Memorial Day Update


I hope everyone has had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  There have been 2 small updates to the website today.  We added another 9 photos to the Faces of the 417th Gallery.  The photos were supplied by Bob Brennan’s son Mike Brennan.  They have been added to the 1st gallery.

We also received a lovely email from Kevin Reeder with a special photo of a painting he received for Father’s Day.  The painting is of Henry Lee Gurley’s plane.  To see the photo, click here.

Blessings to everyone,

Rich Ziebart

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  1. Hello Mr. Ziebart

    My name is Joan Bettencourt Coelho. My father is Albert S Bettencourt Jr. and a member of the 417th Night Fighter Squardron. My mom’s name was Mary. Both of my parents have passed on and I am going thru pictures, letters etc. that where is a large truck. I found a letter you addressed to my mom. It had a program in it of the 417th reunion dated June 30, 1994. I was also able to find some pictures on the web of the members but did not find my dad? I did see one picture of Bill Rhodes who I know was a close friend of my dad’s.

    My Dad’s Honorable Discharge Papers shows a date of January 12, 1942 as him being accepted for active military service and Oct. 22, 1945 was his date of separation.

    I am writing to see if there is any other info I can get on the squadron. I have a 10 year old grandson that is very interested in the Army and what his Great Grandfather went through and where he was stationed at and what country at the time. I was able to find some old letters he wrote home that had a date and country on them but afraid some my be missing.

    My Dad did not talk much about the war and the little he did I was a kid and don’t remember much. I do remember him talking about planes, Corsica, France and Germans . He said he was a medic and I have a picture of him standing in front of an Army vehicle that has a red cross. My grandson has asked me a million questions and I must say I am embarrassed to say I don’t know the answers.

    I will keep looking for pictures and info on the web.

    Thank you for any help you might be able to give me.

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