Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center - 3486 S. Smith Rd (off Market St.)
Fairlawn, OH 44333 - (across from City Hall and the Fire Station)
November 15, 2007, THURSDAY, 6:45 P.M. (The 3rd Thursday)
SPEAKER John Collett, Flight engineer and gunner, B-17. 35 missions , 8th Air Force
OCTOBER MEETING SUMMARY: Howard Claflin, B17 pilot in the 385th Bomber Group, 8th Air Force, Europe. Howard spoke briefly about his 15 missions over Germany including the mission to the railroad yard in Hamm when he was shot down.
He told mostly about his life as a POW and the sometimes hostile attitude of the German civilians to captured airmen. He almost died on the forced 7 day march in the winter of 1944 from a camp in east Germany to avoid the advance of the Russians. He was liberated from the POW camp at Moosburg by the US 3rd Army troops under Patton. Attendance was 104.
E-MAILADDRESSES: If you have an E-Mail address and wish to receive the meeting notices via E-Mail please contact Dean Smith (330 762 8885) or Ed Bollinger (330 836 6272). You will receive your meeting notices a week earlier this way.
DUES: Dues for Sept 1 ’07 to August 31 ’08 are due. They have been raised to $15. Please send them to Dan Demko at 1627 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd.. Copley, OH 44321-1909
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY PHOTOS : At the October 2006 meeting group photographs were taken of 41 WWII veterans and 17 Korean War veterans as part of the ceremonies commemorating the 5th anniversary of our roundtable. To date 24 and 14, respectively of these photos have been claimed. The remaining 8x10 color pictures will be available free of charge at all future meetings for the 20 veterans who have yet to acquire theirs.
2007 THEME: “Bring Two Veterans”. Personally bring 2 veterans and their families with you to our meetings.
VHP: (Veterans History Project) Report. Do you want to tape your wartime experiences? Contact Jerri Donohue (440 546 1207) to make arrangements. If you know of any veteran reunions in Ohio coming up please call Jerri so she can attend and get some of these veterans to record their stories.
SPEAKERS FOR 2007: Dr. Thomas Adams is our official “speakers” recruiter. Call Tom at 330 668 3672 to volunteer yourself or to recommend others.
December : no meeting
January 24, 2008: Dean Smith, The Defeat of the Germans in the Battle of Stalingrad .
February 28, 2008: Major Ed Lunda. The success of the Tuskegee Airmen
WEB SITE: Dave Hall has set up our Web Site at: http://www.wwiirt.com
The current catalog of video tapes of past meetings is now posted on this web site. You can rent one with a refundable $10 deposit or buy one for $10. If you want to rent or buy a tape call Dick Sutherland (330 666 4237) and he will have the tape for you at our next meeting. You might want to purchase some of them as a Christmas gifts.