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My grandfather, James "Jim" Schwartz, was the co-pilot of the Pysonya when it was hit in the nose by an AA shell over some oil fields in Budapest, Hungry on July 14, 1944.  I have a letter written from a woman who I believe was datingmarried to the navigator who was instantly killed in the blast, a man whose name or nick name was Marty. I would like to see if there are any other men still left who knew my grandfather. I never met the man and would like to see if they remember anything about him. It would mean so much. Thank you very much. You can email me at R_Schwartz@Charlestonlaw. edu

I appreciate any help you can offer.

-Ryan Schwartz 

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See my other post!


Edward Eagan Shattuck

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Obviously I overlooked your posting on the 463rd Bulletin Board regarding your grandfather, James Schwartz.  You mentioned a man named Marty and the only one of the crew that I can tell that might have been called that was Lt Martin Fainer, who was KIA. Your grandfather survived as a POW or so the records indicate.  Beyond that, I'm not much help to you other than to offer all of your grandfather's sorties/missions listed which would have date of sortie/mission, target city, specific target, aircraft flown and name (if any), formation position and crew composition by position.

If you are interested in this information, please contact me at

Joel Swindlehurst
Son of 1/Lt Leroy Swindlehurst
Navigator, 772nd Sq.

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