99th Bomb Group Historical Society - Thunder From The South
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Announcing Friends of the 99th

The purpose of the Friends of the 99th is to support our efforts to further develop, preserve and share the history of the 99th BG with our membership and a wider audience. Under the umbrella of the 99th Bombardment Group Historical Society (a tax-exempt not-for-profit 501 (c)(19) Veterans organization), we are pleased to announce the formation of the Friends of the 99th to enable our members and other parties to more easily make financial and material donations to the 99th BGHS. The Friends of the 99th will provide an acknowledgment of your donation, for tax purposes and as a permanent record of your contribution. Click here to learn how to make your tax-deductible donation.

99th Bomb Group Historical Society NARA File & Film Records

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) II
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
http://archives.gov

The following is a summary listing of film records available at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) II, in College Park, MD that include some reference or relation to the 99th Bomb Group. Most of these were located under the research subject heading for the Army Air Forces (AAF), 99th Bombardment Group (99BG). At the time that this research began in late 2008, these records were located on the 4th floor in Room 400 under Record Group 18.

This information was summarized from the Index Cards which included more fields. A copy of one of the better quality Index Cards is available on this site for reference. A Table has been created to capture the key information off of each of these AAF 99BG Index Cards, and for expediency some of the fields are left blank to be completed at a later date. No claim is made that these are all of the 99th BG film records, only those that were located during research over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday period back in 2008.

If you are interested in this project or if you plan to visit the NARA II facility yourself please contact Gary Staffo or the NARA Website for information concerning the rules and requirements to obtain a NARA identification that allows records access. The 99th BGHS is exploring the possibility of having a copy of each of these 99th BG film records made and indexed on DVD if we can get significant contributions through our "Friends of the 99th BGHS" campaign. This list is a starting point to help us seek out competitive business proposals from several professional firms to determine the cost for this project.

I would appreciate if each of you who do visit the NARA II please share with us your research findings for publication for our 99th BGHS members and for our historical research. Please contact Gary Staffo by email at GStaffo@verizon.net if you have any questions or would like to discuss the project or volunteer to help us with the work.

99BGHS NARA II Film List
99BGHS NARA II Film Record Example
99BGHS NARA II File List

Books

THE DIAMONDBACKS : THE HISTORY OF THE 99th BOMB GROUP (H)
by the 99th Bomb Group Historical Society

War stories, mission lists, and biographies. Loaded with photographs.

Turner Publishing
412 Broadway - P.O. Box 3101
Paducah, Kentucky 42002-3101
Telephone (502) 443-0121
BEYOND FIGHTER ESCORT
by James F. Bruno

A diary of the 99th BG, as told by a member who flew combat missions with it during 1943. Also contains information about other 99th BG members throughout the war.

James F. Bruno
16645 Cherry Hill Drive
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005-2716
AIRCRAFT DOWN - EVADING CAPTURE IN WWII EUROPE
by Philip D. Caine

This book is an excellent collection of eight stories about evasion and survival by airmen in WWII. Chapter 7, "I Was So Close" is of special interest as it tells the story Sonny Fassoulis, a member of the 99th BG 348th BS, John Caraberis crew of the B-17 number 4230396 that was shot down on September 2, 1943 over Italy.

Brassey's
22841 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
STARDUST FALLING
by Ret. Capt. Wes Coss

A story of a young man's love of flying that takes him in to combat with the 99th BG 347th BS flying a B-17 in bombing raids routinely until January 27, 1944. On this day the 20 year old pilot has his aircraft shot down and faces the harsh reality of war attempting to evade capture behind enemy lines. A tribute to those in War and especially those of the underground who risked everything to save downed air crew men.

Wesley G. Coss
PO Box 6133
Denver, CO 80206-0133
Email: stardustfallingbook@yahoo.com
BROTHER BOB'S WAR
by Ralph W. Ekwall

A memoir in tribute to a 99th BG 346th BS B-17 Ball Turret Gunner with combat action taken directly from his War Diary. The book provides some background on his family history and home life. Additional background information is included about various topics of interest to all WWII Veterans and others who want to know more details about the airwar and the men who fought in the skies. Available in softcover or hardcover.

