Z SQUARE 7, A B-29 TRUE STORY

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The Z Square 7 Crew
Z Square 7 Crew Families
Z Square 7 Crew Cemeteries.
Missing Air Crew Report
Z Square 7 Crew Military Funeral
Memorial Lt Eugene M. Thomas Jr (Marion, Al)
Memorial Lt Francis X. Glacken (Cambridge, MA)
Memorial Lt Norman B. Bassett (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
Marcia Bassett McGrattan
Memorial Sgt George P. Demers (Lynn, MA)
Memorial Sgt George P. Demers (Lynn, MA)
Peter & Lillian Demers/Charlotte (Demers) Fiasconaro
Memorial Sgt Louis A. Dorio (Clarksville, VA)
HIRE OUR VETERANS!
POW-MIA-KIA Ceremony
500th Bomb Group, 73rd Wing Honor Roll
Bill Mauldin With Willie And Joe
Father John McBride
S/Sgt Kenneth O. Eslick with Photo Album
Sgt Jesse S. Klein. 41-13180
Frank Farr & Merseburg, Germany
"Lili Marlene" The Song!
"Lili Marlene" The B-17
"Lily Marlene" The B-24
"Lili Marlene" The B-24
Ivan Fail Introduction and "Long Before The Guns And Tanks."
Ivan Fail's "Tribute to the Queen"
American Battle Monuments Commission - Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission - Memorials
NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
THE MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL (IWO JIMA )
KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
M/Sgt Roy P. Benavidez, Vietnam Medal Of Honor
Frank Farr Poetry "November 2, 1944", "Old Men And The War", " Merseburg"
Some Pictures of World War 2
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Pages Introduction
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Crew Index
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page 1
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Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B29 Superfortress
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B26 Marauder
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B25 Mitchell
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B24 Liberator
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - B17 Flying Fortress
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - C87 Liberator Express
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - PBM-5 Mariner
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - A20 Havoc Attack Bomber
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - C47 Transport
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - P61 Black Widow
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Page - A26 Invader
GIVE OUR VETERANS JOBS!!
Ivan Fail's "The Tuskegee Airmen"
Airmen Medal Of Honor Memorial
Memorial Page #1
Memorial Page #2
Memorial Page #3
Memorial Page #4
Memorial Page #5
Memorial Page #6
The Navajo Code Talkers & Native American Medals Of Honor
Ivan Fail's "D Day, The Normandy Invasion"
B-29 Crew Positions & Specifications
About The Book
C. Clayton Thompson Bookseller
Ivan Fail's "When The Mustangs Came"
Contacts
Ivan Fail "The Eighteen Wheeler's Hymn"
Awards
Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building with photo album
Ivan Fail's "Against All Odds - Mission Complete"
Ford Tolbert by Sallyann
Ford Tolbert Pictures
A Tribute to Lt Raymond "Hap" Halloran
Lt Raymond "Hap" Halloran
Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, USMC, The Black Sheep Squadron
Lt Halloran Eulogy for Colonel Boyington
Omori POW Camp
Ivan Fail's "A Salute To Lt. Holguin"/ "Shoo Shoo Baby"
Great Bend, Kansas B-29 Memorial
General Lemay's biography including a B-29 nose art photo album
THE GENERAL AND MRS CURTIS LEMAY FOUNDATION
March 9 and 10, 1945 Over Tokyo
Lt "Hap" Halloran on March 10, 1945
General Earl Johnson
General Earl Johnson Biography
313th Bomb Wing Mining Missions
Lt Robert Copeland, copilot, Z Square 8
Pyote Bomber Base With A Photo Album
History of "Diamond Lil" With A Photo Album
History of "FIFI" With A Photo Album
"Hap" Halloran induction Combat Airman Hall of Fame
Blackie Blackburn with a photo album
Hap's Memorable Flight On FIFI
C. Douglas Caffey, A WW2 Veteran, Book Of Poetry
C. Douglas Caffey Collection Of Poetry
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C. Douglas Caffey on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
C. Douglas Caffey With More on PTSD
C. Douglas Caffey Memorial Day Flying The Flag
C. Douglas Caffey Saying Goodbye To America
OUR VETERANS NEED WORK!
Pearl Harbor with Photo Album
The Pacific Theater
Battle of Saipan, Mariana Islands
Saipan Medals of Honor
Battle of Tinian, Mariana Islands
Tinian Medals of Honor
Battle of Guam, Mariana Islands
Guam Medals of Honor
Battle of Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima Medals of Honor
Cpl Ira Hayes, USMC
Battle of Okinawa
Okinawa Medals of Honor
Japanese Surrender
Navy Ships At Surrender Ceremonies
Ivan Fail's "The Saga Of The Superfortress"
Ivan Fail's "The Silent Sentries"
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The Purple Heart

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The Purple Heart

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1/Lt Eugene M. Thomas, Jr., Pilot

Lt Thomas was born July 11, 1918 in Prattville, Al. He married Margaret Lee of Gadsden, Al, the daughter of a long time Alabama State Senator. Lt Thomas was about 5 feet 8 inches tall, slender with blond hair, He was known for his clever and outgoing personality. He left his pre-medicine classes at the University of Alabama in July 1941 for officer training in the Army Air Corps. His only child, Eugene Marvin Thomas III, was born on June 15, 1945 about 3 weeks after Lt Thomas was killed.

