When my mother asked me put together a scrapbook at the end of 1998 about my grandfather's WWII service with the photos, letters, papers, and medals that my grandmother had saved I had no idea of the proportions that the project was going to grow to. One of the first things I did as I began researching was to join a heavybomber email group at yahoogroups. After reading messages for a week or so, I posted a general outline of my grandfather's service as a way to share with the group and maybe find a bit more information. I was thrilled to receive an email from Dale, the crew's tailgunner, the next day. It was more than I had expected to find one of my grandfather's crew members, and that he was willing to share everything he remembered and had saved in his own personal scrapbook was even more special.
Over two years of steady research went into the scrapbook that each family member now has a copy of, and Dale and I wanted to share a bit of our wealth of information with others who are seeking the details of what it was like for their family members during this period of time. The development of the internet over the years has greatly increased the amount of information available, and over the years we have continued to collect bits and pieces that fill out the story of the Alfred H. Locke B-24 crew.
Please leave us a comment here on the blog and tell us about your family members who served! We will be happy to help you further your search in any way we can if you are looking for information.
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