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Ongoing Miscellaneous Comments
I have uploaded all of the video interviews that I had from
last year's reunion. Check out the videos page, I'm pretty pleased with how
it turned out.
I haven't posted any comments here in two weeks, but that does
not mean that I haven't been busy. I've been doing some
restoration work on the Crow mascot, and am excited about the
crow's new look. I made a prosthesis for the beak, took off the
black tape (which turns out to have been cosmetic/temporary in
intention, it seems), filed and scraped off excess glue, and
repainted him. He's lookin' good!
I've been updating the chronology, time permitting but the
other thing that I did was install and use my video capture
hardware to finally create videos from the interviews that we did
last year. The result is the new videos page, which will have several
I started a chronology of the
squadron a few days ago. I am only adding a paragraph or two a
day because I have to synopsize the book which involves a little
editing and writing on my part. Please check back to see how it's
going. I plan to continue through until the end of the book and
then to link from the crew pages to the chronology so that the
text is not duplicated.
I added a Google Search widget to the top right of the main
pages. If you tried it yesterday, it was a generic search. After
a little cogitating I realized I should make it specific to the
site, which it is now. Pretty cool, I think! I started a
chronology page but the early part is kind of complicated
(earlier squadrons that became the patrol bomber squadrons at the
end of the war) so it's taking a little extra time. I hope to
have a beginning to post in a few days.
I added a new page today, with what will eventually include a
complete roster of the entire squadron. I am up to Crew 7/13 but
I am going by the order in the book so it's not really apparent
where I am. Less than half way, I think. However, I have
completely realized one goal, which is to get the names of the
"ground grippers" on the site for the first time. I wish I had
done that a lot sooner. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get
the rest of the squadron listed. You can access the new page from
the site map or from the heading on the Crews page, where I added
Today I added a proper header to the main pages of the
website. It's still pretty basic but I think what I have serves
its purose fairly well. The sea image in the background is taken
from an actual action photo taken by a VPB-118 crew member; I
just used an area of the image with empty sea and changed it from
a grayscale image to a blue duotone. I've still got a lot of work
to do on the crew pages and other lower-level pages to get them
all set up with reasonalby standards-compliant HTML but we're
getting there. I should start adding some general chronology soon
while working on the page upgrades.
VPB-118 lost Charlie Hodge on the 6th, I'm sorry to report.
Barry Hodge told me he died from complications from heart
surgery. Charlie's personality and storytelling will be sorely
missed by all. Barry sent me this link
to a story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Additionally, I happened across an obituary for Conrad Dodl of
the McCutcheon crew just this morning. Conrad passed away about
two weeks ago according to the obit.
I did a major overhaul of the crews
page today. Now you should be able to read the table more easily,
plus you can resort the data to search for whatever particular
turned on for the sorting feature to work.) I want to do another
table like this for crew members but will have to do that in
I got kind of crazy and did something that I had in mind for a
while: I added embedded Google Maps for all of the airstrips that
I could think of that VPB-118 was stationed at. I think I left
out one on Okinawa, the one at the end that wasn't so popular.
Anyway, I think it turned out pretty well, see for yourself at
the new maps page.
I added a site map page with links for people that don't have
main pages. If you go to a lower-level page that has the old menu
bar on top, you may possibly navigate to an invalid link. If this
happens, please go back to the site map page. I will be updating
all of the navigation bars as time permits, as well as ugrading
the layouts of all pages.
I finished scanning the John Hanan (Keiser Crew) albums and am
getting ready to send them back to his son, Tom. I have only
posted a few images from that collection, but there are some fine
images there, taken by John himself.
to facilitate reorganizing the site. I can change structure or
content in one spot and it will show up across the site, which is
a huge time-saver and allows me to try out more ideas. However,
visible. I should have a site map with links to it provided for
those folks very soon.
two new pages in the Hanan (Crew 13) scrapbook today, bringing
the total to four.
First of all, let me remind you that I am using the blogspot for
most of my commnents at this point owing to the ability of
visitors to post comments there. I think. Nobody's commented
I posted the sad news that Rogers Fiedler passed away earlier
this week on the blog.
I have started posting scans to the
Keiser Crew section. In addition to the new images which I will
start posting, you will see a preview of the new look for the
website. Yes, friends, the training wheels are coming off and you
are about to see a more professional look to the site.
I can't believe that I haven't updated since November 2007.
Ouch. The good news is that I will be posting new images soon,
and hope to upgrade the entire look and structure of the site in
the coming months. Additionally, I started a blogspot that
you can access and post to immediately, if the urge takes you.
VPB-118 folks should already know that the next reunion is
scheduled for Asheville, NC.
As many of you know, the next reunion is to be in Chicago,
hometown to Tom Peterson (my brother), his wife, and myself
(webmaster of this site). We are hoping to visit Great Lakes
Naval Training Station and 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant (a good
restaurant next to a small airport, with static warplane
exhibits) as well take folks on a Chicago River architectural
tour. Details to follow.
The 2007 VPB-118 Reunion will be held in Chattanooga,
Tennessee from August 31 through September 3. We all thank Glenn
Barnes and family for the wonderful reunion this past Labor Day
in Rapid City, South Dakota. Please note the wonderful photo of Crew 11 (PPC McCutcheon)
which Mary Anne Barnes got from the family of Otto Bunkers.
05/29/2006, Memorial Day
I added a great cutaway
diagram of the PB4Y-2 from the pilot's manual and made some
minor modifications today. I recommend that you check the
Collings Foundation to see if their planes, including their
awesome B-24, are coming to your area this summer.
VPB-118 Crew and family: VPB-118 is represented here on Yahoo
Groups. Click button to join
Yahoo Groups. Please contact me if you have any problem
An aviation art buff named Zach Amis informed me that the
VPB-118 print commissioned by Henry "Horse" Thompson is on sale
Historic Aviation site. Limited edition, so hurry up!
Posted additional Park Crew Photos,
including three photos of event that caused the loss of the crew
and very nice portraits of crew member Mike Marich and PPC Park.
I will be doing reunion photos very soon so that there is more
than just the intro!
I've received several messages from people with information,
scans, and photos recently. Perhaps the cold weather has people
surfing the internet more often, but whatever the reason, I
appreciate the input. I will try to budget some time to update
the site with some of the stuff I've been working on.
Photos and other items from the scrapbook of Tom Bay (plane
captain of Crew 2, my Dad's crew), courtesy of his son, Walter
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