Hello. My father, James Freeh, was a B-24 pilot stationed in Grottaglie from June – October 1944. He was in the 717th Bomb Squadron. He flew 39 missions and was credited with 50 missions. Dad attended a number of the 449th Bomb Group reunions including the wonderful trip to Italy in 2001. He passed away in April 2007.
I really like the website and enjoy keeping up with news about the 449th. I am delighted that the 2nd generation is so active in keeping the stories of these brave men alive and in our hearts. I have not attended a reunion, but my brother Steve did accompany Dad on the Italy trip and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the veterans and their children.