Gordon E Bellman, a 6-year WWII vet of both RAF and AAF, Army Air Forces, joined Veterans Air Express in mid-1945 on Board of Directors and as Director of Operations.
Update: WWII photos added to Robert Gries story as told to me by his widow, Marilyn. About his 392nd Bomb Group.
Veterans Air Express Jack Z. Stettner helped found, finance, pilot & manage Dad’s non-sked air line in 1945. I will meet Jack and his family soon.
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.
Veterans Air Express prepared a CAB route app – for permanent, scheduled service, worldwide authority. It reveals hopes & intentions of the Vets & their investors.
Veterans Air Express. Proper procedures, safety emphasis and insistence on professionalism. That’s an insight reinforced by DC-3 training ops documents. I know because DC-3 Chief Pilot Robert Chambers kept them and his son Bruce gave them to me!
It is with profound sadness that I write of the passing of Jack Stettner. This man of adventure helped my Dad found the airline in 1945….as co-founder, investor, pilot, and ops-manager And 70 years later welcomed me with open arms into his home. So did his wonderful family. It was my deep honor to know him. God speed, Jack.