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

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MC 371/897/1/2


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


  • 8 May 1984 (Creation)

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[0:00-05:00] John Erspamer (former member of 734 Squadron ground crew) talking about Old Buckenham airbase. Comments on the work of ground crews and their sadness when aeroplanes did not return from missions. Describes burials at the military cemetery, Cambridge [Maddingley]. [05:00-10:00] Burials continued. Speech by Frank Dimola, 445th Bomb Group Vice-President, [hereafter FD] on the memorial at Wright Patterson and his role as Vice-President. [10:00-15:00] FD continued: comments on current activities of original 445th Bomb Squadrons, including the 702nd Squadron's active reserve organization. [15:00-20:00] Introduction to parody of Jimmy [James] Stewart briefing the 453rd Bomb Group for a mission to Brunswick, Germany, 8 May 1944, by CA, based on a script by MB [introductory speaker unidentified]. CA's parody of the mission briefing. [20:00-25:00] Parody continued. [25:00-30:00] Parody continued. [30:00-35:00] Parody continued. [35:00-40:00] Parody continued. Tribute by CA to crews and aeroplanes lost on the mission. [40:00-45:00] Tribute continued. Intermission [general talking in background]. [45:00-50:00] Speech by EC on her wartime service in the Women's Army Corps including the initial negative attitude towards women, her role in the 2nd Air Division Association and details of the forthcoming reunion in Palm Springs, including a memorial service at March Air Force Base. [50:00-55:00] Speech by PR about his childhood memories of Americans stationed at Old Buckenham, including being given candy by the construction gangs which built the bases, Oct 1943. [55:00-60:00] PR's speech continued. [The recording cuts off. Narrator explains that due to technical problems the rest of this speech and the next speech by Don Olds have been omitted]. Closing flag ceremony, benediction by Fr Quinlan and Air Force band playing anthem. For preceding recording, see MC 371/897/1/1. 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 60 minutes 32 seconds.

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Created 12/02/2019 by Drojd. Modified 05/03/2019 by Drojd.


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