Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

In these troubling & historical times 
"Have a great 2020 Memorial Day"

Please remember to honor those who have past and our Veterans and present members of our Armed Forces

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God Bless Our Country and Please Support Our Troops

Mission Briefing

Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description 
May 25, 1944

Mission 370: 406 bombers and 604 fighters make visual attacks on rail installations and airfields in Belgium and France; 4 bombers and 12 fighters are lost; the fighters claim 13-2-3 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 3-0-5 on the ground; unless otherwise indicated, all targets are in France:

1. 307 B-24s are dispatched to marshaling yards at Belfort (74 bomb) and Mulhouse (134 bomb); 12 hit Tonnere marshaling yard and 37 bomb Bretigny and 1 bombs Dijon Airfields; 2 B-24s are lost and 57 damaged; 20 airmen are MIA.

2. 320 B-17s are dispatched to Nancy/Essey Airfield (75 bomb) and marshaling yards at Metz (69 bomb), Saarguemines (36 bomb) and Blainville (36 bomb); 56 B-17s hit Thionville marshaling yard and 3 bomb Liege Airfield, Belgium; 14 B-17s are damaged.

3. 103 B-24s bomb Montignies sur Sambre marshaling yard and 9 bomb Alos marshaling yard; 3 B-24s are damaged.

4. In Belgium 247 B-17s are dispatched against marshaling yards at Brussels/Schaerbeck (52 bomb), Brussels/Midi (29 bomb) and Leige/Guillemines (50 bomb); other marshaling yards hit are Brussels/Melsbroek (18 bomb) and Liege/Renory (50 bomb); 2 B-18s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 71 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 6 WIA and 28 MIA.

5. 18 of 38 B-17s and 18 of 18 B-24s hit Fecamp gun battery without loss. 6. 15 B-17s hit St Valery gun battery without loss.

Escort is provided by 136 P-38s, 181 P-47s and 287 P-51s; P-38s claim 3-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft, 9 P-38s (pilots are MIA) are lost and 8 damaged; P-47s claim 4-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 3-0-5 on the ground, 6 P-47s are damaged; P-51s claim 6-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft, 3 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 1 damaged.
MISSION 371: 4 of 4 B-17s drop leaflets in France without loss.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History

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Saturday, May 09, 2020

Sgt Ray Lambert's Story

 An honor to post this May 26, 2019 Sgt. Ray Lambert's D-Day story

Friday, May 08, 2020

The Presidents Report

The Chapter's Motto
"Keeping the Memories Alive"

Board of Directors:
President: Pat Keeley
Vice-President: Stan Goldstein (466th BG)
Secretary: Pat Keeley
Treasurer: Pat Keeley
Membership Manager: David Levitt

Greetings Fellow Members of Our Illustrious Chapter

Chapter Update:

I wanted to update the Chapter's membership that we have confirmed a re-scheduled Luncheon date of November 8, 2020 Remembrance Day regarding the cancelled Sunday June 7th Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Luncheon will be held at the Plainview Holiday Inn in Plainview Long Island, NY.

Meanwhile be safe/healthy all!!

On Sunday June 2nd the Chapter and  friends had a great Luncheon at the Plainview LI NY Holiday Inn.
We had 4 WWII Veterans of which 3 were D-Day Veterans honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 1944. 

David Levitt presented the French Jubilee of Liberty Medal to the following

I have more photos of the Luncheon please contact me if you would like to see more

Taken at the National Museum of the United Stated Air Force in Dayton, Ohio at the 8th AFHS 44th Annual Reunion
October 2018

The restored Memphis Belle





I would like to thank those of you that sent in their dues and donations to help 'Keep the Memories Alive' 
I am looking forward to seeing you there..

I also wanted to update our NYS Chapter members that the NYS DMV now have a new 8th Air Force license plate.
If interested check the following:

PLEASE help support the Chapter by sending in your $15.00 2020 dues.
Remember the Officers and Board Members are volunteers and receive no salaries. Your dues are used for the Chapter expenses such as the Newsletter, Website, Luncheons and more.

The New York Southern Wing Chapter of the 8th Air Force Historical Society was founded in October 1990 and Incorporated in the County of Nassau State of New York officially on February 23rd, 1991.
Pat Keeley, President.

Please help us to 'Keep Their Memories Alive' by paying your dues

Joseph 'Pat' Keeley

Your membership is what 'Keeps the Memories Alive'
Please help support our Chapter and the 8th Air Force Historical Society

Friday, May 01, 2020

Captain Tom

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Captain Tom

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Poster of the Week


They were Hero's then & still are today!!
Cheers to our Nurses

As President of the NYS Southern Wing Chapter of the 8th AFHS we want to thank those on the COVID-19 front lines world wide and also thank everyone for their efforts to keep each other safe and staying at home if possible.
Again thank you all !! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

WWII Airman Honored

Friday, November 15, 2019

All-black Women's Army Corps unit still fighting for recognition

This I had no idea about and is worth the time to watch..
Cheers to the 6888 Battalion