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stevie

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Hello,

I've just uncovered some of my dad's military information and have discovered that he was stationed first in North Africa and then in Foggia, Italy with the 15th Army Air Corps, 463rd Bombardment Group, 773rd Bomb Squadron. Does anyone have any pertinent information? I have a document my mom typed up that shows a summary of his missions, if it might help.

Thank you!
Lisa

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Swindy

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Lisa, I can certainly track your dad's missions in greater detail for your. This info would provide the mission date, target city, specific target at/near the city, a/c flown and name of any formation position and crew composition by position on the bomber. Beyond that I doubt I would have any further information regarding him unless he would be included in the Pictorial History CDs I have put together for the group. Currently there are four volumes available at a cost of $5 each. I am currently working on the fifth volume but am lacking sufficient photos to even com close to filling it enough to make it worthwhile to publish
If you're interested in the CDs, all I need is your mailing address. And if you have any photos you would be willing to share with us, I could include them on the fifth volume.

Let me know what your wishes are and I'll proceed from there.
Joel Swindlehurst
Historian, 463rd BG

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Joel
463rd BG Historian
Proud son of 1/Lt Leroy J. Swindlehurst (1921-1950)
Navigator, 772nd Squadron
Joel@463rd.org
stevie

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Hi Joel,

Thanks for your reply. I'm definitely interested in the photos and will print and mail the form tomorrow when I'm at my desk. As well, I have photos I will scan in and send to you. I'm going to order my Dad's records--he served twenty-two years, so I think I need to order the Army Air Corps records and the USAF records separately. Does that sound right?

I serendipitously found a great YouTube of a slide show put together by a man--Don Frazer--who served in Korea around the same time my Dad did. I was searching for information on the Korean island P-Y-Do (an abbreviation of the Korean name, of which I don't have the spelling memorized), Googled it, and found the video. Expecting only to see images of the base where Dad was stationed, imagine my surprise--no, shock--when four minutes in, there was a photo captioned with my Dad's name. Talk about miraculous!!! I got in touch with Mr. Frazer, who was able to send two more photos.

So who knows when a golden nugget will appear!

I'm really grateful I've found this site and am excited to be on the hunt. My goal is to write up all of this information to pass down to my kids and grandkids. My kids are very proud of their grandpa, and his service in WWII and Korea should not be forgotten.

Take care,
Lisa
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Lisa,
I will begin putting together all the mission information I have regarding Robert Stevenson ASAP.  I've been working frantically trying to get caught up with my backlog of requests and you are next in line.  I do remember specifically seeing his name in the Loading Lists for missions.  Having the mission list you sent me will save me a lot of searching to find him among the thousands who served in the 463rd air crews.  You have given me a big step up in locating him so it should not take me long to get them all typed up for you.  If you could send me an email to history463rd@yahoo.com, it would be a big help in sending the info to you.

And yes, I think you should contact both the Army Air Corps and USAF for any records they might be holding regarding him.

I'll be in touch when I have everything ready to go.

Joel

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463rd BG Historian
Proud son of 1/Lt Leroy J. Swindlehurst (1921-1950)
Navigator, 772nd Squadron
Joel@463rd.org
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