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08-31-2006, 12:40 AM
This is an interview with Bob Carey, Colonel, United States Air Force Retired.

28 March 1996
Interviewer: Randal Johnson


Link: http://p-38online.com/carey.html

474 Fighter Group

Link: http://www.web-birds.com/9th/474/474th.htm

08-31-2006, 02:50 AM
Also a story of a lost P-38 Pilot... There are still 79,000 missing from World War II. Only a fraction of them will come home.

Courtesy of Sharon Estill Taylor
A photo of 1st Lt. Shannon Eugene Estill taken during World War II.

A Daughter's Search for Her Phantom Father

by Sharon Estill Taylor, Ph.D.

"In My Thoughts," an artist's rendering of the author and her father,
courtesy James B. Hartel.

The mythology of my lost father, First Lieutenant Shannon Eugene Estill, was my birthright and my paternal legacy. I was certain of few things as a child, and my father's death in combat wasn't one of them. At 2:40 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 1945, a well-sighted and precisely-placed round from a German 88-millimeter anti-aircraft gun toppled my three-week-old world, plunging my mother into a lifetime of chronic sorrow as it shattered my father and his fighter plane onto the field below. The plane and the pilot burned for three days and what remained was carted away or covered over by 60 years of farming and weather. Nothing was known of the pilot except that he was the enemy. The immediate need was to clear the debris, wreckage, and human remains so the field could continue to be productive.

Link: http://www.lostmag.com/issue4/father.php

Two weeks after 1st Lt. Shannon Eugene Estill became a father, he wrote a letter to his wife and infant daughter from his base in Germany. The date was April 7, 1945.

"My Dearest Angels:

I simply can't express how I feel about our daughter: so happy and glad yet almost afraid. Afraid that I won't measure up to the shadowy indeterminate standards of parenthood. How I should love to be with you two now. I just canÓ¢t understand how [I] happened to land the two cutest gals in the world, but won't argue. I am afraid that the Big Chief might check the records and discover that you really don't belong to me at all but perhaps are angels that have sneaked down from heaven to tease this poor mortal.

Needless to say, the 22-year-old lieutenant had a way with words. His letter, offered up 60 years later by the smaller angel, concludes:

Am so thankful that you're in the States and not over here. Everything, except danger, is scarce. Anyway, sweetest one, I'm so happy and thankful that you are both ok. I want you both to know that when I fly, I feel ever nearer to you and I am unafraid. I pray only that I am doing the right thing and that I will return home to you very soon.

All my love, Gener"

Estill died six days later when his P-38 fighter was shot down over Torgau, Germany. The war ended 12 days later.

A member of the 428th Fighter Squadron, Estill was the last man in his unit to perish. He died with a baby shoe tethered to his flight gear.

Link: http://www.teamestill.blogspot.com/

TgD Thunderbolt56
08-31-2006, 08:35 AM
Lots of good reading there Woofie. Thanks for the links.

I won't even taint the general feelings of the content by pointing out the pilot in the interview was an eye-witness to a P-47 flipping over a German tank (not described as a Tiger though). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif


08-31-2006, 08:36 AM
awesome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif thank you! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif