|With the website under new management, you should not be surprised to learn that changes are coming. Before getting into that, I want to express thanks to Marc Poole for his outstanding work creating this site and making it such a valuable source of information about the 384th. I am very pleased that he has confidence in me to carry on his vision for this site - I will do my best to honor the memory of the 384th, the personnel, the deeds, the sacrifice. And of course, by honoring the 384th, we honor the contributions of all service personnel who have, and continue to, defend Sweet Freedom.
And who, you might ask, am I? Well that is a legitimate question. I am an aerospace engineer living and working in Northeast Texas, who is the son of 384th co-pilot Robert Henry Preller. Dad joined the 546th Bomb Squadron with the James A. Gibson crew on 16 May 1944, and completed his 33rd and final mission on 13 September with an attack on Merseburg. He returned to the States on the Queen Mary shortly thereafter and went on to have a 28-year career with the USAF. He flew his final mission in 1993, but he remains in my heart.
Some visitors to this site may already know of my other 8th Air Force site, the Mighty 8th Cross-Reference that I have had up since mid-2002. I will, of course, continue to maintain that site because its purpose - promoting travel to 8th Air Force sites in England as a way of preserving the memories - is quite different from this site.
|The 384th in Action - Excellent photographs from several contributors showing aircraft in flight, on the bomb run, and strike photos. ALERT - this new page is an example of the new "Gallery" software.|
|The Adversaries - Unique Luftwaffe photos sent by members of AG 11/2 via JG 71. See what the "other guys" looked like.|
|Grafton-Underwood, Station 106 - - Revisit the home of the 384th, then and now.|
|The 384th in Color - - Individual frames taken from original 8mm film taken by 544th BS crew chief Morgan Himmelstein.|
|384th BG Library- - A listing of 384th-related book titles, including some published this year. Definitely worth a look.|
|384th BG Websites- - Several new and informative 384th websites to check out.
Did you know... 1st LT Donald MacKellar? He and his crew were killed on 6 April 1945 in a crash at Grafton-Underwood on what was to be his last mission. Please help us locate a photograph or any information on MacKellar. If you have any information, please let me know via e-mail.
Did you know...2nd LT Clifford Lee Johnson? He was shot down on 8 May 1944, and is thought to have evaded. He may possibly have been from Tennessee. He has a niece and several people in France who would like very much to find him.
Can you identify this 384th plane? These two photos clearly show the name "Thunder." Note the number of missions the plane has flown indicated by the row of bombs on the nose. If you know the serial number of this plane, send me your information so we can fill in another blank!
|Tom Britt sent in these photos, in which his uncle, Leo T. Britt, served as Lead Navigator. Can you help identify the other crewmembers in the pictures?|