Posts Tagged Founding Member

Veterans Air Express Robert F. Gries.

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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!”

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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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Charles Eason non-pilot Veterans Air Express founder

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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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John Noll, Veterans Air, among core founders

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John J. Noll was a core founder of Veterans Air with six other WWII vets, including Saunie Gravely, my Dad. Today, for the first time, I “met” John’s daughter telephonically & we swapped tales about their 1945 upstart airline. Happy Veterans Day, Dads!

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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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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.

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1946 Veterans Air Express operations base #2 sets up at Sebring Air Terminal

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Timing is everything. Veterans Air Express needed a major maintenance and repair facility. And Florida seemed a location ideally suited to their growing cargo and passenger business. Hendricks Field, an AAF Pilot School during WWII in Sebring, FL was being deactivated and transitioned into Sebring Air Terminal. Photos & news clips from archives unfold the story.

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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!