Lest We Forget This is a memorial for all the 337 457th members who were KIA, MIA or KIS. Some work still needs to be done to get all 337 names in this memorial but 224 names have been added so far. Some photos are in low resolution but we will try to get these in higher quality so they can be viewed properly. For the Fallen
Duane Zemper collection Duane Zemper was the photo officer at Glatton. He took many beautiful photos during his time with the 457th Bomb Group. Thanks to Eric Zemper we have 540 beautiful photos to show you in the photo section. Duane Zemper Collection
The 2015 State-side reunion will be held at the Hilton Savannah Desoto from June 21-24, 2015. Early check-in will take place on June 20, with check-out on June 25. The agenda will include a visit to the Mighty Eighth Museum and an opportunity to see the Mosaic Star Restoration Project in the Memorial Gardens plus a memorial service in the chapel of the museum honoring all our veterans who have passed in the last two years. At the hotel we will have a Memorabilia Room where you can see photographs and other records of the 457th BG’s time at Glatton.
For detailed information see the February 2015 newsletter here, pages 1, 4 and 5.
November 2013 marks the launch of the Fund Drive to restore the “Mosaic Star” of the 8th Air Force.
Most are unaware that this beautiful 16-foot square Terrazzo Concrete Star was created by WPA Artisans. The Star was created in the center of the floor of the Operations Building at Hunter Field just prior to World War II.
Many Bomb Groups received training at Hunter Field before going overseas between 1942-1945. The footsteps of countless young Airmen walked upon this Symbol of the Army Air Corps.
This Star when completely restored will rest in the center of the Columbarium directly behind the “Chapel of the Fallen Eagles.”
Donations may be sent to:
Lori Paris Barnett, Treasurer
c/o 457th BG / Chapel Gardens Memorial Fund
304 Old West Point Road
Starkville, MS 39759-2654
The 457th Bomb Group Association is pleased to announce the online edition of mission Loading Lists. This volume was the result of the tireless efforts of Joe Toth, Immediate Past President, who resides in Pueblo Colorado. This archive will be a valuable research tool for those interested in the History of the 457th Bomb Group. Joe’s personal contact information is included in the Officer’s List.