Posts Tagged Veterans Air Line

Carole Landis christened Veterans DC-4 in 1946

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Hollywood star Carole Landis christened Veterans Air Line DC-4 on July 24, 1946. The aircraft and attending celebrity Mrs. Gloria Vanderbilt both got champagne-splashed. Still searching for press photo coverage of event.

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Veterans Air Line memorabilia

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Seeking Veterans Air Line memorabilia from 1945 passenger/cargo air carrier like this Captain Wing insignia, luggage labels, advertisements in old newspapers. Especially looking for Veterans Air Crew members or their families. Full story at VeteransAir.org

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Veterans Air Express information

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There’s a lot of Veterans Air Express information “out there.” Lots of it needs cross-checking. Much needs verification. And challenge. And discussion. Some of that input will best come from World War II vets…especially ex-Army Air Corps and their families…aviation buffs….and research librarians. Are you one of those folks? Or know them? VeteransAir.org is my website where I share what I know & what I need to know. I invite you to follow me here.

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Finding Veterans Air crews

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Finding Veterans Air crews is like a rubrics cube.  Lots of movable parts and possibilities. Two days ago (20 May), I discovered & told you about a news article authored by Don Turnbull.  He reported on a flight to Warsaw in May 1946 to deliver hatching eggs

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Veterans Air flight to Warsaw

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Veterans Air flight to Warsaw. 69 years ago today, May 20, 1946. Countless times, Dad told me about the Veterans Air flight to Warsaw – multiple flights actually to both Poland and Czechoslovakia.  The company had won a contract from UNRRA (United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration)

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Bernard Shmanske Veterans Air pilot

Bernard Francis Shmanske, DC-3 pilot, Veterans Air Express, 1945, Newark Airfield, NJ.
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Bernard Shmanske, one of the first Veterans Air pilots This handsome young man is Bernard Francis Shmanske wearing his U.S. Army Air Forces uniform.  Bernard entered service when he was 21 years old on 2 September 1942.  He completed Flight School Pilot Training in December 1943, served

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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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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!