Ship Number 24
S/N 42-51430. White Cowling, Red Tails.
B-24J-10-DT #42-51430. 15th AF, 461st
BG, 765 BS.
Ford KD Kit arrived 7 July 1944 by truck
convoy @ Doulas-Tulsa.
Adriatic Sea @ 1412hrs Sunday, 17 December 1944.
Eugene P. Ford,
Navagator Lt. Russell Landry,
Flight Engineer SSgt. Charles
Priest went down with the B-24.
B-24J - The Tulsamerican - S/N 42-51430-15 AAF, 461 B.G., 765 Sq. -
Crashed in the Adriatic
Sea Mission 151 - 17 December 1944. Last B-24 built by Douglas Tulsa
AAF Plant - Still aboard her
is Pilot, Lt. Eugene Ford, Navigator,
Lt. Russell C. Jandry, and Flight
Engineer, SSgt. Charles Priest.
|Flight of the B-24J-10-DT, "The Tulsamerican", from the USA to Italy.
The William Donald Crew was assigned the aircraft at Topeka, Kansas
beginning September 9, 1944. Two hours were
pun in calibrating "The Tulsamerican" instruments
Sept. 16 - Flew from Topeka to Grenier, New Hampshire.
Sept. 17 - To Gander, New Foundland.
Sept. 20 - To Lagens, Azores
Sept. 22 - To Maraketch, Africa
Sept. 25 - To Tunis, Africa
Sept 27 - To Giola, Italy and turned in the Tulsamerican.
Oct 2001, Springfield, IL. L to
R: Paul Beard, John Bybee,
Norma "Joy" (Ford) Beard.
Norma was six months old when her father
1Lt. Eugene P. Ford was killed
aboard the "Tulsamerican"
blade and wheel off the
461st B-24J "Tulsamerican"
lost off Hvar on 17 Dec 1944.
B-24 Liberator, "I Walk Alone"
ECM capable B-24J-1-DT, 42-51226, 8th AF, 482nd BG,
36th RCM Sq., attached 100th Group RAF.
Shot down by 425th NFS P-61 on 10 November 1944, Tincourt-Boucly,
Polish Air Force B-24 Liberator
Former 465th BG B-24J-35-CF #44-10339
RAF/Polish AF: Lib
B.VI, GR-U, KG-834
Polish 1586 SD (Special Duty) Flight
138th Special Squadron, Flight C
Covert missions to
A/C scrapped 3 March 1947
From the Webmaster: Do you see all of these men in the pictures in this
exhibit? They knew that they had a one in four chance of coming back
alive. Many of these men are listed as KIA and many are totally disabled.
We have to give them all of the respect in the world because they knew that
their chances of coming home again were almost none, yet they stood in long
lines to defend our country.
But what happened to our country.
Read about Roy Carlson and you
will understand what happened to our country. We have enemies right in our
homeland and we call them great men and women. We call them celebrities
and we call them stars. Look at what these celebrities are doing to our
kids. Listen to the music, the TV commercials and the TV programs and
Hollywood movies. Terrorism comes, in it's greatest form, in the way of
Read this article about dangerous cartoons then watch Family Guy on TV and
you will soon see why kids are now killing their parents. Watch a kid play
the game, "Grand Theft Auto" and you will see why there is so much crime in
America and with only 5% of the worlds population, the United States has 25% of the worlds
prisoners. Don't think about it, watch these programs and think for
One day the news talked about Paris Hilton getting a DUI and I never heard
about Paris Hilton before this time. Fox TV gave her most of their newscast, every day, for
weeks. I never heard of Paris Hilton. So I typed into the search
engine, "Paris Hilton, Pardon" to see if she would get a pardon from Arnold
Schwarzenegger would give her a pardon.
Here, Here's what I found. Tell me this, what did these guys fight
for? What? I listen to parents today say that they don't want their
kid to go to the military because they don't want their kid to be killed in a
war, yet in Chicago alone, this year, 2008, there were more murders than U.S. Soldiers
killed in all of the world's wars today. But they don't tell you that on TV.
It's Psychological Warfare being fought against the United States, right in
front of our noses, and we say it's freedom of speech. Did you every see a
good murder movie? How could a murder movie be good in any way?
