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09/10/2008
Great FJ-3 Fury!  I've only seen two built 1/48 models of the elusive and rare FJ-3; one in a gull grey & white scheme and yours in the overall gloss sea blue scheme.  Your VF-51 Fury is beautiful!
There was lots of service on my dad's side of the family.  My paternal grandfather served in the US Army in Alaska, my paternal great-uncle was in the US Navy (I think he served on a carrier) in the Pacific but he drowned in 1946.  One of my great aunt's served in the Women's Army Corps, the other great aunt was a 'Rosie the Riveter' in a Consolidated factory in the DFW area. 
All three of my uncles served - one in the Navy & two in the Army.  My maternal uncle actually served under my Godfather (at that time a Capt.) in the Texas National Guard.  My uncle and my godfather were mobilized during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 
My Godfather was a Bronze Star-earning, US Army Forward Artillery Observer in Korea.
Thanks for the great website & the beautiful models.
Bryan Hevron
 
08/22/2008
I typed my Grandfather's name into Google and came up with your website Ref: VMTB 143. My Grandfather was a gunner on a torpedo bomber in the pacific during WWII. My Grandfather's name was Harry F. Hinkle. After and prior to the war my Grandfather worked for PECO. Philadelphia Electric Company. I have a large article hanging in my home. The article is titled "Harry Got a Zero." (Guadalcanal) It has a picture of my Grandfather and some artwork of a turret gunner downing a zero. I grew up mesmerized by this article. I asked my grandfather countless times, "Pop Pop did you really shoot down a zero." The answer I got was always the same. "I don't know Jeffie, everyone was shooting at it." At 39 years old I have come to realize this is indicative of the greatest generation, never taking sole credit for their achievements. My grandfather had a huge impact on my life. He taught me how to fish and hunt as this was his passion. He talked many times of his Pacific Theatre experience. I got the feeling that his time in the Marine Corp were some of his fondest memories. After the war Harry continued his employ with PECO. He lived in Springfield Twp. Delaware Co. Pa. He also had a vacation Home in Mystic Isle NJ. I spent many of my weekends at his home fishing in the Great Bay.  Sadly Harry F. Hinkle died of emphysema in 1995. I thought you may want to update your website to reflect this. Thank you for keeping  the fading memories alive.
Respectfully 
Jeffrey Woodruff    E mail  jwoodruff@horsham.org

 
10/23/2007 I'm trying to find anyone who knows anything about John A, Gwiazda who served  in Okinawa about June 1945, VMTB-232 line crew. I am a friend of john and trying to help him remember his service at that time of WW2. John is 91 years old and is not in good health. While he is still sharp at times but gets confused of what happened in Okinawa. I hope someone remembers him and can help me with his memories. He talks of John A. Novobilski who served with him on the VMTB-232 crew. I tried researching Novobilski on Google but no luck.  Please help if anyone can.

John Gwiazda live's in " Jerome Home" 975 Corbin Ave, New Britain, CT 06052
 
Thank you.
Bruce Ellison        Email  " blellison@aol.com "
12 Red Coat La.
Unionville Ct. 06085
 
09/11/2006 My Dad (George Irwin) was with VMTB-131 from March 1944 to Sept 1945. He was a cook with the squadron. I know he spent most of that time on Guam. If anyone knew him or has any information about him please contact me at this email address. Thanks, Patrick Irwin (Patrick.Irwin@constellation.com)
   
06/02/2006 Adam, enjoyed your site immensely, helped me gain some insight on B25 operations in the pacific and info on my father-in-law Capt. Julian B. Baird, who was the CO at the time of Dirty Dora. Regards, CW2 John Ingram US Army (Ret)
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03/31/2006 Adam: Neglected to tell you how much I have enjoyed your web site. Having correspoded with Tom Liggett & his wife over the past several years, I was extremely happy to be able to learn much more about him. While we were on Guadalcanal at the same time, I did not arrive there until mid November of 42and he was a month ahead of me, we did at least serve in the same place at the same time. Sincerely M/Sgt. Howard J. Fuller, USMCR.Ret.
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03/30/2006 Adam: I joined the Marines (Regular) in March 1940, the first e yrs., I was with VMS-1, later VMSB-131 & eventually VMTB-131, Served as an ordnanceman, Returned stateside in June of 43, back over in January of 44, Serviced with Hq.Sq. Mag-11, as Leading Chief, Returned stateside in 45, Same job with MNFOTD Kingsville & Veri Beach. Took discharge in March 1946. Meet up with Tom Liggett years later thru his publication, have kept in touch via letters, A great fellow, M/Sgt Howard J. Fuller, USMCR. Ret.
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03/21/2006 Dear Adam, I am a retired USMC aviator. Just found your site. I flew from F9F-5,FJ-4,F8U-2,3,F-4 in combat squadrons. I will go througth your site and answer any questions that i find there. LtCol. Matthew B. Peck (Buck)
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03/19/2006 Hi I was a war babby also 1947 (after the ww 11) but my Dad Roy Wilson love the B-25 it saved he;s life at normande and in the south picfic.I am buildin a flying RC modle of the B-25 (HAVELY BODY) In His name.My DAD passed away 6 years ago but i will never forget he's blessing for the B-25.
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03/13/2006 My name is Kevin Callanan. I'm an Army veteran, writing on behalf of my wife's grandfather, William H. Orr, a M/TSGT in VMF 512 aboard the USS Gilbert Islands in 1945. He is alive and well, living in Deland, FL- still tough as nails- and ready willing and extremely eager to reconnect with any of his surviving brothers-in-arms. Please e-mail me with any information regarding good unit locator sites. Finding any of his old marine buddies would be the greatest gift I could give him. Thank you. kjcallanan@earthlink.net
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03/12/2006 At the end of WWII I was assigned to VMF113as a WEATHER FORECASTER. Missed all the HOT action. SSgt Lee C Barr, 619948
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03/09/2006 Adam, Just happened across your web page. I enjoyed it very much as my father was a co-pilot with Vic on Dirty Dora II. I have heard and enjoyed many stories from my father and I happen to have a copy of the painting shown on your website with my father's & Vic's signatures on it hanging in my office. My Dad is Byron Reed. Too bad he doesn't mention any of the others or have photos of them in his photo page of Dirty Dora II. By the way, my father is very much alive and well so Vic is NOT the only surviving pilot that flew Dirty Dora II!! ............Thanks for the message. You're invited to make a contribution to this web site. I hope you do! Please contact me with the email link. Adam.
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03/08/2006 Hi! Mr.Lewis, Thank You! This is A.S.Woolstencroft. writing you to say once again THANK YOU! for your assistance with my Father's 2d MAW,MAG 11,134 Sqn. History info of it's Historical travles in WW II in the P.O.A. and for returning my only picture of him in the WW II although it's a copy now I know just a little more about what went on in that time in his life, I'm planing on puting together all my information in one,small book for my Family and Children. Say! every one out there I'm trying to find out more about my Uncle my Mothers only Brother [Robert(Bob)Blanchard], I was told by my oldest Brother that (Bob) was also in the USMC,in WW II on board a ship in the P.T.O. as a security personnel. So if any one out there reads this that once worked with (Bob Blanchard) can you please contact me at [A.S.Woolstencroft 1431 Murray Rd, McKinleyville, CA. 95519 or by Phone # 707 / 839-0480] Thank you in advance, Oh! I also do Genealogy work on the side for any one that can use help. Well Mr. Lewis Thank' again. GOOD LUCK!
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03/01/2006 Hi, my name is Michael and I'm in an honorary squadron that commemorates VMF-512 and the men who served it. The pilot who I represent is 1st Lt. Earl W. Hopp in a virtual online squadron called MCVG-2. We fly on the game Pacific Fighters (IL2 Series). So I was wondering if you or anyone could give me a little more information on him. Stuff like nose art, aircraft number, and any basic information about him that will help me portray him would be wonderful. I would really appreciate it! Thanks for your time and this is a great website. I’ll be sure to share it with my squadron! Thanks, Michael Email me here: Welchboyz@Aol.com
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02/27/2006 Adam, Excellent website. I'm an aviation artist in San Diego, and I'm creating a painting of "Dirty Dora" with the help of your pictures. I hope to finish it soon and share with your web supporters. Thanks, Allan ........................ Hi Allan - Sounds good! I'd like to see your work when it's done. Adam
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02/16/2006 Hi Adam My name is susan klumpp and i have a signed copy of alex raymond s usmc art it's of marines praying in the sand at night. my mother in law was stationed in philly with mr raymond her name was mary kline..............Susan - Would you like to contribute images to the Alex Raymond page? If so, please contact me using the email link above. Thanks, Adam
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02/09/2006 Hi Adam! once again I A.S.W.the son of [David J Woolstencroft]is writing to ask of any one out there in cyber-space to PLEASE HELP ME! I'm still looking for information of any kind on [My Father's MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP-11(VMTB-134) in the Western or Central Pacific area's of the 2nd,4th MARINE AIR WINGS, in the timeline of 16 march 1944 to 11 may 1945. I have found some Comments of people along these lines of MAG-11 like (dated} 1-31-2006,12-19-2005, 12-14-2005,10-15-2005 to name just a few and I'm trying to contact them, If any on reads my comment it would reley help me alot with my Dad's History. I am trying to make a history timeline of events for my Children to enjoy. so! if any one can help, Please call or write to me [A.S.W. 1431 Murray Rd McKinelyville,CA 95519] or Ph# [1-(707)839-0480]Thank you to one and all. Thank you All for Serving the U.S.A. GOD BLESS.