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2/Lt Francis X. Glacken

Lt Glacken was born on March 2, 1920 in Cambridge, Ma. A tall, handsome six-foot-three giant, he became park supervisor working with the neighborhood kids to help pay his college tuition. He went to Holy Cross where he was a math major, a football great and a good bridge player, graduating in 1941. He answered the Army Air Corps call for pilots in 1942. Lt Glacken's plane was shot down on his wife's birthday, May 24th 1945. They had two daughters, Barbara and Cynthia.

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2/Lt Norman B. Bassett, Navigator

Lt Bassett was born on May 6, 1922 in Buffalo, NY. With his father and uncle being Enginneering graduates at Cornell University, Lt Bassett was following in their footsteps. He joined the Army Air Corps in February 1943. He was 5 feet-10 inches and a very patriotic man. He was sociable, fun-loving and very handsome, some say "a real ladies man." Lt Bassett was destined to become the CEO of the Buffalo Meter Company, a thriving business his grandfather had founded. The death of Lt Bassett was a life-altering event for the Bassett Family from which they never recovered. "Things would have been so different if Norman had lived," was sadly spoken by a family member.

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M/Sgt Richard C. Armstrong, Central Fire Control

M/Sgt Armstrong joined the Army Air Corps April 18, 1939 at Kelly Field and spent varying amounts of time at Brooks Field and Lubbock Airfield. It was at Bryan Army Air Field that he was reclassified from a Photo Lab Technician to an Aviation Cadet. When the Government discontinued that program he went to Lowry for Gunner Training. At only 23 years old, he was considered to be one of the youngest Master Sergeants in the Army Air Corps. M/Sgt Armstrong and his wife had two children, a daughter and a son.

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S/Sgt Sam H. Bradford, Flight Engineer

Sgt Bradford was born September 8, 1913 in Albany, Texas. Sam worked with his father on the farm until 1940 when he joined the Army Air Corps. His friends will long remember his ready smile and sincere Christian life. Sam could have been an instructor close to his home but turned down this assignment for war duty. He felt very strongly that war duty was something he had to do. Sam's brother, Calvin, works the farm now.

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Sgt George P. Demers, Right Gunner

Sgt Demers was born on February 22, 1924 in Lynn, Ma. He was five-feet-seven, brown hair and blue eyes. George was an honor roll student and lettered in football and track. He loved to sing, played the guitar and the piano. George was the only child and was exempt from military service but he begged his parents to sign for him. George enlisted in the Army Air Corps on August 9, 1943. He entered the Army Specialized Training Program at Davidson College. When the training program was cancelled by the Government George went to Gunnery Training.  His mother died from the only thing the doctors could diagnose ....a broken heart.

George Demers was my stepbrother!

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The Silver Star

Click on the Silver Star for a photo of "Pluto!"
 
Lt. Thomas was awarded the Silver Star for "bravery in action" while copiloting a B-24, "Pluto", with the 98th Bomb Group in North Africa.

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1/Lt Robert G. Phillips, Bombardier

Standing with Lt Phillips are Ted Arnold & his sister, Cathy. They are stepchildren of Lt. Phillips.

Lt Phillips was born on December 26, 1924.  He graduated from Antioch Township High School, which is located in Antioch, Illinois a far north suburb of Chicago. He lettered in golf and football. Bob was six feet-one and weighed 183 pounds. On May 10, 1943 and 18 years old he was inducted into the Army Air Corps. He was selected for training as a Bombardier. Lt Phillips suffered severely from PTSD after surviving the Japanese POW camps and being the only survivor of his B-29 crew. His family lived for many years in the Antioch, Illinois area before moving to various parts of Arizona. Lt Phillips died in Tempe, Az on March 6, 1970. He was 45 years old.

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T/Sgt Bishop K. Mitchell, Jr, Radio Operator

Sgt Mitchell grew up in Lubbock, Texas graduating from Lubbock High School in 1937. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940. His older brother joined the Navy about the same time as Sgt Mitchell began his military career in the Caribbean. He was stationed at Alamagorda, New Mexico and Nebraska before shipping to Saipan. His closest family now are two nieces who still live in Texas.

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Sgt Louis A. Dorio, Tailgunner

Sgt Dorio was born on April 19, 1922 in White Plains, NY. He was the fourth of nine children born to parents who were immigrants from Italy. Two of his brothers, James and Michael, served in the US Navy, one brother, Anthony, in the US Army, and the youngest brother, Alfonso, being too young to enlist, served in the Civil Air Patrol. His mother, a widow, with young children to raise, struggled to keep the family going.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1/Lt William H. Hain, Radar Operator

Lt Hain was born about 1919 in Edgewood, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania which is near Pittsburgh. He enlisted in Army Air Corps on January 19, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pa. which may have been after graduating from college. His sister, Isabel, was employed by The National Tube Company for many years. This company was a subsidiary of U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh. A person with this company, who knew Isabel Hain, believed the family may have moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area.
 
 
 
 

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Sgt John F. Slater, Left Gunner

Sgt Slater was born in 1920 in Michigan. Records indicate his residence was Hinds County, Mississippi which is in the Jackson, Ms area when he enlisted In the Army Air Corps on November 6, 1942. His first station was Camp Shelby, Ms. Records also indicate Next of Kin addresses for his mother, Belie in St. Louis, Mo and wife, Norma J., in Shawnee, Ok.

Research is being conducted to locate the families of Lt. William Hain and Sgt John Slater. If you can help with this research please email flgrube1@aol.com.  .
 

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The Purple Heart

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The Purple Heart

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