Author Archives: Veteran Stories

A MOTHER’S TEARS – A TELEGRAM REPORTING A SON MISSING IN ACTION By Sidney Ukraine Standing at the door was a young boy in a Western Union uniform. My mother never associated this with the hundreds […]

JOSEPH VAN DER HAEGHEN THE PERFECT B-17 PILOT By Maxine Van der Haeghen My husband of 63 ½ years, Joe Van der Haeghen, died early in the morning of January 1, 2009. He was 91 ½ […]

ADDITIONAL DUTIES REQUIRED – AN ARMY OFFICER LEADS A TRUCK CONVOY TO INDIA AND ENCOUNTERS MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR By Cletus Nelson In the spring of 1945 a total new phase of my military life […]

WWII EXPERIENCES OF A B-17 FLYING FORTRESS PILOT By Allyn C. Lewis One Year after Japan’s “dastardly attacks,” I enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. The actual date of my enlistment […]

MARCH 30, 1945 MISSION TO BREMEN – 384TH BOMB GROUP By Eugene Spearman By March 30, 1945, I had already flown 23 missions. The sergeant woke me and said, “Spearman, briefing at 0400. You are flying […]

SEND ME OFF TO WAR – A BOY DOES HIS PART FOR THE WAR EFFORT By Bill Rawlinson It was the summer of 1943 and war raged in Europe and the Pacific. Civilians were encouraged to […]

TAIL GUNNER ON “ACES AND ATES” A B-17 WITH THE 384TH BOMB GROUP By Edward McDonald During World War II I was a tail gunner on a B-17 named Aces and Ates. I crashed twice before […]

ROBERT STAHLHUT – A B-17 TOP TURRET GUNNER’S FATEFUL MISSION Robert Stahlhut was a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-17 in the 8th  Air Force’s 384th Bomb Group. In September of 1943, the 8th  Air Force was […]


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