Think about it. How many of our kids are having their lives ruined by
drugs. Yet, it's freedom of speech for the music to sing about drugs, sex,
murder and gangs glorifying all. Did you get to vote on any of these
freedom of speech laws? When Hugh Heffner started Playboy, the United
States Postal Service had him arrested and took him to court because sending
pornography in the mail was illegal. Now kids in high school are wearing
playboy icons on their jewelry and clothing and they are head banging to the
music. Listen to the music today and listen to what they say. Many
times the music is embedded with code word for Meth and other drugs, code words that the
average person cannot understand. This is why I say, "What did these
fight for. Why did they give their lives. Was it for our current
form of Freedom of Speech or so all of the Presidential Candidates are not
allowed to take part in the Debates?" Think about it!
C. Jeff Dyrek, Webmaster
and Disabled Veteran.
Capt. Jack R. Cody
Capt. Jack R. Cody, 15AF, 49th BW, 461st
BG, 765th BS
Shot down Sunday, December 17, 1944
B-24J-5-FO, 42-50953, "Flying Finger"
2Lt. Phillip J.
|2 Lt. Philip J. Crossman's crew
with Jack Cody not in Photo.
|Capt. Jack R. Cody
was the 461/765 Gunnery Officer and he was manning the upper turret
on Phil Crossman's B-24 on 17 Dec 1944. This is Crossman's crew,
Jack Cody not in photo.
Young Officer, Jack Cody, Commands Air Base Unit
Lieutenant Cody, 22, Directs Squadron at Pocatello Center
Tribune Intermounntain Wire
Pocatello, Idaho -- At 22 years of age, First Lieutenant Jack R. Cody is
already an "Old Man"
Jack Cody Reported Prisoner of Germans
First Lieut. Jack R. Cody, husband of Mrs. Mary Lou Cody, 2913 North Edith, who
was reported missing in action on Dec. 17, 1944, has been reported a prisoner of
war of the Germans, according to a telegram received by his wife from the War
Department. He was gunnery officer in a B-24 Liberator group of the
Fifteenth Air Force in Italy. Before entering the service, Lieut. Cody was
an employee of the Continental Oil Co. here. He has been in service three
years and over seas one year.
Lieut. Cody Liberated
First Lieut. Jack R. Cody, whose wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Cody, lives at 2913 North
Edith, has been liberated from a German prison camp and is on his way home,
according to word received by Mrs. Cody. He had been a prisoner since
December. He was gunnery officer of a B-24 of the 15th AAF based in Italy.
WASHINGTON, The war department announced the temporary promotion of Jack Riley
Cody, 3005 Mesa Verde Dr., Albuquerque, and Davis Matthias Santa Rita,
N.M. from first Lieutenant to Captain in the air corps. Lt. Col. Clarence
Frederick Vogel, Albuquerque, was ordered to active duty in the Army of the
Cody is Retired from Army Duty
Capt. Jack R. Cody, 604 W. Iron, after four years service with the U.S. Army Air
Forces, has been retired from Active duty. He served as a gunnery officer
in a heavy bombardment group of the 15th Air Force based in Italy. He was
shot down on a mission over Vienna and was liberated from a German prisoner of
war camp near Munich, last April by Patton's Third Army. He has been
decorated with Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal with clusters, Purple Heart
and Presidential Unit Citation with clusters.
Jack Cody's Mission #151 Odertal, Germany
In answer to your recent request, enclosed is a write up of the December 17,
1944 Odertal Mission. This is only one man's recollection of events
that happened 42 years ago, so I'd like to hear from other people, who also
lived through that awful day.
You may want to clean up the language in a couple of spots for publication
in the "Liberaider", but I'm telling it like it happened.
Write if you get the opportunity, and in the meantime I'm looking forward to
seeing you in New York next Fall. Hugh Hanley.
Mission #151 ODERTAL, GERMANY, MY 10th MISSION
by Hugh Hanley -- 765th Squadron.
Having checked the flight board on the evening of Dec. 16th, and finding
our crew scheduled for tomorrow's mission, we all went to bed early.
