The Eighth Air Force Historical Society
Virginia Chapter

Note from the President

Lew's Chapter Letter - 15 November 2012

Bob Noziglia's Final Flight - 14 November 2009

Lew's Chapter Letter - 6 June 2010

Lew's Fly-In Thank You Letter to SAIC - 23 November 2009

 Lew's Chapter Letter to the 8th AF - 18 November 2009

Lew's Veterans Day Letter - 11 November 2009

Lew's Letter - Wings of Freedom Tour - 08 October 2009 -


Greetings From Your President:

 On Saturday, September 15th we had a very pleasant and educational meeting and lunch at the Stonehenge Country Club in Richmond.  Most attendees made comments about their association with the 8th Air Force or the armed forces.  Abe Firestone, with the able assistance of Anne Royster showed the film “Winning Your Wings” starring Jimmy Stewart.  This film was made in 1942 and Abe said it influenced him to join the Aviation Cadets.  I expect it had a similar effect on many a young man at that time in our history.

 Next Spring will mark the 20th anniversary of our chapter of the 8th Air Force Historical Society.  When Chris Bowers founded the chapter to honor his and other Virginia fathers who served in the 8th Air Force, little did he know that it would grow to the number that it did and last as long as it has.  It all started with a meeting of ten Vets that Chris got together and by fall it had incorporated.  Then in the fall of 1994 Jesse Pitts, with the help of his wife Monique, put out the first issue of Plane Talk.  We Vets, with Veterans Day just passed, owe Chris a great “Thank You!”

Wonderful.  This is a term I have used very sparingly in my lifetime but I’ll use it now.  Elsewhere in this issue of Plane Talk you will the latest article by Frances Nunnally.  Frances was an ATS member in England during WWII.  She has written a “wonderful” account of life before, during, and after the fighting and the contribution and sacrifice the 8th Air Force personnel made.  As the Aussies might say, “Good on ya Frances.”

 Again, I close by saying, “LET’S KEEP ‘EM FLYIN’!”

                                                 Lew Burke


Bob Noziglia's Final Flight - Today, November the 13th 2010, I attended the Funeral Mass for a really great friend.  It also marked the loss to the Virginia Chapter of a dedicated supporter.  Robert Everett Noziglia will be missed by many people other than just the Chapter members.  His was a full life in service to our Country.  He passed away on November 10th.  One more day and he could have celebrated another "Veteran's Day." 

 
I met Bob several years ago at one of the Virginia Chapter luncheon/meetings in Richmond.  I knew from the day we met that he was a special person.  We served together on the Chapter Board.  I followed Bob as President of the Chapter.
 
As Chapter President I found that there were many times that I needed someone in the Richmond area to arrange something or seek out some information.  I relied heavily on Bob.  He never refused to perform some task.  He and his devoted wife, Mae, were present at almost every Chapter function.  Among the many Chapter services, I especially remember a day at the Dulles Museum where we signed books that people bought.  The books were beautiful hand drawn planes from WW-II which the author was selling.  I know we both had "writer's cramp" from the hundreds we signed. 
 
As Aviation Cadets, we Army Air Corps types often referred to the "Wild Blue Yonder."  Today Bob is no doubt in that Wild Blue Yonder.  He may be up there, but I'm sure he looks down from time to time and has a little chuckle about something his family and friend are doing here.
 
Good by Bob.
 
Lew Burke, President

THIS IS A NEW ADVENTURE FOR THE VIRGINIA CHAPTER, 8TH AIR FORCE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.   THIS E-MAIL STUFF IS NEW FOR THIS OLD CODGER, TOO.

IT IS OUR GOAL TO BUILD THIS SITE FOR THE BENEFIT OF CHAPTER MEMBERS WHO MAY HOPEFULLY, CONTRIBUTE THEIR "WAR STORIES" AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS.

IT IS ALSO ENVISIONED THAT SONS, DAUGHTERS, GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN WILL FIND THIS A SOURCE OF INFO ABOUT THEIR WW-II ANCESTORS.

OTHERS WHO WISH TO SATISFY THEIR CURIOSITY MAY ALSO FIND IT HELPFUL.

ALL THIS WILL ONLY BE REALIZED IF WE OLD CODGERS DO CONTRIBUTE INFO, EITHER FROM OUR OWN WEB SITES, OR BY WAY OF SOMEONE ELSE'S "BORROWED" SITE.

SO FEBRUARY 13,2009, WAS THE START.  WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT A DAUGHTER OF A WW-II VET HAS VOLUNTEERED TO BE OUR WEB MASTER.  HER NAME IS ANNE B. ROYSTER.  ANYONE CAN CONTACT THIS 2ND GEN. LADY BY LOGGING ONTO THIS SITE AND CLICKING ON THE WEBMASTER LINK.

February 21, 2009 - Board Meeting held at the Stonehenge Country Club. In attendance were John Pearson, Paul Adams, Abe Firestone, James Harvell, Anne Royster (non-voting), Chris Bowers and Lew Burke.  A motion was held, seconded and the website was approved and fees approved by a unanimous vote.

     

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