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111011 -  Wolf Samuel Books
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from:  Thomas, James W CTR USAF ACC 338 CTS/CTI James.Thomas.Ctr.US@offutt.af.mil
date:  Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM
subject: TAPS
MSgt Thomas “TC” Cobb, USAF, RET, 71, died 10/11/11
 Interment was at the Biloxi National Cemetery.
I am in contact with his widow…trying to get more info.
 He was big in the PACCS community. Serving in the 2nd ACCS, 4th and 10th ACCS
from:  RobbHoover@aol.com robbhoover@aol.com
date: Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 1:04 PM
subject: Russian Ambassador to the United States Visits Omaha
I attended the Ambassadors Summit in Omaha on Oct 27th (See World-Herald story below) and talked to Sergey Kislyak, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States. I showed him my 55th Wing Association pin and said that many Russian place names were familiar to me from that service. I told him about Rear Admiral Boris Novyy, Russian Navy retired, and the excellent work he had dome in support of the US-Russian commission on Cold War Shootdown Research. The Ambassador said that he knew Adm. Boris Novyy. I mentioned about Adm. Novyy attending our 55th Wing Association reunion in 2005 and how he had befriended some of the 55th widows. They were very grateful for his research and had even visited him in Russia. It was a great example of Russo-American co-operation. The Ambassador agreed smilingly and thanked me for bringing up the subject.
Robb*********************************************************************************************************************************

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A panel discussion at UNO on Thursdayincluded, from left, Thomas Gouttierre, UNO dean of international studies;Arthur Hartman, U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1981-87; Jack Matlock Jr.,U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1987-1991; Gregory Guroff, president ofthe Foundation for International Arts and Education; James Collins, U.S.ambassador to Russia, 1997-2001; and John Beyrle, U.S. ambassador to Russia,2008-present.
PublishedFriday October 28, 2011

Russians carry message of change    By Matthew Hansen     WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Many Russians long for the days of the old Soviet Union, the Russian ambassador to the UnitedStates told an Omaha crowd on Thursday.
They don'tnecessarily miss the Soviet Union's military might, and they certainly don'tmiss the pervading fear that caused them to censor themselves even when sittingaround their own family kitchen tables, said other diplomats.
What makesRussians, particularly older ones living outside Moscow, nostalgic for the olddays is the widespread sense that they don't have a place in the modern Russia— that the country has changed, but they have no road map to change with it,Ambassador Sergey Kislyak said during a one-of-a-kind event Thursday thatbrought five top Russian and U.S. diplomats to UNO.
"Imaginea person who is 70 or 60 or 50, trying to find a place in a system that theydon't understand," Kislyak said.
He pointed out that it's only been 20 years since the Soviet Union collapsed, leading to anentirely new political and economic system utterly foreign to most residents.
"How longhave you developed your market economy?" the Russian ambassador asked theinvitation-only crowd of Omaha business leaders, military leaders and UNOadministrators, professors and students.
"And isit perfect today?" he asked, drawing laughter from the audience.
The theme ofcomplete transformation — of a Russia still feeling its way through uncertaintytwo decades after its failing totalitarian state finally crumbled and of aUnited States still trying to understand it — permeated speeches by bothcountries' current ambassadors as well as a panel discussion involving three former Cold War and post-Cold War U.S. ambassadors who spent a combined 15years in Moscow.
The fivediplomats had gathered because of a long-dead U.S. Army staff sergeant, nowknown as a hero in both countries.
The late Joe Beyrle had a unique view of both the United States and the Soviet Union. He'sbelieved to be the only American soldier to fight for first the U.S. Army andthen for the Red Army against Hitler's troops in World War II, after escaping aNazi prisoner of war camp.
A museum exhibit detailing his story has traveled across Russia and is now on display atthe Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland, Neb.
Kislyak, along with John Beyrle — the U.S. ambassador to Russia and Joe Beyrle's son — and thethree former U.S. ambassadors were here in conjunction with the exhibit'sopening.
Theirthree-hour appearance at UNO veered between wonkish moments — a discussionabout Russia's likely entrance into the World Trade Organization, for example —and a general theme that the United States and Russia need to understand eachother better so they can move forward together, away from their Cold War past.
ArthurHartman, U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union under President Ronald Reagan,pointed out the irony that it was the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan thatcaused the United States to boycott the 1980 Olympics.
"Now wefell into (Afghanistan) ourselves, into the same mess," Hartman said.
James Collins,a former ambassador who worked in the U.S. Embassy when the Soviet Unioncollapsed in 1991, tried to emphasize just how shocking the resulting changehas been for the average Russian citizen.
Imagine goingto bed on Dec. 31 in a place where it's illegal to own property and wherebureaucratic status, not money, helped you climb the ladder, he told theaudience.
Then imaginewaking up on Jan. 1 and learning that money now meant success and power andthat the old bureaucratic ways were worthless.
"It'svery difficult to understand how profoundly this changed life," Collinssaid. "And this revolution is still going on. It isn't complete."
Beyrle, thecurrent U.S. ambassador to Russia, emphasized the growing ties between the twocountries.
Last year, 35million Russians traveled abroad, and many — 40 percent more than in 2009 —applied for visas to do business in or visit the United States.
The twocountries did some $40 billion in trade last year, business that will continueto grow because Russia is one of the world's 10 largest ecoomies, as well asthe No. 1 producer of oil and gas.
But when mostAmericans think of Russia, they think of the old Soviet Union, Beyrle said. ManyRussians also view the United States with that same Cold War skepticism andaggression, other diplomats said.
"MostRussians I know have an iPhone," Beyrle said. "We don't understandenough about this country we're so dependent on."
Kislyakpointed out that $40 billion in business is only a tiny slice, compared withthe trade the United States or Russia does with Western Europe.
He said tradebetween the countries should continue to grow, in part because it will bringthem closer together and make it harder for politicians or diplomats fromeither side to damage the relationship.
And he haileda new generation of Russians, younger and generally living in Moscow, who graspthe modern economy and "feel comfortable with competing," he said.
"Theyknow the world and its currencies," he told the audience. "They workfor a chance to become somebody."

