Thanks for taking the time to reply to my questions about Dick's crew. I feel like an idiot now. I know about the 101th site and have been in contact with the man who runs it. I knew there were some pictures of Dick on there. They are ones I have. But I didn't realize the second crew was on there too and I haven't seen that picture. Will have to go look at it. I don't have that one. I thought I saw everything on there about Dick. Thank you so very much.
Dick kept a small journal during most of the war. He mentions people usually by first name or nickname only. They want a copy of his journals for the museum and I want to include the full names of the people he mentions. After Dick's journal ends he flew several more missions. My husband and I think he stopped keeping the journal because it was too painful. Now I think we may be right. I have pictures Dick took of his friends when they were out on the town or relaxing on base. In the photographs they are all smiling, happy young men. It is hard for me to picture them as old men and impossible to realize some of them died shortly after the pictures were taken. I mean I know they died - but it just doesn't seem possible. I can imagine how hard it must have been for Dick. Or I think I can.
February 3, 1945 is one of the longest entries in Dick's journals. He talks about Rosenthal's plane getting hit and blowing up. I was very surprised to discover that Rosenthal not only survived but is still around! At least that was a happy ending!
Thanks again for your kindness and taking the time to help me. It really was a very big help and now I can get back to work and get this journal finished and on its way to England.