Our Family World War II Hero
I am sharing items that can mean a lot to the memory of Earl, the 4-years-younger brother of my Dad. He is 2nd from right, bottom row above.
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 5 separate sub-pages to this Earl Doggett history and tribute:
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 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 Fifth 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. 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. 🙂
A Sister’s Tribute
MY LOST BROTHER
MENU OF EARL DOGGETT PAGES ON THIS SITE (linked subpages)
This introductory page
Earl’s Last Days Detailed (From book: A Reason to Live)
Earl’s Official Military Data by Sandy Wilson
Book: Nine Yanks and a Jerk by Scott Culver
OTHER LINKS RELATED TO EARL
RAF Tibenham Airfield (The current name of where he was based)
American Air Museum in Britain (At Tibenham)
More About B-24s in WWII (Wikipedia)