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
Savannah Reunion 2015 This June we had a great reunion in Savannah Georgia. It was great meeting each other again and listening to the great stories our veterans shared with us. The visit the the 8th Airforce Museum was great. We saw the newly restored B-17 ‘City of Savannah’ and the saved and restored terrazzo compass rose from Hunter Field’s original operations building. The 2016 reunion will be held in Washington so make sure you write that down in your agenda’s!
Bill Mach’s collection Bill Mach was one of the photo officers at Glatton. He took many beautiful photos during his time with the 457th Bomb Group. Thanks to Trisha Mach Robertson we have 850+ beautiful photos to show you in the photo section.
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