Archive for the ‘492nd Bomb Group’ Category

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve made several posts on waist gunner, Pete DeBrular and the Garveston Twelve.  Today, we take a brief look at another member of the Garveston Twelve–Lt. Gerald E. Hirschman. Lt. Hirschman served as the navigator on the ill-fated B-24 bomber, piloted by Lt. Ray Sachtleben, that crashed at Garveston, [...]

Last week, we looked at chance meetings in war with the reunion of the Gage brothers at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.  Today we’ll examine a similar encounter, though under the most tragic of circumstances. Brothers Pete and Tom DeBrular, orphaned at an early age, grew up and received their educations at the Indiana Masonic Home, [...]

On Tuesday, we introduced you to Pete DeBrular, the Garveston Twelve and our quest to find Pete’s living relatives.  Yesterday, on Letters From War Wednesday, we featured Pete DeBrular’s last note home, written on June 2, 1944, just two days prior to his death at Garveston, England. Today, we are pleased to announce that we [...]

If you checked in for yesterday’s post, you’re familiar with airman Edward Paul “Pete” DeBrular and the Garveston Twelve.  On this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we’ll take a look at Pete’s last note home, dated June 2, 1944, just two days before his death at Garveston, England. Dear Aunt and Uncle: I just [...]

A few weeks back, I received an email from a member of the Parish Council in the village of Garveston, England.  He was looking for survivors of a World War II airman named, Edward DeBrular.  Garveston is a quiet community of some 300 residents, located 14 miles west of Norwich.  Sounds like my kind of [...]

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