REPA News

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

Tony Stein and his A/V return for the February 14th Atlanta REPA Luncheon

Folks….

Those who were at the October Atlanta REPA Luncheon will recall that our Guest Speaker, Tony Stein, made an A/V Presentation on the Arsenal of Democracy, the big gaggle of WWII aircraft that last year flew over the Washington Mall, Capitol, Monument, etc. at low altitude…  

Sadly Tony had to cut his presentation short as our meeting room was booked for another group!

But Tony will be back next Tuesday (February 14th) to wrap that A/V presentation up and then tell us (via another A/V) all about the CAF Dixie Wing, located at Falcon Field near Peachtree City…

We have ordered a new and larger screen (most will recall the cussing and all that every time we had to erect that worn-out disaster we have been using for years!) and hopefully it will be delivered before next Tuesday…

As usual we will be meeting about 11:00 AM at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Godby Road, southwest of the airport… The program usually starts about noon…

Jim Holder

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