September 13th, 2001
...Unfortunately I have not been an active "English Historian" of the 457th
BG Association for some two or three years-- BUT NONETHELESS, you are often
in our thoughts and especially so at this moment. I can't find words to
express how we feel about events in New York and Washington - disbelief,
hurt, anger - lots of emotions all boiling up together and being expressed in
tears. I wish there was something I could do. Our thoughts and love are
with you. God Bless.
Mike and Jean Jackson
September 16th, 2001
Once again America has been violently called to combat even in the world just
as You and my Dad and 1000's of others were after 7 Dec 41. We must do now,
after 11 Sep 01, just like 60 years ago. It will not be easy, it will not be
quick and it will not be with out more loss. But then, like now, it has to
be done. God Bless you and God Bless America!
TSgt Patrick J. Connelly
Leave it to someone to find a humorous way to relfect upon current tensions.
An Israeli friend recently informed me that the UK fought the Islamic
terrorist attacks by burying the criminals with a pig. Apparently the
Islamic belief is that if ones' body is buried with a pig (because they are
considered unclean) their soul will go to hell. I did a little research into
this subject matter and found it to be true. This got me thinking. If we
put a baby pig on every airline flight, then all suicide terrorists would
abort their missions as they would not want their souls to go to hell.
Additionally, if we drop shipped, oh say, 100,000 pigs into Afghanistan, I
think our recon and assault efforts may be more successful. Apparently
Muslims dislike the very sight of pigs. A LOT!!! They are loalso adamantly
opposed to alcohol, thus we spike their water supply with a few thousand
gallons of scotch, get them drunk and turn the pigsose. The war would be
over in a weekend. Just a thought.
Enclosing picture of my new license plate for my pick-up truck...8 TH AF.
They wouldn't space it like I would have liked but with space between 8 and
TH then space AF, it is still readable and appropriate for an 8th Air Force
Vet. I applied for my 1st choice of 457 BG, but was issued
8 TH AF
If, in your newsletter, someone from Illinois hold the plates (457 BG)
and if they ever want to relinquish it, I would be pleased to have it to
grace my vehicle. On the van I used for years to tow my boat, I held X CRU
B17. But changing from van to pickup, the numbers have to be first so that
is why I have 8 TH AF.
Hope to see you in Colorado Spgs.
Your comrade and friend, Bob Day
VETERANS DAY POEM
Disused UK Airfield
The loose door flaps on rusted hinge.
Forgotten paintings moulder to oblivion on the flaking walls and through the
shattered panes, the sadness of vanished laughter silently reminds me.
This is where they all lived before death, where their last earthbound smile
was seen; where their sadness, happiness, and love flamed and sputtered.
Now the dull, steaming cattle crop the wet grass where the aircraft waited -
aircraft long burned and shattered in flaring, searing skies and fields. 60
years have slipped away, whilst we, the living, are as these crumbling huts
in a deserted field, ravaged by time. Reflecting on the passing of our
friends, Bud, and Jimmy, Yank, and young Tim, and so many more;
...and we were all so young. Through dangers to the heavens they flew from
these quiet corners; now the lowing cattle linger amidst their shades.
Remember, lest we forget, for our tomorrow they gave their today.
--Written from the heart by Doug Tidy, 74 SQ RAF and 98th HBG USAAC - 1940-46
The American War Library