When my grandmother passed away, my mom found a box of old letters in the attic from her brother Steve Domladovac who was a Navigator on a B-17 with the 91st BG during WWII. The whole crew was lost on a mission on December 1, 1943. From the reports, my mom never found out what happened to her brother on this mission. In the box of old letters I found a letter from a Lester Duggan. Over the years through researching from this letter, I was able to contact Mr Duggan, Lester was the co-pilot that didn't fly on this mission so a new pilot Harry Hollinger could fly with an experienced crew before taking his crew on missions. Lester Duggan's daughter Eileen sent me photos of their B-17 named Mizaph II. Through the 91st association I was able to meet Bob Dickson,
On the December 1, 1943 mission Bob Dickson was flying next to my Uncles B-17 and told me what happened to my uncles B-17 on this mission. His close friend, Harry Hollinger, was the co-pilot in my Uncle's plane. Meeting Bob Dickson and listening to his story and finding out about my Uncle Steve was a chance in a lifetime. To have the chance and be able to meet this special hero, veteran and WWII POW was unforgetable.
Through facebook I was able to get in contact with the niece of Leonard Anderson the pilot of my uncles plane. In 1999 my wife and I visited my Uncles grave at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium for my mom. It has been amazing what I was able to find and the people that I have met through this research.
Thank you to Robert Turchick at yipDog Studios for doing the video interview.