Founding Member

Edward Martz, Veterans Air Express Navigator

I am deeply sad to write this post. Veterans Air has lost a precious member. I have lost a cherished friend. Edward J. Martz, Jr. Veterans Air Express Navigator, died this week. He was 91. I’ll be forever grateful for having met him personally, known his smile, reveled in his stories about his role in my Dad’s airline. God speed, Ed Martz. Say hello to Saunie for me.

Grandson finds website. Meet co-founder John W. Greenleaf, Sr.

Here’s how this works. Grandson of Veterans Air Express John W. Greenleaf, Sr. googles his OWN name. And up pops reference to Veterans Air Express. He remembers stories from his Granddad and Father when he was a kid…so he tells his Dad…his Dad contacts me via my website…and we now know more about another member of our 1945 non-sked airline. I’m still grinning! Come read more.

Charles Eason co-founder and non-aviator

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…

Bernard Shmanske Veterans Air pilot and investor

Bernard Francis Shmanske, DC-3 pilot, Veterans Air Express, 1945, Newark Airfield, NJ.

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 on the pilot training staff, and then flew Martin B26 Maurader twin engine attack bombers.