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Article about: Hello To All 73 years ago today the 384th Bomb Group took off from Grafton Underwood UK Station 106 on a mission to the Ball Bearing Factories at Schweinfurt Germany. On this mission between

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    Hello To All
    73 years ago today the 384th Bomb Group took off from Grafton Underwood UK
    Station 106 on a mission to the Ball Bearing Factories at Schweinfurt
    Germany. On this mission between the time of 13:54 and 13:57, 6 out of 7
    B17's from the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron were shot down. My
    Uncle TSgt Joseph Rachunas was a Tailgunner on one of those planes and
    became a POW at Stalag 17B for the rest of the War.This is Ben's story!!
    An Aviation Masterpiece & The Story Behind It
    I was very fortunate to become friends with Dewayne "Ben" Bennett. The
    pilot of the only B17 from the 545th to make it back to base that day. Ben
    had helped me with all the information about the day my Uncle was shot down.
    He also pointed me in the direction of the 384th website. Where I have
    become a member and, now enter combat crews from the original loading list
    to the database. While speaking with Ben about this day he told me that he
    wanted the memory of the men who lost their lives that day to be remembered.
    I told him I would do that for him. He passed away in March of 2011. I am
    Keeping my promise to him. I miss ya Ben!!!!! This is Ben's list of the men
    that died that day!

    Schweinfurt dead 4-13-09.jpg

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Phil thanks for keeping the memory alive!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    I just got off the phone with Phil Chaperon who was the left waist gunner on the B17 "The Mrs Geezil" with my uncle.
    96 and still as sharp as a tack!!!!
    He thank me for remembering those young men.
    That just made my day

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Hello All ,
    75 years ago today!
    Keeping my Promise!
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Well Done Phil.
    You are a good man.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Cheers Phil, for keeping the memories alive.
    Cheers Chris

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    Phil,
    You are a true gentleman.

    Marty
    Fortune favors the brave 644th td

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    Lovely Phil Mate.
    Regards
    René

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