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02/09/2006 Hi! ADam, My name is A.S.Woolstencroft, I'm the son of David J Woolstencroft and I'm trying to find any one who was part of the [VMTB-134 Squadron]in WW II in the Pacific My Father was a Radio,Gunner in a TBM and in 1944 he was Stationed on the Island of Espiritu Santo in the Pacific and I'm hoping that [ANY ONE]with any information about my Dad's time and events around the Central or Western Pacific Operations could help me because I'm trying to make a small family book about his life and times in the PTO for my Children. I have been looking on the Internet for anything about his Squadron 134 and I have found alot of info some of his Marine Aircraft Wings 2nd, 4th. but very little on [My Father Him self] of any kind. I am looking for the time's around 16 March 1944 to 11 May 1945. I thank you all that can help in any way. My address in ASW 1431 Murray Rd McKinelyville, CA. 95519 My Ph# is 1-(707)839-0480 PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN! THANK YOU ALL FOR SERVING THE USA.GOD BLESS.
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02/06/2006 Adam- This site is the aboslute best when it comes to information on this Marine Carrier Air Group. I have to agree that it is the most detailed that I have ever encountered. Good Job.
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02/05/2006 This is a most comprehensive and fantastic resouce. I am very interested in MCVG-2 embarked in CVE-107 and have found your site to be just about the most detailed of any on the subject.
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01/31/2006 1/31/2006 Hi Adam. Everyone is right. This is a great site. Good job. My request to your readers is only related to your site in as much as I'm looking for a pilot. Does anyone remember the fatal crash of a Marine Transport Plane on Mt. Rainier WA. Dec. 10, 1946 that killed all 32 aboard? I am writing a book on the Marines that I can find information on. One of which is Lt. Col. Alben C. Robertson. He was the Co. Pilot training to take over as pilot. His first flight on that plane. I found out he was in MAG.25 and Marine Torpedo-Bomber Squadron 134 Nov.-Dec.1943 and Feb.-May 1944. I believe, with all the pilots that visit your site,there must be someone that knows him and who his family is. The MCL at Enumclaw has a foot locker with his name on it and they would like to return it to his children. They have asked me to try to find the family to return it to them at the 60th Memorial Service Aug. 26, 06 at Enumclaw, WA. I'm also trying to find Master Sgt. Charles Criswell and Master Sgt. Wallace Slonina from the same flight. My brother, Albert Stubblefield, was also on the flight. Please help me if you can. My E-mail is foralicelink@sbcglobal.net. Thanks Alice
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01/25/2006 HELLO ADAM,I'VE LEARNED TO "GOOGLE AND FOUND YOU!! HOW NEAT IT WAS TO SEE MY FATHER, GORDON KING(GUNNER)IN A PHOTO WITH VICTOR AND THE CREW OF DIRTY DORA. HE SO LOVED THAT PLANE.IT WAS A PHOTO I HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE, THANKS FOR THE THE HEART WARMING I FELT SEEING IT.I LOVE YOUR SITE, THESE MEN SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.THANKS FOR ALL YOUR DOING HERE.I TOO WOULD LIKE TO HEAR STORIES OF AND FROM THESE BRAVE GUYS.AND.. THANKS TO VICTOR WHO GOT THEM BACK HOME SAFE IN THAT AWESOME AIRCRAFT ..THANKS SO MUCH ADAM, CYNTHIA (CYNDI) KING-REED.
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01/24/2006 My name is Gordon A King III, the oldest son of Gordon King who was the gunner on the Dirty Dora. I enjoyed looking at the pictures and seeing a part of my dad's life in the military. If you have any other photos or stories about my dad, I would truly enjoy seeing them. Thanks Gordon A King III (Gus)
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12/31/2005 I was doing some research on a painting I have by John Lally and found your site. I have a painting that is an artist proof by John Lally. Did this fellow ever delve in to painting? It is a painting titled "Steam Ship".
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12/30/2005 Please Keep this site On,I think It Is One Of the Best I Have come accros in recent times,Thank you MR.MUGU
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12/26/2005 Re: Bernard M. MacDonald (my father) of VC-97. Please contact me with information on him. R.B. MacDonald rmacdonald@parker.com 209-575-7443
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12/19/2005 Hello Adam, it truly was a pleasure to meet you last month. You truly are a gentleman and a scholar, as well as a fine host and a very patient tourguide :) The short time that my brother and I spent with you allowed us to gain a greater insight into the life of our father, Major Eldon Fulwood, Sr. USMCR, during WWII and especially during his time aboard the USS Gilbert Islands. We can't thank you enough for that. Thank you for everything you've done for us. Scott
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12/14/2005 I am trying to get information regarding Captain John R. Dexheimer, attached to VMSB - VMTB 232 Red Devil Squadron. John has since passed away, but is survived by his wife Marge and four daughters. I am doing research concerning John and his role in the Pacific during World War II. We know he served in many of the major battles during the War. He flew TBF's and SBD's from 1943 thru 1946.......................Please send me an email at plane_fun@cox.net Adam
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12/14/2005 Hi! my name is steve Woolstencroft and I'm looking for information about my Fathers Military History in WW2 in the PTO. his name was [David J Woolstencroft] he was a Privet in the USMC,Radio-Gunner on a VMTB-134 MAG-11 4thMAW and I have his record about the PTO in WW2- Islands exc. but I'm looking for his airwing,MAG-11,2ndMAW,4thMAW,[VMTB-134]anything about this information and any internet address's and any one that is still alive from his Airwing's so I can find out more about his live in ww2 for a family book. My Phone number is 707/839-0480 my address is 1431 Murray rd, Mck, CA 95519 I wish to say thank you for all your help and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...........................Steve - Please drop me an email at plane_fun@cox.net Adam
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12/03/2005 Dear Mr. Lewis, I am delighted to have come across this website. My name is JD Hembree, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, and I was a member of VMF-512 from June - December 1945. If you would like to contact me, please email momcass at email dot com....................Lt. Hembree - I've tried to contact you a few times but have not heard back. Please send me an email using the link at the top of this page. Thanks, Adam
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12/02/2005 Hi, I am trying to track down the WWII airplane that had the nose art "Pleasant Dreams" can anyone help me out? Please send me info at flyboy_ted@yahoo.com. Thanks...Ted O'Connell
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11/18/2005 My grandfather was Alcee Trahan, one of the enlisted men in the photo with the plane (If I am not mistaken I think it is a Corsair). My grandfather died 9 years ago, he was a proud Marine (retired from the reserves) and sent away in his dress blues. Spending time with him while I was growing up he told me sevaral stories of the pacific during WWII and VMF 512. He loved the corsair and the Marine Corp. He would be proud to know that he is part of this history and not forgotten. Semper fi and god bless the men and women who haved served our country to protect our freedom and liberty.
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11/09/2005 John Ewbank had never heard about the Liggett military caree, but happenned to read it on Nov. 9, 2006. I now appreciate how you are such a fanatic new yorker.
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11/07/2005 Hi Adam, Hope you are enjoying your retirement. Just thought to let you know that sitting on the borade bomber tarmac is a Do-24 Flying Boat. Drop me a line when you can at rnmullins1@cox.net. Regards, Rich
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10/23/2005 Hello my name is Brandon Furler, I'm a crew member of the 408 Squadron Lancaster fm212. my e-mail is pogosdope@yahoo.ca I'm looking for Lancaster vets who are thinking on coming down to Windsor Ontario. If so please e-mail me if you want to come out and take a look and tour on our Lancaster. We'll be more than happy in letting you or your loved ones to come out.
