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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A GOOD DAY TO RIDE
 
"Tis still Winter here on the Coast,
And the morning air is cool.
I've had my coffee and toast,
And don't have to teach in school!
 
What is an old fella' to do today?
I know what I'd like to do!
I'll just come right out and say
I'd like to take a cycle ride with you!
 
If I had a Triumph or Gold Wing,
I'd crank her up right away
Just to hear her engine sing;
And I'd take a ride today!
 
Down along the Gulf of Mexico,
Where the white caps are showing;
That's where we'd surely go,
Even though the wind is a blowin'!
 
Put a thermos of hot coffee in the bag,
Even a sandwich or two;
Passing a Porsche and a Jag;
Just the two of us; me and you!
 
Good days are made to ride,
For myself and my bride;
Just watch the miles fly by,
With the sun up in the sky!
 
My bride is seventy, and I am seventy-four.
We'd rather ride the cycle together;
Than to have a Vette with four on the floor;
Even in this Winter's cooler weather!
 
Dreams can sometimes come true,
If memories are allowed to rise
From their hiding places with you,
'Specially if no clouds are in the skies!
 
So come along with me,
And riding we will go;
Not along the shore of the sea,
But along the Gulf of Mexico!
 
Just the two of us together,
Like we used to be;
Riding in Winter's cooler weather,
With all the sights to see!
 
To all the cyclists before me today,
Talking man to man;
If you'd like to ride along the way,
Right now just raise yo' hand!
 
Sure is fun to fly a plane,
Or ride a cycle in the rain;
But even more fun
To make a run
In cool weather,
Or in the sun
Along the Mississippi Coast
After having your coffee
and your toast!
 
When you men grow old as me,
Don't give up cycle ridin"
Along the Coast or the sea;
And never. ever, go into hidin';
For that a pity would be.
Just crank up your bike,
And ride along with me!
 
If you look around
You'll find an old grey-haired man,
Ridin' a ghostly Triumph or Honda
Somewhere in the wild blue yonder!
 
Or if you pass the graveyard in Vancleave,
Early in the cool of morning or eve;
Listen as you go by and you may hear
The sound of Caffey's cycle in your ear!
 
And if that sound is the purrin' of a Honda,
He's crankin' it to ride up yonder;
Where the sun never sets and it's never cool,
And where an old rider is not an old fool!
 
Youthful days are soon set aside,
When the bikes have all gone to rust;
And the cyclist's have no wheels to ride,
And their youthful bodies now turned to dust!
 
So this sad tale must now end,
Lest, boring, leaves no friend;
I'll have another coffee and toast,
And leave tire marks all along the Coast!
 
by C. Douglas Caffey
 
 
Addenda: This poem was written about a month before Caffey bought a new motorcycle,
and now (2001) he can indeed go ridin' along the Gulf of Mexico, but not with his bride, for she just had
open heart surgery, a triple by-pass with a Pace-Maker.  We lived on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and
Caffey rode a motorcycle until he was seventy-nine years old.  At this writing he is eighty-one and his bride
is seventy-seven.  But we have had loads of fun riding cycles in the snow and in the sun.  Not kidding 'bout
the snow, for one day, high in the Continental Divide, near Denver (where we then lived) it began to snow
hard , and before we got down from the high country, snow was eight inches deep.  If you've never ridden a
cycle in fresh-fallen snow there's no way I can describe it to you...except it was fun, and ridin' in hail is just about
as much fun...we did that too in the Rocky Mountains one day until we found an old open barn where four sets
of husbands and wives found refuge until the hail stopped!  Those were the days, not of wine and roses, but of cycle-ridin' !

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