Web browsing grandson brings news of grandfather to Veterans Air
Please welcome both John W. Greenleaf, Jr. and John W. Greenleaf, III. They are the son and grandson of John W. Greenleaf, Sr.
Double the pleasure and excitement being contacted by both men as the result of John’s grandson googling his own name! And up popped reference to my Veterans Air Express research project. So they’ve discovered us via THIS WEBSITE!!!!
John, Sr., to my knowledge from AIR TRANSPORT June 1946, was General Manager of Veterans Air Express. Still more research needed to verify that. And, as usual, to cobble together his story from John, Jr.’s memories and maybe some memorabilia.
Just today, John, Jr. contacted me again. He believes his Dad is in the Veterans Air “group photo” which appeared in my Post yesterday. (Once, again, I must say…See how this works!!??) I’ll email him a larger format image…but he thinks John Greenleaf is #7 from the right — tan coat, striped tie, no hat. In case you haven’t seen the photo…here it is. Click for a larger version. UPDATE: But grandson John III prevailed in identifying John Greenleaf as #8 from the right (#3 from the left) in hat & dark scarf.
Read John, Jr.’s two Comments below which he left on VeteransAir.org:
Just became aware of this web site yesterday and I am excited to learn more about the history of V.A.E. I grew up with stories from my Dad about the startup of the company, and I believe he was there from 1945 until 1946 or 1947. In addition to working for Veterans Air Express, he also flew P-51’s for the NJ Air National Guard, which was also located at Newark Airport until it moved to McGuire AFB in the late 1950’s.
Biographical Info: My father, John W Greenleaf, was, I believe, one of the original members of Veterans Air Express and is listed as General Manager. He was a WW II P-51 pilot and lived in Secaucus, NJ. He continued to fly fighters in the NJ Air National Guard until the late 50’s. He passed away in 2011 at age 92, but he had often spoken about V.A.E. when my brother and I were kids. I have so far located one piece of V.A.E. info, an application to the Civil Aeronautics Board for approval to engage in air cargo operations over multiple worldwide routes (with routes plotted on a map). [Dated July 28, 2015]
NOTE to my Readers:
This contact, as you see above, occurred July 28th. Boy! am I late posting! In addition to today, John, Jr. and I have had two great phone conversations. And there have been many emails with data attachments between the three of us. So there is much more to come.