REPA News

Reminder for the March 14th Atlanta REPA Luncheon...

Folks…..
 
Virgil Tedder, our Atlanta REPA Leader, won’t be able to attend the REPA Luncheon next Tuesday (March 14th) so he asked me, your Humble Scribe, to take his place…
 
This month we do not have a scheduled speaker or program but Captain Brian Settles will attend and give us a briefing on his new book, Shattered Dreams… I expect he will have copies for sale too!
 
After that I suppose we will have one of our famous Jokes, True Stories and Tall Tale Sessions! If we run short I will be forced to subject the crowd to some I have been putting off telling!
 
So! Bring a war story, joke or anything that might be of the slightest possible interest to the group and have at it… As we all have learned our group will laugh at anything so don’t be shy…
 
To remind everyone we meet at the Piccadilly Cafeteria about 11:00 AM, when they first open… It is located on Godby Road, just east of Old National Highway, at the southwest corner of the Atlanta Airport…
 
See you there!!!
 
Jim Holder

Need Your Help on the New Bronze Memorial!!!

Folks…

Final Chance to provide corrections on the new Bronze Memorial Names!!!!

As all must know we did miss some names in the culling out of over 16,000 names (generated by the use of many old Eastern Seniority Lists and other sources) down to the approximately 6700 that were cast in the New Bronze Memorial at the Atlanta Airport…

Since the New Bronze Memorial was cast we have added over 200 names in the Addendum, which presently can be viewed at the REPA Website… Most of them were due to missing about 170 Eastern Pilots who came and left between two lists that we used in the late 80’s…

Over past few years we were advised of some other names missed for various reasons and added them to the Addendum…

Recently some questions arose on those Eastern Pilots who died prior to 1952, when records were hard to come by…

As a result of these questions Jerry Frost and I spent most of Friday, March 3rd manually comparing the very old lists, old REPArtee magazines, the old Bronze Memorial and the New Bronze Memorial… We worked backwards (or is it forward?) from 1928 up to 1951 and found that we were missing 10 names, of which 8 we were unable to find the date of death…

We believe these names were left off by the typists we hired to type the Master List of 16,000 plus names when the project started… These names will be added to the Addendum…

As you can imagine very few deaths were recorded in 1929-1951 time frame due to the young age of those early Eastern Pilots but the lists got longer every year as we aged…

What Jerry and I did was time consuming and we only covered 23 years, some of which apparently no one died… To go forward to 2012 searching for typist errors would be exhausting and probably not needed for the last 20 or so years, as our record keeping has vastly improved, even though we lost input from Eastern Air Lines itself…

Now, why this Email is being sent out?

We would ask all concerned to make an effort to examine the New Bronze Memorial, either at the airport or online at http://www.easternpilots.com/ , and see if you can find an omission by the typists who created the 16,000 name list…

If so please let us know! We need to make one last effort before declaring the project to be finished, at which time the Addendum will be cast and added to the New Bronze Memorial when it is relocated after the remodeling of the North Terminal at the Atlanta Airport.

For Jerry and I to do this for the entire list from 1952 to about 2012 (when we sent the 16,000 names to the typists) would certainly make raging alcoholics of us both!!!!

Jim Holder

Message from Luncheon Speaker CAF Colonel Tony Stein

CAF Colonel Tony Stein asked that I send the below message out on the EALinfo Email net... Again I can report that his presentation last Tuesday was one of our best!

Jim Holder


Thanks to all who attended the Tuesday REPA Luncheon. I enjoyed talking to you about the CAF and the Dixie Wing.

I invite everyone to come and visit the Dixie Wing at the Peachtree City airport (FFC).
 
Our address is 1200 Echo Ct, Peachtree City, GA 30260 (678)-364-1110. Our regular days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
 
Here are some links to some websites and videos you may find interesting:

Website for Commemorative Air Force headquarters
http://commemorativeairforce.org/

Website for CAF Dixie Wing, Peachtree City, GA
http://www.dixiewing.org/

Website for Dixie Wing WWII Heritage Days, April 22, 23, 2017
http://www.wwiidays.org/

Website for Dixie Wing Atlanta Warbird Weekend, October 7, 8, 2017
http://www.atlantawarbirdweekend.com/

Website for CAF Woman’s Army Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.)
https://commemorativeairforce.org/rss/543-caf-announces-program-to-honor-women-airforce-service-pilots

More W.A.S.P. info
https://riseabovewasp.org/

Website for Tuskegee Airme
http://www.redtail.org/

Website for CAF B-29, B-24 bombers
http://www.cafb29b24.org/

Video of WWII veteran Tom Mohan in the Dixie Wing SBD Dauntless dive bomber
https://youtu.be/Va07CBGAhrM

Best regards,
 
Tony Stein
Col, CAF Dixie Wing
pa30tstein@gmail.com

(404) 374-1296

REPA Luncheon Report for Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Dixie Wing CAF's Red Tail P-51

Folks….

We had a fine crowd, 35 or more, for the February 14th Atlanta REPA Luncheon, helped in part by six of our ladies… And of course a big reason was the return of our October Speaker, Tony Stein, who picked up his Slide Show where he left off, this time showing many, many photos of WW II airplanes, including five or more owned and flown by the Dixie Wing of the CAF… As many recall Tony had to cut his presentation short last October as another group had reserved the room, so we had to stop the show…

This day we had no time limits so Tony spoke and answered questions about the various airplanes for 90 minutes or longer! If you were not there you missed a fine time!

Among the group were several folks we had not seen in a long time, including Bill and Susan Reeves, Aubrey and Marian Reed and Tom O’Bryon…

We did have the usual Door Prize Drawing with Dan Frisch being the big winner ($15.00), Aubrey Reed ($10.00) and Marty Tabacchi ($5.00)…

A “dual” winner was Bob Webb, who took home a well-traveled bottle of Jagermiester Liqueur and Captain Pete Vanderluis’s book Born to Fly, donated by Jim Holder and Virgil Tedder respectfully…

Sadly our new screen didn't arrive in time but as the attached photo shows we did make the old one stand up and begrudgingly work once more!

Jim Holder

Tony Stein and Bob Webb

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