WELCOME TO THE WORLD WAR II WARBIRD GROUP
Our Warbird Group meetings are held at the Stockton Field Aviation Museum 7432 CE Dixon St., Stockton Metro Airport, on the third Wednesday of each odd month at 7 PM. This means that the meetings are in March, May, July etc on the third Wednesday. Please note that the group has decided to cancel the January meeting as it is too cold for our older members. Please join us as there is no admission charge. We also have an annual BBQ during the meeting in September and that meeting time is usually an hour early at 6 PM but be sure to check back here for the latest dates and times.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 16th at the Stockton Field Aviation Museum, 7432 C.E. Dixon St. Stockton Metro Airport, 7 PM
Our guest speaker will be WWII B-24 Navigator Ryan M. O’Brien. Ryan was born and raised in Los Angeles and entered the service in February, 1943. He attended the first navigation school established by the Air Force in the 30's with a contract with Pam American Air Lines. The school was located at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. All of his training was in old Pan American flying boats over the Bermuda Triangle. He was commissioned in June, 1944, and assigned a crew at March Field. In July his crew left Hamilton Field with a new B-24 and flew it to Newfoundland, Azores, Africa and to Italy. He was assigned to the 49th Wing, 484th Bomb Group, 825th Sq. Flew 35 missions and was awarded the distinguished Flying Cross, 4 Air Metals, Purple Heart, 7 Battle Stars, and his Group was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
After July our next meeting will be September 17th at 7pm
For more information about the Stockton Field Aviation Museum click here
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Here is a link to a touching song to our WWII veterans:
THE WWII WARBIRD GROUP IS A GATHERING OF AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS THAT GET TOGETHER EVERY OTHER MONTH AND SHARE STORIES AND EXPERIENCES ABOUT WWII AND OTHER AVIATION TOPICS.
THE MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE STOCKTON FIELD AVIATION MUSEUMS HANGAR AT STOCKTON AIRPORT IN CALIFORNIA. THE MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED) AND FEATURE A GUEST SPEAKER WHO FLEW IN ANY OF THE MILITARY SERVICES DURING OUR NATION'S CONFLICTS FROM WWII TO PRESENT DAY.
MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE AN INTEREST IN MILITARY AVIATION REGARDLESS OF THEIR MILITARY SERVICE, NATIONALITY OR GENDER. YOU ALL ARE WELCOME SO PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN US FOR AN INTERESTING AND ENTERTAINING EVENING.
WE ALSO HAVE SPECIAL EVENTS SUCH AS BAR-B-Q'S AND THE OCCASIONAL AIRSHOW OR OPEN HOUSE.
IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING OR JOINING THIS GREAT GROUP PLEASE SEND THEM OUR WAY.
THE WORLD WAR TWO WARBIRD GROUP MEETS BI-MONTHLY (MARCH, MAY, JULY, SEPTEMBER, AND NOVEMBER) ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH AT THE STOCKTON FIELD AVIATION MUSEUMS HANGAR AT 7PM.
MEMBERSHIP IS $12 PER YEAR AND MAY BE SENT TO:
WWII WARBIRDS GROUP
2021 PORTER WAY
STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA 95207
REMEMBER THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BA A MEMBER TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS SO GRAB A FRIEND AND COME ON OUT.
THE MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE STOCKTON FIELD AVIATION MUSEUM HANGAR LOCATED AT 7432 C.E. DIXON STREET STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA USA
FROM HIGHWAY 99 NORTH TAKE THE FRENCH CAMP EXIT AND HEAD WEST. TURN RIGHT OR NORTH ON AIRPORT WAY. TURN RIGHT ON STIMSON (AT THE NATIONAL GUARD) AND FOLLOW IT TO THE END WHERE YOU WILL SEE THE BLUE MUSEUM HANGAR ON YOUR LEFT. THE ENTRY DOOR IS ON THE BACK OF THAT HANGAR.
