Z SQUARE 7, A B-29 TRUE STORY

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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
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 and "November 2, 1944"
Some Pictures of World War 2
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Pages Introduction
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Crew Index
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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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Ivan Fail

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B-17, Flying Fortress aka "The Queen!"

Tribute to the Queen

 

 

From Guadalcanal and the Phillipines at the start of WW2

 

     to the hostile skies of Europe, thru miles of flak she flew.

 

At home at thirty thousand, majestic as a Queen,

 

     a silver bird flown by men, many in their teens.

 

She carried war to the tyrants lair, to keep all nations free;

 

     she flew thru flak and flame, as far as eye could see.

 

She slugged it out with Hitler’s best, brought her dead and wounded home.

 

     Damaged and with engines out, it was often times alone.

 

Born of war but seeking peace, she carried valiant men

 

     into the very jaws of death, and brought them home again.

 

Berlin, Frankfurt and countless others, courageous daylight raids,

 

      and only God in Heaven knows the awesome price she paid.

 

She met death at 30,000, or on a tree top run.

 

     A victim of ack-ack shell or Luftwaffe fighters gun.

 

Like all the men who flew her, for peace and hope she yearned.

 

     But too often mission boards would read, “Failure to Return.”

 

Often plane and crew went down in a hostile place.

 

     Others were missing in action and lost without a trace.

 

Her era’s in the past but the history that she’s made

 

     must always be remembered and never be betrayed.

 

Generations have come and gone; enjoyed their hopes and dreams,

 

     yet never paused in gratitude to this aging Silver Queen.

 

And the men who flew her, Heroes everyone,

 

     Who stood between our nations shores and the tyrants mighty guns.

 

Yes, she’s tired and weary, a little aged and worn,

 

      but she fought and bought their freedom, before most of them were born.

 

And we who still remember Tojo and Hitler’s dreams

 

     Stand a little prouder…..

                                                   In the presence of the Queen.

 

 

Ivan Fail

 

 

Subject: Poem "Tribute to the Queen" at Oshkosh EAA
 
Dear Mr. Fail, 
I have just returned from Oshkosh and the EAA air show. My husband and I stood with tears rolling down our faces as we heard your poem. My father-in-law flew B 17’s for a number of years, and he loved the plane. He passed away 20 years ago and it still hurts. When Taps was played during the missing man formation, we found it hard to even breathe.
Thank you for the poem and for your service to our country. I hope future generations never forget.
Kathleen Mattison

 
I composed "Tribute to the Queen" on a page torn out of the tower log at the federal prison facility where I was on duty when the B-17, Flying Fortress "The Sentimental Journey" flew over. Tennessee Ernie Ford read it over the PA during the "fly over" at Harlingin that year and Charlton Heston allegedly bought a copy of it.
 
Paul Davies and Bill Hane gave me a ride on the plane over Kansas City the next year. It is read at the Oskosh, Wisconsin airshow during the Fortress "fly over" and I guess that has happened every year since I composed it in 1985.
 
At the last airshow in Oshkosh, a good friend and former Dianne Sawyer and NBC Dateline investigative reporter attended and heard it. It was a surprise to her to hear my name credited as the author because she didn't know that it existed or that I had composed it.
 
Since I have "put one over on her" on several ocassions when we were working on a story, I was amused and gratified that I succeeded in doing that again in a quite novel way, and through no effort on my part. 
 
 Hope you enjoy it.
 
Ivan L. Fail
 

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