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February 1986

  • Groups First Newsletter
  • Membership Drive
  • 2ndADA St Charles, Il Reunion Plans
  • The 392nd Story

May 1986

  • Col. Gilbert Message/Profile
  • 2nd ADA News
  • 8thAFHS News
  • IRS (C19) Application Approved

August 1986

  • Birdie Schmidt Larrick Profile
  • 8thAFHS Hollywood, FL Reunion
  • St Charles, IL Reunion Report
  • Group report

December 1986

  • Hollywood, Fl Reunion report
  • Col Bush Profile
  • Tulsa Reunion Notice
  • Wendling Memorial Committee

February 1987

  • Tulsa, OK Reunion Plans
  • Various Member Profiles
  • Stories by Myron Keilman

May 1987

  • Pre Tulsa Reunion Plans
  • Various Member Profiles
  • Second Printing of Liberators Form Wendling Announced

August 1987

  • Tulsa Reunion Report
  • Pittsburgh Oct. Reunion announced
  • 2ndADA Norwich Reunion Report
  • Membership Report

November 1987

  • Wendling Restoration Project Report
  • Pittsburgh Reunion Report
  • Cliff Peterson Elected 8th Pres.
  • Various Member Profiles

February 1988

  • Wendling Fund Update
  • Return to Wendling Announced
  • Wendling Memorial contributors
  • Colorado Springs Reunion Plans
  • Various Member Profiles

May 1988

  • Wendling Project news
  • Colorado Springs Reunion Plans
  • Various Member Profiles
  • Wendling Memorial donors

August 1988

  • Wendling Update
  • Wendling Dedication Report
  • Various Member Profiles
  • 2ndADA Reunion Report

November 1988

  • Fort Worth Reunion Plans
  • 8th Des Moines Reunion Report
  • Gilbert's Memorial Fund Report
  • Various Member Profiles

February 1989

  • Fort Worth Reunion Plans
  • Memorial Fund Project Report
  • Wendling Reunion Plans
  • Various Member Profiles

May 1989

  • Wendling Dedication Plans
  • 8th Denver Reunion Plans
  • Wendling Trip Schedule
  • Various Member Profiles

August 1989

  • Fort Worth Reunion Report
  • Wendling Memorial Update
  • Memorials at Dayton AF Museum Park
  • Various Member Profiles

November 1989

  • Wendling Trip Report
  • Memorial at Dayton
  • Wendling Revisited
  • Various Member Profiles

February 1990

  • Orlando Reunion Plans
  • P-Bar Print/History
  • Various Member Profiles
  • Wendling Dedication speech text

May 1990

  • June 6th - D-day
  • D-Day Stories
  • Various Member Profiles

September 1990

  • 8th Las Vegas Reunion Plans
  • 392nd Meets Tom & Jill Scott
  • 2ndADA Reunion at Norwich
  • Orlando Reunion Report
  • Various Member Profiles

December 1990

  • 392nd Stories
  • 8th Las Vegas Reunion Report
  • Wendling Memorial Update
  • Various Member Profiles

February 1991 Soon

  • Birdie Schmidt A/C# 42-50387
  • Crash Sceenes Visited
  • Placque Puzzle @ Madingly
  • Various Member Profiles
  • Col. Rendle No Martinet
  • 392 BGMA Active in Norfolk Libraries

May 1991

  • Searching for 392nd Crusaders
  • 392nd Memorializes stay in England
  • Dog Has Career in WWII AAF
  • Planning Return to England in 1992
  • Planning 1992 Reunion Dearborn, MI

August 1991

  • Dearborn Reunion Reports
  • Two 2nd Gens Attend Reunion
  • 8thAFHS New Orleans Reunion planning
  • Various Member Profiles

November 1991

  • Dye Elected to 8thAFHS BOD
  • Krejci Elected Ex-POW president
  • New Orleans Reunion Report
  • 1992 Wendling reunon ininerary
  • Various Member Profiles
  • Call For Narratives For Hawkins Book.

