Aug 29,1944 - program of the 65th anniversary commemration

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  1. seesul

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    #1 seesul, Jul 23, 2009
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    This is just to inform you we haven´t forgotten the sacrifice of the US flyboys over our country:

    Friday, Aug 28, 2009

    04.00 - 05.00 pm - Sanov (B-17G, 42-38096), laying the wreaths at the crash site
    05.30 - 07.00 pm - museum in Sanov

    Saturday, Aug 29, 2009

    11.00 - 12.00 am - museum in Slavicin, incl. the presentation of the DVD 'Gray Eagles'
    12.00 - 01.30 pm - lunch
    01.30 - 02.00 pm - laying the wreaths at the mass grave of 28 American fliers at Slavicin cemetery
    03.00 - 03.30 pm - unveiling of the memorial plaque in Preckovice
    04.00 pm - Rudice (B-17G, 42-97159), laying the wreaths at the Joe Marinello's and Russell Meyrick's grave, holy mess at Meyrick´s tree, discussion with the local people

    Sunday, Aug 30, 2009
    09.30 - 10.30 am - holy mess in Bojkovice
    11.00 - 12.00 am - Vyskovec (B-17G, 42-31885), laying the wreaths at the crash site
    12.30 - 01.30 pm - lunch in Bojkovice
    02.00 - 03.30 pm - Krhov (B-17G, 42-32048 ), laying the wreaths at the crash site
    04.00 - 06.30 pm - discussion with the local people in Bojkovice, Silver Bracelet Story ( http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/2nd-lt-james-weiler-story-silver-bracelet-13501.html )

    Foreign guests:

    1) Nic Mevoli - confirmed
    Nic Mevoli is Joe Owsianik´s grandson.

    2) Todd Weiler- confirmed
    Todd is an nephew of Jimmy Weiler, 1st pilot of the B-17G, 42-32048. Jimmy was KIA. Todd is an elected historian of 2ndBG vets assn.

    3) Donna Conway + husband - not confirmed yet
    Mrs. Donna Conway is a newly elected co-historian of 2nd BG vets assn.

    4) Kelly Charles Meyrick + 2 kids
    - confirmed
    Kelly Charles great uncle Russell Meyrick (bombardier) was KIA aboard of B-17G, 42-97159.
    Kelly is a meber of this forum with nickname KMEYRICK

    5) Mike Meyrick - confirmed
    Mr. Meyrick is father of Kelly Charles, Russel Meyrick was his uncle

    6) Roy + Fern Wagner - confirmed
    Mrs.Fern Wagner is a sister of Joe Sallings, a left waist gunner who bailed out from B-17G, 42-97159. Joe lived till the end of the war at Pesat family in a small village Preckovice, 2 miles away from the crash site.

    7) Terry Fox (Airframes) + Karl Rochford (Rochie)- confirmed
    My British fellows from Aircraft of World War II forum.

    With regret I have to inform you that Joe Owsianik, my friend and one of the mission 263 survivors, will not attend the commemoration. As I was informed by his grandson, Nic Mevoli, Joe was hospitalized 3 weeks ago due to health problems. Although he´s doing better now he will stay at home this August. I fully understand his decision but I´ll be missing him at the commemoration. He was supposed to be the only veteran of the mission 263 attending this commemoration.
    This way I want to thank Joe for his previous visits in 2005 and 2007 and wish him a soon recovery and I hope to see him next year again.
    GET WELL SOON JERSEY JOE!
    I´m in touch with Joe´s grandson Nic Mevoli and it seems that Nic will visit us as a Joe´s substite and messenger.

    I´ll post pics after the commemoration. For those who don´t know anything about the battle and the past comemmorations, here are few links:

    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/b-17s-took-beating-11209-2.html
    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/stories/1st-lt-bill-tune-2nd-bg-20th-sqdn-passed-away-15582.html
    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/ot...lyer-s-microphone-1944-found-woods-12379.html
    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/b-17-snafuperman-5474.html
    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/willi-reschke-s-g-august-29th-1944-a-9055.html
    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/av...joe-owsianik-meeting-after-63-years-9298.html
    We haven´t forgot- commemoration of Aug. 29th, 1944
     
  2. Erich

    Erich the old Sage
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    any of you guys ever get the chance to hook up with Roman, do so ! hopeful over the enxt couple years Kath and I will make the trip to see this fantastic museum for ourselves

    E ~
     
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    I hope so Erich. You´ll be always welcomed and all the other guys too!
    These visits would sure turn the thread 'what is the best beer in the world' the right way:D
     
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    will see you there Roman !
     
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    can´t wait to see ya all fellas!
     
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    Terry and Rochie...arrival and departure dates and times?
     
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    Terry is working on the dates roman, should know soon
     
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    #8 seesul, Aug 13, 2009
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    O.K. Karl. I´m putting the plan together, my head is like a pumkin actually :D
     
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    Just leaving for Brno airport to pick up Terry and Karl.
    Looking 4ward to this event!
    And...for sure, there will be few beers today evening8)
     
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    Pilsner Urquel, the best pilsner in the world :)

    Have a good time, Roman, Rochie and Terry!
     
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    Really impressive. Especially because that history is not taught in the US anymore.

    Thanks to everyone in your end of the world for the Rememberence, Roman. Very good of them.
     
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    Thanks you so much Roman!

    And thanks to all of the good people of your country!

    Much appreciated.

    TO
     
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    #14 seesul, Sep 1, 2009
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    Hi Les, don´t be afraid, I´ll post them and Terry and Karl as well.
    But...there was no time for the forum. I was in Slavicin since 10 days ago. Yesterday I brought Meyricks and Conways to Prague and get back to Slavicin at almost 5 pm. Found Terry and Karl drinking the best beer in the world in the pub at the hotel. Said them (sadly) good bay, then picked up a grandson of my friend Joe, brought him to my parents just to say good bye, then back to Zlin (where I live today), then with him to the railway station. Today I was with my son in the school (his first school day) and stil don´t know what can I expect at work tomorrow...
    Don´t worry, I´ll post it.
    I´m really envious at Terry and Karl- they are still drinking a beer in my born town waiting for their tomorrow´s flight back home...
     
  15. Erich

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    well hopeful that Terry and Karl got an ear/eyeful of historical information I know I have revisiting sites in your area through your extensive emails and pics plus looking through the JG 300 volume 1 and my own personal data on that fateful date.

    keep up the good work and one day K and I will gt over there for a time and some good food with you and your Familie.

    ok lets see the ugly mugs of everyone ........ :D
     
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    #16 KMeyrick, Sep 1, 2009
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    Well, the photos and the written words don't do it justice. You have to visit in person.

    This was a truly moving experience for my family- and we are forever in debted to Roman and the townsfolk for everything they have done.

    We will be back. That is a promise. And we will bring more Meyrick's next time.:lol:

    Let's see what photos I can get up. (might take me a bit, I've never uploaded photos on this site before so excuse the first few tries if it doesn't go well)

    OK- let's try this one

    Wine at 10 am.
     

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    Yeah I did it.

    so here are a few more- then I'm off to bed. Very tired tonight after that long flight!!!
     

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    Thank you Kelly and all your family. What an unforgeteable experience for me and my friends!
    Will post some pics this weekend as I got no time sooner- Tommy started to go to the school so a lot of things to do now:)
    I´m glad you got back safe home.
    There´ s a thread The Best Beer In The World on this forum so I guess you got something to say there as well now :)
     
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    my gosh Roman in a suit ? yikes ....

    just kidding friend, looked like a very special time
     
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