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10/20/2005 i am looking for old shipmates from 1952-1956,his name is richard landry'IM onBOBSGRL1013@hotmail.com please anybody cheri
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10/15/2005 Adam, I am visiting my uncle in NC and decided to write a short note as well. I never went on your website again so I did not see your note to me until today, but Dan Rapp called me last week to tell me he had discovered your website too. Feel free to call either of us! Sheryl
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10/15/2005 My niece, Sheryl McDonald from Atlanta told me about this web page. It was with great enjoyment and interest to read about VMTB 143 the squadron my brother-in -law, Capt. Henry Stalnaker, USMC was commander of. I also knew his wingman very well--Capt. Eddie Leidecker. Eddie was with EAL when I was with EAL in athe late 60's. Casey was my hero when I was growing up in the last days of WWII. I always wanted to be a pilot like him and I became one--flying 727's freighters at the end of my career. I also know Dan Rapp of Hickory NC who did a lot of research about Casey and his exploits in the Solomon Islands. He wrote Casey's War Chest. I have 2 big boxes of Casey's stuff I am storing for my niece. Mike Geremia,13 Catatoga Path Brevard, NC 28712 phone 828 885 7986 or 828 551 4759 or Sheryls # 770-998-5088
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10/10/2005 Hi! My grandpa is John Worlund. He is in some of the picture's of Jack Lally's. I didn't know if there was anyway I could get a copy of some of them. I have the picture of the "Ready Room" in my office. My grandpa is still alive at 85 and is doing great. I would love to here from you. Christy gu4ever@sbcglobal.net
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10/10/2005 Nicely done. I feel humbled in my own efforts to chronicle escort carriers in the pacific, http://www.pacific-fighters.org where I try to showcase history and flight simulators in one site. Come on by and look at it. Erik (CAG)
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10/05/2005 I AM UWA FROM TOGO AND GUYMAN
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09/11/2005 Very well done! Don't forget the 13th AF though! Jack Cook-historian 44th Fighter Squadron Assoc. Ordy1Jack@msn.com
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09/10/2005 Test New Guest Book.
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08/30/2005 I have info on VMTB-143 you may be interested. Dan Rapp
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08/06/2005 I had been google-searching for pictures of WWII aircraft when I "landed" (sorry!) on your site sir. Without really going through any of the accompanying text, I found a great pic of a Supermarine Spitfire that I am using as a screen background. I added your site to "favorites" so I could use other pics later on, as I like new ones every so often. Just now (about 2 AM Sunday, Aug 7) I started reading your intro and was just FLOORED when it became apparrant that the pics are of MODELS!!!! I have not seen ANY photos of ANY aircraft that come close to the quality that you have incorporated into your work! You have my great admiration for your effort sir, and my humble thanks for the (private!) use of your projects. I doubt that there is a better looking photo of an FJ-3 on any site anywhere!
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07/30/2005 I would like to get 499th stickers for my B25 my phone nunber is 2607474853 my name is Carl would very much like to talk with you the VP of the 499th live down the street from me want to make a modle for him if you want just leave your name and number on the caller Id i will call you back thanks Carl friend of the 499th ..........................Carl - please send an email using the link at the top of the page. What scale is your model? Adam
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07/26/2005 It was great to see my father, 1st Lt. Leroy A. Seipp, in the photos. He is alive and well living in Riverside, CA as of this date (7/26/05). Randall Seipp ................................Randall - Would you please contact me using the email link at the top? Thanks, Adam
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07/21/2005 Clark Edward Johnson was my Dad and I am very glad to have found this web site, because I am still so very proud of him.
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06/13/2005 I too, like you, have read Fly For Your Life several times and it is just as good on the rereads as it was the first time. Keep up the good work. Roy Julian, Crockett, Tx
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06/09/2005 Enjoyed your web site very much. Went through the Gilbert Islands photo and the attached sguadron. Great fun and the best collection I seen. Ron Campbell
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06/08/2005 Thank you for your website and the photos of my father, Captain Henry Clark Stalnaker, aka "Casey". I never knew him, but always feel connected by viewing the lovely photographs of him. Sheryl McDonald - Atlanta, GA ........................... Sheryl - Thanks for the note.  I maintain a mail list for my newsletter about the USS Gilbert Islands..  Drop me a line using the email link at the top of the page if you want to be included.  Adam
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06/07/2005 Thank you for providing the detailed information of my Uncle Clark who was a very special person. I hope his three children are able or have been able to read your historical data. His brother, Robert Johnson also served in the military though I am not aware of any medals awarded with such distinction as Uncle Clark. Thank you. Cathy Carr. .............................Cathy - I wish I could have met your uncle Clark.  The war was won because of great company commanders like him.  Adam
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06/07/2005 I've been searching for information on Col. Clark E. Johnson US Army (my uncle) for quite sometime, to no avail. I was delighted and surprised to find his name pop-up after a Google search leading me to your site. The information was terrific. I knew he was a hero but had only a basic knowledge of his WWII endeavors. Clark was a proud, rugged individual. The classic example of the first generation American of his era. Thanks for the great work. I look forward to reading about the other men on your site.
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06/05/2005 Have visited before. A wonderful website honoring those who served this nation during World War II. I would like to thank you for affording an exchange of e-mails and telephone conversations with "Press" Adams and "Fritz" Liebich. Since I served on Miyako Shima during the 1950s, exchanging experiences with these fine gentlemen has made my experience on Miyako Shima even more meaningful. - Clark N. Nelson USAF 1956-60 - Miyako Shima 1957-58.
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05/31/2005 What a nostalgic evening I have had! Bob Cox's family just discovered your webpage. There are names here mentioned frequently in my father's letters home from Goleta and the Gilbert Islands. I probably met some of these men when the family went to Santa Barbara to see our father off in February, 1945. We have one of Alex Raymond's drawings of our father, and a party inviation he sent our mother from Orlando, but I had never seen the "Ready Room" picture on the webpage. What a joytohaveit. We are curious about the name "Bobby Cox." He was always called "Bob" by his friends in Oklahoma. Is there a story here? Bettie Lu Cox Lancaster blancast@uark.edu
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05/30/2005 Hi All: It's Memorial Day and thought it fitting to visit your site, plus my dad is in the section on Gilbert Islands, and Harry Christenson's section. Thank you for the web site and your service, your great! Jan Roletto
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05/19/2005 Adam: I just found your website through Googling 'USS Gilbert Islands". My father, Lt. Robert G. Graves, was a plank owner on the GI and was CIC officer. I'm always looking for information on the action she [the GI] had. My father died 23 Aug 1990. He never really talked about the war and I never asked. I have some of his papers and have received his personnel records from NARA. I was going to request the ship's deck log from NARA and you have summarized it. Do you know if the action reports are available? Thanks for the wonderful pictures. I framed my dad's shellback and sent it to my oldest son. I'm going to send him your website. Marilynn Graves Wright. .........................Marilyn, I have the 'combat diary' from NARA in College Park.  Please contact me through the email link at the top of the page. Thanks, Adam
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05/11/2005 I served aboard the USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107) from July 1952-July 1954. Andy Syka
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04/28/2005 Adam, It is I, Curtis Wilcox. Perhaps after you retire and have a little more time, is there any way I may personally view your collection? I'd love to see your planes. If I would have known about this earlier, believe me, I would have pestered you to death for a viewing.
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04/23/2005 Just read " Fly for Your Life " this is an astonishing book about a very courageous pilot. Is he still alive? It is truly a good flying tale..
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04/20/2005 Your VMF-512 article is great. I am the grandson of Major Elton Mueller who you show crashing his F4U on the flight deck. Sadly, he passed away 5 years ago and I received all his flight records. Being a pilot myself, I have been researching his career from WWII thru Vietnam. If you have any additional info on him, could you please forward? Thanks Adam. Chris Mueller, email me at cmueller@dyna-sd.com.