February 1992

  • 577th A/C# 42-95164 Lady Eve
  • Leadership Qualities of Col. Rendle
  • Ploughshare to Host at June Reunion
  • Wendling Reunion Reg. Form

May 1992

  • Gearing Up for 50th in May 1993
  • Wendling Reunion Reports
  • Letter from Ben About Reunion
  • Friedrichshafen 142 MIA, 65 Survivors
  • 8th Louisville Reunion Plans
  • 2ndADA Las Vegas Reunion Plans

August 1992

  • Norfold Reunion Report
  • Dugan aircraft to Represent Group
  • Alburquerque Reunion Plans
  • Various Member Profiles

November 1992

  • A/C at Willow Run in June 1945
  • Last Landing for Umbriago 42-51126
  • 8th Plans Memorial at Dayton
  • Louisville Reunion Report
  • Polking's Life After Wendling
  • Crusaders Welcome Ben Jone

February 1993

  • Crewman Sports His Ship in a Book
  • Natl Geographic Quotes 392nd Crewman
  • British Friends Send New Year Greetings
  • 1948 Newsletters Discovered

May 1993

  • Crew Served Tea by Villages After Crash
  • Encyclopedia Shows A/C# 42-9835
  • S-2, Brains of Organization
  • General Asks Sgt For Opinion and Gets It
  • 2ndADA Regional Meeting Report
  • Adventures of Birdie Schmidt

August 1993

  • Marsteller Visits Uncle's Crash Site
  • 8th Chicago Reunion Plans
  • 2ndADA Hilton Head Reunion Plans
  • Ferrari Bails Out and Evades to Spain
  • Alburquerque Reunion Report
  • 578th Alfred Crash 4 Jan 1944
  • Heritage League Up and Going

December 1993

  • Birdie Schmidt A/C Will Fly Again
  • 8thAF Savannah Museum
  • Control Tower At Wright On Hold
  • Various Member Profiles

February 1994

  • They Remember Us In East Anglia
  • 2nd ADA Kansas City Reunion Plans
  • Hilton Heasd Reunion Report
  • Safe Harbor In Sweden A/C 42-7502
  • Group 1993 Financial Report
  • Vickers at Eisenhower Library Symposium
  • Pathfinder Roster

May 1994

  • 6 June 1944, D-Day,Three Missions
  • D-Day Roster
  • A/C# 42-7485 Alfred History
  • Last Sheringham crash Member Found
  • Various Member Profiles

August 1994

  • McCormick - Last Casualty
  • Brits Memorialize Fallen Crusaders
  • Sab Diego Reunion plan
  • Gunner Survives 20mm Shell
  • 8th Control Tower Under Construction

November 1994

  • Leadership Changes in the 392ndBGMA
  • Next to Last Mission
  • Pallas Athene - THe GI Jane
  • Crusaders Attened D-Day in Europe
  • Ford's Folly, A/C #42-7466
  • Fire at Norwich 2ndAD Library

February 1995

  • 8th Control Tower Dedication Set
  • Gift Books to Wendling Schools
  • 578th History Captures Moments
  • 2nd AD Lexington Reunion Plans
  • Various Profiles

May 1995

  • VE Day With German Overflight
  • Wendling Book Response
  • Dr. George Barger Named Chaplain
  • Queen Mary brings 14,000 GIs Home
  • Control Tower Dedicatiod

August 1995

  • 392nd & Brits Celebrate Ve Day
  • 1992 Las Vegas Aerial Gunnery School
  • Lexington Reunion Report
  • Dugan's Crew Celebrate 50th

November 1995

  • Orlando 392nd Reunion Report
  • Rescue Ammo Dump Crash 03 Mar 45
  • Anthology Book Submitted
  • Ben Jones Gets Married
  • Meehan Crew Crash In France
  • Charlie Dye Retires As President 8thAFHS

February 1996

  • Pooler Museum to Open 13 May 1996
  • Milwaukee/Orlando Reunion Plans
  • More On Ammo Dump Crash
  • Books Sent to Litcham High School

May 1996

  • YMCA Flying Service A/C
  • George Michel Escapes Internment
  • Richenbacher - USA soldier
  • Various Profiles

August 1996

  • Anthology Goes to Printer
  • Wall of Valor at Museum
  • Orlando Reunion Plans
  • Phyllis Dubios 2ndADA Librarian Resigns
  • Dovey Shot Down Before Mission
  • Heritage Museum Opens

