The Fireball Newsletter – December, 2015

Fireball Newsletter December, 2015

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Today we added more information to the website! We added two new photo sections and photos have been added to the Lest We Forget section and to the Officers and Enlisted Men Portraits section. If you have any photos you want to share with us please contact us!

Also we added a search bar which will make finding information on the website even more easy.

New photo sections added

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!

Savannah Georgia 2015 reunion

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.

Bill Mach’s Wartime Photo Collection

457th Spearheads Restoration Project

At The Mighty 8th Museum

Greetings to Members and Friends of the 457th BG Association:

November 2013 marks the launch of the Fund Drive to restore the “Mosaic Star” of the 8th Air Force.

We are pleased to announce progress is being made.

Now is the time to consider a donation to finish this important work at The Mighty 8th Museum!

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.”

Our Goal for this Historic Restoration is $25,000.


All Donations are Tax Deductible!


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

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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.  This archive will be a valuable research tool for those interested in the History of the 457th Bomb Group.

If you have any additional information please let us know by contacting the webmaster, Erwin DeMooy: webmaster457thbombgroup@outlook.com

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