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Sgt. Hugh Bennett was radio operator on B-24 dubbed: ‘The Hard Way’ in WW II

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on September 11, 2013 at 1:38 am
Sgt. Hugh Bennet of Englewood had returned from World War II when this picture of him was taken. He was 21 and it was shortly before he was discharged from the Air Force. Photo provided

Sgt. Hugh Bennet of Englewood, Fla. had returned from World War II when this picture of him was taken. He was 21 and it was shortly before he was discharged from the Army Air Corps. Photo provided

Hugh Bennett of Englewood, Fla. was a radio operator on a B-24 “Liberator” bomber dubbed “The Hard Way.” They were part of the 854th Bomb Squadron, 491st Bomb Group, 14th Wing of the 8th Air Force flying out of a base 90 miles north of London at Mayfield, England. Read the rest of this entry »

Old note brings former airman and Englishman together again

In U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II on August 19, 2013 at 1:38 am
taff Sgt. Charles Renshaw, who served with the 8th Air Force in England, stands second from the left in the middle row. Peter Brown, the 9-year-old youth who got the airman's signature at the end of the war, is believed to be standing beside him.

Staff Sgt. Charles Renshaw, who served with the 8th Air Force in England, stands second from the left in the middle row. Peter Brown, the 9-year-old youth who got the airman’s signature at the end of the war, is believed to be standing beside him. Photo provided

More than 60 years after a former B-17 bomber mechanic wrote a goodbye note to a 9-year-old English boy during a going-away party for Americans near the close of World War II, the two wore once again united through a computer. Read the rest of this entry »

Lt. Matt Williams flew a B-24 on 35 combat missions over Europe during WW II

In Army Air Corps, World War II on April 12, 2013 at 2:38 am
"Never Mrs." was a shapely lass who adored the nose of Williams' "Liberator" four-engine bomber during the Second World War. Photo provided

“Never Mrs.” was a shapely lass who adored the nose of Matt Williams’ “Liberator” four-engine bomber during the Second World War. Photo provided

1st Lt. Matt Williams of Englewood, Fla. flew his first combat mission piloting a B-24 “Liberator,” four-engine bomber over Nazi-occupied France during the D-Day Invasion, June 6, 1944, along the beaches of Normandy in World War II. Read the rest of this entry »

Lt. Clayton Raynes’ Stuttgart mission was worst combat flight he took during WW II

In Distinguished Flying Cross, U.S. Air Force, World War II on March 17, 2013 at 2:38 am
Clayton Raynes of La Casa mobile home park in North Port is pictured as a 22-year-old second lieutenant when he graduated from flight school in 1943 during World War II. Photo provided

Clayton Raynes of La Casa mobile home park in North Port, Fla. is pictured as a 22-year-old second lieutenant when he graduated from flight school in 1943 during World War II. Photo provided

On an overcast April night in 1943 a lone B-17 bomber dubbed “Hotfoot Two” flew from Newfoundland to Greenland on its way to Scotland, Ireland, England and the war zone in Europe. The “Flying Fortress” was destined for the 8th Air Force to became one of the thousands of American, four-engine, heavy bombers to wield Hitler a knockout punch.

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North Port, Fla. man flew 34 combat missions in a B-24 over Nazi-occupied Europe

In Distinguished Flying Cross, U.S. Air Force, World War II on December 28, 2012 at 4:38 am
Lt. Adam Kubinciak is presented the Distinguished Flying Cross by Lt. Col. William D. Kyle during a ceremony late in the war. He received the commendation for saving his crew when his B-25 caught fire shortly after takeoff from England. Photo provided

Lt. Adam Kubinciak is presented the Distinguished Flying Cross by Lt. Col. William D. Kyle during a ceremony late in the war. He received the commendation for saving his crew when his B-25 caught fire shortly after takeoff from England. Photo provided

