8th Air Force - 493rd Bomber Group - 860th Squadron
A Pilot's Story
March 28, 1943 - This story begins from information provided by the scrapbook.
July 1943 - Santa Ana, California Pre-flight training
29 Palms, California Primary Training Graduated January 8, 1944
Lemore, California Basic Training
Marfa, Texas Advanced Training Graduated May 23, 1944
The following is from the Diary account
Debach - Our main Base in England
Short History of the 493rd Bomb Group
493rd Bomb Group Missions
The B-17 Bomber
Upgraded B-17 Bomber last version
Jokes of the time
Pinups of the WWII War Years
Pinups & Swimsuits of the stars 20's 50's
Movies During the WWII War Years
Books can be ordered that tell more about WWII, the Bombers, Bases and Crews. Two of the finest books describing air battles of the Eighth Air Force were written by navigators.
The Fall of Fortresses - Bendiner, Elmer, 1980, The Fall of Fortresses, Putnam' s Sons, New York, 258 p. Crosby, Harry H., 1993. Bendiner tells of the early days of the Eighth when "things were really rough", including the difficult attacks on the ball-bearing factories at Schweinfurt, Germany.
The Mighty Eighth: Freeman, Roger A., 1970, A History of the U. S. 8th Army Air Force, Doubleday, New York, 311 p. Freeman, Roger A., 1984,
One Last Look by Philip Kaplan and Rex Alan Smith Abbeville Press Publishers , New York. 1983
The Greatest Generation of Silver Wings by Don Ward, The memorial press 2004
Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer by Brian D. O'Neill - McGraw Hill 1999
A Wing and a Prayer, Harper Paperbacks, New York, 398 p. We owe thanks to the English historian, Freeman, for the most readable descriptions of the Eighth Air Force in action. His books describe not only the battles of the Eighth but give a marvelous description of the complex organization.
The Mighty Eighth War Manual, Motorbooks International (first published in 1984 by Jane's Publishing Co. Ltd.), 320 p. For those doing research on a family member or relative that participated in WWII.
NOTE- I found in my research that there were several sources and websites that can provide more detail among those I have listed a few below:
www.archives.gov/ - The US Government Archives Site. Numerous refrences
www.nga.gov/pdf/ww2.pdf - National Archives US Government site.
www.archives.gov/research/ww2/electronic-records-ww2-era.html - National Archives Another US Government Site
www.archives.gov/research/ww2/electronic-records.html - National Archives US Government Site
www.familychronicle.com/WWII_03.html - A Researcher site with lots of information.
http://americanhistory.si.edu/1942/home.html - A Time line
http://www.besthistorysites.net/wwii.shtml - Best History Site
http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/ - Gov't Archives Research Photos
http://vjwhite.com/JPWhite/researching_wwii.htm - Research Tips and Addresses
http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/WCP/ - WWII Washington Operations Website
http://www.usamilitarymedals.com/ - WWII Medals and Ribbons
Contents Main Page Brief History of 493rd 493rd Combat Missions
B-17 "Flying Fortress Page 1" B-17 "Flying Fortress Page 2" B-17 Checklist Jokes of the time
Movies during WWII Pinups of WWII Era More Pinups of WWII
Pinups Korea and Viet Nam Pinups and Swimsuits 20's - 60's THE END - End of a Pinup Pictoral Era Dec 31, 2011