Second Schweinfurt Memorial Association
Kristy A. Kelnhofer
William M. Thorns
Karen Johnson Trouvat
James W. Earnest
Mary V. Danielsen
April K. Neal
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Thanks for the Facebook link - I have asked to join the group. You are correct, George Molnar is my grandfather. Mark Molnar is my father. My dad had mentioned the Dayton events to me and I found this site seeking more information. If the dates work, we may see you in Dayton.
No, but a good friend's father did. 94th BG, 332 sqdn, B-17 f 4231013.
Hello Sue,Its a pleasure to meet you. Yes, that's right. Ernest Raines - "Ernie" to his war buddies - was my grandfather. We believe the plane he was on when he was shot down was Yo-Yo (we are certain his crew had that plane at some point, but are not 100% certain that was their plane on October 14) piloted by William Byrne. In his memories he indicates he was the right waist gunner rather than the left (a fairly insignificant distinction to be sure) although I have found records that indicate he was the left. I'm sorry to say he passed away in June of last year, and that he was the last surviving member of his crew.Fortunately for us he had made good use of his war journal during his time as a POW, and drew upon that to write a book just a few years ago. Based on that I think we have a pretty good understanding of his experiences, but I certainly want to know all that I can! I came to this site in part hoping that I might be able to connect with the families of some of the members of his crew. I would like to make sure that we get them a copy of the book.
My Uncle John Drennan was the radio operator on the Queen Jeannie. I'm hoping to get a link to MACR 820. I really would like to know if they delivered their payload before being shot down.
I found this group, the other day, while researching Black Friday. I knew the anniversary of the day that my grandfather was shot down and taken POW, was looming and I was in search of other stories, from that day. After finding and joining this group, I alerted my Aunt Kris, to its existence. I am a little disappointed that I had not known about SSMA years ago; as, I was stationed in Germany during the groups reunion there, in 2004.
Sue, my fathers name is 2nd Lt. Albert George Hamel, we did find photos of cities he dropped bombs on. St Lo, Berlin, Keil, Peterborough, Bolen, Hamelin, Frankfurt, Leige, Gelsenkirchen,Brussels, Hogan, Harns,Munich, Schweinfurt.
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