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Marvin  I.  Syron


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World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

April 20, 1996

Dear Will:

I didn't know about the Flying Eight Ball having a different nose. On my Certificate of Valor, the "Ball" has a yellow nose. The only records I have for me is 593 Army Air Force Base Unit; 44th Bomb Group, 67th Squadron. The "Ball" on my jacket does seem to have a red nose now, orangy red. Maybe it changed over the years.

I don't know who first got my address. Art Hand got some information from Roy Owen, Joe Wacker was one of them. In Joe Wacker's letter he stated that the John Honmyhr crew did not get credit for one mission. We were flying from the Patrick W. Gallgher crew (67th). We were really shot up and landed on a steel runway for fighters. We were escorted about halfway by a P-47. We had thrown everything out but the radio, and it wasn't long until it got shot. Lt. Fisher got hit with shrapnel in the leg, not bad.

Just a note about General Johnson. He was a small man. I have a picture of him pinning an award on me. I can't tell if it is the Distinguished Flying Cross or Distinguished Unit Badge. I think "Flying Cross." There was a pond nearby where we partied and he was thrown in. Good sport.

General Johnson and six officers, two jump masters beside our crew, when we flew over Holland to drop supplies for the soldiers that were cut off. We were flying so low the radio man (McFarland) told Capt. Hanmeyer the trees were hitting the bottom of the plane. We weren't quite that low, but did have to pull up some so the chutes on the supplies would open.

When we came back from a mission, they knew Hanmeyer's crew came back they called "Here comes Hanmeyer's Peel Off!" Well those are a few notes on things that happened.

Here is Ed Waddell's address: 1448 Westminster Dr., Fairfield, CA 94533-1827, phone 707-425-3176.

I don't know if these pictures are any better. Let me know and I'll try to get someone to take some black and whites.

Yours truly, Marvin

World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

Nezpera, Idaho

22 February 1983

Dear Mr. Lundy:

It appears I am one of the people you are looking for. I was in the 67th Squadron - Flying Eight Balls).

I have checked the American Legion magazine for reunions, but never happened to come up with one for my group. I would appreciate knowing where and when the next one will be.

I have a picture of our original crew. I have their last names, but can remember only a couple of first names. Two of them were from the mid-West and the rest were from the East Coast. They were:

Capt. John Honmyher Pilot
Lt. Herman (Bernie) Copilot
Lt. George (Christos) Navigator
Lt. Fischer (Bernie) Bombardier
Sgt. Ed Wacker Asst. Tail Gunner
S/Sgt. Marvin Syron Engineer, Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Homer H. Blakely Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Ed McFarland Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Ed Widdell Tail Gunner
S/Sgt. Chice (?) Nose Gunner

I was glad to hear from you and would really appreciate knowing the address or the where abouts of any of my crew. Thank you.

Marvin I. Syron
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