Airmail Greetings joins the decorated airmen of the Mighty 8th Air Force for this years reunion held in Savannah GA, August 3-8 2008.
After three months in development, Joe Jones worked closely with Britain's 96th BG museum curator, Geoff Ward and several crewmen of the 96th Bomb Group. Inspired by the true story of B-17 waist gunner, George Meshko and the crew of "Sky Ball" of their return to base from their final 25th mission, Jones proudly dedicated this years official 96th BG poster art to these fine airmen at their gala function.
As the true story goes, on their return to base at Snetterton Heath, England, March 6, 1944, which happened to be the first raid into Berlin, for the US airmen, the "Sky Ball" crew reportedly shot off over 200 flairs as they buzzed the tower four times. With 8th AF Wing Commander, Curtis Lamay standing on the tower that day, tail gunner, Bill Adams lobbed a flair right into the control tower to the shagrin of the B-17 crew and ground personnel as they celebrated the successful completion of their combat tour. It is noteworthy to mention, at the time of this air crew's last mission, George Meshko was just two weeks away from his 19th birthday. Later, it would be none other than General, Jimmy Doolittle that would personally award Staff Sargent, George Meshko with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his gallant service with the 8th Air Force.
When it comes to honoring our veterans, Airmail Greetings quickly rolls up their sleeves and put their money where their mouth is! Still to this day, we owe these distinguished men everything, a fact we as a nation must never forget or overlook. We are sincerely commited to work each and every day to honor our veterans.
We encourage all to take the time and make the effort to do something tangible each day for our great veterans.