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Note NOTICE: "...I was asked by a next of kin from one of our lost crews to ask you if you can help and if you may know any contacts that might help us we would be very greatful..." Contributed by David Sharland david@davidsharland.wanadoo.co.uk [18JUN2011]

Museum charity number 1052892 called Dunkeswell Memorial Museum at the only US Navy airbase in England and Europe in world war two. This base is very rear because of that. It was the home of VP-63, VP-103, VP-105, VP-110 and VP-114 attached to FAW-7 of the US Navy. As there is NO Memorials in Europe for the work the US Navy AntiSubmarine Squadrons done in World War Two. As there are many buildings that still exist today from WW2 left standing around NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England. One of them is the administation complex. These buildings are VERY REAR as they were used only by the US Navy Fleet Air Wing 7 Group to help to defend the supply convoys to England from attacks by U-boats and surface vessels which were out in the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. The Museum is trying to raise 110,000 to buy the administration complex this will be a permanent Memorial building for the Dunkeswell Memorial Museum, for all who served at NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England during WW2,including the 183 Officers and men who lost there lives in combat and for the 49 killed in non combat. One Officer that was based at NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England was Joesph P. Kennedy Jr older brother of John F. Kennedy. Joesph was at the base until his death on the 12th August 1944.

The Museums tel phone number is 01404891943 and the website address is http://www.dunkeswellmemorialmuseum.org.uk/. If you know how we can get this help or if anyone can find it in there hearts to give a donation to this good cause with a letter of support and send it too the address on the web site address above

I hope to hear from your soon.

Yours David Sharland

UPDATE "...Heres to let all VPB-103, VPB-105, VPB-110, VPB-114, VPB-63, Headron-7, FAW-7 Crews and next of Kins know that NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England Memorial Museum has sadly closed due to the owner of the building that we rented needed the building back. We are still runing as a Museum and Charity with displays, shows and talks. We are still trying to raise the funds to buy the Adminstration buildings the price has gone down to 55.000. We also have a new website and you can find it on http://dmm103105110.btck.co.uk and we are also on Facebook under Dunkeswell Memorial Museum. The Museum is also asking the following Groups of servicemen and women to have some more links with us them being NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (this were VPB-110 trained too) and VP-26 as VPB-114 is at the start of there timeline. I would like to hear from anyone to do with all the Groups that I have put in this massage so please contact me as soon as possible. David Sharland (Founder) david@davidsharland.wanadoo.co.uk..." [28AUG2012]

UPDATE "...I am trying to find any ex-servicemen that was based at NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England with VPB-103, VPB-105 and VPB-110. The reason I am trying to find the ex-servicemen is to let them know that there is a Museum set up on the airfield as a Memorial to all those who served there and to ask if they could send photo's. The Museums name is Dunkeswell Memorial Museum. At the moment the Dunkeswell Memorial Museum is trying to obtain the old world war two ops buildings and control tower so all the artefacts we have collected can be displayed. David Sharland (Founder) david@davidsharland.wanadoo.co.uk..." [08JUL2009]

Note NOTICE: "...We are producing a movie entitled "The Hurricane Hunters" (VPB-114, VPW-3, VPM-3, VPHL-3, VP-23, VJ-2, and VW-4). We need your help! Do you have any props (i.e. patches, uniform items, equipment, etc.) that you would be willing to loan to help make this movie as authentic as possible. The movie is a historical fiction that primarily covers a fictional Navy Hurricane Hunter between 1943-1955...Michael Edmonson edmonson11@msn.com..." [07FEB2003]

UPDATE "...At the current time we only need a loan of other props which might be useful in the production of a movie. Thanks, Mike Edmonson hurricanehunters@sbcglobal.net..." [19NOV2003]

Note NOTICE: "...My name is Lewis F. Casale and I am trying to find members of our B-24 Liberator from WWII, as well as mates who were stationed with us. This was the "Passion Wagon" VPB-114 out of the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal February 1945 to February 1946. Mates included: Lt. G.A. Middleton Lt. Bill Sheldon Ray Countryman, EJ Resetar Tom Downey Robert Frese Rene Brule William, Dean Paul Warren Smith-Rhode Island Robert C Misar-Chicago John A Volpe-Saratoga Springs NY Ed Ertel-Wisconsin Tom Ekin-Long Island NY Glen Olsen-Idaho Leo Quinnett-Chicago Hank Rickbourg-Dillon SC John McWhorter-Miss R.M. Bukowinski-Chicago Martin Upshaw-St George SC Richard Leigh-Nebraska John Violett-North Dakota Donald Perreault-Mass Elmer Corns-Baltimore Norman Hopkins-Michigan James Sasse-Kentucky Harry Roth Left Atkinson Field to British Guiena, then Belem, Netal, Ascention Islands, Robert's Field, Liberia, Dakar, then to Marrakesh. Stationed in both the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. Flew all over the Atlantic theatre. Started tour in February 1945, returning around February 1946. Any information PLEASE drop my daughter a message or email. Thank you...Lewis F Casale c/o His Daughter Elizabeth C. Casale isabella_750@yahoo.com..." [16APR2001]

Note NOTICE: "...Next-of-Kin Search..." Contributed by WFI Research Group wreck1@localnet.com WebSite: http://wfirg.com/ [E-Mail/URL Updated 09MAR2002 | 05AUG98]

In the course of our research on various topics, many interesting revelations have been made. Many of these discoveries deal with information concerning individuals that were listed as "missing". If you are the next-of-kin, a relative or a friend of the below listed personnel, we would very much like to talk to you:

USN 31 JAN 1944 NC

USN 31 JAN 1944 OH

USN 31 JAN 1944 CT

USN 31 JAN 1944

USN 31 JAN 1944 PA

USN 31 JAN 1944 WI

USN 31 JAN 1944 NY

USN 31 JAN 1944 MI

USN 31 JAN 1944 MO

USN 31 JAN 1944 PA

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