November 1996

  • Orlando Stand Alone Plans
  • Birdie Schmidt Larrick Saluted
  • Liberators from Wendling Completed
  • Marsteller Returns to Germany
  • Delach Pilgrimage to North Sea

February 1997

  • Orlando Reunion Plans
  • Alamogorido Army Base
  • Historical Bits from Wendling area
  • Various Profiles

May 1997

  • Duxford Dedication
  • Orlando Board Meeting
  • Orland Reunion Report/photos
  • Zybort Sees Linda Finch
  • 20th Century Book Index

August 1997

  • Pooler Museum 392nd Memorial
  • Jimmy Stewart/Col Gilbert
  • Sgt Coltran's Chicken
  • Grp Bombardier "Doc" Weiland
  • Minneapolis Reunion Plans
  • Pilotless A/C Lands in Dutch Canal

November 1997

  • Pooler 392nd Memorial Dedication
  • Meneapolis Reunion Report
  • Bill McGuire Fly in B-24

February 1998

  • 20th Centry Anthology
  • B-24 replica at AF Academy requests
  • Emotional Visit to Beeston church
  • General Leon Johnson Died at 93
  • Buttermilk, The Wendling Tower
  • Dedication of 392nd Memorial Pooler Report

May 1998

  • Academy Bronze B-24 Assured
  • Myron Keilman Profile
  • European Memorial to Fallen Crusaders
  • French, Dutch Note Sacrifices
  • Chicago Reunion Plans
  • Report from Denis Duffield
  • War As Seen From The Air
  • Vickers Crew Returns to Accident Scene

August 1998

  • Oak Brook Reunion Report
  • Early Casualties Go Unknown
  • Aerial Photos, Continued
  • Cherry Hill, NJ Reunion Plans

November 1998

  • 2ndAD Austin Reunion Plans
  • B-24 Now at Academy
  • Cherry Hill Reunion Report
  • Howard Ebersole Profile
  • 1944 Mission Strike Photos
  • Extra Bomber Crew Man Was "Listener"
  • Ben Jones Now AF Airman

February 1999

  • Austin Stand-Alone Reunion Plans
  • Florida Chapter Reunion Report
  • Life at Wendling
  • Air Base 1943-1945
  • Remembrance Day at Wendling
  • Wendling Schools Thank Our Support
  • Memorials at Dayton

May 1999

  • Austin Stand-Alone Reunion Plans
  • Funds Needed for Norwich Library
  • Presidential Advisor Guest of 392nd
  • 392nd Inaugurates Own Web Site
  • 392nd Meets Vera Lynn - Again
  • Vera Lynn's Wartime Studio

August 1999

  • 392nd Website Progressing
  • Pooler Sets Oral History Program
  • Bill McGuire Authors Book About Father
  • Vets, 2nd, 3rd Gens Find Website
  • Letter from Beeston Schools
  • 8thAFHS Savannah Reunion Plans
  • Austin Stand-Alone Reunion Report

December 1999

  • Youth Infusion at Savannah Reunion
  • Savannah Reunion Reports
  • Life and Death of a B-24
  • Remembrance Day: Yanks There

February 2000

  • Queen Awards OBE to Jill Scott
  • Memorial Trust Libratian Report
  • News Hears Form Many Friends
  • Charles (Penuts) Schulz Retires

May 2000

  • How the 392nd Website Was Born
  • Website Reunites Crew
  • Tampa Reunion Plans

August 2000

  • Tampa Reunion Report
  • Memorial Gifts from Downed Crewman
  • Luc Dewez Sends Greatings
  • 8thAFHS Salt Lake City Reunion Plans

November 2000

  • MMF Presents Exibits to Hill AFB
  • Salt Lake City Reunion Reports
  • J. Fred Thomas Visits Pacific Theater
  • Vickers Named to Duxford board
  • 392nd Gets Major Reed Collection

February 2001

  • Ernie Barber Hangs It Up
  • Detroit TV - Radio Icon Is Crusader
  • By-law Changes Proposed At Irvine
  • Christmas Greeting From 392nd Friends

