Earl Doggett – War Hero

MENU OF EARL DOGGETT PAGES ON THIS SITE (linked subpages)

This introductory page

Earl’s  Last Days Detailed (From book: A Reason to Live)

Airfield during WWII

Earl’s Flight Crew & Planes

Earl’s Official Military Data by Sandy Wilson

Second Air Division Memorial Library visit by Rachel, English friend of Bonnie Doggett Darby reported by Bonnie

Earl’s Military Diary

Book: Nine Yanks and a Jerk by Scott Culver

 

I am sharing items that can mean a lot to the memory of Earl, the 4-years-younger brother of my Dad.

Below is a short poem “My Lost Brother” by his sister Agnes after they were told he was “missing in action.” It reflects the confusion and hope of a “lost in action” message.

Then there are 6 separate sub-pages to this Earl Doggett history in the menu above:

First is a remarkable story of the days just prior to his death as written by an army buddy in the 445th Bombing Group of the 8th Air Force of the U.S. Army. John Harold Robinson of Memphis survived the war and in later years wrote his war memoirs in a book titled A Reason to Live (Amazon.com link). When I first read this account while sitting in Tennessee State Library and Archives, I was almost overcome by emotion, even though I had heard most of my life how he died. The book is out-of-print, but I managed to find a copy from the author who was still living in the 1990’s. You can still get a copy on Amazon.com. I treasure mine and especially the stories of Earl. I hope you are inspired by these stories too. This is the first sub-page about Earl.

Second below that I am adding photos and comments on his flight crew and planes, some shared by people unrelated to our family who have an interest in this bombing group, usually because they are related to someone else in the group. I even got a note from the grandson of the Army Photographer who made most of the photos!  🙂

Third is a page with the official military record research data provided by cousin Sandy Wilson. It is fun to see this story grow right here on the web. Feel free to copy or use any of it in your research if it can help you. And do share additional information or photos you may have and let me know if you want it posted here. See “Contact” to email or otherwise contact me.

Fourth, in 2018, my sister Bonnie did research through her friend in England who got more information from her visit to the USAAF Second Division Memorial Library near the landing strip at Tibenham.

Fifth, in 2014 I was given a photocopy of someone’s typing of Earl’s War Diary which gives even more details and shows how much he enjoyed the adventure of travel related to his work. His descriptions of places visited reminded me of myself as I love to see and experience new places. All together, we have a pretty remarkable record of Earl’s short life and somewhat brief military experience. This diary is also on a separate page.

And Sixth is another page telling about a newer book by Scott Culver, Nine Yanks and a Jerk which tells all about Earl’s main plane and some of what happened to it which was not the plane Earl died in. That day they flew in a similar plane called the “Billy Babe.” They often moved crews around to different planes, though this was Earl’s main plane. This separate page tells all about this book with photos, a TV News interview video of the author and of course a link to where you can buy the book.  🙂

 

MY LOST BROTHER

He is lost, least we know not where,

High School Graduation Photo
On some dictated land over there.
And some glad day when this war is won,
I am hoping to see him still full of his fun.
And if my brother over there is alive,
He is thinking of homefolks and how they may strive.
He had done his duty, as all soldiers do;
May we ask God to protect him day and night too.
Old Hitler thinks he is doing something grand,
To capture our soldiers on his “precious” land;
But the time will come and not a surprise,
Hitler will surrender to the Allies.
Agnes Doggett (Age 17)
Warren, Arkansas
1944
-o-

 

 

OTHER LINKS RELATED TO EARL

Location of Tibenham, England

RAF Tibenham Airfield  (The current name of where he was based)

Village: Tibenham, Norfolk

American Air Museum in Britain  (At Tibenham)

History Net: Jimmy Stewart Goes to War

More About B-24s in WWII   (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

The airfield during Earl’s time there in the middle of farmland, 1940’s