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Schaus finds Veterans Air again after 70 years

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He said “…I am not selling anything. Don’t hang up!” I had to laugh. That’s my line when I contact people about Veterans Air Express for the first time. So I promised I wouldn’t hang up. Glad I didn’t! Here’s the story of my first contact with John Schaus, DC-3 pilot for Dad’s company in 1946.

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Chief Pilot Robert Chambers

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A new treasure…a photo of Robert C. Chambers standing with our first DC-3 in 1945 while she still looked like the government surplus Army C-47 she had been. And breaking news…Chambers was the DC-3 Chief Pilot with Veterans! Bet you didn’t know that! I didn’t before today. Come see.

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Veterans Air Express Navigator Edward Martz

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Veterans Air Express Navigator Edward Martz regaled me with stories I have not heard before. In our face-to-face meeting last month in New Jersey, Ed Martz shared vivid memories from his 1946 flights behind the Iron Curtain. You don’t want to miss the full story!

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Broughton, Martz, Cowart: Veterans Air Express Breaking News

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Look who I found!! Two sons, Craig & Robert, of 1945 1st Officer Richard Broughton. And two original crew members, Edward Martz, navigator, living in NJ and Thomas Cowart, flight engineer, living in SC. They ALL flew multiple trips for the Veterans Air Express United Nations war relief contract to Prague, Warsaw and Athens. It’s intriguing! And I am psyched!

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Stettner verifies Veterans Air Express 1945 history.

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My research project into Veterans Air Express 1945 history gets huge boost. My face-to-face meeting with 92-year old Jack Stettner, founding member & pilot, reveals great stories. And his Logbook contains my “missing” DC-3.

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Journal to my Dad

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On Father’s Day, I share with you entries from my journal – to my Dad. They definitely were not written to share. But I feel it appropriate to disclose our bond & connection. To give you insight to my research. The writings are unedited and you won’t “get” all the references. But I believe you’ll get more than the gist.

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Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio

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I am tickled to show you the Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio announcement in my Mom’s hometown newspaper. I stumbled on this clipping today in the Carteret (NJ) Press, September 3, 1943. What a giggle!!! Let me tell you that Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio resulted in much more than an airline adventure named Veterans Air Express and a DC-3 named GAYE LYN.Come see their wedding photo!

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Veterans Air DC-3 on ABCDlist

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My favorite photo of Dad and Veterans Air DC-3 the GAYE LYN just got posted on a very helpful website — ABCDlist.nl. It now sits among other DC-3s in a gallery frequented by DC-3 “loyalists” & crews. Hope to attract contact from those knowing Veterans Air Express.

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Saunie Gravely. Meet my Dad!

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(5/26/15: Added more details to Post) Saunie Gravely. Meet my Dad! He founded an all-veterans commercial air service in 1945 that flew freight and passengers out of Newark Air Depot. Meet my favorite DC-3 named GAYE LYN…that’s me. Read about some of the GIs who helped form & flew for Veterans Air Express and Veterans Air Line.

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Contact Gaye Lyn

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Then & There…

A RECOMMENDED READ and irreplaceable for me: "Memories of the Jing Bao & Beyond," Authors Choice Press, 2001. Written by our own JACK Z. STETTNER - Veterans Air Express Co-Founder, Investor, Pilot and Operations Manager. As well as his considerable WWII experiences, Jack's book revealed new details about Veterans Air Express...plus the spirit and character of this organization that Jack obviously loved!