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from:Tom  Dawes muskymall@gmail.com
to: jim@maloney.com
date:  Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM
subject:  343 SRS
Jim- My Dad (Tom Dawes) was a Nav in the 343 SRS mostly on the RB47 at Forbes in the 50-60 era. Thought you folks might be interested in a picture of his latest project. He is 90 and just keeps going. If you will notice the 343rd insignia is proudly displayed on the bird. They were quite a group of guys!! Read your bio, looks like you had an interesting career. We are about the same age and I went thru UPT class of 70-06 (Moody). C-7A after flight tng then on to 141's and C-5. 8 yrs active then on to the airlines- retired in 2005 from CAL. I enjoy your Website, lots of memories even though I was just a kid. Tom Dawes jr.

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from: Reg Urschler thegunfighter@cox.net via maloney.com
date:Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM
subject:RE: 343 SRS
Well, this message turned out better than I had anticipated. I was waiting for the “bad” news Unfortunately notifying of an old comrade’s passing. This was absolutely delightful as it brought back not only wonderful memories of the time I spent in the 343rd with Tom (sr.) , but the news he’s acting like the battery commercial…   
         Please pass to your father my warmest regards and tell him I treasure all the times we spent together at Forbes, the unique group of people and the fascinating, challenging and rewarding flying we did in the RB-47, literally all over the world. I do hope you have sat down with your father and have had him regale you with the war stories of the some of the wildest people and times one could possibly hope to encounter and enjoy…and recorded them for posterity. Otherwise no one would ever believe them!
        They would be most welcome in the 55th web site for all of us to re-live and re-enjoy.
Regis Urschler
343rd SRS, 1955—1965, Forbes AFB, KS

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from:    MaxMoore55@aol.com via maloney.com
date:    Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:50 PM
subject:    TAPS John Redman

John C. Redman passed 5 October 2011, age 80, in Biloxi, MS.
He was an EWO in RBs at Forbes circa 1957-65
Widow, (wife #2) Dellanor Bethel.
John was not a member of the Assn, so I am trying to secure an address for next of kin from Jack Burger who sent me the notice.
VO, Max
From: wolfsamuel@verizon.net
To:
 maxmoore55@aol.com
Sent: 10/11/2011 3:23:30 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Wolfgang Samuel Books
As I do every year I will make my books available to the 55th Wing community at my cost for the coming holiday season.  I do a lot of book signings at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, and one of the preferred gifts of visitors is an author signed book.  I know that many of you wonder what to give him or her, here is a possible solution.  The way it works is, you send me an email, call, or whatever, tell me which book you want, how you would like me to dedicate the book, or maybe just sign it; then I send you the book or books (it's all on a trust basis) and you make me out a check plus the postage on the box I sent the books in.  The first price listed below after the title is the retail price; the second is my price to you (35/25 retail/my cost).  All books are hardcover unless so noted.  Briefly here are the books you can choose from:
 
German Boy: A Refugee's Story (35/25) - This is my personal story of survival in WWII and after.
 
Coming to Colorado: A Young Immigrant's Journey to Become an American Flyer (30/22) - This is the sequel to German Boy, and picks up where GB leaves off and goes past the Cuban Missile Crisis, my first operational missions in the RB-47H.
 
I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen (35/25) - Based on interviews, and covers Stratrecon over/around the Soviet Union, Berlin Airlift, Korea and Vietnam.
    Also available in large size paper back (25/18)
 
The War of Our Childhood (35/25) - The experiences of German children in WWII from every region of Germany, a picture of terror and survival of a generation.
 
Glory Days: The Untold Story of the Men who Flew the B-66 Destroyer into the Face of Fear (35/25) - One of my favorites.
 
American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets (35/25) - How the AAF/USAF got into the jet age; Operations Eclipse and Lusty/Projects Overcast and Paperclip.
 
Watson's Whizzers: Operation Lusty and the Race for Nazi Aviation Technology (40/28) - Large size, glossy paper.  Includes all of American Raiders plus additional chapters and pictures.  The ultimate history on this subject.
 
Wolfgang Samuel Forbes 1962-67, Shaw 1968, Takhli 1968-69, Headquarter USAFE weenie flying with the 39th TEWS out of Spangdahlem 1969-72.
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RBECKER40@comcast.net RBECKER40@comcast.net
to jim@maloney.com
date Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:59 PM
subject From 55th web site
 
      I TOOK PICTURE FROM A KC97  WHILE TDY YAKOTO AFB JAPAN 1958
 RB47 - WAS SHOT DOWN JULY  1960 OVER BERANT SEA
 GAVE A COPY OF PICTURE TO  CO-PILOT  WHO WORKED IN A HOBBY SHOP IN ANNAPOLIS
 I THINK HIS NAME WAS OLMSTEAD   NOT SURE
 
 I WAS IN 55TH   A AND E   FORBES AFB  TOPEKA KANSAS  FROM FEB 1957  TO JULY 1960
 100 YEARS AGO
 A/2C  ROBERT G BECKER  32350C  TAIL TURRET RADAR MECH
 
 OLMSTEAD SAID HE GOT  2 MIGS  WITH THE 20 MM CANNON   BEFORE THEY GOT HIM