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My Dad was Don P Baker - flew with all the brave men of the 43rd and as "Ken's Men". He worked tirelessly to help with the reunions after he got over his fear of flying! His return trip to the mainland was so frightening he told God he'd never go more than 20' off the ground if he made it. lol

But he did, and was a big part of their revitalized reunions - died August 18, 1995; lived to see all the 50th anniversary TV shows and to talk to some of his remaining flight buddies. God bless my Daddy and all those who served with him in the 43rd.


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My dad John Parrish was a pilot with Bancroft and served with 43rd bg and 63rd sq. I was at the Dayton reunion. Am I a member. I am in Tokyo and started thinking of WWii.

Added: August 10, 2015
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Hello,

I am trying to make contact with Alan Matisoff, the son of the 64th Squadron nose gunner S/Sgt Jack Matisoff. I would like to learn more about Sgt. Matisoff's service with the 64th as well as the story of Sgt. Delray echo-Hawk.

Thank you,

Edward Rogers
Edward Rogers


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"Arthur Mulligan celebrates his 100th Birthday on June 26, 2015 with family and friends. Arthur was a longtime resident of Rosendale and Kingston before retiring to Delray Beach, Florida. He owned and operated Arthur F Mulligan Inc located in Tillson and also served as Mayor, Police Chief and Fire Chief of Rosendale while a resident. He is the oldest surviving World War II member of the 64th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group known as "Kens Men" flying as a B-24 pilot in the Pacific Theatre. He was recently honored by the members of the Tillson American Legion Post 1219, and the State and National Commander of the American Legion for his 70 years as a member."

Added: June 22, 2015
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My great uncle (Robert Varner) and his fellow crew members were apart of the 43rd. They did not return from a bombing raid on April 28, 1945. He is memorialized with a grave marker in the Punch Bowl in Honolulu. I would love to share his photo with you all.

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Just checking back in. My uncle SSG Henry(Billy) Bowen was a tailgunner. He was killed on 8Jan1943 when B-17 41-9234 piloted by 2nd Lt. Ray Dau and Co-piloted by 2nd Lt. Donald Hoggan was shot down while bombing a Japanese convoy in the Bismarck Sea. Also lost on the raid was ball turret gunner Sgt. Robert Albright. The rest of the crew were 2nd Lt. Albert "Bud" Cole bombadier, 2nd Lt. Peter Hudec navigator, SSG Lloyd Dumond engineer, Sgt. Francis Caldwell waist gunner, Sgt. Henry Blasco waist gunner. Sgt. Francis caldwell was lost later that year when the B-17 was shot down in the Phillipines and went down in the Ocean he was never recovered and is remembered on the tablets of the missing at the Manilla American Cemetery.

Added: April 25, 2015
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My Dad Paul Roland Seymour was a Veteran of World War2,servingin the19th and43rd Bomb Groups in the
5th Air Force in the Southwest Pacific from February 1942- November 1945. Dad arrived here
in Brisbane aboard the Troop Ship Bliss. I have found Dad's journal that he wrote while on this ship. I have typed it out word for word. I have included some photos. Dad was an aerial photographer. I would be happy to email this to you if you could send me an email address. Dad has died so I would be happy to share this history with you. Sincerely Sylvia B. Seymour


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Great informational website. My father, Staff Sergeant Raymond W. Bryant served in the 403rd enlisting 12/26/1941 after Pearl Harbor to his discharge 10/04/1945. He spent all his service till his last 4 months of service in Australia & New Guinea as part of the Ground Crew in the Supply Depot. My father, unfortunately, passed away November 7, 2013 at the age of 94. He would have enjoyed your information immensely. Thank you.

Added: March 22, 2015
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As I was reading General Kenney's book "Air War in the Pacific and read about the bravery and balls the Major McCullar had. My ancestor was a tail gunner that did not survive with the 90th Bomb Group aboard Captain Dick Adam's B-24 when it was shot into the sea after bombing Wewak. I had a chance to talk with a suvivor of the crash, before he died and he told me the whole story. The 90th lost 3 B-24's that day of Dec. 1, 1943

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