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04/03/2005 Great Site ! I was a plank owner and served aboard the GI from Day One until I left her in Norfolk VA to be discharged. Have been completely unaware of any reunions over the years and only got your site from a kind 106 (Block Island) buddy. Would love to hear from any other "survivors" Art Elias Phm 2/c a.elias@insightbb.com
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03/27/2005 I enjoyed reading your article on the B-25 Betty's Dream. Great web site. I also have a question regarding the B-25. Were the spent shell cases and ammunition links from the .50 caliber machine guns in the 8 gun hard nose B-25s ejected from the airplane, or were they collected and emptied later. I also have the same question for the tail gun position. Any information you could provide me would be much appreciated. Thanks. Ron Lapp ...........................Ron, I asked Vic Tatelman and he says "In regard to the question from Ron Lapp concerning the spent shell casings and ammo belt links; those from the 8-gun nose were ejected overboard; those from the tail and waist guns were dumped on the floor (which made moving around in the waist after coming off a target very interesting)."  Vic is a class act.  Adam
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03/06/2005 I served on the CVE 7/1952-7/1954 as a "retread"During WWII I was on the DE-44 which escorted the CVE-107 on the Balikpapen, Borneo Invasion. Two WWII CVE-107 men died recently, both from Pittsburgh, PA, my hometown. One was Bill Hensel, the other was radioman Bob Kosarich. The latter was a neighborhood buddy. Hensel I saw at several GI reunions for K-War and WWII. Andy Syka LCDR USNR ................................Andy, I got your name from Reds Arrington.  Please contact me if you want to make a contribution to the USS GI page.  Thanks, Adam
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03/06/2005 Adam, Enjoyed seeing history of USS Gilbert Islands. I can appreciate the time and work that you must have spent doing this project. Maybe it's just one small bite of the history of WWII, but I could sense how big it was for every member of her crew. Did not know Marines flew ground support off 4 carriers. Wish we could have talked more when we had lunch at Robin's. Susan liked seeing her good friend Maureen again. Thanks for meetiong us in Cambria. Truly, Allen Reynolds...................................Allen, Maureen and I enjoyed our trip to Cambria and wish we had spent more time.  Nice to meet you and see Sue again. Adam
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03/06/2005 Nice website. Enjoyed the photos of Mogmog, in particular. While enroute to Okinawa, in '45, my Pharmacist's Mate dad had the opportunity to pull liberty on the island, an island of which he long fondly remembered, "had the coldest nurses and warmest beer in the Central Pacific." A naval aviator winging high over the island likened the spectacle of the sailor-choked island-sanctuary with that of a "discarded, half-eaten sandwich covered with ants." Ironically, the men and women of WWII always seemed inclined to find humor even in the darkest of situations, in the dreariest and most isolated locales. .................................Your note was good for a hearty laugh!  I wonder why Mog Mog didn't sink under the weight of all those empty beer cans.  Adam
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02/22/2005 Hi there I was lookin up my uncle Chef Al's obit online an ran across a link for this site. May my Uncle Al rest in peace! Alberta Goodwin Brandon
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02/22/2005 Hi Adam, I am the grand-daughter of Alex Raymond and loved the war era art you have on this site. Everything I have seen has either been comic strip or pop culture related. Thanks!!! Helen Zahuranec. ........................................................Helen, Thanks for the note.  Alex Raymond's war era art captures real people, who he drew with amazing fidelity.  Adam
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02/19/2005 Great site! My grandfather is Jeff Justice. He is very proud to be amongst this group of men. Heather Justice. ...........................Heather, It was a pleasure to talk to your grandfather and write about the squadron.  Adam
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02/17/2005 Major Gordon Bell's estate will be donated to the Flying Leatherneck Museum (Miramar) on Feb. 26th 2005 at 11 AM. Any interested individuals can contact me directly at mrrctjr@yahoo.com. Best regards, Bob Thomas
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02/16/2005 I was stationed @ miyako Jima AS 1956-57.Terry r. Calkins. trcalkins368@comcast.net
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02/15/2005 Adam, I have been trying to get information regarding the daylight raid of the Blue Goose on Oct 15, 1942. My dad was on that flight with Major Jack Cram. His name was Darrell (Dick) Andersen. If you could forward this to any one that has any other information or pictures of the Blue Goose, it would be appreciated, I am trying to put together a book about my day for his grandchildren. Thank You Peggy Cochran my e-mail address is tompeg830@bellsouth.net
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02/07/2005 Is this site still being maintained periodically? I think I am related to a particular person On your site and would like toknow if you have any photos of him? Tom .......................................Tom, The site is updated fairly often (see the 'What's New' page).  Please send me an email using the link at the top of the page with the vet's name.  Adam
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02/06/2005 The pictures of the Johnson medals and ribbons are fantatic. I am a curator of the Military and Space Museum and I love to see actual medals from the soldiers. Where are his medals at? Are they open to the public. I love the fact that you included the back side of the medals. Thanks for the great pictures. Chris Profota. ....................................Chris, Thanks for the kind words.  The medals are shown only on the website.  Adam. 
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02/03/2005 Hi Adam: I would like to use your message board to inform former crewmembers of the Gilbert Islands of the passing of Chef Al Richardson. He passed away 02/02/05 0630 hrs in the Veterans Hospital, Salt Lake City, Ut. Funeral Arrangements pending. He was a fine and caring gentleman that was always ready to help others. Harry Christen. .....................................Harry, I am sorry to hear of Al's passing.  May he Rest in Peace.  Adam
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02/01/2005 Great Site Adam Bob Strachan
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01/24/2005 would like more info about Harry Williama. I knew him well when he was stationed at oak grove field inpollocksville,n.c. do you have his address? would like so much to be able to contact him. send info to jay bender@e.c.rr.com (my son) signed penny morton bender. Penny... my emails are being returned as 'undeliverable'.  Send me an email using the link at the top of the page and I'll respond.  Adam
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01/15/2005 Thanks for a Great site. My Uncle was Squadron CO of VMTB-134 went MIA Nov. 10, 1944 60 tears later bentprop.org on expeditionPmanIII-$ found his wheel well parts on an island barrier reef 6 miles nneof pelilu island. They had a flag ceramont contacted Dept of Navy and changed him to KIA Nov 12 1944 the Navy only recovered one of his crewmen. Thanks to your Captain Bill Patterson he recentley sent me a photo of my Uncle the Family had not ever see or knew how he looked with a mousetasche. adam, of adamsplanes.com actually sent me the photo. To all of you Thanks,your work is a blessing to more than you know. Semper Fi John C. Scullin VMF-221 radar repair in 1955
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01/09/2005 Adam, I will be using the information you researched and put together regarding VMTB 143 to build the Trumpeter model of a TBM-3 in 1/32 scale. Thank you for providing the technical background and your attention to detail. Well done. Semper Fi CWO-3 USMCR Mike Witous Mike - please send a few photos when you're done.  If you pick one with crew still living I would like to show them your model.  Thanks, Adam
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12/15/2004 Adam, My husband and I have really enjoyed your web site. I am the oldest daughter of 1st Lt. Frankie Whalen, Gilbert Islands, and I'm in the process of making a scrapbook for Dad and they told me about your efforts. Some of the photos others have sent to you are new to me and some others never had an explanation before. I have taken the liberty of printing a few for Dad to see since they don't have a computer. We have always been proud of Dad and I will share your web site with my brothers and sisters (there are 6 of us) so we can all enjoy it. Sincerely, Carol (Whalen) Restivo Carol, I have a few thoughts for your Dad's scrapbook.  Send me an email if you want to get in touch.  Thanks, Adam.
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12/10/2004 I like your site. My grandfather was Clark E. Johnson. It was a uprise to find this come up when I was searching for info on him. Jennifer Johnson jennifer.greisel@comcast.net
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12/05/2004 I recently found a beat up old paperback copy of "Fly For Your Life" and was just searching the web for sites related to it's people and stories when I surfed on in to your page. Some book! You could say that lady luck and the grim reaper were having a custody battle over the man for many years. I'm surprised I hadn't encountered this book before. I've had an interest in the aircraft and stories of both world wars since I was a kid.
