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This site is a research & cataloging tool for the 1945-1947 history of Veterans Air Line & Veterans Air Express. CALL SIGN: Veterans Air

Veterans Air Express Robert F. Gries.

Update: WWII photos added to story of Robert Gries. Read about Bob as told to me by his wife, Marilyn. About his WWII 392nd Bomb Group. About his Navigator & business management role at Veterans Air Express.

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Veterans Air Express first hostess. Found “Treasure!”

UPDATE 8/30/15: Mid-August, I spent hours with Marilyn Gries in Florida. First at breakfast and then in her home. She is vivacious and wonderful. Yesterday and today, I updated two Posts with photos of Marilyn & her husband Bob on the website. He was one of the Veterans co-founders, a navigator & manager. Yesterday Marilyn & I spoke on the phone. For now, come see the first of my photos of Marilyn. And read (or re-read) HER story — the Veterans Air Express first unofficial “hostess” and a new and now dearly cherished friend of mine! What a Treasure!

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Carole Landis christened Veterans DC-4 in 1946

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

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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Journal to my Dad

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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Veterans Air Express information

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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Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio

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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Charles Eason non-pilot Veterans Air Express founder

Charles Francis Eason, Sr. may add real intrigue and maybe even some mystery to the history of Veterans Air Express. The discovery that Eason, Sr. was a non-pilot founder of Veterans brings up some curious questions. Gaye Lyn Gravely conducts research about the 1945 all-GI airline founded by her father, Saunie Gravely, with their war surplus DC-3 and DC-4 fleet. Follow me…

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1946 Greek War Relief flight makes history

Veterans Air Express in September 1946 made aviation & animal husbandry history. The Borden Company had donated a pure-bred American Jersey bull calf and two heifers to help restore Greece’s war-obliterated herds. The cattle were “loaded” into a DC-4 and flown to Athens. The press photo is worth more than a thousand words. Come take a look!

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Film Footage of Veterans Air Express

Rare 1945 film footage of Veterans Air Express DC-3 & DC-4. Taken & narrated by one of the founding pilots, John Noll. Listen to his story of Veterans Air first aircraft and all-important contract with United Nations. See these grand aircraft. Watch christening of the DC-4 by Metropolitan Opera diva. Do you recognize her? We need her name.

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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!