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Note NOTICE: "...ATTENTION: Brian Crowe or Charles W. Crowe Jr. re: VPB-2 OTU-3 NAS Banana River, Florida re: PBM-3s Martin Mariner BuNo 6545 lost 9 July 1945 with S1c(AOM)(CA) Bernard M. Zlotnick aboard and 11 others- I was stationed there then and apparently in the same Combat Aircrewman Training Program that your uncle was in when he was lost- you didn't include your e-mail address-remit same and I'll tell you whatever I can- also submit the same details to Nevins A. Frankel and he can publish them in the webpage maybe some other shipmates have some more details- we lost one of own PBMs on Dec 5, 1945 with my best friend S1c(AOM)(CA) Fred Zawicki when they went to search for the 5 TBMs of the famous Flight 19 in the Bermuda Triangle. Regards...Bob Woerner robertewoerner@cs.com..." [30NOV97]

Note NOTICE: "...Looking for anyone who flew with my father Marion (Tony) Giorgini..." [13SEP2001]

Here is a rough list of his {Marion (Tony) Giorgini} assignments/locations:

July 1943-Aug 1943 Initial flight training at Albert Lea, MN
Dec 1943-Apr 1944 NAS Minneapolis, MN
May 1944-Sep 1944 NAS Pensacola, Florida, Instrument rating issued Sept 1944
Oct 1944-Jan 1945 NAS Jacksonville, Florida
Feb 1945-Apr 1945 NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, Qualified as co-pilot PB4Y in Apr '45
Apr 1945-? NAS Jacksonville, Florida
Oct 12-14, 1945, passenger from NAS Honolulu to NS Sangley Point, Philippines
Oct 1945- Jan 1946 Palawan, Clark Field, Samar, Cebu City, Tinian, Kwajalein,
Johnson, MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Jan 12, 1946 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii
Apr 1946-? NAS in ? Michigan
Jul 1951- Sep 1955 NAS Olathe, Kansas

Detailed List from May 1944-Dec 1944

May 1944 NAAS Ellyson Field, Florida, USNATC Pensacola, Florida, Roommates-Robert Galvin,
Richard Gates, Dick Gannon
May-June 1944 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, NAS Pensacola, Florida
July-Sep 1944 NAS Pensacola, Florida, Squadron VN 808A????????
Oct-Dec 1944 NAS Pensacola, Florida, Squadron VPB2 OTU#1 Roommate J.E. Shea

He also listed Wade Spence, C.W. Ledin, C.P. Kasper, C.W. Listole as roommates or contacts. Any idea if Ledin is alive or where? He listed him several times.

Other info......Flew with MIT graduate Frank Glazier (went on to TWA), Jack Brassfield (Navigator), Maurice Willis (pilot), Ed King (pilot) out of Olathe, KS

From newspaper clippings:

Ensign M.C. Giorgini arrived at Pearl Harbor, HI. Entered the Navy Air Corp in Feb 1943. Commissioned at Pensacola, FL Sept 19, 1944.

Returned from two weeks annual anti-subwarfare training at NAS Oakland, California.

Duty with Navy Reserve Aviation Squadron VP-881.

As you can see, there are several gaps I could not account for. He graduated from Univ. of Minnesota in 1951, moved to Kansas City and began work at Bendix Corp (Allied-Signal Aerospace) and continued to fly in the reserves out of NAS Olathe, Kansas until Sept 1955.

Any info you can piece together would be great. Let me know if I can help in any way.

Thanks, David Giorgini DavidGiorgini@aol.com

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