FROM HIGHWAY 99 SOUTH TAKE THE ARCH ROAD EXIT AND HEAD WEST TO AIRPORT WAY (WATCH OUT FOR AND FOLLOW THE DETOUR SIGNS POSSIBLE DETOUR). TURN LEFT OR SOUTH ON AIRPORT WAY AND THEN TURN LEFT INTO THE MAIN AIRPORT ENTRANCE ON C.E. DIXON. FOLLOW C.E. DIXON SOUTH UNTIL YOU SEE THE BLUE MUSEUM HANGAR ON THE LEFT. THE ADDRESS IS 7432 C.E. DIXON STREET. THE DOOR IS ON THE PARKING LOT SIDE OF THE HANGAR
FROM HIGHWAY 5 NORTH OR SOUTH TAKE THE FRENCH CAMP EXIT AND HEAD EAST FOR A FEW MILES. TURN LEFT OR NORTH ON AIRPORT WAY. TURN RIGHT ON STIMSON (AT THE NATIONAL GUARD) AND FOLLOW IT TO THE END. ON THE LEFT YOU WILL SEE THE BLUE MUSEUM HANGAR ON THE LEFT. THE ENTRY DOOR IS ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE HANGAR NEAR THE PARKING LOT.
THE WWII WARBIRD GROUP IS PROUD TO PRESENT:
Memoirs of Flyers in WWII Volume Two
The stories of 15
Ed Ah Tye................. B-17 gunner, 8th AF
Bill Behrns................... P-38 pilot, 10th AF
Janet Downer ........................ WASP pilot
Bill Gaines..................... B-17 pilot, 8th AF
Bert Gerken...... F4U Corsair Marine pilot
Don Kerlin.......... F6F Helicat carrier pilot
Santiago Macias...... B-24 gunner 15th AF
Al Mikelich.......... F6F Hellcat carrier pilot
Norman Milne....... L-4 Grasshopper Pilot
Jack Murray .............. B-17 togglier 8t AF
Bernard Piersa.... B-24 navigator 10th AF
George Reimche....... B-17 togglier 8th AF
Martin Sasser............. B-17 gunner 8th AF
Osvaldo Vannucci.... B-24 gunner 15th AF
Al Zawilla...... SB2C Helldiver carrier pilot
Quotes from stories in "THE WAY IT WAS, Memoirs of Flyers in WW II, Vol. 2"
Quote from Ed Ah Tye, B-17 top turret gunner, 8th AF: "Before our first mission (it was to Berlin!) the officer at orientation said, 'If you get shot down over France, mix with the civilians and wait to be picked up by patriots who will try to smuggle you back to England. Also act mute so you speech won't give you away.' I was the only Oriental on base and asked the officer in charge; Since I am a Chinese-American, what should I do if I'm shot down and won't blend in with the Frenchmen? The officer shook his head and answered, 'Don't get shot down.'
Quote from Bill Behrns, P-38 pilot, CBI: "I rolled over and rolled out on the target coming down with throttle wide open. Apparently I was looking right down the barrel of an ack-ack gun. All of sudden, BOOM! -- the whole airplane jumped and everything went dead."
Quote from Bill Gaines, B-17 pilot, 8th AF: "One of the other tough missions we had was bombing Munich Greens airfield with frag bombs.
....we got beat up pretty bad and had to make another forced landing. On that one I left the plane in Brussels. The two outboard engines were shot out and we landed with the two inboard engines. Fighter planes escorted me almost all the way in or I wouldn't be here talking."
Copies of "THE WAY IT WAS, Memoirs of Flyers in WW II Vol. 2" can be purchased for $13.00 which includes tax, from John Schippers by e-mailing him at:
Sorry it has been sold out
TO ALL OF OUR COUNTRY'S VETERANS, WE HERE AT VINTAGE AIRCRAFT WOULD LIKE TO SAY:
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR OUR COUNTRY!
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