Joseph Mastrianni visited this web page 12/23/99. He was aerial tail
gunner for the 558 bomb squad. He sends his regards for CHRISTMAS 1999.
My father, Mellville Hartley, and his brother Carl
where test pilots who flew the B-26s after they were built before they were given to the
Bob Brockett - Pilot - 387BG - 558SQ
My thanks for creating this wonderful site. Many memories of good friends.
Subject: B - 26 Radio Gunner 322bg 452nd Gp
Just trying to obtain information. On May 14, 1943 I participated in the first B26 raid
over Venson Holland. During this mission my aircraft was badly damaged. When we arrived at
Bury St. Edmonds our air base by Pilot J. J. Howel ordered us to bail
out. This we did. My pilot did not make it. He spun in. God Rest his soul. On the 17th all
of two Squadrons went over and they were all shot down except for any abortions. Roger A.
Freeman authored a book B-26 MARAUDER at War which covered that era. How-ever many were
left out. I would like if possible to contact any of my former members of the 322nd BG 452
SQ. Perhaps you could have something I could use.
Quincy T Miller
My father flew a B26 during the North African Camp. He was in the 17th Bomb Group,
432 Squadron. His name is Ray Morawczynski (Baran). If anyone knew him or
flew with him please contact his daughter, Susan. The name of his plane was "Sweet
Date Dec 7 1999
My father flew B26, he learned to be a pilot at Cal-Aero Calif. in 1942. He flew 75
bombardment missions in 1943, He still talks about it to this day and is very proud to
have been a pilot. His name John Raymond Ladd. I am going to tell him
what a great sight this is. Cindy Ladd
James R. Render, pilot, Ninth AAF, 387th Group, 557th Squadron.
My uncle, Matthew "Buck" Pusateri, was a pilot on the
B-26 Marauder in the 387th BG. His plane was shot down on December 23, 1944 over
Junkerath, Germany. If anyone has any information, please contact me. Michele Pusateri Nichols
394th Bomb Group, 586 Squadron.
Served in 1944
I finally got online and I just visited this wonderful website. I flew the B-26
for the 319th Bomb Group in Sardinia and Corsica. I returned to the States in
January 1945 and got checked out in the A-26 Invader and returned to the Pacific,
finishing the war in Okinawa. if you are interested in swapping tails about the Marauder
Looking for crew members: Thomas Walters and Lt. John Wharton.
391ST BOMB GP--574TH SQDN
My dad was a maintenance crew chief for B-26's. He recently attended an air show at
which he met a gentleman wearing a B-26 cap and tee shirt. The gentleman told my dad that
he had purchased the items at a shop named Hannefin in Aurora, Colorado. My dad would very
much like to buy one of the caps. I've searched the web, called the chamber of commerce,
looked in other Aurora's (Illinois, Ohio) and cannot find such an establishment. Would you
know of an establishment which sells B-26 memorabilia and clothing? I'd be very grateful
for your help. I'd love to surprise my dad with the cap for Christmas. My dad's name is Leonard
L. Farmer. He was stationed at Dodge City, Kansas and Frederick, Oklahoma. He
lives in west central Texas near Abilene. Thanks you for any assistance you can provide.
My father flew in the SAAF shot down over Italy (Ferrara) in a Marauder
- was mid-upper gunner/wireless operator 24 Sqdn SAAF.
Great site!! My dad was a navigator bombardier on a B26 and was in the 322nd
bomb group 450th squad. I have visited a lot on nice sites dedicated to this
wonderful aircraft. Thanks to all who gave so much for us!
Do you have any info on the 336th bomb group, 478th, 479th, 480th, and 481st
squadrons? My dad was in the 478th and flew from Page Field, Fl. and Avon Park
Bomb Range to train overseas flight crews. He'd also like any info on anyone who flew a
two man crew flight directly from the Glenn L. Martin factory at Middle River, Md. on/or
about Aug 25th, 1942? My dad flew one to Page Field Ft. Myers, Fl. with a landing at Dale
Mabry Field for refueling. Col. Winstead was CO from the new training base at Page Field.
Any info would be appreciated.
HI MY NAME IS BRAD HALES I JUST WANTED TO SAY GOD BLESS THE CREW OF THE
MARTIN B-26 MARAUDER.
Dear Marauder Crews and Enthusiasts:
My Grandfather, Russell "Pappy" Thayer, was a B-26 pilot, and I
am seeking a B-26 in which he could take a flight. If anyone can tell me where we might
find a B-26 for charter, I would be most grateful.
AIR SHOW BLUES
Great! Simply great!!
AIR SHOW Blues
I am trying to locate members of 9th AF, 387th BG, 558th SQ, who may
have known my uncle,
T. Sgt. H. M. Lyon.
-H. G. "Glenn" Lyon
Wonderful site. More like this are needed.