May 2001

  • June 6th = D-Day
  • 392nd Website a Favorite
  • Wendling Bar Room Verses Resurface

August 2001

  • 147 finished Tours Before D-Day
  • Conrad Compliles Squadron Records
  • More About Early Finishers
  • 2ndAD Meets In Norwich Plans
  • Carnine 1st Crew to Finish

November 2001

  • Sept 11, 2001: Deja vu
  • Armancon bombs on Target 08/11/1944
  • One Man's Shining Hour
  • Old Soldiers Never Die, Just Fade Away

February 2002

  • Irvin Reunion Report
  • 2ndADA Norwich Report

May 2002

  • Chapel Dedicated at 8th Museum
  • B-24 Restoration at Duxford
  • Ben Jones a USA Citizen

August 2002

  • Squdrn CO's Commendation for Egan Crew
  • Duxford B-24 Dedication Sept 37
  • 2nd AD Memorial Trust
  • 2ADA Baltimore/8th Norfolk Plans

November 2002

  • B-24 Dedicated at Duzford
  • Baltimore Reunion Report
  • 8th Awards at Norfolk Banquet
  • 392nd Considering Stand-Alone
  • Al Enlow Second Chance

February 2003

  • Footprints of Goodwill
  • Once Enemies, Now Friends
  • Beeston/Scarning Schools Honor 392nd
  • Pilot Relates Col. Rendle's Leadership

March 2003

  • Chicago Stand-Alone/2ndAD Plans
  • 8th Colorado Spring Reunion Plans

August 2003

  • Groups 2nd CO Johnson Killed
  • 392nd By-law Changes
  • Chicago Stand-alone Report
  • A Visit With Pat McCarthy
  • Birdie Schmidt to Preform
  • 8th Colorado Spings Plans

December 2003

  • Birdie Stars in 8th Reunion
  • December 7, 1941 Not Forgotton
  • Army Retires John Gilbert
  • Colorado Springs Reunon Report
  • Offical Challenge Coin
  • Tragic loss of Schoolmaster

February 2004

  • Gotha: Presidential Citation
  • Facts About Atlantic Air Routes
  • 75 Missions Without Abort
  • Bob Tays - Surviving WWII

May 2004

  • Crusaders Recall D-Day
  • Crusaders That Flew D-Day
  • Lead Navigator D-Day Log
  • Son posts Thoughts on Website
  • Medical Officer Ellison Report

August 2004

  • Tison/Bonnassiolle Find Records
  • J. Fred and Jane Russell
  • Philadelphis Reunion Report
  • 8th Kansas City Plans

December 2004

  • 392nd half KIAs Buried in Europe
  • 392nd "Fighting Sam" planned Museum
  • Kansas City Reunion Report
  • Dye Leadership Awarded by 8th
  • Heartfelt Letter from England

February 2005

  • Dutch People Remember and Honor
  • Battle Damage Photos
  • 2ndAD San Antonio Plans
  • Ebay Purle Heart

May 2005 Never Published

August 2005

  • Dutch Re-Enact Walker Crash
  • Lingle Family to Holland For Reinactment
  • "Fightin Sam" Fund Drive
  • Pres. Bush Visits Netherlands Cemetery
  • 8th Arlington Reunion Plans

November 2005

  • Amendment to By-Laws
  • Assoc Looks to 2nd Gens
  • Arlington Reunion Report
  • 8th Eaker Reward

February 2006

  • Not All Losses From Combate
  • Alamogordo Accident
  • Everhart Crew 22 Apr 44 Hamm Mission
  • Falls Church VA Reunion Plans
  • French Villagers Remember McKee Crew

May 2006

  • First Combat Losses: 4 Oct 43
  • Things We Carried
  • Website Updates
  • "Limey Kid" Remembers USA
  • Target: Frisian Islands 4 Oct 43
  • Veteran Recalls Early Days

August 2006

  • Barfield's A/C Photos
  • Bossier City/Falls Church Plans
  • 16 Jan 45 - No Wendling A/C Recovered
  • Last Squadrn to Leave US Crashes
  • Barfield A/C Photos
  • Alamogordo Crash 29 June 1943

