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WILLIAM H. WRIGHTS
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

Dear Will:

Your request of 9 January 1986 arrived after several setbacks. I'll give you what little information I have.

I was a member of A.S. Hedford's crew at that time on a milk run mission that went sour. Due to some fine shooting from the Germans and a sick and burning B-24, we had to bail out and finish up as a guest in a POW camp.

The crew:
A. S. Ledford Pilot Box 8416, Chattanooga, TN
H. A. Armstrong Copilot Pueblo, Co
J. N. Tomblin Navigator Johnson City, Tenn
Pascal, Richard W. Bombardier Unknown add. (State of Nebraska) Weston?
Johnnie Bertellio Gunner Beaumont, TX
Bruce Starr W. Gunner Hughesville, PA
Hank P. Starr W. Gunner Arlington, VA (was killed by flak in flight)
Fred Wiener Gunner Brooklyn, New York
Eddie L. Sharpp Radio Op. Steubenville, Ohio
Wrights, W. H. Eng.Gun. 318 Chicago Ave, Valparaiso, FL 32580

I haven't had any contact with any of the crew in over 40 years, but will give you any help I can.

As for myself, I completed 27 years and retired from working as mechanic on cars, boats, motors, saws, lawnmowers and whatever. Life member of Amvets, NCOA.

I spoke with some members and found a Louis Cole who was in the 453rd B.G. and got a look at some mags he had. As he is a member of the second air division with information on all the different groups. Said he would get me a membership in the organization.

Any further help I can offer, let me know.

Bill Wrights
 
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