380th Bomb Group Association
REUNION - DAYTON, OHIO Dayton Marriott
October 3-7, 2001
2001 REUNION - DAYTON, OHIO
October 3-7, 2001
1414 S. Patterson Boulevard
THE B-24D, STRAWBERRY BITCH
Most of you have not seen the inside of a glass-nosed, B-24D, for at least 57 years. The Wright-Patterson AF Base has graciously acceded to our request to open the hatches and bomb-bay doors, to allow us to go through their B-24D during our visit. Because of its rareness and subsequent value, please note the following:
We can only go through the plane during the period 08:00 - 09:00 AM on the day of our visit (Friday, October 5). For those wanting to attend this Special Tour, we must therefore leave the hotel earlier than those who do not. This is because the exhibit must be closed again by 09:00 AM to keep the regular Museum visitors out. The early bus leaves the hotel at 07:00 AM, followed by the others at 8:30 AM.
Cliff Neve, a foreign operations employee of UNOCAL oil company, spent several years in Balikpapan working in the refinery there. While there, he became very much interested in the war history of Balikpapan. He wrote us several years ago and we sent him copies of everything we had on our missions, both from Darwin and Mindoro. He also contacted representatives of the 22nd, 43rd, 90th, and 307th Groups who also flew Balikpapan strikes.
He has offered to come to our Reunion in Dayton and give about an hour's talk on the history he has developed. We have scheduled him for the Welcoming Dinner on Thursday evening, October 4. This should be a welcome discussion for all of us and bring back many memories.
OUR MEMORIAL PLAQUE AT THE WPAFB MUSEUM
As a sort of completion of the Ceremony of the Air Force Academy this
summer, we have scheduled a short service to be held at our Plaque in the
Memorial Garden at the Museum. This will be held just after our regular
buses arrive at the Museum at 09:15 AM, just before the main Museum visit.
Chaplain Parrish from Wright-Patterson AFB has graciously agreed to do this
service for us.