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A WWII vet finally gets his photo taken by the entrance to his long overdue Memorial.
A deserving Henderson County (NC) vet, who finally got to visit his Memorial.  General Eisenhower's words in the granite wall behind him are fitting.
A Henderson County (NC) WWII vet waits for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial volunteer to make a tracing for him from the Wall during the first ever "HonorAir" trips to visit the National WWII Memorial.  Jeff Miller (in blue shirt, at left), a businessman from Hendersonville, NC, organized the HonorAir flights.
View from the flight deck of the B-24J "Witchcraft", with pilot Caroline in the left seat and co-pilot Jeff in the right.
The only flying example (as of this photo date) of a B-24 Liberator bomber in the world.  The Collings Foundation B-24J "Witchcraft" rolls in after a perfect landing at Denton Municipal Airport on Mar 12th, 2007.
The pilot of the Collings Foundation B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" - Caroline Collings - converses with Lt Col (Ret) Edward "Red" Weir, who was a B-24 navigator in WWII, with 25 combat missions to his credit.  A former B-24 pilot (in the wheelchair) can be seen in the background inspecting this rare bird, the only flying Liberator in the world.  Col Weir's son-in-law, Mike Cassidy, prepares to photograph the moment.  Denton (TX) Municipal Airport, Mar 12th, 2007.
Nose art of the B-24D Liberator "Red Ass" with pilot Jake Epting of Tupleo, Mississippi, sitting on the bicycle at the front of the plane.  Taken in Alconbury, England, circa 1942.  Navigator Ed "Red" Weir and gunner Ben Kuroki (both also featured in this photo gallery) were crew mates in this bomber.
Navigator / Lieutenant Edward "Red" Weir (second from left, in leather jacket, facing camera) and his B-24 crew gathered around a barrel at their base in England.  We don't know what's taking place on top of the barrel - a last minute flight briefing? a game of dice?  The B-24 in the background has the running panda bear nose art of the 409th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy).  Circa 1942-43.
Eddie Pozelnik (left, from Ohio), Ned Wells (center - my dad - from NC), and Glenn Hensley (right, also from NC) on captured German horses in Kirchdorf, Austria, Sep 8th, 1945. Ned is on a gray gelding they named "Mustang." After the 11th Armored Division pulled out of Kirchdorf in August, 1945, the 26th Infantry Division inherited these and other horses that were left in the local stables. Dad and his buddies got permission from their commanders to run the stables, charging a minimal fee to the locals and occupation GI's for horse rides (for the horses' upkeep). Once the war was over, Dad's three months in Kirchdorf were some of his most enjoyable during his entire time in the ETO.
Nov 13th, 1942, Alconbury, England.  Col Edward J. "Ted" Timberlake (in left rear of jeep), first commander of the 93rd Bombardment Group, the first group of B-24 Liberator bombers to cross the Atlantic to join the air war in Europe and North Africa, welcomes England's King George VI (right rear of jeep) to the U.S. airbase at Alconbury.  The King inspected the B-24 seen in the background, "Teggie Ann," which was flown later on the famous Ploesti raid by the 376th Bombardment Group commander Col K.K. Compton, a former squadron commander in the 93rd.  From the front page of "The Liberator," the group's newsletter, founded and printed by the 93rd's public information officer, (then) Private Carroll "Cal" Stewart, who later co-authored a book about the Ploesti raid, "Ploesti:  The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943."
Lt Col (Ret) Edward "Red" Weir waits in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska for the arrival of his old friend, Ben Kuroki, whom he had not seen since the mid-40's during a chance meeting in Salt Lake City.  Colonel Weir wears his original A-2 bomber jacket from his WWII days as a navigator in B-24 Liberator bombers.  The WWII-era insert photo of Ben shows him standing next to their bomber, "Tupelo Lass," so named by the ship's pilot, Jake Epting of Tupelo, Miss.
After 60 years, two old friends get reacquainted.  Lt Col Edward "Red" Weir and former Sergeant First Class Ben Kuroki, the last two living crewmembers of the B-24 Liberator bomber "Tupelo Lass," meet again for the first time since the mid-40's.  Ed was the bomber's navigator, and Ben was the top turret gunner.  [A year-and-a-half after this was taken, Lt Col Weir passed away in Denton, TX.]
Lew Brown, former B-24 Liberator bomber command pilot, and Ed Weir, former B-24 navigator, both veterans of the 93rd Bombardment Group, talk over old times in the dining room of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug 1st, 2007.  A copy of the book, "Those Brave Crews," by Ray Ward, the story of the Aug 1st, 1943 bombing raid on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, as told in poetry, is on the table between them.  Both men are vets of that famous raid, which is to this day one of the most highly decorated combat actions, per capita, of any American military branch of service during any conflict in the nation's history.
Robert Sparks, former B-24 Liberator bomber tail gunner, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force.  Veteran of the famous Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 1943.  Sometime after Ploesti, Sparky took a 20mm flak round hit in his tail turret over Germany.  After he bailed out, he was taken prisoner when he landed.  He said that the German doctor, who removed the chunk of flak from his backside (which he said he still has), was drunk when he operated on him.  He spent the rest of the war as a PW in camp Luft IV.  Taken on the 64th anniversary of the Ploesti raid, Aug 1st, 2007, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A WWII vet finally gets his photo taken by the entrance to his long overdue Memorial.

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A WWII vet finally gets his photo taken by the entrance to his long overdue Memorial.
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