November 2006

  • Six 2nd Gens Elected to Board
  • 2006 Reunion Reports
  • Kalamazoo Reunion Plans
  • Oak Mackey Elected 2ndADA President
  • Flight Line Fire 4-Dec-44
  • Wendling Memorial Articles
  • Ode to Jack Bode

February 2007

  • Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids Plans
  • Dye and Barber Faithful Rewards
  • 392nd Supports Rhine Crossing

May 2007

  • 392nd Best in 2AD Say Gen. Hodges
  • Accounts of 5 Dec 1943 Fire
  • Kalamazoo Reunion Plans
  • Ground Crews Listed on Website

August 2007

  • 392nd Rally to Sustain Memorial
  • Kalamazoo Reunion Report
  • Crashed B-25 Leads to Loncke Marriage
  • Michel Tells WWII Experiences
  • John Gilbert Appointed Representive

November 2007

  • Remembrance Day at Wendling
  • Memorial Challenge Met.
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Trolly Missions
  • Topeka Crash Takes 5 Lives

March 2008

  • Retiremenr of Two NEWS Mainstays
  • 392nd Wreck Found in North Sea
  • March Madness at Wendling
  • Savannah Reunion Information
  • 465th Sub Depot Outstanding Work

June 2008

  • Capt Emmett Fore: Crusader & Olympian
  • Memorials In Norfolk to The 392nd BG
  • 1287th Military Police
  • Ernie Barber: 1921-2008
  • D-Day From Two Perspectives

September 2008

  • Savannah Reunion Photos
  • Stories from the Reunion
  • 8th AF War Bond Drive
  • Wanted: Best Looking Girl

December 2008

  • Missions: Kiel and Bingen
  • Mail Call
  • Football, American Style
  • Transfers to The Infantry
  • Winters in Wendling
  • Red Cross Aeroclub
  • Battle of The Bulge
  • Back in 1944: 10th S.C.Sqdrn

March 2009

  • Two Crews After Friedrichshafen
  • The Patriot Guard
  • Ground Crew Deaths
  • Do You ReMember
  • Air Raid!
  • Tributes to Fallen Crusaders
  • Close Call At Station 118

June 2009

  • 392nd Loses Col Gilbert, Birdie
  • Cincinnati Reunion Info
  • Service of Remembrance in England
  • From The Histories

September 2009

  • Cincinnati Reunion Photo/Stories
  • A Thank You From Greg Hatton
  • Eulogy of Lawrence Gilbert
  • A Unique Connection
  • 10th SCS: First at Wendling
  • Fate of The Ellis Crew
  • Mission to Kassel
  • A "Dry Land" Ditching
  • Evelyn Cohen, One of A Kind!

December 2009

  • Prepare to Ditch!
  • 1944 ARC Christmas Party For Kids
  • Cpl Richard G. Merchant
  • Gunnery Training at Wendling
  • Rah, Rah, Rah!!
  • Ditching Procedures

March 2010

  • Detroit Reunion Info
  • Unoffical Tuson Reunion Info
  • A Last Salute to Bob Vickers
  • Crusader Emblem Lives On
  • 465th Sub Depot, January 1945
  • Air-Sea Rescue

June 2010

  • New Memorials in England
  • Missions and Medevacs
  • T/Sgt Norman J. Lancy
  • New Orleans 2nd AD Reunion Info

September 2010

  • Detroit Reunion Photos
  • Stories From the Reunion
  • 392nd KIA Interred In CA
  • The Early Missions

December 2010

  • VIPs Visit in Fall of 1944
  • Major Glenn Miller
  • Sgt Chiodo Interred In Ohio
  • 31 December 1944 by Dick Esenwein
  • The Crusaders Dance Band
  • Remembrance Sunday - November 14th
  • Father Robert Martin’s Prayer
  • How Cold Was It? - 1944-45 Winter
  • 2ADA News

March 2011

  • Gotha
  • Beyond Courage
  • Stalag Luft 17b
  • War Prisoners' Aid of the YMCA
  • The POW Experience
  • The Last 392nd POWS
  • POW Question for Emily Post
  • Goar Recently Honored

June 2011

  • Going Home
  • St Louis Reunion Info
  • 578th Tail Gunner Interred
  • War Brides

September 2011

  • Missions to Norway
  • The Other Airmen
  • Perpetuating the Legacy
  • New Tax Status Approved!

