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Edward  G.  Schwarm


Personal Legacy
USA -- TEL. (508)428-0556

History taken from a personal letter:
January 30, 1996

Dear John,

I was so pleased to receive your friendly and informative letter. Very interesting to hear how the "big war" looked from your side of the Channel. Life must have been very difficult in France at that Lime.
was stationed in East Anglia, near the small village of Sbipdham, 30 km. SW of Norwich. I have been to England and France many times since then. I was on the research staff of the Massachdsetts Institute of Technology and Special Projects Director for the 6uidance and Navigation System which we designed for the Apollo spacecraft and the Lunar Lander. I also helped design the flight test program, the final test flight being the first flight to the moon and return. That was quite an adventure. During my later working years I was head of the Electrical Engineering Department of Arthur D. Little, a US consulting firm. They have offices in both London and Paris which gave me the opportunity to visit and work there often.

My war record was not spectacular. I was a squadron engineering officer in the 44th Bomb Group of the 2nd Air Division o[ the 8th Air Force while in England. We flew B-24 Liberators in the 2nd Air Division. The 1st and 3rd Divisions flew B-17 Fortresses. While my duties were primarily ground based, I flew on many local flights and several missions as copilot or flight engineer. We took a few bullets and some flak but got back each time.

Before going to England, I was in a B-17 group and upon my return home was in a B-29 group until the Japanese surrendered. The B-17 was, and still is, a beautiful airplane to look at and fly. I do, however, have a warm spot y heart for the Lib. which served us so well and flew very nicely also.

Again, John, thank you for the friendly letter. Your Yankee friend. Ed -- NXIV

World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

251 Regency Drive
Marstons Mills, MA 02648

16 January 1995

Dear Will:

The 2nd ADA amateur radio net continues to flourish. With Bill and Shelagh Holmes meeting with us weekly from Norwich and 15-20 of us getting together each Tuesday morning, we have participants from all over the U.S. Of our about 50 members, ten are 44th BG members, a real hot-shot bunch. With the sunspot cycle at the low, propagation is not too reliable, but we do get through to England and California most of the time. It is an 11-year cycle and things will start getting better in about a year, so we will hang in there.

I recently got my copy of the 2nd Air Division history and the article by "Jack" Whittle (p. 70) jogged my memory. When Bar-C crashed, I was on the scene shortly after and looked over the plane. They apparently tried to unfeather two or maybe three props at the same time and burned out the single fuse, which fed all four feathering pump motors. They, again, demonstrated that a B-24 will not hold altitude on one engine. I wrote to Whittle about this and received an interesting letter back from William Heyburn II, who was the radio operator that day. It all makes a story, which may be of interest to the 44th gang, so I am writing it up for your consideration for the "8-Ball Tails." I'll send it on to you in a few weeks.

Thanks again for helping to resurrect the 44th. If I can be of any help here in the northeast, please let me know. We are going to Norwich in May. Hope to see you there.

From one 8-Ball to another!


World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

251 Regency Drive
Marstons Mills, Massachusetts 02648

19 December 1988

Dear Will:

Thanks so much for the welcome back to the 44th BG. Yes, I was lost, but now I am found (sounds like some of my flying and sailing experiences).

Oh what a group of memories and long forgotten experiences were stirred up by a coincidental ham radio QSO (conversation) with Bill Holes in Norwich. I Just overheard him talking to a friend of his in Iowa about the 2nd Air Division. I waited almost an hour for them to finish and then nearly missed Bill. His friend in Iowa hard me call and alerted him. Bill filled me in on the 2nd ADA, gave me Evelyn Cohen's address, and also alerted Dave Patterson who followed up.

Over the years, I have heard nothing about the 44th or the 2nd Division. Both my parents and I relocated right after the "Big One," and we were untraceable. I have met only two others - Bill Zoelmer of the 44th from Milwaukee whom I have now lost track of and Lyman Goff, an Ops. Officer in the 392nd (I believe) [no] who was a neighbor of mine for many years. As I remember, he was at Medfield when the bomb dump blew up.

My service life was a modest one. I was trained as an engineering officer at Yale AFTC and B-24 school in San Diego. Served as a squadron E.O. at Fort Worth's then Tarrant Field (now Carswell AFB) and Clovis, NM AFB. I was assigned to the 2nd Division HQ during the summer of 1944, working out of Lt. Col. Hughel's division engineering office and worked with Major Bobby Norsen. It involved the design of a special nose turret installation and the conversion of four B-24s to that configuration as lead aircraft. After my stint at HQ, I was assigned to the 506th squadron, 44th Group as assistant engineering officer where I stayed until shortly after D-day. I flew home on the last flight out of Shipdham, R&R'd at Sioux Falls, went to Pueblo, Colorado until VJ Day, and then back to the University of Wisconsin to finish my electrical engineering education.

I stayed in the aero end of the business as chief systems engineer on the K-Bombing system for the B-36 and B-47 (spending much time at Carswell, again), designed flight simulators for a number of military planes including the T-37 "tweety bird" which I got checked out in, and special projects director on the guidance and navigation system for the Apollo spacecraft at MIT. I'm still having fun playing with the electronic toys, having failed several times to retire completely.

You mentioned that you couldn't find me in the 506th records. The only place I have seen my name other than special orders in my 201 file is in the directory in the back of Ursel Harvell's excellent history of the 44th.

I sure remember Ralph Lipper whom you mentioned in your letter. He was group-engineering officer when I was 506th Asst. E.O. We were in meetings together a good number of times. My recollection of him is one very fine and competent guy. Give him my best if you see or talk to him.

I also remember Norm Kiefer by name and face, but we didn't work together. James McAtee was the 506th C.O. when I was in it, so I also remember him well, another great guy. He might even remember the kid assistant engineering officer there at the time. Please give him my best also.

The August copy of the 44th Logbook brought back some pleasant memories, too. I heard Dick Hruby's tale of the only 100% successful B-24 ditching first hand in 1944. One thing not mentioned in the article, as my dim memory tries to work, was that he landed into the wind and waves rather than cross wind as was the required procedure. He was subsequently made air-sea rescue officer, and had great difficulty convincing himself that the cross wind approach was best.

I was very pleased to find that two of my former room mates were at the Riverside reunion, Jim Clements and Conrad Menzel. Connie and I were very good friends. My older son, now 41 years old, has the middle name of Conrad, after you know who. I lost track of Connie, but I'm sure you have his address. I am enclosing a SASE, and I would appreciate your jotting down his address (and phone number if you have it) so I can get in touch with him. Also, is it possible to get back copies of the 44th Logbook?

I have a number of photos of 44th people taken at Shipdham. I developed them in pint beer mugs over there. The negatives have been lost, but I will get the prints copied right after the holiday rush and send them to you or whomever might want them. I remember sending copies of these to Connie Menzel early on, so it is possible that they have already been published.

Sincerely yours,

Ed Schwarm
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