Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. In honor of my father the veteran, I have a scanned a handwritten document my father created during his World War II experiences. This is a list of his missions from July 13 through November 11, 1944. It will be 67 years ago tomorrow that the he had completed these missions with the rest of his Bomb Squad. What brave men! Click an image to enlarge it or download it. Give a vet some love tomorrow while you’re at it.
2nd Bomb Group
November 10, 2011
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September 5, 2010
I’m still around and still researching, I just haven’t had time to write up posts! In the meantime, here’s a video of a World War II ball turret gunner in a B17. Made me appreciate my father all the more. This is about a 2 minute video courtesy of WTHI in Terre Haute, Indiana and the 2nd Bombardment Group.
August 16, 2010
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I have a photo of my father while he was in training at MacDill in 1944. What makes this photo special is that my father actually wrote the names of the men in his crew on the back.
Here is the photo, taken June 10, 1944.
Here is a scan of the legend. The legend is transcribed below the image.
MacDill Field, June 10, 1944
June 10, 1944
Left to Right
Pilot Flight Officer Ramsey, California
Co-Pilot Flight Officer Vaughn, New York
Navigator Flight Officer Peck, Pennsylvania
Commander Flight Officer Strickland, Virginia
Engineer Sgt. Tague, Chicago, Ill.
Bottom Row, Kneeling
Assit. Engineer Cpl. Reynolds, Waist Gunner, Oklahom
Radio Operator Sgt. Barth, Pennsylvania
Me (Edward Mierzejewski), Ball Turret Gunner, Ohio
Armourer Sgt Casey, Waist Gunner, New York
Assit. Armourer Sgt. Ratje, Tail Gunner, California
Perhaps a family member or friend of these men may find this picture of interest to them.
My father was a member of the 49th and 96th Bomb Squadrons. For more information: http://www.2ndbombgroup.org/