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jrka852

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Hi all,Iwould like to help in search for the crew B-17G/44-6640 which crashed near where I live 24.3.1945,when he returned from a missio to Berlin.Photos and information about crew members and links to them,or his family   Jirka    jrka852@seznam.cz         sorrydo not know how much english

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Several years ago I visited Cernikovice where the bomber crashed 24 March 45 along with 3 members of the crew as guests of the people and some other sponsors.

Since then the only known living crew members of the plane have died.  There were 5 of the crew we were never able to locate so we are not sure if they were/are living or not.  The 4 whom I know have died are Malcolm "Pete" Walker (ttg), Weaver Doyle (btg), DeFro Tossey (cp), and Glen Martin (tg).  These men had heard that the pilot, Warren Wilson had died but I have no way of knowing one way or the other.

You might wish to contact Libor Parizek who lives in Rychnov nad Kneznou who has also done extensive research on this plane and event.  Perhaps he could shed some light on it for you.

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We want to build a monument at the impact of B-17, and Mr Pařízka cares
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I'm sorry but I do not understand your response "and Mr Parizka cares."  Does this mean he is involved with the building of the monument or he is opposed to this project? 

Mr. Parizka (Parizek to my American spelling, I assume) should have all the information I would have regarding the crew with the exception perhaps of the deaths of the only living crew members since we were guests of the kindest, most generous people of Cernikovice in 1996.  To my personal knowledge there are no living members of the crew.

Sincerely

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Joel, for the write-up books I needed a photo lens and all this letu.Podařilo I get part of the wing B17G 44/6640.A much testimony citizen Černíkovice George
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Do you need a photo of "Laetitia"?  Is that what you are referring to?  Sorry, I don't understand too well.  I'm not belittling you at all, I just need to understand better what you need.


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Thank you. I would like a photo ”Laetitia“. the crew
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I only have pictures of three of the crew members, as nearly as I recall.  I have a picture of DeFro Tossey (co-pilot, Weaver Doyle (ball turret) and Glen Martin (tail gunner).  Origninally Mr. Tossey was assigned to a different crew but for some unexplained reason was re-assigned to this crew.  To my knowledge, no picture of this crew in its entirety exists.  Before his death, Weaver Doyle told me that they had unsuccessfully tried to locate the rest of the crew members so I have no idea of their status currrently.

I will get you what I have as soon as possible.

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Thank you for your message, the message will help me George
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I am sorry but I cannot find where or if I have a photo of "Laetitia", the a/c #6640.  In fact, the only photo I can find of any of the crew is of Lt DeFro Tossey, the co-pilot.  I will keep looking but looking through over 7000 photos does take some time.


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Thank you for your help, I know it's hard after so many years, but can not forget them

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Never before March 24 1945 flown Latititie crew together. Where it took the Germans? When they returned home? What was their fate. When he died. We would welcome any help, photography, just everything. All thanks to George  

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Jediným žijícím čenem posádky je Dale E.Albright,s kterým jsem ve spojení,i s jeho rodinou.
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Sorry, Jirka, I do not speak any Czech so I did not understand your last post regarding Dale Albright.


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Jirka,
Svat was kind enough to translate your post for me and I would like to get in touch with Dale Albright myself.  To my knowledge he is the last living person from that crew that was shot down 24 March 45 and I knew three of his crew mates from that plane well.  Would you provide me with the information to contact him?

Thank you,

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