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56th FG Zemkes Wolfpack
The Outstanding P-47 Fighter Group Of WW2.
Interviews with 56th FG Personnel
ZacharyBaughman
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009 - 08:03 AM UTC
Hello,

My name is Zack Baughman and I run an oral history program for the Experimental Aircraft Association (Oshkosh) called "Timeless Voices of Aviation." In addition, I work in the EAA AirVenture Museum as the assistant to the curator of collections. I've been interested in the 56th Fighter Group since I first read Robert Johnson & Martin Caiden's book "Thunderbolt!" A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet and interview 61st FS pilot Bill Hartshorn, and he invited me to the 56th FG Association's reunion in Dayton, Ohio that year. Because of my friendship with Bill I was able to attend the last four reunions of the 56th, and have met and interviewed quite a few of the surviving members of the group. Here are some of those interviews:


62nd FS Pilot Billy Edens


63rd FS Crew Chief Frank Gyidik (apologies for the audio)


61st FS Pilot Bill Hartshorn


61st FS Pilot Russ Kyler


62nd FS Mechanic Les Noyes


61st FS Armament Man George Nunemacher


61st FS Pilot Robert "Shorty" Rankin


61st FS Pilot Les Smith


61st FS Pilot Cleon Thomton


63rd FS Pilot John Truluck


63rd FS Pilot Wil Van Abel
I have a few more, but they have not been edited as of yet. I'll be sure to add them when they are. Hope you enjoy these interviews!

Zack
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009 - 08:26 AM UTC
Hi Zack.
Firsty, a very warm welcome to the P-47 SIG.
Your name comes up very often in conversation at Halesworth. Many people, myself included, are of the opinion that the Timeless Voices project is one of the most historically important projects ever undertaken, and yourself and everyone associated with the project are to be congratulated on your work.
I would highly recommend anybody who hasnt seen any of the interviews to visit the website.
TIMELESS VOICES

Would you mind if I contacted you at the email address you used to register?

Nige.
PS..I'll go through the post and turn the links into hotlinks.
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009 - 08:49 AM UTC
Wow - what a brilliant website/project.

I am amazed!!

Zack - thank you for posting this here,

Andy
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2009 - 03:15 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Zack.
Firsty, a very warm welcome to the P-47 SIG.
Your name comes up very often in conversation at Halesworth. Many people, myself included, are of the opinion that the Timeless Voices project is one of the most historically important projects ever undertaken, and yourself and everyone associated with the project are to be congratulated on your work.

Would you mind if I contacted you at the email address you used to register?




Thanks very much for the nice words Nigel, and thanks as well for creating the hotlinks. As soon as I can find some free time, I'll be sending Buzz Took raw footage copies of all the 56th FG interviews I have done to use at Halesworth. I've received a request from Boxted for copies, and I'll be sending some to them as well. I'll never have the impact of other historians (Roger Freeman and Bill Hess come to mind) on spreading the word on the history of the 56th, but I do my best

I look forward to participating on this forum, and again, thanks for the warm welcome!

Zack

PS: I can be reached at either the email registered, or through my work address, which I don't mind posting here: zbaughman@eaa.org.
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2009 - 04:56 AM UTC

..second Andy's comment ..superbly put together and nice to be able to access them directly from this site too..
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Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 12:20 PM UTC
Excellent stuff right here Zach, thanks for investing the time and energy to preserve the history of these great guys' stories...
ZacharyBaughman
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Posted: Friday, September 07, 2012 - 06:55 AM UTC
Here are a few more since my original post:

Robert Winters - 62nd FS Pilot

Vic Bast - 61st FS Pilot

Otis Etier - 63rd FS Direction Finding Radio Operator

John Callaghan - VHF Radio Communications Expert - 56th FG

Ralph Johnson - 62nd FS Pilot (poor audio)

John Zasadzinski - 61st FS Photographer

Joe Rogers - 61st FS Crew Chief

Frank McCauley - 61st FS Pilot"

Jack Bradshaw - 63rd FS Pilot