David Block, Director
Military Aviation Hall of Fame of Illinois
Hi, and thanks for a great website.
My father, Willie Cone, was a bombardier with the Ninth Air Force.
I would like to hear from anyone who knew him during WWII. -Martha Cone
Very excellent site.
Sam Williamson, Pilot 556th BS.
Thank you for doing an outstanding job maintaining this information. As a former crew
member of the B26 Marauder I'm proud to participate. I was with the 391st bomb group 574th
sqdn in the 9th Air Force.
I'm looking for Lt. Thomas F. Walters, Bombardier and Lt. John O.Wharton.
Ben W. Hicks,
387th, 558th 63 missions, co-pilot mostly with
Bombardier-Navigator in training and for first few missions
Lost track of other crew members: Tail gunner Kim, Radioman Craig.
Would appreciate info as to present addresses/phone
Ron Miller. Looking forward to visiting often.
I like your site. I down load pic's and information for my father, John Sharpe
he was a mech. with the 322 B.G. 449Sq. Who ever sent me this link thank
you. Dean Sharpe
Congratulations on an excellent site...I can see I'll be spending a lot of time
here...Thanks Ed Delridge
Great site. Glad something is finally dedicated to one of the greatest uncles I have
ever been privileged to be related to. A great hero and role model. The photo of
my mom (dark dress on right) is
terrific too. Call me sometime. Don Brockett
To whom it may concern: I am trying to locate the crew members of the 391 BG
who took part in the bombing of the town of Periers in Normandy on June 13th 1944 (it was
the 2nd one, the first having been performed by the 409th BG on 8th). I am a member of an
association that plans to open a museum about this part of the liberation and we would
like to collect the first hand stories from the different actors before it is too late. I
have all the names of the different crews that were flying on the B-26s that morning. If
anybody has any information, please contact me. Thank you, Christian
Neat site! My grandfather, Frank Cookson, was a pilot in the 9th Air
Force, 322nd BG, 452nd Squadron. He flew 66 combat missions, including
the Old Vet and Homesick (its last mission for which he earned the DFC). If anybody has
any information associated with my grandfather. BTW, Frank Cookson.
EUGENE V. WILSON 315TH SQUADRON 21ST BOMB GROUP (M) 25TH M R & R
SQUADRON 397TH BOMB GP LINE CHIEF AND CHIEF INSPECTOR.
Warren H. Butterfield, 9th Air Force, 387th Bomb Group, 558th Squadron. Flew 15 missions as bombardier of Pilot
Robert J. Brockett. Flew 45 missions as
Walter C. Harkins. Clyde Harkins informed me of this
Web-site this afternoon of June 10th, 1999, much to my surprise of it's existence. Great
job Bob, there seems to be much more here than I'm able to cover this evening . Very
Dr. Ernest J. Nackord, Jr. B-26 Pilot WWII. Hello to other fellow
Marauder Pilots: Harry Green, Chuck Pietsmier, Dick Petrick, Ken Montgomery.
"Pugnacious Peggy" 387th BG 558th Squadron Chipping Ongar. Am
researching 558th BS "Pugnacious Peggy" and crew. "KX-Z" a silver
B-26B-55 Lt. Stuart "Stub" Perrin pilot Lt. Bill Bustard co pilot T/SGT
Ole Olsen radio/waist gunner Ralph Paden togglier/nose gunner Elrod Larned
engineer/turret gunner Bob Norwood tail gunner. Looking for add'l details of May
29, 1944 mission to Conflans railroad bridge (near Paris). Lead ship with Capt Harmon and
crew lost to flak at target. Ole Olsen was only casualty in "Pugnacious Peggy".
Perrin & Olsen shared a take off prayer together each mission for their whole tour
together, synchronized to takeoff checklist. E-mail me and I'll share the text. Cam Martin
Greetings, My father, John J. Sauser was a bombardier/navigator on a B-26. I am trying to
locate his exact bomb group and squadron to research his missions for his grandsons. I
have filed a form with the Army, but have not heard anything back yet. If anyone out there
has any recollection of him, please drop a line. Regards, Jeff Sauser
Hi! The neighborhood I grew up in, in the 40's and 50's had a big brother, his name is Ernie
Cusano. Ernie was a gunner with the 558th BS. He only talks
about the war when I prod him. Ernie is 77 years old and still works everyday at his
business in the same neighborhood. I am always looking for information about the 387th
BG, 558th BS to discuss with Ernie. Could you be of any help? God bless all of
Ernie Cusano, please contact Merton J. Silver send email to b26com
Does anyone have info on the 319th BG? My father, Sam Sammons,
served in this group. Please let me know if you knew him or may have flown with him in No.
Africa, Corsica, Italy. in the 319th Group in No. Africa, Corsica, Italy, Scotland,
Presque Isle, Maine, Barksdale, LA, to contact me? I'd appreciate any info. Mitch Sammons.