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DougJustDoug

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Hi.  I'm the grandson of Lt. John S. Frazeur; I believe he was a pilot in the 775th.  I've seen the photo of him and crew on this site courtesy of Wm. Taft.  Would love to hear from anyone who knows of any other photos of him or his plane.  Thanks.
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I will check to see if I have any more photos beside the one Bill Taft provided.  I believe I do but I'll have to check to make sure.  I'll get back to you on this.
 
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DougJustDoug

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Thanks!
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Hi Doug could you possibly obtain your grandfathers Pilot's Log Book if it still exists?
If so Joel might possibly match up AAF serial numbers with B-17 plane names and target types for you for each mission and sortie.He did a great job with my fathers log book.

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DougJustDoug

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I'll determine if it still exists and, if so, who in the family has it.  Thanks for the suggestion!
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Following up, I've checked with the family and it appears that nobody has my grandfather's pilot's log or, in fact, any significant documents of his from WWII (or his service in Korea or Viet Nam).  I'm told that "a bunch of papers" were thrown out after my grandfather died. It appears some medals, uniforms items, etc. were also disposed of.  Some were kept, but the folks who were making the decisions on what to keep and what to dispose of didn't really understand what they were looking at.

Please: spread the word to families to either keep all documents and other items from the war or give them to the proper people or agencies so history may be preserved!
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I am writing the story of my dad's cousin Howard W Smith who was killed June 10, 1944 returning from a bombing mission on the marshalling yard at Maestre, Italy.  He was the pilot, the wing was blown off the plane and it exploded.
I have a picture of what was probably the same picture you already have of a graduation perhaps.  Lt. John S. Frazeur was pilot and Lt. Howard W. Smith was co-pilot.  If you don't have this picture, I will gladly share it.

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Thanks much for the offer, Jan.  It sounds like that's the same picture I have; the crew in front of a B-17, my grandfather and your father's cousin up front in their leather jackets and hats cocked back, looking very '40s cool. 
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Yes, you are right, that's the one I have.  Was this taken in Pampa TX or do you know where they were?

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