THOMAS E. BARTMESS |
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy from Tom's widow, Eleanor Bartmess Riordan)
1883 Randall Road
San Mateo, CA 94402
15 October 1983
Dear Mr. Lundy:
I am so blessed and overwhelmed with the scope of information that you have and, to know more of what happened (Tom wrote so often of the many things he would have to tell me) has been on my heart for these many years. What you have put together is fantastic! The amount of time and research is reflected in the details that I didn't know was that available.
Thanks for the telephone number of Bill Cameron. He and Tommy were roommates - I saw him one time only in Manchester, NH, at Grenier Field, just before they went to England. I have some photographs and clippings. His family and he were so kind in corresponding with me when I was so devastated with grief. I will also contact Robert I. Brown, though I do not know him.
Today I had started a letter to Mr. Henry, but had not finished it - the mailman arrived with your letter - so will repeat information that I had put in the letter to him. This regards a letter Lt. William E. Hill, 0727342, had written to his parents from POW camp. Lt. Hill's parents typed verbatim the first letter they had received after the Kiel mission. The letter was dated 5/29/43 and they received it on 6/21/43. Copy of same is enclosed). I did not correspond regularly with the Hill's and that was all that I learned. Lt. Hill's parents' home was in Louisville, Kentucky. I did not hear from the Hill's until 9 April 1944, and that was after I had written to hem at someone's suggestion. We finally knew there was no hope. Those were such agonizing days for all concerned.
Will, write to the others for whom you had addresses. I believe the "Little Beaver" crew was probably put together at Will Rogers Field, in Oklahoma City, but cannot document that. I have copies of some of the orders.
Again, I thank you for caring so much and for putting this information together. It takes a special kind of person to give so much of themselves and their time. I would like a copy of any books you publish.
God bless you abundantly,
Eleanor Bartmess Riordan
If I can help in any way, please let me know.