The year 1944
A little music from the time . . .
Ray Dorman – 3rd SAD – from Weymouth, MassachusettsNotes from Ray’s son Jim Ray Dorman was a private in the USAAF. He learned how to work on the B24 bomber at the Technical Training Command Center at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois before steaming over to England on the Orion – a converted English ocean liner. I think that was sometime in the latter part of 1943. As best as I can tell, he was immediately assigned to RAF […]
A letter penned in 1944 uncovered the inspiring true story of Helen Gregg, one of eight children of Irish immigrant parents raised in the miseries of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen during the Great Depression, and Clarence R. Stephenson, a young man reared in the struggling small city of Ironton, Ohio. They grew up desperately poor, but always maintained an optimistic and hopeful countenance in spite of their circumstances. Helen not only suffered the effects of the poverty in which she […]
In May 1989, Jim Agerton and Wiley Noble both returned to Watton on a 3rd SAD reunion tour. They found time to sit and talk with Nell Horn in her back garden about themselves and their time at Watton. 28 minutes 15 seconds into this video Wiley tells the story of a goat purchased from Watton market – this is Ray Dorman from Weymouth, Massachusetts who served with 3rd SAD and the goat! – Thanks to Ray’s son Jim whose […]