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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C. Douglas Caffey

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                                  MEMORIAL DAY
 
Like all other mornings, this old veteran of WWII, attached and raised the Stars and Stripes in his backyard in the City of Albuquerque.  It is prominently displayed for all who drive the Ventana West Parkway between the streets of Paseo Del Norte and Irving.  A simple setting; just an old man in his eighties and a new American Flag raised on a new flag pole.  The old man has an affinity for the flag of his country, for he is an American, remembering the patriotism of past wars and past years, when so many Americans had the courage and joy of flying Old Glory.  What has happened in the country of our birth, for today, so few flags are seen flying in the breeze.  It is almost as if we have forgotten the love of country and the Freedom which we are enjoying and have enjoyed through the decades. You will note that I spell Freedom with a capital "F", always a capital "F" whenever I write that precious word, even in a simple note to a friend.
 
Today we remember the men and women who fought for Freedom in World War Two who never lived to return to the country of their birth, not only WWII but WWI, Korea, Viet Nam, the Gulf Wars, including the war against Iraq and Afghanistan.  If they had lived it is my earnest belief that each would be flying the Stars and Stripes today.  I am remembering my first friend to die in WWII.  He is Emmit Bagwell, of the Army Air Corp, flight engineer and gunner on a B-24 bomber of the 8th AF, flying out of a crude field in England to bomb the Germans in France and beyond.  He and all his flying companions on his four engined B-24 were blown to pieces when the ship exploded with its full load of 500 pound bombs.  There wasn't enough left of them to send back home, and they cannot fly the American Flag, but in their day they saluted the Flag and stood at attention whenever the Flag passed by.  Had they lived to return, you can bet they would be flying Old Glory today.
 
When the USS Indianapolis made that record run from California to Tinian to deliver the trigger mechanism for the two atomic bombs which the 509th Composite Bomb Group dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there were 1098 officers and men aboard that great ship.  Upon leaving Tinian, she set sail for Guam, but never reached Guam for a Japanese submarine fired a torpedo into her hull, sinking her in just fourteen minutes.  During that ordeal the Navy never knew she had been hit so those who were still alive of the crew were alone on the Wide Pacific Ocean to fend for themselves.  They were accompanied by many sharks, and the final count of survivors days later showed 300 officers and men survived.  For the most part, the sharks ate 800 officers and men.  I do not know their names, but you can bet that they would be flying Old Glory today, had they lived to enjoy the Freedom for which they fought.
 
The writer was an airman in the Old Army Air Corps, but my heroes are the Marines who took that sulphur Island, known as Iwo Jima in 1945.  Seven thousand Marines died there on those black sands which their blood turned red and 13,000 were wounded.  The B-29's returning from bombing Japan had a place to land their crippled planes on the air strip laid out on Iwo Jima, thanks to the brave efforts of the Marines, many of whom never returned to loved one in the USA.  Had they returned, they would be flying Old Glory, for as long as they lived!  You can count of that!  They knew all about Freedom, honor, and country.  It is said that soldiers know how to fight, but Marines know how to die!  You will also note that when this writer writes the word "Marines" it is always with a capital "M", for that's how I feel toward Marines.  When having an appointment at the VA Facility here in Albuquerque, or in any other city, I always stop in the hallways to salute Marines.  Many of them are much younger than I, nevertheless, they receive my salute.  Then I tell them of Iwo Jima and how the Marines fought and died there for that precious commodity called Freedom.
 
There is a Marine, S/Sgt. Mark Graunke, of Dallas, Texas, who lost an arm, a leg, and an eye in Fallujah, Iraq fighting for their Freedom.  I do not know Mark, however, I have his name and the fact of his great loss taped to my computer so that I am constantly reminded of the cost of Freedom.  Freedom has never been free and never shall be.  The cost is shared by few men and women so that the many may enjoy the fruits of Freedom.  I bet Mark Graunke is flying the American Flag today.  I feel that deep down in my heart.  I feel something else deep down in my heart today, and that is the love I have for my country, in spite of her short comings, and her sins against Almighty God.
 
One of my good friends, Giff Ormes, who spent over twenty years in the USAF during several wars, told me this week that in their new development on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi that the covenants speaks of "no flags".  He flies one anyway, and so would I.  It's my right as an American citizen.
 
So, today is Memorial Day in our land.  I  shall sit on the patio and view the flag at half-mast, in memory of those who gave their lives for the Freedom which I enjoy.  Pull up a chair and join me!
 
With Patriotism,
 
C. Douglas Caffey

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