Item MC 371/897/1/1 - Recording of a memorial ceremony and banquet for 453rd and 445th Bomb Group veterans, at Wright Patterson Air Force base, Dayton, Ohio, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette)

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MC 371/897/1/1


Recording of a memorial ceremony and banquet for 453rd and 445th Bomb Group veterans, at Wright Patterson Air Force base, Dayton, Ohio, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette)


  • 8 May 1984 (Creation)

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[00:00-05:00] Introduction by narrator and Air Force band playing anthem. Introduction by Chairman of the Memorial Committee, Milton R. Stokes [hereafter MS] followed by American national anthem. [05:00-10:00] Speech by MS continued: background to the ceremony and comments on Old Buckenham airbase, Norfolk. Blessing by chaplain to the 445th Bomb Group, Fr Joseph Quinlan. [10:00-15:00] Acknowledgements and call to speakers: Pat Ramm [hereafter PR]; Evelyn Cohen, 2nd Air Division membership and conventions secretary [hereafter EC]; Charles 'Moose' Allen [hereafter CA]; Mike Benarcik [hereafter MB]; Andrew Low [hereafter AL] and Frank Thomas, secretary of the 2nd Air Division, 453rd Bomb Group [hereafter FR]. [15:00-20:00] Acknowledgements continued. Lighting of the candles ceremony in memory of European air campaigns fought and those killed in active service. [20:00-25:00] Candle ceremony continued. [25:00-30:00] Speech by AL, including tribute to those killed in service and his memories of the 'great silence' (parachuting out of an aeroplane which had been shot down). Comments on his role as co-pilot in the lead aeroplane on 8 May 1944. [30:00-35:00] Speech by MB on establishment of a memorial to the 453rd Bomb Group in Old Buckenham. [35:00-40:00] MB continued: comments on plans for the memorial room in Old Buckenham parish hall. [40:00-45:00] MB continued: the purpose and dedication of the memorials in Old Buckenham and at Wright Patterson. [45:00-50:00] MB's comments on both memorials continued. Speech by MS, including presentation to AL and his responding speech. [50:00-55:00] Speech by AL: comments on a replica briefing map for the Brunswick mission and anecdote about a talk he attended, during his training in the United States, Spring 1942, by RAF Commander Harry ?Broadhurst, about Battle of Britain tactics, including the role of Polish airmen. [55:00-60:00] Anecdote continued. Speech by FT including his comments on the memorials and recollections of combat. [60:00-65:00] FT continued: treasurer's report for 453rd Bomb Group, including expenses relating to the memorials. For continuation recording, see MC 371/897/1/2. For programme found loosely inserted, see MC 371/897/2. For another copy of the programme, see MC 371/378. See also MC 371/803, for papers relating to Evelyn Cohen. For tape insert, see MC 376/431/16. The ceremony, held at Wright Patterson Air Force base, Dayton, Ohio, commemorated the fortieth anniversary of a mission by the 453rd Bomb Group to Brunswick, Germany, 8 May 1944, on which they led the 8th Air Force, under the command of Andrew S. Low and were heavily attacked by German fighters.

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The quality of archive sound recordings may be poor. Duration is 62 minutes 29 seconds.

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