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PAUL R. GREGG
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

December 18, 1988

Dear Will:

I'm sorry that I did not write you sooner to tell you the results of your having published my letter in the 44th Logbook. My radio operator, Marvin Lewis (formerly Marvin Lipschitz), saw the letter and called me. We have since gotten together when I was in the New York area for a real nice visit - a couple of hours.

Also, the pilot of the plane shot down on our first mission saw the letter and gave me a call when he was in town for a convention. His name was Art S. Ledford. This was information, which you added to my letter because I didn't know his name. He was staying at a hotel so I went to see him. We also talked for several hours. He was a POW for nine months. I also learned that our tail gunner, Marion Brayfield, died several years ago of emphysema. His wife has relatives here so she called me when she was in town and I went to visit with her. I haven't heard from any of the others, but I am grateful for having heard from these three anyway.

I am receiving the Logbook quarterly and enjoy it very much. Keep up the good work. You are doing an excellent job.

I hope both of you are well and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Paul R. Gregg




PAUL R. GREGG
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)



15 November 1989

Dear Will:

Pete [Henry] and I had a very nice visit. I had not shared experiences with anyone in a long time on flying combat. We watched a tape on B-24s and the Lancasters. It brought back memories. I was 19 at the time. I knew it was serious but it didn't really bother me. It was pretty good duty compared to infantry and most other branches. As Ernie Pyle said, "The Air Force guys sleep in dry beds and get hot meals."

I flew 34 missions. Twenty-six were with Thompson H. Daily (Smoke). As you mentioned, he was transferred to Repl. Depot 2/27/84. His father became ill or died and he returned to the states. The rest of us became spares. I was fortunate in getting assigned to another crew and completed my last eight missions with them. I don't remember any of their names. I was the nose gunner and toggled the bombs as you mentioned.

I completed those eight missions in one month. I remember I was in the Repl. Depot on 14 April 1945 when Roosevelt died.

I returned to the states on the U.S.S. LeJeune. Got back shortly before VE Day.

The following were crewmembers:

Thompson H. Daily, pilot - Pittsburgh, PA
Roy A. Hutchins, copilot - Cambridge, Vt.
(Roy Hutchins is deceased. Died 4/26/84).
Wylie C. Hubbard, navigator - Hugo, Ok
(I believe Hugo is correct. I had said Enid, OK, earlier.)
Frederick T. Reeves, engineer - California
(Reeves' father was a captain in Navy).
Marvin Lipschitz, radio op. - Brooklyn, NY
Samuel L. DeJohn, nose gunner - Stubenville, OH
William D. Barnhizer, waist gunner - Cedar Rapids, IA
Marion H. Brayfield, tail gunner - Wichita, KS
Paul R. Gregg, waist gunner - Yates Center, KS

We were a good crew. We did our job well. No big heroes. Saw plenty of flak. We flew to Berlin one time to destroy a train that Hitler was supposed to be riding. If that was the purpose, we didn't succeed.

I'm sorry I hadn't heard of the 2nd ADA sooner. It must have a lot of good men if Pete Henry and Will Lundy are examples. I am impressed with the promptness with which you correspond with the new member. You both have made me feel most welcome. I'm sorry I have been so slow in replying to your nice letter of 19 October 1987.

I am interested in knowing more about your books and any other good publications about the 8th Air Force and 44 Bomb Group in particular.

I occasionally come to L.A. on business. Since you live in San Bernardino, perhaps we could get together and discuss how things used to be a long time ago. I understand you are not the PR man for 2nd ADA and must go all out to welcome new members. I have no idea how busy you are or what your schedule is but I would be interested in meeting you. I may be coming to L.A. in January or February probably for five days.

I regret that I didn't keep a diary of my experiences in England. I have very little written or recorded on camera of those days. I have a picture of Major Hughes presenting the Air Medal to me. I have a list of all but four of the missions I flew. I have a letter I wrote my mother from France on 13 December 1944. We force landed in France after a mission to Karlsruhe on 11 December 1944 with two engines out. I have the "extract" sending us to England from Bangor, Maine date 8 August 1944. I have a letter and fact sheet dated 10 January 1945 from General Doolittle. I am enclosing copies of the following:

1. Extract, 8/8/84
2. Letter, General Doolittle 1/10/45
3. List of missions, dates, flying time
4. Obituary - Roy A. Hutchins
5. Copy of picture. Pete Henry and myself.

As a historian, you may be interested in all of it. Please use it as you see fit. Let me know if your research reveals any addresses, etc. of crewmembers. Thank you for your interest and effort on behalf of all 44 Bomb Group members. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Paul R. Gregg

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PAUL R. GREGG

World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from letter to Will Lundy)

Dear Will:

Thank you so very much for the list of all combat missions flown by Paul R. Gregg. The format is great and the color is an additional benefit. I am indeed grateful for all of your hard work, your patience, your tenacity, and your endurance. I understand also that you are running out of steam. I know I am.

I found the letter from Edward Mikoloski. I will certainly send a donation for the archival project. I feel it is a very worthwhile cause. Also, congratulations on having the wisdom and foresight 30 years ago to collect, document and preserve all the information. I went for 42 years before I learned about the 2nd ADA and that someone had the vision to assemble and record the 8th A. F. war effort and the B-24s role. I am glad to be a part of this very fine organization.

I told you I had received a detailed report on the mission to Berlin on 3/18/45. I'm sure I received the information that such records were available from the archives from the 2ADA Journal or the 44th Log Book. Since I had forgotten what crew I flew my last seven missions with, I thought this would be a way to find out. It turned out to be very informative. The pilot's name was Allen C. Graham, 2nd Lt.

I assumed that you had obtained much of your data for "History of 67th Sqdn. 44th B. G. from the archives, but when I checked your book, its source was the actual records of the 44th B.G. as provided on microfilm by the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center, USAF, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

So this information on one mission may be something you haven't seen before. I'm sending you the whole report just as I received it. It was on legal-size paper and I reduced it to letter size. The printing is not perfect, but most of it is legible. I promise you if you have an interest in some pages that are not clear, I will do my best to get you a readable copy. I had no idea of the amount of planning, revising, modifying, and coordinating that went into a mission. They had to get each group to furnish a certain number of aircraft, bombers as well as fighters, decide on the kind of bombs each plane would carry based on their position in the formation, etc., primary target, secondary targets, weather conditions, all the way to target and back. All of it was done without computers or Xerox machines. Anyway, I found it very interesting and pretty phenomenal it all happened.

It is interesting to contemplate what life for us freedom-loving people would be like if we hadn't won the war. As you know, the fly-boys got all the glory and the ground crew got very little, but that was not as it should have been. You guys worked around the clock, if necessary, to keep the planes flying. We flyers knew that but didn't express our appreciation often enough. We could not have done our job if you guys had not done your very difficult and strenuous job first. We are eternally grateful for your excellent work in some very hostile weather conditions. Thank you.

Together, we got the job done! The deeds were recorded and we all look back and say, "Well done my good and faithful servant."

Sincerely,

44th BG 66th Sqd.

Paul R. Gregg
 
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