Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group

NEWSLETTER #47 - Summer 2011


May 2, 2011

Thought you guys would appreciate this new painting I've done of a Liberator on the bottom of a tropical reef, somewhere off the coast of some south Pacific island... It has been professionally scanned and is on my website... Ken Dahl


"We go where we think we can go, and we become what we believe we will become."


Dahl Painting

Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 1:33 AM
Subject: My father in WWII

Hello, Barbara and Theodore

I found your contact information on the 380th Bomb Group Associati on web site. As you might be able to guess from the subject line, my father was in WWII. He was a gunner in a B-24 and was in the 531st Squadron of the 380th Bomb Group. His name was Robert E. Walters. I have already found some information on him on your website and for that I would like to thank you very much. I am amazed and awed at the amount of information on available and very impressed when I think of the amount of effort it has taken.

I have a cutting from a newspaper which states that my mother received a letter from General Kenney regarding my father's service. I do not have a copy of that letter. Is it possible that General Kenney's correspondence has been archived somewhere and that I might be able therefore to obtain a copy of the letter?

Thank you for the efforts you have already made in compiling and making accessible so much information on. And also, in advance, for any help you might be able to give me.

Judy Moore


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 3:19 AM
Subject: The Search for HAZEL

Dear Barbara.

Further to my letter published in newsletter 43 (summer 2011) I'd like to update you on our progress with the "HAZEL" project.

A request to aviation on museums Australia-wide for assistance with parts to help with the restoration of one of our turrets resulted in the very generous offer of two damaged turrets from "The Aviation on Historical Society of NT" in Darwin. One from a burnt aircraft (believed to be "BEBE") and another with HAZEL painted on the front. We both agreed that it was important to try & find out who Hazel was.

With the help of the Darwin team & research by one of our members we found reference to this incident in the excellent book "The Best in the Southwest" by Glenn Horton Jr. who has kindly allowed us to reproduce photos and text for our display.

I n brief. On 17th January 1944 six of the 529th aircraft took off from Long's runway, NT, Australia. 1/Lt Thomas Jones declared an emergency and requested an immediate return. Waiting their turn to take-off at the warm-up station on was three of the 531st aircraft. Unfortunately, during the attempted landing, 1/Lt Jones' main gear struck the nose turret of Cmdr Frank Seale's aircraft, "SACK TIME," almost tearing the nose off the aircraft and slashing along the fuselage with his props. He then struck the next in line, "BEBE" and as a result this aircraft burned. 1/lLt Jones' aircraft crashed onto the runway but unfortunately
all on board perished while those on "SACK TIME" and "BEBE" escaped unharmed.

While searching the "Taps" listings ngs we found Cmdr Seale and in the spouse listings ngs there was a reference to Hazel Seale, his wife. A big part of our story was coming together. Without your help in forwarding my address and a request that I be allowed to contact Cmdr Seale and his wife's daughter, also Hazel, the story might have stalled.

We are in regular contact with Hazel who, along with her family, has been very generous supplying us with information on, photos and artifacts that enhance our display. Hazel is allowing us to copy some of Cmdr Seale's personal letters to his then girl, Hazel, where he asks her permission to paint her name on his aircraft and another where he casually comments that he can no longer fly his aircraft due to an incident. I guess war time censorship led to some people becoming the masters of understatements.

As our display grows it a attracts a lot of interest from our hangar visitors and we think it's important that younger generations understand the contribution on made by the 380th bomb group along with the Australian aircrews to keep Australia safe. Everybody can relate to a guy wanting to write his girl's name on his aircraft.

We have kept our 400 + members (worldwide) aware of the project via our newsletter and have had positive feedback.

Our own B24 restoration on is progressing slowly and we are about to reach a milestone that we are all very proud of. The external restoration on of the fuselage is almost finished nished. It is our aim to restore this aircraft to as close as original as possible however in a slight deviation and in an effort to preserve the aircraft we have progressively removed all fuselage skins, cleaned and treated any corrosion, and were possible replaced the original skin after undercoating (being careful to preserve the signature of
one of the workers during initial assembly). The interior will then be painted with an aluminium paint to resemble the original unpainted finish.

I would love to hear from any member who was at Long when this incident occurred or were crew members on "BEBE" or "SACK TIME."

Yours sincerely,
Ron Taaffe

B24 restoration: b24@b24australia.com.au

Nov trip September 2010 Hazel


Mon, Apr 18, 2011

While reviewing last month's 380th Bomb Group Association newsletter requesting any information on (among others) the above subject, I offer the following.

"Kappy" was the nose turret gunner on my first mission as first pilot. If I recall correctly, he was from either Ithica or Uttica, New York. He was adamant that he survive so that he could return and kill his local draft board who had forced the closing of his two illegal gambling sites in his home city. I'm not sure whether he accomplished this vow but I do know that he survived.

He contacted me at my home, Told me that he was working on his plan to build a car with retractable wings. He asked me if I would test hop it. I told him to let me know when it was ready and if I thought it would work I would test hop it. I never heard from him again.

For the record, his name was Cheslau Andre Edvard Kapuscinsk.



May 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM
Subject: Passing of Adelbert Haggas

One of my grandfather's proudest accomplishments in life was fighting for his country during WWII. He shared his stories about this phase of his life any time he had a chance.

I was fortunate enough to accompany him to Australia in 1992 on one of his reunions. We traveled all over the country visitingng places he had been during the war. Every place we went, the Australian people treated us like royalty. I learned more about the war in those weeks than I had learned in all of my history classes in school.

One day I hope to return to Australia with my own children to show them where their Great-grandfather fought in the last world war.

Jeremy Haggas



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