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11/24/2004 An excellent Web site with an opportunity to see a number of Alex Raymond pieces I'd never seen before. Thank you, I'm looking forward to the Tom Roberts book. JBeach1@satx.rr.com
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11/18/2004 Hi again Adam Like your site brings memories back --all good Happy Holidays to you and yours John Scullin scullinscullin@comcast.net
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10/30/2004 Hi Adam: Received your packet with the ship's cooks. I not much help, but I have forwarded the picture to John McGuire & Al Richardson as they worked with that group. I will also enlist Joe Roletto. He has a good memory for names & faces. About all I have left from WWII is my Shellback Card, (Equator), Order of the Royal Dragon (180th Meridian) & my Liberty Card from the USS ALABAMA. Should I run across anything else I will advise. Harry Christen
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10/23/2004 Hi Adam: In response to John McGuire I hope that he is in good health also and enjoying himself. I was showing Joe Roletto your website yesterday when I ran across John's comments. He asked if you remembered Lancaster and Caputo from the Second Division. The four of us made a few liberties in Seattle while waiting for the G.I. to be commissioned. John, here is my e-mail address: christen08@msn.com Noted your picture next to Al Richardson. He is not doing too well these days as he is in a convelescent hospital in Utah. Al worked as a chef on Alcatraz until it closed then became the Head Chef in the Utah State Prison System. Best Regards, Harry Christen
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10/22/2004 Dear Adam, Would You pleas forward this to Harry Christian. Harry, You have a picture of me in one of your group pictures. I was in the second division under Lt. Andrews during the war. After the war ended, the food got so bad, I couldn't eat it. I lost about 25 pounds or more and decided if I were going to make it back home I would have to join tohe cooks. (Those fellows never ate what they served us.) You can look at Al Richardson and see he ate pretty well. So, After the war ended, I joined the cooks. I'm in the group picture of the cooks in the front immediately to Al Richardson's left. I believe I was still 18 at that time. I just recently turned 78. Hope you are doing well and enjoying good health. Warmest regards, John T. McGuire
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10/15/2004 My Uncle John Loisel is a superhero!! He is such a wonderful man who did so much for his country.I'm proud to be a loisel! martaloisel@hotmail.com
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10/13/2004 Hi Adam: Please forward this to John McGuire: Thank you John, I was beginning to think I might have had a dream about this. Always nice to know that your mental processing is working properly at 80. Harry Christen
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10/12/2004 Dear Adam, Perhaps you can forward this message onto Y1c Harry Christen. Harry, I also worked on the bridge. I was one of the helmsmen. I believe I was on duty when the incident happened with he mail plane because I remember it. No one thought the plane would reappear after it went over the bow of the carrier, but it did. Thank God. Sincerely, John T. McGuire S1c
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09/12/2004 My father, Walter Kline, served on the Gilbert Islands during WWII. I have numerous pictures of the ship, signing of the peace treaty, and "action shots" taken during missions. Unfornuately, my father passed away before I learned alot about what he did. My e-mail address is BKWPD@AOL.COM
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08/29/2004 Hi Adam Visit your site often and still enjoying the many comments left. One incident that was brought to mind was during the early part of the 1945 cruise, was the Torpedo Bomber that left the flight deck without the aid of the catapult. I was on the bridge at the time. I believe it was loaded with mail and a 3 man crew. As it left the deck it disappeared from view over the bow. It looked like the ship was going to overtake it, but as fate would have it (and the skill of the pilot) she made it into the air. From all who were watching came a load cheer. I have related this incident several times at reunions, but was looked upon as some kind of nut, until I found a Marine that was part of the flight deck crew who had witnessed this also. Are there any more of you out there that can substantiate this moment in time? Harry Christen Y1c
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08/19/2004 MY UNCLE WAS RAE BERRY OF VMTB-143 . WAS A POW AND DID NOT COME HOME. BURRIED IN ST LOUIS
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08/10/2004 I was stationed on Miyako Jima (or Shima) 1957-58 (USAF). I walked the old Japanese airstrips at Hirara and Nobara. I was also stationed at Naha Air Base through the same period (57-58). I've viewed the pictures on Liebich's page and have especially enjoyed the picture re: mission against the island of Miyako Shima, as well as the mission picture against Naha airfield. The reason being, that I served at both locations. My questions: are there anymore mission pictures circa 1945 against Naha and Miyako? Also, is the individual who took these pictures still living? If so, I would enjoy enchanging e-mails regarding the missions and what he recalls (Miyako and Naha only). Best regards Clark N. Nelson USAF 1956-60 623rd AC&W Squadron - Okinawa & Miyako 57-58
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07/27/2004 Adam, Frank says Detector Guys need a legitimate escape. Great site. Hector & Frank July 2004
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07/26/2004 What a wonderful web site! My Father served on the USS Gilbert Islands as a water tender and fireman. He has some amazing stories to tell, and I am in the process of documenting his service. He tells one story of when he and a shipmate painted the cowling of one of the ship's planes as "The Rocketeer", with a likeness of Woody Woodpecker. Sadly, the plane did not return from its mission. Are you familiar with the story? Thank you for putting this site together. It's a wonderful tribute and I will visit frequently. Scott Shuster Houston, Texas dshuster@ix.netcom.com
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07/20/2004 My father James William Monk served in the US Navy aboard the USS Gilbert Island in the 1940s. I am just beginning my search of his career in the Navy and your website is wonderful. I don't know what his job was on the ship but will continue to search and hopefully be able to put some pieces of his life together. He is deceased and most of his papers and pictures were lost in the 1972 Flood in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. If anyone remembers him and has any information to help me in my research, please let me know. My email is hijinxs1@msn.com and I would love to hear from anyone. He loved to play the guitar and harmonica and before the war he played in a band called Jim Monk and the Farmer Boys.Keep up the great work.
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07/17/2004 Adam, your Website is as well done as your fantastic models. My father Donald W. Bailey served as a gunner aboard Dirty Dora towards the later part of the war. Looking at your model reminded me of my looking into my father's photo album of his time in the 345th Bomb Group. You truly pay honor to these young men who sacrificed their youths in service to their country.I wish my father were still alive to see your website, he would have been so proud of it. Thank you on his behalf...Tom Bailey
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07/13/2004 I just want to let you know that your website has been great for our family. My Uncle was Kelvern O. Misamore who served with the VMTB-143 from the carrier Gilbert Islands. He was killed as you mention in the articles you have published. Our family never really knew where he was located when lost, what plane he flew, what escort carrier he was flying from, etc. It is great to see his picture in the South Pacific. If you happen to have any more pictures of him in your archives we would be grateful to see them as well. Respectfully Yours, Doug Misamore, Westminster, MD. dougmo@adelpia.net Doug: I've sent you emails but they bounce back as 'undelivered'.  Could you send me an email with the link at the top of the page?  Thanks, Adam
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05/30/2004 Dear Mr. Lewis, I happened to encounter your site while researching information on the Mitchell B-25D. I was born in the middle of WWII myself and my father and uncles were active in the armed forces in the Pacific and European theaters. My wife's father was a tank commander with the 1st Armored Division in the early months of Operation Torch in North Africa. Unfortunately, he was captured in the February, 1943, debacle at Sidi bou Sid in Tunisia. His was the last tank operational until a German 88 round went through his tank's transmission and forced him and his crew to surrender. He was interned in Poland at Oflag 64 for until 1945 when he and a buddy escaped and made their way to Russia. One of the camp commanders was Patton's son-in-law, Col. John Waters. My uncle was a bomber pilot in the South Pacific. He was a member of the 345th Bombardment Group, 499th "Bats out of Hell" Squadron. His name is George L. Cooper and his plane was a B-25D-1, 41-30014, Nicknamed "Jayhawk", since my uncle was a Kansan. His group went into combat in June of 1943. After a few missions they stood down while the planes were converted to strafers at the depot at Townsville, Australia. This is well-documented in Hickey's book, as you have no doubt read. He and "Jayhawk" and some of their missions are mentioned in Hickey's book. You mentioned Max Ferguson speaking about Vic Tatelman in his book, Bats Out of Hell Over Biak" This is part of an excerpt from Ferguson's book. "Captain George Cooper was a first pilot in the original 499th Squadron; being a Kansan, he named his B-25, JAYHAWK. He was only 5'6" or 5'7" in height, but his flying skills, his muscular coordination, and visual acuity were so good, he believed he could stretch the performance of the old B-25 to the limit" There's more if you have a copy of the book. Uncle George's missions were mostly barge hunting and destroying Nakajima seaplanes at anchor as well as attacking airfields. He did participate in the Simpson Harbor Raid where he shot down 2 Jap Zerosduring the course of the raid. He flew 55 missions before he left for the states in early 1944. His bombardier/navigator had not gotten his 50 missions so Uncle George flew 5 more missions so the guy could get his 50. Uncle George left with 55 missions and 2 zeros on the scoreboard. He became an instructor at Myrtle Beach, SC. In June of 1944, he