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McClellan Reunion A Success!

98 Members and Guests Gather in Sacramento


Members at General's House Hospitality Suite

From left: Paul Morefield, Bill (Modzelewski) Moore, and Bob Mann share stories of life on the weather reconnaissance flight line.  In the backround is Stan Sowa.  Paul and Bill are wearing the 55th WRS hats made especially for the reunion, while all four men have on the green version of the 55th WRS shirt.  These shirts were also available in either black or grey.  Photo was taken in back yard of former McClellan AFB General's House, that served as our 2013 Reunion Hospitality.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved


Next AWRA Reunion will be held in Biloxi, MS

From 17 - 21 September 2014

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GROUP PHOTOS FROM THE 2013 BANQUET

(Unfortunately, I am missing some names, so please help. 
Send any info to awra038@aol.com)



PILOTS



From left: Unknown,  Unknown, Fred Sparks, Jeff Faulkner, Ron Hust, Warren Searls, Bob Korose, John Hug, Randy Roberts,  M/G Tom Aldrich, Pat Hanavan, Charlie Fleischer, Paul Meisner.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



MAINTAINERS



From left: Ventura Franco, Leo Usmial, Paul Morefield, Bill (Modzelewski) Moore, Roger Blank, Bruce Cathcart, John Rice, Joe Arnold, Joe Walling, Tom George.  Missing from photo was Bob Mann.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



WEATHER OFFICERS



From left:  Bob Korose, Larry O'Shea, Erich  Linse,  Ed Erickson, and Frank Coons.   Missing from photo was Dick Williamson.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



FLIGHT ENGINEERS



From left:  Unknown,  Ed Fleck, Bill Ostendorf, "Stoney" Faubus, Ventura Franco, Chuck Lavoie, Bob Nowack, and Paul Meisner.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



DROPSONDE OPERATORS



From left:  Harald Davis, Jim Garrett, Rich Teerman, Ernie Z., Bill Davis, Bob Tuttle, Bill Scott, Roy Metcalf, and John Lassiter.  Note that Roy is wearing a 56th WRS cap.  We will offer caps and shirts for any of the squadrons at future reunions.  For the first time in recnt history, The Drops were not the biggest group this year.  That honor went to the Pilots, followed closely by the Maintainers and Navigators.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



NAVIGATORS



From left:  Unknown, Joe Robinson, Ed Erickson, Bernie Barris, Leslie Nowack, Dale Knuth, Dale Holland, Mel Marvel, Stan Sowa,  and Joe Buckwalter.  Missing from photo was Herb Plucker.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



RADAR OPERATOR



Even though John Lassiter (above) arrived at the 514th on Guam as one of the first Dropsonde Operators trained by AWS, he soon found out that the squadron had other plans for him.  First they sent him to B-29 gunner training, as their B-29 aircraft were still combat configured.  Then he discovered that none of the aircraft had dropsonde chambers installed.  The biggest need facing the 514th was a shortage of Radar Operators.  John received in-unit training and flew most of his missions on Guam manning the radar.  




WIVES AND GUESTS



Herding Cats??  Maybe someone else got a better photo.  Thank you all for your support, both back in the day - and now!

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved


More Photos Coming.  Feel Free to Share Any That You Took.