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#26 Jack's Son

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:14 PM

These diaries are always an interesting read, thanks for the look!

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

Agree - they are the "Real Scoop". First hand adventures. Thanks. Bobgee

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:36 AM

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing it!!

 

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:57 AM

If it may interest you taking a quick look I've recognized some Italian city names:

Sulmona (where he was shot down), Foggia (bombed city on the way to Rome) and Bologna (Where "Campo N° 19" was located)


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

Info from Fold3

Missing Air Crew Report
S/Sgt William Warren Gooch  SN  14050230, Asst Engineer
 
9th Air Force 98th Bomb(H) Group, 344 Bomb (H) Squadron
Point of departure;  Lete, LLibya
Desitnation:  Sulmona, Italy
Dated  Sept 3, 1943
Aircraft: B-24D   SN 42-42525    AC No. 42-40742
Pilot:  2nd Lt. Irving (NMI) Moehling


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:43 PM

Very cool diary.

 

Love the art and map.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 12:31 AM

William Warren Gooch is my father.
This is his diary.
My father mentioned this, but never knew what became of it.
I have the book the Red cross gave him in which he drew the guards, his plane crash described in the beginning pages of his diary, and other POWs.
They look like photographs.
My sister and I did not know this existed until a week ago.
The events my father spoke of in his later years have now come to life.
WW Gooch was a positive, kind, happy man and was loved by all.
After the war, he was president of his fraternity, and one of the top marksman in the country, and graduated with a degree in civil engineering.



Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
I have every piece of correspondence, from his eloquently written notes to his mother in training, to being listed as missing for a year, to presumed dead.
This diary completes the history of his sacrifices for our freedom.
I would treasure seeing the photos, and knowing how you obtained this.
Thank you, kind soldier.
 



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 12:39 AM

My father, WWG, was also in the Polesti Bombing raid, crash landing in Malta.
I remember him saying the holes in the plane were so large from being hit so often, that the crew walked through them.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 05:17 AM

Wow, it's a pleasure and very much a surprise to hear from you.  I sent you a PM.  I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Rob



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 09:41 PM

I can not find your email address.
I took photos off all the drawings that were drawn by Daddy when he wrote this diary, and will forward them to you.
Jennifer



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:09 AM

My grandfather, T/Sgt Edwin. W. Estridge, was the engineer on this plane, 42-40742, "Jinx". I have his Red Cross journal but it has no where near as much detail as WW Gooch shared. My granddad died in 1998. Several years ago, I did a google search and actually contacted via phone Irv Moehling, the pilot, George Pino, the bombardier, and Joe Pacolt, the radio operator. I told each of them that I was not calling to ask them about their war experience but rather to see if they could tell me anything about my granddad. They each did, and I was so grateful. My granddad was a great man, and when he was told to put his POW time behind him he seemingly did and never spoke of it. I am so grateful that he survived, along with all of the others except for Lt. Wilmer Lee. My dad was not born until after the war so I wouldn't be here if things were different. Thank you again so much for sharing this. IMG_0013.JPG

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:11 AM

My grandfather is third from the left in front.

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 01:23 PM

My grandfather is third from the left in front.

 

Thank you for sharing.  Great story.  Below is a page from the diary with his name and home town.  Not sure if it is his handwritting.  I'll also add the MACR reports mentioning him, although you may already have them.

 

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 01:25 PM

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 01:26 PM

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 01:26 PM

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 09:35 AM

My grandfather, T/Sgt Edwin. W. Estridge, was the engineer on this plane, 42-40742, "Jinx". I have his Red Cross journal but it has no where near as much detail as WW Gooch shared. My granddad died in 1998. Several years ago, I did a google search and actually contacted via phone Irv Moehling, the pilot, George Pino, the bombardier, and Joe Pacolt, the radio operator. I told each of them that I was not calling to ask them about their war experience but rather to see if they could tell me anything about my granddad. They each did, and I was so grateful. My granddad was a great man, and when he was told to put his POW time behind him he seemingly did and never spoke of it. I am so grateful that he survived, along with all of the others except for Lt. Wilmer Lee. My dad was not born until after the war so I wouldn't be here if things were different. Thank you again so much for sharing this. attachicon.gif IMG_0013.JPG


Hi, Im research stories of aviators who fought on the Sangro river in Italy during the Second World War. It would be really interesting to have information about a valorous pilots and members of crew of B-24's that bomb the marshalling yard at Sulmona (Italy) at 3 september 1943;
6 B-24's are lost, one of these was the b-24 JINX.
I noticed that Edwin. W. Estridge was your grandfather. Edwin probably took part in the mission.
Can you help me? Have you any more information?

Thank you so much for your attention.

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 09:45 AM

William Warren Gooch is my father.
This is his diary.
My father mentioned this, but never knew what became of it.
I have the book the Red cross gave him in which he drew the guards, his plane crash described in the beginning pages of his diary, and other POWs.
They look like photographs.
My sister and I did not know this existed until a week ago.
The events my father spoke of in his later years have now come to life.
WW Gooch was a positive, kind, happy man and was loved by all.
After the war, he was president of his fraternity, and one of the top marksman in the country, and graduated with a degree in civil engineering.



Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
I have every piece of correspondence, from his eloquently written notes to his mother in training, to being listed as missing for a year, to presumed dead.
This diary completes the history of his sacrifices for our freedom.
I would treasure seeing the photos, and knowing how you obtained this.
Thank you, kind soldier.
 


the same answer like for reply to granfather's nephew of Edwin. W. Estridge , the same applies to W.W. Gooch.
Can you help me? Have you any more information?


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