AEW & C WING REUNION
Saturday November 2, there was a Memorial Wreath Drop over the Atlantic Ocean
south of Nantucket Island. The 3 wreaths were dropped in the area of the crash
of Aircraft #53-0549 Homey 82, in which 15 Officers and Airmen lost their lives.
The 3 wreaths were dropped to memorialize the 50 Officers and Airmen who lost
their lives in 3 separate Aircraft crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. Joseph L.
Guenet, Lt. Col. USAF Retired who was
the sole survivor of the crash of Homey 82 was on board the C-45 when the
wreaths were dropped. Other passengers were John Loftus, Jim Collins, Chuck
Comstock, and Kimberly Holloway. Pilot was Bob Trinque of Plymouth, MA.
Prior to the departure there was a short memorial service at
the hanger, conducted by Jim Lawler. Following the prayer there was a reading of
the names of the 50 Fallen Stars. They did the wreath drop, landed at Nantucket
Airport for breakfast, and on the way back to Plymouth got a fly over over Otis
ANG Base. GIVE THEM ONE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED……………..
weekend long festivities were capped on Saturday Evening with a dinner banquet
held at the Radisson Hotel, Plymouth, MA. The National Anthem and other select
songs were sung by Ms Cheryl Rego of Pembroke, MA, during the program. The Honor
Guard from Bedford AFB, MA posted the colors and performed the POW/MIA Ceremony.
Following the POW/MIA Ceremony Ms Cheryl Rego sang “Proud to be an
American”. Jim Collins lead the Members in the Pledge of Allegiance and Jim
Lawler said the Invocation. Guest speaker was Joseph L.
Guenet, Lt. Col. USAF Ret.,. The Key
Note Speaker for the evening was John F. Flanagan Jr., Brigadier General USAF
Ret. John Loftus was the Master of Ceremonies.
the course of the evening other military rituals were observed. Letters of
Recognition were awarded to Joanna DaSilva, Alice Koronkiewicz, General John F.
Flanagan Jr, Dean Boys, A.
J. Northrup, Charles Comstock, John
J. Hughes, Jim Lawler, John Loftus, Ella Bradbury and Jim Collins. Ms Cheryl
Rego singing “God Bless America” closed the Dinner Ceremony.
C-45 Breakfast Flight drawing was held on Saturday at 2:00PM. The winners were
Al Christianson (Twice), George Cooper, Walter Walko, and Russell Stuart who
substituted George Byers. They flew to Nantucket and had breakfast. I understand
they had a memorable flight and got a fly over Otis.
As members of the 551st they were invited by Otis Control to
do a flyby of the Control Tower, which they did at 50 ft.
would like to thank Chuck Comstock for the 360 wine glasses he donated to the
Members of the reunion. The wine glasses were embossed in blue with the Wing
patch and the words of the reunion, “OLD FRIENDS AND
MEMORIES REVISITED-MAY THE SPIRIT LIVE ON”.
These wine glasses like the ones he donated at Tinker are fantastic and will be
a keepsake for years to come.
would also like to thank Don Uitti for the attention he gave to the Registration
Desk. He was there most of the time the desk was open. Also Al Tardy, Jim
Collins, Ann Shank, and Russell Stuart. Thanks for all for the many
little/big things they did. You cannot appreciate what guys like this mean
to the success of a function such as ours. Also not to be left out is Dean Boys
J. Northrup. Their technical
assistance advice and product donations were very generous and appreciated.
Thanks, to John Loftus for the great job he did as the Master of Ceremonies.
Well done John. Jim Lawler for the job he did on the Invocation and Prayer.
Again thanks Jim. And last but not forgotten thanks for the very fine speeches
done by Joe Guenet and B/G John F. Flanagan. THANKS……………..To anybody that I may have overlooked,
I apologize and say thanks to all.
THANKS goes out to the most important people of the reunion. That is the reunion
members themselves. Without you the members there is no reunion. I want so say
you all have been a treat to work with and very generous with your donations to
the reunion. I am looking forward to meeting up with you all at a future
Floyd and Jim