My cousin Ron Webb is a WWII enthusiast, collector of aviation prints and signed photographs from that era. When I started my search, Ron was the first person I talked with concerning Uncle Jim and the 8th Air Force. You might say that Ron started me in the right research direction, and when he mentioned his interest in getting a group of guys together for a yearly trip to Geneseo, New York, home of the National War Planes Museum and large WWII air-show, it was timed perfectly.
Cousin Jim and I were in the mood to travel and look at WWII planes, lots of planes, and Geneseo was the place. It had a grass runway so jets were out and props were in. We had another chance to find out about the aircraft and men who flew the missions. What was this bomber called the B24 Liberator in which our uncle had been flying ? It was the start of a new direction. We only had to go once before we were hooked.
The past two years I have devoted my photography skills to the 392nd Bomb Group 2nd Generation Display on the Books Crew and their last mission. This display has created a great deal of interest, and is the basis for the Books crew link on this web site. Thanks to reseacher Greg Hatton, we were invited to set up this display at the 8th Air Force Historical Societys meeting in New Jersey in 1998, and at the Dover Air Force Base Air Show in May of 1999. Researcher Ben Jones also took part in this display at Dover. Below is the photographic display set up for the Mighty 8th reunion.
Left to Right Jim Marsteller, Greg Hatton, Ben Jones
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