We were awakened at 4 AM with the terse notification, "briefing in an hour"
After coffee and a light breakfast (we didn't have a big appetite on those
days we were flying), we went to the briefing room. As we entered, and
saw that grin black line due almost direct northeast into Eastern Germany,
someone muttered, Oh ----, Blechanner again!". Bill
McClain, our Navigator replied, "No, it's East of that area".
S-2 began the briefing by telling us that the target today was Odertal, a
small oil refinery near the Polish border. There would be little if
any flack. Ball turrets would not be lowered until we came to the IP,
Zuckmantel. Loading was 6,500 lb GP's and 2700 gallons of fuel.
Altitude would be 26000 ft. (What else?) Almost as an
afterthought, he mentioned that we would likely catch fighter opposition.
In retrospect, this would have to qualify as the understatement of the year,
if not the century.
We set at the flight line, our crew consisted of following: Phil Crossman
- Pilot; Whitey Kreps - Co-pilot; Bill McClain - Navigator; yours truly -
Bombardier; Larry Eidsmore - Nose gunner: Lenny Geier - Engineer; Val
Barnson - Radio Operator; Bill White - Ball Turret; Johnny Sainio - Waist
Gunner; and Bernie Freeman - Tail gunner. In addition to our regular
crew, 1st Lt. Jack Cody, Squadron Gunnery Officer, would fly with us, and
man the Top Turret. This necessitated moving Barnson to one of the
The green flare arched into the sky and the mission was underway. A
typical Italian winter day, weather overcast and somewhat chilly.
Takeoff was uneventful and we began our climb t altitude to formation.
Over the spur of the "boot", and out over the Adriatic, - climbing all the
way. Strictly routine, as in the previous nine. Oxygen checks -
crew banter. All of a sudden, somebody is in TROUBLE.
"Horizontal" Moore is aborting - engine trouble. Lucky so and so.
Through the alley between Vienna and Bratislava. Always NNE.
Check arming, five minutes to IP. Routine up to here.
Christmas 1944: Jack was a
POW. Jack befriended a German citizen Fred Seegardel, who in
turn forced a German officer to allow Jack out of the POW compound
for a night in warm room in Nurenberg.
Stamberg Germany Obb.
Starmberg, Germany Dec. 3rd 1949.
My dear friend, my good Jack:
It is a long time since I received the last letter from you.
But still longer that you received one from me too. This is
easy to explain. In spring of this year I wrote to you and
mentioned that I had been sick with my right hand and could not
write so well. Short time after I received your kind answer to
this letter. I thought to do something special for your - and
what you think I done??? ----- I bought train ticket from here
to Moosburg in order to visit hat place my behooved and true friend
Jack had been a prisoner while I could not do a thing for him.
When I left the train at Mossburg I felt like going to a Cemetery to
look for a grave o one of the dearest of mine.
Soon I stood at the entrance of the that former camp. I felt
terrible beliefs no dear Jack. Nobody there. I walked in
and through the whole place - from street to street from building to
building and found not stop my tears from running down. I
lifted up my face and my voice to God whom I been asking so long to
bring me back to the States the only country I could be happy again.
I stepped into many of those buildings, thought here was the room
(maybe) where Jack Lived, then into another one possibly be used as
a theater, again I thought here had my friend been walking in and
out. Another place had been a church - here had been Jack for
sure I thought. Even through former toilet's I walked - just
for the reason to step right in your footsteps - into the footsteps
of a true and good friend of mine. Yes dear Jack - I will
never forget this afternoon on June 19th 1949. I simply lived
through everything you had lived through after you and I separated
from each other in February 1945.
You really think, that I -- could ever in this life forget you??
Never, and I say never my dear friend. During my walking from
one and to the other at that former camp for prisoners I took
several pictures - sorry to say with a very poor camera. Two
are with two of the main streets and two others with the former camp
prison building in two different pictures. All the others have
not come out at all.
Dear jack, in case you are special interested in several good
pictures for the book of memorial you told me once you were writing,
I will travel to Mossburg again and take an photographer from town
who must take pictures from places you would like to have
especially. In that case it would be very clever to give me a
blueprint of the camp as true as you could remember it still today
and mark important places you would like to have a picture from.
Anyway today you will get what I have to fare, you may like it.
