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barkeyp

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Hello !

I just came across this forum yesterday in my search to find out any information about my Dad's activities during WWII.   My dad passed away many years ago and I am only now going thru his military records with great respect and curiosity.  Is there anyone out there that could help me get started about learning the activities that occurred at the different steps of training / combat ???  My Dad was a bombardier on a B-17.  I am trying to make up for lost years, and the fact that the Greatest Generation (Inc my Dad) often did not talk about the war.

** ??     - Basic Training (is this same as cadet school?)

*Sept 43 - Montana State University - Finished Cadet School

*July 44 - Santa Ana, CA - Completed Bombardier Training

*Aug 44 - Arrived Alexandria, LA Airfield

*Feb 45 - Flew to Italy - joined 775th

*Feb-Apr 45 - Flew Combat Missions - from Celone (?)

*Aug 45 - Back to USA

*Oct 45 - San Antonio

I would welcome the opportunity to hear from anyone or to gain a contact that I might discuss the above with.  Also, I am looking for sources to learn more about the 775th.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Sorry for being so long.

Thank you,

Patrick Barkey

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Hey Patrick I can't help you much but apparently there is a book on the 775th B.S. called "Allyn's Irish Orphans" which might be very hard to find.

http://www.amazon.com/history-775th-Bombardment-Squadron-463rd/dp/B0007HO47G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196311982&sr=1-1
There is another book called "The Fighting 463rd" which also would be hard to find.
If you have any pictures or documents of your dads see this post.
http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/rascal2/vpost?id=1144937

Joel is getting close to finish the 3rd Pictoral CD so he will probably come out with a 4th one too.Any documents you have would be of great interest in saving the 463rd B.G.'s history.Plus we could perhaps help you out.
I have a good friend who was a bombardier in the 462nd B.G. on B-29's and he sent me a great video on the Norden and Sperry bombsights.He was the technical advisor for implementing the Norden Bombsight in the PC simulation
B-17 Flying Fortress The Mighty 8th
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norden_bombsight

http://www.shoestringprod.org/

Here is a book you might want.Actually I want this book too.

"The Legendary Norden Bombsight"
http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=0764307231


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barkeyp

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Thanks Jonathan for the info. 

Does anyone where a copy of Allyn's Irish Orphans might be found or available for review (i.e. library, museum, etc ?).

Is there anyone out there that was in the 775 th in March-April of 1945 at Celone ?

Thanks,

Pat
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Pat,
I have a copy of the book, "Allyn's Irish Orphans" that I use regularly for reference purposes while researching and answering questions for 775th veterans or their families.  As far a where someone might find a copy, it would be very unlikely to find one easily although I have seen them sold on Ebay over the past few years, probably by someone who bought it at an estate sale. 

You could keep checking on http://www.Bookfinder.com and one might show up there since they cover a host of used book sellers.

I see there was a 2/Lt. Arthur F. Barkey listed on the roster of the 775th as of 24 March 1945.  I would assume that was your father.  Do you have a list of his crew or any crew pictures?  Or any pictures, documents, etc that you would be willing to share with us for the Pictorial History CDs?  If so, please contact me directly and we'll work out how to get them to me. 

If there is specific information you are looking for from the 775th book, let me know and I'll look for it.


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Pat,
I have a copy of the book, "Allyn's Irish Orphans" that I use regularly for reference purposes while researching and answering questions for 775th veterans or their families.  As far a where someone might find a copy, it would be very unlikely to find one easily although I have seen them sold on Ebay over the past few years, probably by someone who bought it at an estate sale. 

You could keep checking on http://www.Bookfinder.com and one might show up there since they cover a host of used book sellers.

I see there was a 2/Lt. Arthur F. Barkey listed on the roster of the 775th as of 24 March 1945.  I would assume that was your father.  Do you have a list of his crew or any crew pictures?  Or any pictures, documents, etc that you would be willing to share with us for the Pictorial History CDs?  If so, please contact me directly and we'll work out how to get them to me. 

If there is specific information you are looking for from the 775th book, let me know and I'll look for it.

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My father-in-law, recently deceased has a patch with Allyn's Irish Ophans. He was B17 co-pilot and pilot toward the end of the war, based out of Italy.  His name is Joseph Molnar - do you know how the family can find out more information?

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OK, I'll try to answer a couple of your questions.

Yes, I am now in possession of most of the loading lists for the 463rd BG missions so I can tell you pretty closely who flew what missions with what crew and crew members, even on which aircraft they flew.  Now I will say that I probably do not have every one but I have every one I could find at the National Archives in College Park, MD at the Nat'l Archives II.  We (my wife and I) went there after the annual 463rd reunion in D. C. this past October and proceeded to copy all of the loading lists we could find.  This took two full days to complete and resulted in a very large stack of documents, as you might imagine. 

We did not have time to copy any mission reports or any other information on the missons.  That will have to wait until another time.

So I am now in the process of arranging the loading lists in chronological order, then I will transcribe them into a searchable format so it will be easier to locate individual names of crew members.

Having said all that, I do remember seeing the name Molnar in the 775th Squadron loading lists in April 45.  I have not gotten to the earlier missions as yet so I cannot identify the name Barkey but I will be looking for it.

Swindy

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BeckyWaltz

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I am the very proud daughter of Lt. Warren W. Gressley, B-17 pilot in the 775th Bomb Sq of the 463rd Bomb Group.  My dad, after returning from WWII, reunited with his wife and 6mth old daughter and subsequently had 8 more children. I am the youngest of the nine, 5 girls and 4 boys.  He lived a great life in Indiana, then transfering with his job to Virginia, retired in North Carolina and back to Indiana in 1992.  He passed away in September 2000 from a massive heart attack.  He was never one to talk about his military career but I know he was a very successful pilot.  My mother will be 85 years old this month and all 9 of us will be celebrating her life, along with my father's.  If anyone has any information about my dad, it would be awesome if I could read something about him at my mom's birthday celebration.  As a mother of three sons, I try to  explain to them the responsiblities that our parents had at a very young age.  It's awesome to read through the Allyn's Irish Orphans book and see what amazing things that our parents accomplished.  May God Bless all of you!  Becky Waltz

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