December 2011

  • 392nd Meets In St. Louis
  • Bishop Crew Laid to Rest
  • Overseas Allies
  • 392nd Burials at Jefferson Barracks
  • The Eggleston Crew
  • St. Louis Reunion Photos

March 2012

  • Anatomy of a Mission - Part 1
  • Happy BirthDay, 8th Air Force!
  • Mission to Dortmund
  • Bombs and Bullets
  • Inventing the Radio Bomb Release

June 2012

  • Anatomy of a Mission - Part 2
  • Chicago Reunion Info
  • Ball Turret Gunners: An Elite Group
  • 392nd Casualties during Assembly

September 2012

  • Anatomy of A Mission - Part 3
  • 2ADA Folds
  • Gunner Claims
  • Chicago Reunion Photos

December 2012

  • Anatomy of a Mission - Part 4
  • The 392nd BG is ReMembered
  • A Christmas Story
  • 465th Sub Depot
  • A Hung-up Bomb

March 2013

  • Battling the Weather
  • Savannah Reunion Info
  • Updates From England
  • An Almost Routine Mission
  • Bail Out and Barbed Wire

June 2013

  • Breakout At ST. LO-Periers
  • A Heroic Engineer
  • Bikes and Pubs
  • Marshall & Kiger: Missing No More

September 2013

  • Savannah Reunion Report and Photos
  • USA, UK Flags Raised at Memorial
  • Oberpfaffenhofen: 21 July 1944
  • Amish Airman: S/Sgt Harvey J. Byler

December 2013

  • Personal Awards
  • A Veterans Day Tribute
  • Updates from England

March 2014

  • Aircraft Accidents
  • A Job Well Done
  • POW Book Reviews by Greg Hatton

June 2014

  • The Last Missions
  • A Tribute on Hallowed Ground
  • Dugan, Then and Now
  • Nashville Reunion Information

September 2014

  • Friedrichshafen - 18 Mar 1944
  • Switzerland - 18 Mar 1944
  • 70 Years Later

December 2014

  • Nashville Reunion Report
  • Berlin: 29 April 1944
  • A Tribute to John Gilbert
  • Nashville Reunion Photos

March 2015

  • Politz: 29 May 1944
  • Omaha Reunion Information
  • Remembrance Day 2014

June 2015

  • Cause and Effect - 8thAF Story
  • Memorial Day at Cambridge Cemetery
  • Salute the Ground Man!

September 2015

  • T/Sgt Ward Sackal Honored in France
  • Updates from England
  • From the Files: The Early Days
  • Early History of the 392nd BG

December 2015

  • Omaha Reunion Report and Photos
  • The Duffields’ Enduring Legacy
  • I ReMember by Aubrey Burke
  • Red Cross Aero Club
  • Col Irvine Rendle: The First Commander

March 2016

  • E Bar, E for Easy
  • Pres. Goar Receives Indiana Honor
  • France Honors 579th Sqdn Airman
  • Col Lorin Johnson: Second Commander
  • St Louis Reunion Information

June 2016

  • The Hurley Brothers
  • www.b24.net Update
  • Col Lawrence Gilbert: Last Commander
  • Crewdog: A Saga of a Young American

September 2016

  • Crewdog, part 2
  • I’m Finished! - Donald Cummings
  • The Rest of the Story - S/Sgt Berry
  • The 392nd BG Memorial

December 2016

  • ST Louis Reunion Report & Photos
  • Bequest in Memory of Bill Cetin
  • Website Update
  • A Wendling Story

March 2017

  • Farewell to Jim Goar
  • New Orleans Reunion Information
  • The Yanks go back home
  • Jim Goar’s Photo Album
  • Onion Bombs

June 2017

  • D-DAY - 6 June 1944
  • The Reunion Economy Plan
  • The 100th Mission Party

September 2017

  • 200th Mission
  • Website New Material List
  • 8AF Casualty Analysis
  • 8th AF War Bond Drive

December 2017

  • Wendling Reunion 2018 Details
  • Updates from England
  • New Orleans Reunion Report
  • NOLA Reunion Photos