NELSON E. BROTT|
World War II
Memories and Biography
8 August 1944
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
1616 Tibbits Ave.
Troy, New York 12180
February 15, 1982
I did greatly appreciate the two letters which I received from you. It provided me with additional information which I was not aware of.
I was in touch with four of my crew members over the holiday season (telephone conversation), with John McKee, RO, Charles Lain, bombardier, Scott Gippert, copilot, and Ben Komasinski, pilot. Instead of three, I should have said four. I do have Gippert's address as he is now located in Tempe, Arizona.
Winfield S. Gippert
1308 Verlea Circle
Tempe, Arizona 85282
When I did call Pete Henry, I relayed many addresses of my crew which were available to me. But you did fill me in with a couple which I did not have Frank Schaeffer (Eng), and Edgar Michaels (Nav).
I did have a report that both Stanley Hulewicy (tail) and Walter Bobenko (arm gun), have passed away.
Now, in relation to Coley W. Richardson, of which I never had any information of, he was assigned to that mission of August 8 when our regular member of our crew was assigned guard duty. His name was Frank LaFazia, 57 Orchard Ave., Warwick, Rhode Island 02886. He was our ball turret gunner.
I landed about 100 to 200 feet away from my copilot as we pulled a delayed jump, and then to greet us, of which we were not aware of, were members of the French forces of the interior (the underground). They hid us in the woods until the American Forces came through a month later.
Thank you very much.
Nelson E. Brott