volunteered to start flying the Douglas A-26. In the fall of 1944, he contacted his former commander, Col. Jared Crabb requesting reassignment to his command. He wanted to go to Manila where his father(my grandfather) had been held by the Japs in the Santo Thomas Internment Camp since 1941. He wanted to be there when the camp was liberated by the Allied invasion forces. In January 1945, he flew an A-20 against tagets in the Phillippines. He reunited with his dad and mom. In May of 1945, he was made Commander of the 8th Attack Squadron(LibertyBell), and flew an A-26 in attacks on Okinawa until the end of the war in August, 1945. He flew 25 missions on that tour. He was part of the Occupation Forces in Japan from August 1945 to November. My father was over there in the JAG as part of the prosecution team for war crimes of the Japanese military. He and Uncle George spent a lot of time being tourists all over Japan, with Uncle George commandeered planes and Dad commandeering jeeps. I guess the point of this is that I'm not trying to take anything away from Tatelman. He was a good pilot and my uncle knew him as one. I just wanted to point out that Vic wasn't the only 499th pilot to serve more than one tour. Granted, Uncle George flew A-20's and A-26's on his second tour and maybe Ferguson means that Vic was the only one to fly two tours with the 499th or 345th BG. I am very impressed with your site. I am building the Accurate minatures 1:48 B-25 as my Uncle's plane. Your kit building photos and descriptions will prove invaluable. I'm glad you have taken such interest in this part of our history and have studied the subject in the same detail as I have. These were brave men, doing a job and putting themselves in harm's way to secure the freedoms we have today. We should never forget what they have done. Hope I can contact you if I have some questions on the model. Charles Ward.................................. Charles - Thanks for the informative note.  In Sept 2003 your uncle left a note in this guest log.  I contacted him through Vic and we exchanged a few letters. He's a  fine gentleman.  I introduced Tom Cleaver to Vic and that was the beginning of the article you mentioned below.  Please feel free to contact me through the email link ... the subject line needs to stand out, I get lots of spam.   Best Regards, Adam
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05/30/2004 Adam, Just came on a site of interest. Talks about Vic Tatelman and George Cooper and one of the Simpson Harbor raids. The site is: http://m2reviews.cnsi.net/reviews/allies/us/cleaver25.htm Also a great picture of "Red Wrath". Check it out. Charles Ward
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05/11/2004 Great site, I'm always looking for information on VMF-512. My neighbor, Hubert (Flip) Coyne, flew Corsairs off the USS Gilbert Islands, he will be excited when I show him this. Hello! I'm trying to put a web page together for VMF-512.  Would you ask Mr. Coyne if I may contact him?  Thanks, Adam
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05/05/2004 Dead real! I am an amteur modeller and I wonder I would ever be able to acheive this level of reality in my work. Unbeleivable work! Enam
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03/19/2004 Please, I am doing some research on my uncle Charles E. Townsend, who flew A-36 with the 86th FBG around Sicily & Pantalleria. I'm epecially interested in pictures of ac & pilots for an art project. Any help? Charles W. Townsend cgpastor@visuallink.com (Please contact me directly as I am not adept @ computer research)
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03/09/2004 Great website!! All kinds of neat info and pictures. Keep it up, Adam! Cheers from Dan
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03/01/2004 Date March 1, 2004 Enjoyed your website. Had an awesome experience three years ago when received an email from Okinawa asking if I knew the TBM crew that was shot down over ISHIGAKI on April 15, 1945. I replied to John Perez and SGT. Tim Wilson that I considered myself a close friend of Loyd and everyone knew the pilot as he sang baritone solos in Church Services on the hangar deck. Tim wrote back, "You made my day! No you made my year!" We all knew the fate of the crew as newspapers announced in 1947 that 41 Japanese had been sentenced to hang for cruel slaying of crew that had parachuted out of plane. They were part of Squadron VC-97 serving on the USS Makassar Strait CVE-91. Loren Elliott, former ART 1/c that serviced radar and radio altimeters on the TBM's of VC-97.
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02/22/2004 Adam, This site is wonderful. I build planes that mean something to me. That have a story behind them. I picked up the AM B-25 about a year ago, and wanted to do Dirty Dora, but your site has really got me motivated to build the model now. I have a friend I see every week who flew a B-17G #4338719 Blue Hen Chick for the 447th/409th during 44/45. It really brings home to me their sacrifices when I build their planes. Thanks for sharing more stories for me! Thanks again, Chris chris1_nicoll@cox.net
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02/21/2004 Hi Adam, I enjoyed your site, especially the USS Gilbert Islands section. I was a FT3 on the Gilbert Islands during the Korean War (1953). It's good to see that the ship is not forgotten. Mike Mitchell mmitch78759@yahoo.com
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02/18/2004 Adam,Your web site reaches the height of preservation,not only in facts,figures and pictures but also in the way you honor these heroic individuals.
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02/16/2004 Adam: You really scared me last night when I received your e-mail and noted the subject (Capt. Tom Liggett) as we get older and hear from someone that you do not know and it refers to someone that has been a friend for several years, you automatically feel; it is going to be bad news. In this case of course you were merely telling me how you received my name & e-mail address. No, I am not the Fuller who was made an honorary member of VMF-512 by their C.O. Blaine Baesler. So far what I have seen of your web site has been great. Will see if I have anything to contribute re VMF-512 and get back to you. Howard J. Fuller
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02/12/2004 Wonderful web page for a great man. I am working on a page for my Dad, who landed on Omaha Beach. I have found some old photos of a family who lived in Colville sur Mer. I can't find anyone to contact there to try to get the pictures to them. A town hall, perhaps? Any help would be appreciated. email: chickie_k@hotmail.com thank you
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02/05/2004 Adam, since my dad served as crew chief on "Betty's Dream", I can deeply appreciate the beautiful, detailed model of the airplane that you built. Thanks for such a great web site and for your unique way of remembering and honoring those who fought in World War II.--William Sharpe, Jr. William - It's always nice to hear from someone who has a personal attachment to one of the pages.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving the note.  Adam
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01/30/2004 I am looking for anyone who might have known my father SGT. Robert G. Berry. He was with VMF113 on Eniwetok in WW2 . He was a ground Mechanic on a corsair named Twin Acres . I would love to learn more about his service. He passed away when I was 9. Steve Berry SLTFD1@AOL.COM thanks
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01/28/2004 I will miss Joe. We had many conversations and he was a great man. I too had an interest in planes, but never got my privates license. Will miss you always Joe---Love Mae Snow
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01/23/2004 My name is Kristine Boblett (maiden-Bonacci), my father, Albert, is Joe Bonacci's brother. I never met my father's side of the family but this really helped inform me of things I didn't know. It was great to read about him on your site. I was surprised in how much they looked alike. Just wanted to convey my sympathy for such a great and loved man. With deep sympathy, Kristine Boblett (Bonacci) Lewisville, Tx texasboblett@msn.com
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01/22/2004 I have been told that my father Andrew M. Lewis Jr. was an enlisted man on the Gilbert Island. Do you have anyway for me to figure out how I could get any information. I would like to make my mother a shadow box....I am ex Navy, a Cryptographic Tech and my husband will retire with 30 years in July 04, he too is a CT... Please let me know if you can give me any information. tks. Robin Anthony email: Robin.Anthony@dhs.gov...
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01/18/2004 nice site! Do you have interesting to any foreign aggressor sq.? there is a new issue reference book to introduction of the RoC(Taiwan)AF aggressor, total 113pgs, 64pgs color, all F-5E/F detail pictures included. Robert
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01/18/2004 Just for the record in regards to your A-10 maverick missile question. An A-10 can only carry 2 maverick missiles on each outboard pylon even though the TER they were mounted on could hold 3. The reason for this is that the one rail closest to the wheel pod would be left empty due to the exposed tire when the gear is up. It is possible for the A-10 to carry 3 on each TER and fire them but the result would be bad 2 burnt off and slightly exploded tires in the wheel well not exactly what you want if you want to go home at the end of the day. TSgt Shawn Wood USAF 12 years on A-10’s. Sgt Wood - I added a note at the bottom of the A-10 page.  Thank you for writing.  Adam
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01/16/2004 Adam This is one of the easiest sites to visit.Thank You, Dave Barber
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01/15/2004 Hi Uncle Adam, it's me Gina. I can't belive my dad is gone. It is so hard. I loved him so much. Is there any way we can add his name to something here and perhaps print it out and frame it for the service? I know you thought of him as a brother, and I just gave him your number and web site. He was a great guy, and will be sadly missed. Anyhow, anything with his name would be great! Is that possible? My e-mail address is gbonacci3@ix.netcom.com Can you please let me know? Thank you for loving my dad, he meant a lot to a lot of people and I don't think he ever realized that. Love Always, Gina Gina - I added the sad news to the Top Gun F-5E page.  Uncle Adam
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01/11/2004 My regards! Nice page Maciej Noszczak from Poland
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01/08/2004 Nice site Adam. Lets get a page setup so each plan can fly in and out of the page as the next ones enters the page. That would look cool.