First Lt. Adam Kubinciak was the pilot of a B-24 “Liberator” bomber named “Miss Liberty,” part of the 706th Bomb Squadron, 446 Bomb Group, 8th Air Force stationed at Bungay, in southwestern England, during World War II. Read the rest of this entry »

Herb May of Port Charlotte, Fla. flew as tail gunner in B-24 called ‘Wild Princess’

In U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II on July 20, 2012 at 4:38 am

Herb May of Port Charlotte, Fla. (squatting second from left). They were in the 466 Bomb Group, 786th Squadron, 8th Air Force during World War II. Photo provided

A tail gunner in a B-24 bomber dubbed “Wild Princess,” Staff Sgt. Herb May was on the first daylight mission flown by the U.S. Air Force over Berlin in February 1944. He had plenty of company — there were 800 heavy bombers in the armada that day attacking the German capital. Read the rest of this entry »

T/Sgt. Howard Dillingham nearly shot down in B-17 over Osha Buren

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on June 25, 2012 at 4:38 am

Waist Gunner Bob McCullough pokes his head out the gaping hole in the side of the same B-17 bomber T/Sgt. Howard Dillingham of Port Charlotte, Fla. flew in during World War II. Photo provided

It was the railroad yard at Mannheim, Germany that was almost T/Sgt. Howard W. Dillingham’s and the other seven members of his B-17 bomber crew’s undoing. Read the rest of this entry »

POW writes diary while in WW II prison camp – Lt. Martin Fetherolf writes about his B-17 going down

In U.S. Army Air Force, World War II on May 25, 2012 at 4:38 am

This is 2nd Lt. Martin Fetherolf of Punta Gorda Isles, Fla. who served as a navigator aboard a B-17 bomber shot down over Germany during World War II. He kept a “War Log” while in a German POW camp. Photo provided by Tess Fetherolf

“The DAY of Aug. 17, 1943 was to be, perhaps the most important and certainly the most eventful of my life to date,” the late Martin Fetherolf of Punta Gorda Isles, Fla. wrote in his “War Log” from Stalag Luft-3 in the heart of Germany during World War II. It’s where he spent most of his 20 months and 12 days as an American prisoner of war. Read the rest of this entry »

Ed Lukach got DFC for bombing German 88 guns near Berlin in B-17

In Distinguished Flying Cross, U. S. Army, World War II on February 17, 2012 at 4:38 am

2nd Lt. Ed Lukach of Port Charlotte, Fla. is pictured with his wings shortly after graduating from bombardier school in 1944. He flew 30 combat mission in 8th Air Force during World War II. Photo provided

Like a lot of other young men his age, Ed Lukach wanted to be a pilot when he signed up at 19 for the Army’s Aviation Cadet Program in 1942 near the start of World War II. Read the rest of this entry »

George Lentz was B-17 top turret gunner in 8th Air Force

In U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II on October 26, 2011 at 4:38 am

This was former Staff Sgt. George Lentz’s B-17 bomber crew. He is the fellow squatting second from the left in the front row. The pictures was taken at a training base at Avon Park, Fla. in 1944. Photo provided

George Lentz of Rotonda, Fla. was a staff sergeant in the 385th Bomb Group, 549th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Wing of the 8th Air Force in World War II. He flew 29 combat missions as an engineer and top turret gunner in a B-17 “Flying Fortress” at the end of the war from a base near Ipswich in southeast England. Read the rest of this entry »

‘I never flew a combat mission in my B-17, I was lucky,’ John Ross

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on July 6, 2011 at 4:38 am

John Ross of North Port, Fla. is pictured in his flying jacket when he graduated from Primary Flight School at Hemet, Calif. in 1943. Photo provided.

