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Finding Veterans Air crews

Don M. Turnbull

UNRRA representative, Warsaw

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 on behalf of UNRRA (United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration).  In it, he identified three Veterans Air crew members by name.  In their order of appearance: Dick Broughton, copilot “first officer” (no name.  Maybe refers to Broughton or Captain Walker?) “navigator” (no name) Cooper Walker, Captain Bill Fagan, chief radio man (and possibly the “navigator” Turnbull referred to?) Just about everywhere you navigate on this website, Can You Identify… follows you around in the sidebar.  Most names listed come from Air Transport* magazine, June 1946. My top research priority centers on learning about those people.  They put trust, great effort and, for some,

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Veterans Air flight to Warsaw

Don M. Turnbull

UNRRA representative, Warsaw

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) to fly relief-effort supplies to European nations devastated by World War II. And today, 69 years to the date after one of those flights, I came across an incredible feature story about the trip.  About how one of the company DC-4’s took off from Newark Air Depot, crewed by former army fliers, and headed across the Atlantic Ocean. In this case, on May 20 and two weeks prior, Veterans Air flew a shipment of 55,000 fertilized eggs to Warsaw.  The eggs, for hatchery purposes, were to be incubated just outside Warsaw to help reestablish the Polish poultry industry. Written by Don M. Turnbull,

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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!