In the back of each picture I will write what it is and you find out
if you can remember places. I intended to mail then to you in
June, and thought I did so after month I found letter and pictures
some place - un-nailed at my room.
Receive them today as a Christmas present from a friend whom you
know since Christmas 1944 at the hospital at the city of Olmutz in
the country of Czechoslovakia.
Let's remember how we - you and I celebrated Christmas on that
Christmas Eve. Let's not forget dear Jack before God and man
how we came together, the way we became real friends - and then how
we spend the last days on the German trains, the night at Nuermberg
when I forced the German officer to take you out of that cold prison
cell (Room) and finally you and I could sleep together in a warm
room at a different building. Yes and then, when we came to
Frankfurt/Main took the streetcar and drove down to the place we
were separated until now.
Every Christmas Eve I am telling this true story to the people
celebrating with me - and they sure hear it very interested - and
last year when I mentioned it again - one could hear a needle drop.
Now you would like to hear I think how fare I am with my papers back
to the States. Dear Jack, the affidavit you mailed to me was
not accepted at the Consulate, for the season it was not the proper
Affidavit of Support which is needed in my case.
If you care for helping me, please go to a Notary Public or to a
Consular Service office and ask for a full Affidavit of Support.
The one you send me as very good to prove my character person
towards America and American interest.
I leave it to you, as you know how you feel towards me, and God
bless you and your loved ones all the time.
I will place in this letter a Christmas card which I tore off from a
full card you mailed to me Christmas 1947. I have no English
Christmas cards at hand - and may you like it to have yours back
from Christmas two years ago.
Best regards to all of your beloved family. How is Mrs. Cody and my
little girls? Hope very well.
How is your health my dear Jack? Do suffer any after the
operation done in 1944?????.------
Hope to hear from you soon, I am longing for an answer. Yours
very truly Fred S.
|Jack Riley Cody, Wounded in
|Thank you for your help and interest in
regarding the event of Dec. 17, 1944. I remember so little of
it after being hit by cannon fire. Other crew members have
been of great help in telling the story. I am now 84 years
old, like my other crew members and our members are not so good.
Thanks again for your help and interest. Jack R. Cody.
Please excuse my writing, I am blind. Jack R. Cody, Captain
|On December 17,
Jack Riley Cody was wounded in the head by a 20mm shell from
an II JG300 FW-190A-8. Jack has passed on, but this is a short
letter he wrote me when he was 84 and blind. John Bybee
Jack Cody's Grave with a B-24 Liberator Propeller over
Capt. Robert T. Chalmers
Robert Chalmers crew of
#23 "Judy R".
Two crewmen were in hospital when photo taken on afternoon of
17 Dec 44. "Judy R" was scrapped.
Capt. Robert T. Chalmers'
#23 "Judy R"
touching down at Torretto,
Italy after returning from Odertal on 17 Dec 1944.
L to R:
1Lt. Eugene P. Ford
--TA pilot KIA 17 Dec
Capt. Robert Chalmers. He was
Ford's #2 on 17 Dec 1944 and the only 765th Sq
B-24 that returned to
Italy. Lt. Tom Lightbody
B-24 Liberator, "The Peace Maker" #41
15th AF, 304th BW, 455th BG, 743BS,
San Giovanni, Italy.
1Lt. William B. Richards Jr.
B-24H-20-DT, #41-29892. "The Peace Maker"
Leroy Harvey Hewit, bombardier, kneeling third
This Aircraft was downed on 17 Dec 1944. Adony,
B-24 Liberator #66
15th AF, 49th BW, 461st BG, 767th BS.
Downed 17 Dec 1944 Adony, Hungary
Standing L to R: 2Lt. Howard E. Munson,
1Lt. Charles V. Lang (P), unknown, 1Lt. Arthur W. Mohlman
Kneeling L to R:
Cpl. Lon N. Reed, Cpl. Guy V.
Wilfred A. Engelke
Sitting L to R: Cpl. Hjalmar O.
Johansson, Cpl. Harold R. Norton, Cpl. James M. Rutter
Clair Alexander's #12
15th Air Force, 49th Bomber Wind, 461st Bomber Group, 764th Bomber
Clair Alexander's #12, Hank Davies on Wing.
Clair Alexander's #12, Spring of 1945, Torretto, Italy. The
Poppies Blooming in the Foreground.
