Post by Rich Leonard on Sept 3, 2012 14:06:54 GMT -5
This is a little souvenir of the day. An envelope postmarked USS Missouri, 2 Sept 1945. This envelope contains a letter from my father, then serving as assistant ops officer for TF-38 to my mother. Some of the contents:
“Friday 32 August 1945
“T’won’t be much of air ops tonight in view of the opposition.
“Seems we have 10 people in here (NB referring to the flag offices area) tonight involved in a sort of farewell blast for Capt Jimmy and Graf who go home tomorrow. Also Charlie Sisson. We are killing off odds and ends of canned chow, and other items of boodle that have been received. Time is not 2330 and no sign of let up.
“Adm. McCain had us all assembled this afternoon and said goodbye to everyone. He is really a prince. He gave out a few medals for recent accomplishments. I was very much bowled over to get the Legion of Merit. Mighty handsome gaud. Made me feel very proud and good. . . .”
“Saturday 1 Sept.
“This is in post haste. Jim Thach has offered to mail this tomorrow in Tokyo. He and the Admiral(s) are going to attend the ceremony. The special cachet is supposed to be quite valuable so that’s why I am making a hash of this letter just to get a stamp on the outside. There is not much time to finish this off, so I’ll just be stopping short.”
The Capt Jimmy and Jim Thach referred to in the letter are one in the same, then Captain John S “Jimmy” Thach, as in “Thach Weave”. Thach was McCain’s operations officer in TF-38; my father was Thach’s assistant. This tour was the second time my father had been Thach’s number 2; way back, three years before, in June 1942, my father was executive officer under Thach in VF-3 at the Battle of Midway.
I have some flimsies of end of war radio traffic if anyone wants to see them.
Alex Reynoso: I am looking for a Naval Museum that might display some of my father's WWII Navy items. I have a scaled model of a PBM-3 that he was a crew member of I believe crew #3. Thanks. email@example.com
Aug 23, 2017 16:50:27 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: Since nobody has responded in the last month and a half. The only Naval Museums I have ever been to are in Oregon: Tillamook Air Museum (housed in an old blimp hanger, used to be a Naval Air Museum but seems to have gotten away from that specialty. http:/
Oct 7, 2017 22:38:53 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: And its not a Naval Museum but an Aviation Museum and I have seen models displayed in its exhibits, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Mcminnville www.evergreenmuseum.org/
Oct 7, 2017 22:42:22 GMT -5
dcamp: Probably a dumb answer, but Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL?
Jan 9, 2018 12:24:30 GMT -5
michael16: Looking to contact Tom Farrell, son of WWII B-26 pilot of "Flak Bait" Lt. Jim "Boss" Farrell. I have an interesting story to share about my flight on GE corporate jet with then Capt. Jim Farrell. Please help me make contact with Tom Farrell
Sept 20, 2018 12:57:56 GMT -5
Kersh: Tillman's book "The Forgotten Fifteenth" has an account of this attack that may be of interest.
Apr 8, 2020 11:59:04 GMT -5
rupertpika151: My great uncle was on the Little Jo T-square 4 tail code #42-24611, engine 3 caught fire. The crew ditched the plane. 6 were recovered, 4 went MIA (including my great uncle), and one was captured and executed. I have the crew report.
May 11, 2020 12:42:24 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone has any information or update links that would be greatly appreciated. We are hoping to have him, Joseph A. Esola recognized at Arlington in the summer/fall. Also the links on the original thread were not working, if anyone has current links?
May 11, 2020 12:43:59 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone would like a copy of the report let me know. 28 pages.
May 11, 2020 12:44:41 GMT -5
USMMA86: Dear Rupert, I would be interested in reading that Crew Report....found this website completing my own 1/72 P-6E. Scott Uehlinger, CDR USNR Ret...email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 30, 2020 10:20:27 GMT -5
Tom Farrell: Michael16, you can contact me at Flakbait@hotmail.com.
Dec 13, 2020 18:11:24 GMT -5
tvharwood: Hi Tom, Is Memories of War and Peace by Bob Gillman from a book?
Jun 16, 2022 15:59:37 GMT -5
bontyahistory: I am looking for a detailed drawing of the Hangar Army Air Corp. 1930-B that you have shown on your web site. I am creating a new 1/72 scale hangar just like the one you posted that was at Wheeler Field on 12/7/41. Thank you. LOU
Dec 10, 2022 11:51:35 GMT -5