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01/02/2004 My father flew B-25's out of Kungming, China, 1944-45. Some of the planes he flew : # 409 J Carolyn K, #403 J Rhapsody in Rivets, # 408 J Miss Dynamite, # 418 H Little Chief, # 407 Strafer J renamed 6/3/45 to Hooten Shooten C.J. Should any of these ring a bell would enjoy to hear about it. Please contact Robert Perigo : Perigo@sopris.net Robert - I hope the info I sent you on your father was useful.  Adam
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12/30/2003 Adam, I very much enjoyed your site! I also appreciate your enthusiasm over my Father's book Fly for your Life. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Stanford Tuck several times as a kid, and stayed at his farm in Kent. You can just imagine his incredible stories told to us around his fireplace! Thanks again for your praise of the book, I will pass along your comments to my Mother! best regards Gregg S. Forrester (Larry Forrester's son) 12-30-03 Gregg - What memories you must have!  If you can point me to someone who has a photo(s) of Tuck's Mk II Hurricane(s) I would be very grateful.  You can contact me thru the email link. Best regards.  Adam
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12/24/2003 Nice site - good models, I liked your F106 - I nearly finished one but it was relegated to the unfinished pile owing to the poor fit and amount of filler required. Don
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12/17/2003 Thanks for your work on the site.
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12/11/2003 Wow, what a fabulous site 'Plane Fun' is. I'm so glad I randomly discovered it in the course of a completely unrelated search. How serendipitous.
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12/08/2003 Very very interesting, and some delightful well built models. I loved the variety of subject. RCN (Brit)
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11/26/2003 Enjoyed your website! My uncle is Walter Will, MOH of 18th K company. Tony Will Tony - if you have more details about that engagement I would like to add it to the page.  You can contact me through the email link.  Adam
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11/21/2003 Adam--how wonderful and I only scanned the front page quickly. Thank you so much for presenting this information. What a treasured site it is. Sue Freitag p/s sent your web address just yesterday to my brother-in-law (Navy man Jim Shannon lives in NYC) who is very interested in WW2 planes.
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11/04/2003 My Father Stan Hildebrand served on the Gilbert during the Korean war. I was looking for any mention of his buddies. shildebrand@di.mdacc.tmc.edu
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11/03/2003 As one who had the honor & privilege to serve under John Loisel I appreciate what you have done to honor such men. If any other members of the 475th Ftr. Gp. are out there we are still active and will have our next reunion in Branson, MO 6-9 May 2004. They can contact me for information. Curt Tinker cftjr@ncia.net
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10/30/2003 Adam, Thanks for turning me on to your site. One of the first impressions I had was: you're a damn good writer for an engineer!! Your attention to detail brings to life the people and planes from a time so critical to our history, and it's important that we don't forget them. Sharing this site with us is truly a gift.    Dar Broumand
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10/30/2003 Very nice job on the 1/48 Spitfire Mk Vb. You may want to consider building the trumpeter 1/24 scale Mk Vb. I have the kit and it's very detailed. Plus it's big. It'll look great on a desktop. The kit decals are for a Polish squadaon, but I'm considering building Tuck's aircraft. I'll read the biography as you suggest. Mustang33@aol.com Thanks for the compliment.  Let me know if you do Tuck's Spit! I have the 1/24th Airfix Hurricane and it will be built as Tuck's DT O A machine.  Adam
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10/30/2003 Adam, This is a very nice web site. I am not a modeler. I got here surfing a search for Sanford Tuck. What a pleasant surprise. I appreciate the tributes you give to the men who flew the planes. My Dad was the Chief Maintenance Officer for the 1st Squadron of the 2nd Air Commandos stationed in India and Burma during WWII. The P-51 B's and D's they flew were a huge improvement over the Bell P-39's they flew in Panama. Their planes were aluminum with a black lightning bolt down the side and an exclaimation mark on the vertical stabilizer. Anyway, thanks for the neat site. Tyson Branyan Cushing, Oklahoma tysonbranyan@hotmail.com
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10/23/2003 Great models. As a Montana boy and a fromer member of the 120th FIG, the F-106 looked great. One little correction...I was briefed that we were the only F-106 squadron that had our cockpits painted sky blue (kind of a baby blue). The reson was that Montana is "Big Sky Country" or the "Big Sky State". The blue cockpits were the color of the big Montana sky. Wheel and weapons wells were imaculate gloss white, but I did see one bird with blue whel wells. Also, the Montana state emblem on the nose gear door also included a gold star where Great Falls (our base location at Gore Hill) is located. ..................Please contact me with the email link at the top of the page and I'll post your info on the F-106 page.  Do you have some photos to share?  Thanks, Adam
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10/16/2003 Adam, Love your P-38 project, thanks for including the pictures. Comparing the decals and the real one was really nice, thanks for taking the time and doing all the work to show us! You have inspired me to build the Radio Control P-38 that I have always wanted! My current Corsair project is documented here: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~corsairproject/ Thanks again, Luke
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10/06/2003 was the marking of "DIRTY DORA II " the same as the first one? I'M building models of all the B-25 I can find pictures of. Doing some research I ran across your page. It was new to me. Can you help. Thanks, John W. Cranford.       John, please contact me with the email link at the top of the page. Adam
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09/24/2003 Outstanding web site.Great models and great stories.Well done!
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09/02/2003 Nice job Adam. You should become a member of the Air Force Assn to keep up with military aircraft as well as other Air Force information. I was one of the first pilots assigned to the 499th. Julian Baird, Ops Officer & later CO proposed the Bats Out of Hell name, and an enlisted ground crew painted it (Mikalowski?)I also returned to SWP but assigned to 3rd Attack Gp George Cooper, Col USAFR retired
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08/21/2003 Hy, Someone sent me the URL that took me to the story of Capt Lally and the USS Gibert Islands etc... It was sent to me because my name is John "Jack" Lally also and I was in the US Marine Corps during WW2 and made 3 landings, Eniwetok, Guam and Okinawa. You can imagine how interesting your Web was to me. Would you happen to have Lally's Email address? Thanks. Jack Lally Garland, Maine w1hdc@telplus.net
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08/17/2003 Adam, You've put together a super website, and your airplanes look great! I must agree that building kits for pilots is the best modeling experience there is. You can see 2 of my A-4 skyhawks on the ARC webpage, and I'm working on an F-18 for another Blue Angel pilot. Check Six, Nick M. (nickm900@hotmail.com)
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08/01/2003 Great website. I served on the USS Annapolis, formerly USS Gilbert Islands, in the 1960s after it was converted to a message relay ship. I often stood on the flight deck and marveled that anyone could ever take off and land aircraft on anything that size. Bill Wood
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07/25/2003 Probably my 5th or 6th visit to your website and I'm always finding new and intriguing items. Just went through the "USS Gilbert Islands", and like the other pages, ...just fascinating history!! Lee Ruzicka
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07/22/2003 Hi Adam: Found this site thru Escort/carriers. great site. I was part of the orginal crew and worked in the Exec Off. Still in contact with 3 other members of the crew. Joe Roletto, Cox. Al Richardson, Chief Cook, Bill Ross, S1c. Reunion to be held in Gettysburg, Pa. this coming November. Harry Christen Y1c.
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07/22/2003 Hi Adam this is Joe McKenzie BM1c from the MAA force and the 3rd div I see in there a good cox Joe Roletto can i get my e mail address to him and others from the ship it is Captjoemck@yahoo.com Great sight I have alot of pics and stuff all will enjoy and am trying to get to this reunion Capt Joe Mc Kenzie 491 Crystal Dr. Madeira Beach Fla. 33708
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07/22/2003 To USS Gilbert Islands 1945 vets - if you have pictures and would like me to show them on this site, please get in touch with me at plane_fun@cox.net Thanks, Adam Lewis
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06/07/2003 Hey, since I am your son do I have to post anything? Oh it is good, you put WAYYYY to much time into your models. But it is your hobbie.
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06/02/2003 Adam Lewis' test. The Guest Book is working again! I apologize to all who tried when the book was malfunctioning.
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04/30/2003 Adam, My first impression was that you had far too much free time on your hands. But after further consideration, I realize that you are a man with a love of this nation, our military, & history. Your attention to detail is indeed refreshing in these days of instant gratification. I thank you for your contributions as a scientist & as an artist. The work you've done looks very visually taxing...thank goodness you've got a good eye man! Larry Nordgaarden
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04/30/2003 Hi, Adam, Thanks for letting us put some of your models in the gallery of the Accurate Miniatures web site. Your work is inspiring, well researched and well executed. We appreciate the excellent job you have done with our kits. Keep 'em coming! Thomas E. Myers Art Director Accurate Miniatures, Inc.