1st Lieutenant Robert A. Galvan
461st Bomb Group, 767th Bomber Squadron, 15th Air
1st Lieutenant Robert A. Galvan, standing on far right.
Robert Galvan Czech Republic Reunion 2000
Arsenic & Lace #66
R. Modrovsky; Ball Turret Gunner, Ed Kussler;
Bombardier, Robert Galvan;
Robert A. Galvan 1942 of the Galvan Family.
1955 TDY Lakenheath -- Trondheim,
Capt. Robert A. Galvan
Capt. Bruce "Bucky" Harris
Gloria and Robert Galvan Wedding July 24th 1944
Gloria and Robert Galvan Wedding 1944
Gallien has passed away,
Lee Cook how old
the photo is.
Click Here's a scan of the metal, fabric and plexiglass
from Lt. William H. Zumsteg's
B-24H-1-CF 41-29169 recovered from
Zumsteg's B-24 lost in a storm and low on fuel made a downwind night crash
landing there on 5 December 1943. Four months later, following a
midair collision, Zumsteg and his crew were KIA on 2 April 1944 over
Bihac, Yugoslavia .
I have a draft of an article detailing these events.
William H. Zumsteg's
B-24 Liberator Airplane Crash
Zumsteg's B-24 lost in a storm and low on fuel made a
downwind night crash
landing there on 5 December 1943.
William H. Zumsteg's Crashed Airplane Side View
Standing L-R: SSgt. Woodrow P.
Clayton; SSgt. James A
hatch; SSgt. Alvin J.
Lt. Joseph J. Repko (N);
Lt. Georg M. Felber (B)
Kneeling L-R: SSgt
Antonio P. Lerrna (E); Sgt. Richard Karl:
John C. Fuller (CP):
SSgt Andrew J. Allocco;
Lt. William H. Zumsteg (P)
Four months later, following a midair
Zumsteg and his crew were KIA
on 2 April 1944 over Bihac,
Bob Brown and his B-17s
Bob Brown January 2nd, 1944 with the
B-17 "Pistol Packin Mama" and
Pilot, Francis; Co-Pilot Brown; Bombardier, Wiseman;
Navigator, Myers "Spud"
Flight Engineer Murray; Tail Gunner, Anderson; Left Waist
Gunner, Walters "Rocky"
Ball Turret Gunner, Davis; Right Waist Gunner, House; Radio,
Bob Brown, March 3rd, 1944 with the "Blues In The Night" and Crew.
Pilot, Bob Brown; Co-Pilot, McDaniels; Navigator, Tilton;
Top Turret - Flight Engineer, Claypool;
Radio, Patton; Tail Gunner, Roberts; Ball Turret Gunner, Green;
Right Waist Gunner, Roundhill "Limey"
Ground Chief, Rockman; Crew Assistant, Whitt; Assistant, Miller;
Left Waist Gunner, Edikita "Whitey"
He even gave me one of his 8th AF
shoulder patches. John Bybee
Arab-Israeli War, 1948
Arab-Israeli War, 16 October 1948
American Volunteer Israeli 101st Fighter Squadron,
Me-109 WW2 Aircraft
with a British Spitfire in the Background
Flying an Avia S-199 (Czech-built version of the Me-109) for the
Israeli's 101st Fighter Squadron, American Volunteer Rudy Augarten was
patrolling between Majdal (Near Gaza) and Beersheba on 16 October 1948.
As he cruised just below 10,000 feet, he spotted a pair of Egyptian
Spitfires a few thousand feet below, heading in the opposite direction.
A quick wingover and shallow dive put him behind the unsuspecting pilot of
the rearmost Spitfire. Closing in, he fired short burst, scoring hits
on the Egyptian fighter, Pouring smoke, the Spitfire went down to
crash near a coastal sand dune.
Augarten went on to score three more victories in the Arab-Israeli
War. Adding the two Me-109s he shot down while flying P-47s with the
976 fighter Group in World War II. He became one of the six Americans
to achieve ace.
Letter to John Bybee
Click Here's a letter from
Dick Keech a former Marine
and NAA employee,
he read the 2-inch thick German rocket report handed by
Dip Ing Helmuth Schelp,
aide to Adolf Baumker (CO of German AF Experimental Institute Nuremberg)
at Zell See,
Austria to Charles A. Lindbergh on 18 May 1945.
