Friends, this is a bit lengthy. Hopefully you will find time to read it.
After receivingthe IDPF's for my brother's crew mates I began to search for relatives of the airmen.
I contacted the cemetery in CA where the only man that could be identified was buried. I included to them the data I had. They responded with letting me know they were passing along my name and email to surviving cousins and want to be kept informed. I am always told this is so interesting.
Last evening I spoke with the cousin of another airman. Today I will send him information from this IDPF. He has some photos for me. We will see if my brother and his three friends include his cousin.
Some time ago after talking with a librarian in Milwaukee I located the son of my brother's close friend, Max. Max was killed in a separate crash. In my brother's journal he wrote of going to see Max's wife and young son after the war. Of course it didn't happen but I was able to talk to Max Jr.
The elderly sister of another crew member said I am the only person she has heard from since the group burial notice in 1949. I told her and the others that a friend of mine in St Louis visits the grave several times a year and places flags and at Christmas, a wreath on the grouop site.
Another friend here shared some of his time going to the grave. I appreciate it so much.
I am so grateful I have the opportunity to share with familes what I can. I am aware that I have found probably more than they need to know and I keep the information basic but it is that touch with someone who knew of their loved one that is important.