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04/24/2003 Adam, The internet is graced with this site !!! Like so many others who visit here, I appreciate your multifaceted approach. You tell stories through word, object and image. You "connect the dots", linking us all with elements of our shared history. And your models look terrific! Thank you for sharing your talent and vision with us, and three cheers for taking the time and energy to get out there and do all this. Best of luck as your website here continues to grow. John Rood Boston, MA USA roods.boston@verizon.net
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04/22/2003 Hey Adam Your web site is a s nice as your models!! And I really like the Fury ;-) Keep up the good work as I'm anxious to see more. Jim Clark
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04/21/2003 Adam- Having done a few myself, I am floored by the quality of your work! The attention to accurate realistic detail is impressive! The photo quality adds to the realism. I feel like strapping on a chute an taking one out for an afternoon! - Thanks, Roger Holcombe
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04/19/2003 Dad, finally got to your site. You are quite hip! Love your favorite daughter.
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04/18/2003 Adam: Way cool. Your site is awesome. Tim Magness
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04/13/2003 What a great site! Thanks for providing the information and in an easy to use site! Robert
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04/13/2003 Adam: Your site is superb. Not only is the modeling "inspirational" - i.e., it inspires me to go out and do some similar kind of quality project - but the information you have researched on your subjects is extremely interesting and mostly stuff I have not run across before. Please keep up the good work! Tom Cleaver
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04/13/2003 Nice site Adam-it's now on my favorite's list. Hope you update frequently. Jeff in Cincinnati
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04/13/2003 Hi Adam, Great site obviously managed by someone who loves our shared hobby. I had the honor to present a built-up of our Accurate Miniatures kit, Dirty Dora 1 to Vic Tatelman a few years ago. A true gentleman who we all owe a great debt to. Gee, I wonder why it is hard for him to hear in his left ear??!! Your history of DD2 adds a lot more to the Tatelman story. Keep on building! Bill Bosworth
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04/13/2003 Adam, Great looking website and truly inspiring work. I haven't seen you in a long time, and I hope one day soon I'll run across you at a contest, maybe with that old "Vendors' Glaze" on your face. best from Pennsylvania, Rev. Mark Smith
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04/13/2003 Nice Pictures, Nice Site, Wish I had the patience & skill to produce models like these, Wife says mine look great, bless her. I like the pilot/plane idea, I knew a Halifax pilot some time back, but he passed away just before the Matchbox early version came out-I would have liked to have done one for him. Dave S
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04/13/2003 Adam, Your site hits the nail on the head when it comes to modeling. Weaving the history and experiences of pilots and their aircraft is good is thing. But, modeling some of the lessor know pilots aircraft and getting their opinions on them adds another dimension to our hobby. It fleshes out the plastic or humanize's the subject. Loved the Jug article and model. Steve T
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04/13/2003 Hi Adam, Great site obviously managed by someone who loves our shared hobby. I had the honor to present a built-up of our kit (the original Accurate Miniatures), Dirty Dora 1 to Vic Tatelman a few years ago. A true gentleman who we all owe a great debt to. Gee, I wonder why it is hard for him to hear in his left ear??!! Your history of DD2 adds a lot more to the Tatelman story. Keep on building! Bill Bosworth
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04/13/2003 Adam- Outstanding job! I greatly enjoyed visiting your web site. I look forward to any new additions. Beautiful models! Ron
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04/11/2003 Adam, Enjoyed the website! Good luck with it. Frank Renda
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03/18/2003 Great page that you got there! I was especially amazed by your "I know the pilot"-series. How´d ya get the authentic decals for certain pilots´ aircraft? If you find the time, please visit "RON´s SCALE MODEL PAGE" at www.ronsmodelpage.internetperklick.de You´ll find some interesting pieces of modellers´ work there,too. Greetings from Regensburg, BY, Germany, Ron Bleicher
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03/16/2003 Adam, great site and interesting photos. re: the TBMs of VMTB-143, I remembered a photo from a nose art book called Warpaint and note that P-80 was named "Marie Ellen II" and P-85 was "Florida Gator" with a gator head drawing. Thanks, Jim Meehan
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02/17/2003 Wow! Mike Warren
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02/16/2003 Adam, Nice site! Keep up the good work and good to see you! Bruce Bell www.sbmodelers.com
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02/15/2003 Adam: I’ve been a fan of your “Plane Fun” website since its earliest days. I’ve been intending to write a note of appreciation for some while, but I’m glad that the opportunity remained elusive for so long a time! “Plane Fun” now seems to almost have a life of its own, with Adam Lewis as the Doctor Frankenstein type who brought it to life and keeps it pumped up. I think “life” is an appropriate term, because I’m seeing an emphasis on people, rather than machines, and I like that! I know your intent with so much of your hobby effort is to honor (to paraphrase Mr. Churchill) “those few who have given so much to so many.” You are doing this very nicely, sir! It is clear that your enthusiasm and generosity are in some cases opening doors to a past that must not be forgotten. I am pleased to have been a small help on a couple of your projects. My involvement has been both instructive and highly enjoyable. What else can I say, except “Thank you!” and “Keep it up!” - Avery Galbraith
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02/08/2003 Great, professional site Mr. Lewis! It's amazing the amount of background and historical information goes into your research of these planes. Reading the aircrafts' history and knowing that they played an important part in our country's history is impressive - these aren't just models but truly works of art. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing these good old Warbirds with us. Jan-Saint Kith
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02/07/2003 Daniel Charles McEnneny was here! My dad was Ssgt. Frank Joseph McEnneny. Just wanted to check out the site.
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02/07/2003 Hi. I was told of this site by George "Fritz" Liebich, the pilot on an Avenger(plane P84), in squadron VMTB-143. My dad was the radio gunner on that plane. Thanks to Adam and all who have contributed info and photos. The phone call from Fritz (out of the blue!), and this site has stirred interest to dig out the scrapbooks. Frank W. McEnneny
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02/05/2003 Hey, This is a great site with a lot of really good info on your modeling subjects. I know I'll be coming back again just to get through it all. Really nice aircraft buil-ups. Keep up the excellent work. Max Brandt
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12/30/2002 Adam I enjoyed your wed site, thanks for thinking of me, Happy New year Joe Bonacci
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12/28/2002 Adam, It's absolutely amazing to me what modeler's like you can do to turn plastic into reality. Works of art. I am also happy to see stories of the reality behind the real ones as well. Glad I happened to find your website.....such realism, made me remember my recent years in the Air Force, although the planes were just a tad different. Wish I had more time with the planes, but was too busy fixing radios and electronics in the shadows. Thanks for bringing back the good memories. Time for me to build a plane model as well...just need to pick one. John Elliott U.S.A.F. (1982 - 1986) Ground Radio Communications Specialist 2151st Comm. Sq. 6920th Electronic Security Group
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12/19/2002 Adam, Your hobby appears to bring you a great deal of fulfillment. Excellent. I have not built a static model for some time. I used to growing up all the time. My bedroom had multiple dogfights, feathered props etc. Models appear to be almost non-existant as part of the childhood experience these days. I am 27 now and had a father who was heavy into RC, so I am sure this influenced my aviation taste buds. He would always take me to airshows with his club. I have always admired our forfathers that served our nation in WWII. I really get this sense that my generation has no appreciation for this war at all. To me it shaped the modern world as we know it. I love hearing and seeing those piston powered aircraft roar whenever I get the chance. Keep up the good work. Marvelous research and fine attention to detail. Mike Liguori
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12/16/2002 Adam is the only collector I know who has combined the exacting skills of the model builder to the demanding search for authentic wings and other aviation memorabilia. His displays are stunning, and his models so precise you feel that they are ready to fly. I urge the collecting community to encourage this effort to honor the air heroes and preserve their memorabilia.--Russ Huff
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12/11/2002 Adam Your web site exceeded my expectations. I will wait with anticipation to see where this site goes from here! Thomas
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12/11/2002 Great having lunch today and catching up, and hearing of your website. Fun reading! During WW2, (at the age of 6) I received from my father a set of mounted paintings of WW2 planes-the set contined paintings of about 25 planes- which were put out by Coka Cola-- each was cardboard mounted and about 12" x 15". My favorite was the Corsair. I used to have them hung around my room as a kid. i believe my son Chris has them now--I will see if I can get them back to share with you! Steve Halsted
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11/29/2002 Just a great web page. Fine work. If you had not mentioned they were models I would assume the planes were real. Warren Carroll
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11/28/2002 Adam Beautifully done. I am probably prejudiced but my P-38 page was truly impressive. John Loisel
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11/27/2002 Adam, your 'Plane Fun' web site is well done, fun to read and full of little known aviation facts. Best regards, Thud Weasel driver, POW & MOHer Leo Thorsness
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