1Lt. Charles W. Ward
This is the only photos of full face views
of Capt. Bruce "Bucky" Harris
and 1Lt. Charles W. Ward.
Robert F. Darden
Oct 1954. Coronado Heights near
2Lt. Robert F.
Darden Jr. R: Robert F. Darden
40th Bomber Wing Logo
25th Bomber Squadron "The Executioners)
Robert F. Darden Jr.
Robert F. Darden Jr. was
Capt Galvan's regular copilot,
he missed that fatal flight because he was on emergency leave to attend his
Left: 1Lt Robert F. Darden Jr.
Right: Capt. Robert A.
Col. John Gallien, 40th BW, 25BS, he was
pilot in command of
B-47E "Ajax-12" on 26 June 1956. Then Captain Gallien landed without
on the same runway about
15 minutes behind
Col. Gallien, "If God himself had been flying
Galvan's B-47, it still would have crashed."
Crew Chief Lee Cook
40th Bomber Wing, 25th Bomber Squadron, Smoky Hill Air Force Base
Ajax-18 the B-47 story is there because
Capt. Robert A. Glavan was a B-24 aircraft commander in
WWII with the 15AF,
49th BW, 461st BG, 767th Sq.
Galvan was deputy lead on the 17 Dec 1944 Odertal Mission.
Galvan was flying B-24H-15-DT, 41-28913, #67. FW-190A-8s from II JG300
damaged Galvan's B-24 and he made a
forced landing at Roszyne,
Hungary and the crew all became POWs.
Ajax-18 was Galvan's call sign.
Capt Galvan's B-47E crashed in Kansas as did the
This photo from Hugh Burt-Staffordshire, UK. His
father took in mid 50s at Entebbe.
BOAC Canadair DC4M-2
BOAC Canadair DC-4M-2 Argonaut, G-ALHE crashed on
climb out from runway 25 @ Kano, Nigeria on 24 June 1956 @ 1721hrs. There were t-storms in area
but none close to the DC-4M-2. From 1956-1976 the official cause was listed
as pilot error. The
late Dr. Ted Fujta's research into macro/microburst changed that verdict.
As I mentioned in my Ajax-18 article, in my humble amateur opinion, Capt
Galvan's B-47E encountered the same conditions over Kansas as did the
Nigeria, two days prior.
gent on the right is Gene Vandament
an Army and college buddy.
I'm 60. Retired from the
BNSF RR out of Beardstown Aug 1. 36 years service, worked in
Burlington, IA, and West Quincy, MO for short periods the rest in
Beardstown. A grizzled old conductor once told me, "kid when you
retire, you'll find you'll just have more time to see the doctor." I
thought he was nuts--well I hit a speed bump after retiring--found out I
prostrate cancer. Had the cryotherapy surgery done in Galesburg
on 9 Sept and I feel super and they tell me I'm doing super.
B-24s are one of my favorites. My nickname is
Col. Liftgap. Found an
WWII Soviet pilots claimed the B-24 had a "liftgap" as the mains
retracted into the wheel wells and would quit flying. Folks thought I
was nuts until I found the article.
Left you a Phone message. I am thrilled and stunned that you are so close and
have such an interest in
military aviation. Yes, I will call
Ben Kidder. The
was a Ford KD kit and the last B-24 built at Douglas Tulsa.
Kevin Gray a Tulsa lawyer is one of the brass hats at the
Tulsa Air & Space Museum
and they would love to bring back all or part of that aircraft to Tulsa. The
pilot, Flight Engineer and Navigator all died in the crash.
TulsaAmerican was 765 lead and was hit by
FW-190A-8s of the II JG300 just before the IP in
CZ. They made Split, Yugo on 2 engines and tried for Vis. Last 2 engines ran
out of gas and the Lib rolled over into the Adriatic from a 100 feet.
A-4, Falklands--tell me more when you get a chance!