Willard's Books
P.O. Box 45804
Omaha, NE 69145-0804
WE CAME TO FIGHT A WAR: THE STORY OF A B-17 RADIO GUNNER AND HIS PILOT
As remembered by Alvin E. Kotler and told to Jack Flynn

The story of a 99th BG 346th BS Radio Gunner with the Lt. William Flynn Crew coming together and flying combat missions in 1944 and 45, with the 15th Air Force out of Tortorella, Italy, and the tragedy of a wartime injustice.

A heartfelt story told from the perspective of a crew member who had flown with his pilot in combat and knew first hand of his personal courage, bravery, and devotion to duty. His detailed description of how this respect for his pilot was earned, and his witness to the tragedy which unfolds provides a moving story of the unfortunate circumstances that resulted in this pilot's unfortunate personal and professional misfortune. The softcover book is illustrated with black and white photos, copies of documents, and other information.

ISBN 9781475197907 | CreateSpace Independent Publishing | Copyright 2008
Available on Amazon.com
ADVENTURES UNDER FIRE - WORLD WAR II MEMOIRS AND 50 - MISSION DIARY ABOARD THE B-17 FLYING FORTRESS 1942 to 1945
by Albert C. Henke

This book covers the 50 missions Henke flew as a tail gunner with the 99th Bomb Group, 416th Bomb Squadron, out of bases in North Africa and Italy to bomb German targets in the Mediterranean Theatre of operations, and also his Army Air Force training and family history. It is built around his Diary which he kept hidden throughout the War as at the time this was a forbidden practice under war time security. In this hidden Diary he recorded each mission within hours of his return, while the emotions and reality of the War were still felt throughout his body and in his mind. The book goes beyond the Diary and includes V-mail letters written home, information obtained after the War, and is illustrated with copies of his actual Diary entries as well as photos taken during and after the War. ISBN 978-1-58597-418-4

Leathers Publishing
4500 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211
913-498-2625
1-888-888-7696
FOR YOU DER VAR IS OFER
by George F. Perry
An autobiography of a 99th BG B-17 pilot. Tells of flight training, air combat, and life as a prisoner of war in a German POW camp.

George F. Perry
6236 SW 47th PL
Portland, Oregon 97221
TOMLIN'S CREW
by J.W. Smallwood

A diary by a 99th Bomb Group, 346th Bomb Squad Bombardier of his training, combat missions and experience as a POW during World War II.

Sunflower University Press
FROM FOGGIA TO FREEDOM - FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF THE AIRMEN OF THE 15TH AIR FORCE DURING WORLD WAR II
by Brandon Soale

This book covers the events leading to the creation of the 15th Air Force, the establishment of bases at Foggia, Italy and stories of the men who flew missions from there during WWII. I believe this will be of interest to all 99th BGHS members as the subject areas include the background on the development of the15th AF, the B-17, how the 99th BG got to Italy at Tortorella, and the description of the related airfields and organizations at Foggia. Although the stories are not from men in the 99th BG, the author has used information obtained in interviews with 99th BG Veterans and additional sources are well referenced throughout the book which does include an index. Many of the 99th BG Veterans shared similar experiences during AAF training and flying missions from Foggia. The soft cover book is illustrated with black and white photos, copies of documents, diagrams, a few sidebars, excerpts from Diaries and letters written home, and other information. ISBN 978-0-578-08663-7

CrabApple Books
P.O. Box 12
Camden, OH 45311
FORTRESS FIGHTERS
by William F. Somers

An autobiography of a B-17 Engineer/Gunner with a collection of stories of men of the 15th Air Force who flew the heavies from North Africa and Italy to smash the formidable German underbelly during World War Two.

Somers Printing Inc
304 South Rockford Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281
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