John Ross, who until relatively recently lived in North Port, Fla. for 33 years, was the pilot of a B-17 Bomber during World War II. He and his bomber crew were members of the 388th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force flying out of a field near Cambridge, England. Read the rest of this entry »

Floyd Cole flew 30 combat missions over German territory piloting a B-17

In U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II on February 21, 2011 at 4:38 am

Lt. Floyd Cole is pictured in his uniform wearing his parachute just before climbing aboard the B-17 bomber he piloted on 30 combat missions over German occupied Europe during World War II as part of the American 8th Air Force. Photo provided.

Floyd Cole piloted a B-17 bomber on 30 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. He was a member of the 452nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force that flew from a field near Norwich, England.

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Lt. Leslie Nielsen ditched his B-17 in English Channel on 28th combat mission

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on January 19, 2011 at 4:38 am

Leslie Nielsen holds two vintage pictures of himself and his B-17 bomber crew. The box in the center contains a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal he received during his 30 combat missions. Sun photo by Don Moore

It was June 20, 1944 and 1st Lt. Leslie Nielsen was on his 28th combat mission over Nazi occupied Europe during World War II with only two more missions to fly. Their target: an oil refinery in Hamburg, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

Venice man survived B-17 crash, German POW camp during WWII

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on December 15, 2010 at 4:38 am

Leon Peragallo, a B-17 bomber ball turret gunner, is standing third from left in this World War II-era photo.  Photo provided

It was supposed to be a “milk run.” The crew of “Angel in Di-Skies,” a B-17 flying as part of the 8th Air Force from a base in Framlington, England, during World War II, was sent on a low-level mission to knock out a railroad bridge near Jussy, France.

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2nd Lt. Carl Citron flew 33 missions in 8th Air Force

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on December 13, 2010 at 4:38 am

In his 20’s, Carl Citron is pictured after he graduated from flight school in Texas during World War II. Photo provided

2nd Lt. Carl Citron hadn’t been in England but a few weeks when his unit, the 466 Bomb Group, 786 Squadron, of the 8th Air Force, was assigned to a low-level bombing mission in their B-24 Liberators against the German submarine pens at Brest along the coast of Nazi-occupied France.

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Col. Carl Citron takes last flight on WW II B-24 bomber

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on November 29, 2010 at 4:38 am

Taking the flight from the left: Col. Carl Citron, Bill Citron, son; Jason Owens, pilot; and Don Moore, Sun reporter, standing in front of “Witchcraft,” a B-24 bomber at the Venice Municipal Airport. Sun photo by Mary Auenson

Col. Carl Citron (Ret.) took a sentimental journey last Thursday morning at Venice , Fla. Municipal Airport on a B-24 “Liberator” bomber like the one he piloted a lifetime ago on 33 combat missions over Nazi occupied Europe in World War II. He was in ecstasy during the 30 minute flight down memory lane as the four-engine heavy bomber circled Venice a 1,000 feet below.

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Dutch Underground rescued B-17 crew

In U.S. Army Air Force, World War II on June 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

This was 2nd Lt. Leonard Pogue when he was in his early 20s flying as a bombardier in the 8th Air Force in Europe during World War II.

Second Lt. Leonard Pogue knew he and the other eight members of his B-17 bomber crew were in for a bad day when they were informed of their target.

For the second day in a row, the crew of “Straighten Up and Fly Right” was ordered, along with the rest of the 493rd Bomb Group, 863rd Bomb Squadron, 8th Air Force, to bomb the ball-bearing plants and synthetic oil refineries around Merseburg, Germany. It was a harrowing assignment even though the 8th Air Force put 1,200 heavy bombers, escorted to the target by 650 fighter planes, in the air that day during World War II. Read the rest of this entry »

A ‘Guest’ of the Fuhrer

In U.S. Army Air Force, World War II on May 17, 2010 at 6:00 am

Sgt. Charles McLaughlin of North Port, Fla. is all smiles when this picture was taken a lifetime ago during World War II.

They were supposed to fly their final bombing mission, their 35th, over Cologne, Germany on Friday 13th, 1944. They didn’t do it. That was a big mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

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