I worked with the IWM on a B-47E story. I've attached
a draft. Capt. Galvan was 767 deputy lead on
17 Dec 44 mission. Shot up and made a forced landing, POW and KIA 26
June 1956 in B-47E at Smoky Hill
Nobuko worked at a department store in Koza,
Okinawa, while I was stationed at Henko, Okinawa 1968-1970, of course I
didn't know her then.
who retired from the Cal Tech
subsonic wind tunnel, his
cousin Russel Landry was the nav.
Hi Jeff,Have done research for a book on the Sunday
17 December 1944 mission flown by the 49th BW to Odertal, Germany (Kozle,
Poland). The 485th BG on the return leg from this mission alleges
that they had six B-24s damaged by SAMS at 1414hrs @ 12,000 feet @ 46-33N
16-30E. The "Shady Lady" went MIA in the same general area. The 2nd BG
(B-17) recounts they were attacked by
Rheintochter SAMS over
Wiener Neustadt in late Dec 1944. I can send you links to a my blog
on same. I've been fortunate to have 3 articles published in AIR CLASSICS.
This spring I did an article on the 31 March 1931 TWA/Rockne crash for
Reynolds' TWA / Jack Frye website.
Very glad to hear from you. You did a super job with the content and
presentation of your website. How in the world did I miss the fact that you are
in Bushnell?? I've been to your website several times and your data has helped
me solve the mystery of the
Jesse Pettey's 461, Sq #52 and 451 B-24G #42-78436
Lady" which went MIA at 1320hrs, 18 Dec 1944 near the center of the
Nagykanizsa Oil Triangle in
Gary Hyatt of the Davis-Monthan
website has asked if I would be a guest editor and do the
Fokker page for the
website and Dave Powers
of the PanAm LOGBOOK magazine desires
that I do a piece on TWA.Do you
follow the history of Camp Ellis? YES, I would love to have your
insights and help for online publishing if I ever get the Odertal book done.
I belong to the informal SPG (Same Page Gang) and we think we have found a
prop blade and wheel off the 461st B-24J
"Tulsamerican" lost off Hvar on 17
Dec 1944. Have attached a photo. Looking forward to your
Look at John Bybee's Home Page
When Angels Fall, by John Bybee
I am doing ongoing research on the Sunday 17 December
1944 mission to Odertal
Poland) and Hughes G. gave me your new email address. I read very great
interest you article about your book ONE MORE MISSION and the Goia Sgt/Painter
that was selling
Shady Lady nose art off a stencil. Is it possible that you flew #13,
42-51336 to >Italy, this
aircraft lost 24 Aug 1944 at Pesaro with Lt. John R. Wren hr.'s crew?
Shady Lady #52,B-24G-16-NT, 42-78436 shows going to 451st on 24 November 1944
and went MIA on 18 Dec 1944 with 451/727,
2Lt. John D. Holland Jr. commanding. #52 went MIA in the center of the
Nagykanizsa (Hungary) Oil Triangle. This was the same area that the 485th
claimed they had six B-24s damaged by Nazi SAMs on 17 Dec 1944. Let me dig out
my notes on Holland etc. Sincerely,
John D. Bybee
Something's amiss big time since you flew 42-78436 over
to Italy. You recall any extra electronic equipment like in RCM / ECM / ELINT mode?
John, I was a pilot concerned with getting that big box-car fully
loaded off the ground, saying the correct prayers while under fire from the
Germans, and controlling a crash - called a landing. We had bales of chaff
to be thrown out the waist openings. We had no other electronic equipment
on the Shady Lady or on any other aircraft I flew. I think I would remember
any electronic intelligence devices.
Your research has been a revelation for me, although I have not spent
a lot of time worrying about what happened to the
Shady Lady. I was informed, probably by rumor, that she had been
shot down and I accepted the information because about 50% were lost. Many
years later I found on our website the same serial number for an airplane
that a Lt. Wren piloted over
Persaro and was MIA. Much later I stumbled
across a photo of someone stenciling a Shady Lady in the 451st. I naturally
assumed that someone was stenciling many aircraft with the same stencil,
which I though was humorous. Now you uncover, with convincing evidence,
that the aircraft was transferred from the 461 to the 451 in November and
was later MIA. Since I was not consulted or asked for my permission to
transfer the Shady Lady by the top command, I will accept your account of
"The rest of the Story" of the Shady Lady.
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