Corsica, France "USS Corsica" by Dominique Taddei
During WWII, Corsica was littered with US Airfields, 15 or more for B-25 Med. BOMBERS and B-26's and Support Fighter Groups and Personel. Dominique Taddei is the Author and he was barely 8 to 10 when the "Americans" arrived.... he remembers it well. Mediterranean Theatre of Operations during WWII "EAME/MTO/MAAF"
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USS Corsica WWII Story of a Carrier Island in the MTO.
1944 | Corsica, France
"USS Corsica" by Dominique Taddei. . .
Author, Historian, Historical Researcher. . . Friend, (ultimate) Host and with the Memories that began when the "AMERICANS" arrived. 1944. .... from when Dominique was barely 8 to 10 years old until the 'sleeping giant' awoke when he retired. He REMEMBERED.
Now he remembers all, he welcomes all, gracious to a fault and a humble and intelligent man. Dominique took it upon himself to search.... for the Men, the Ships, the Missions. Then he joined, asked, invited and welcomed until I know of no one who knows this great man that does not call him FRIEND. His book, the USS Corsica is a testiment to the greatness he witnessed as the humane and kind Americans arrived on to a devestated Island ..... some remained friends for a million years, the years between 'knowing the Men of the 57th' and 'finding them'. Dominique is as much a 57th Bomb Wing Airman as if he actually loaded the big Bombs himself.
He also did extensive research on the Fighter Groups that escorted the Medium B-25 Mitchell Bombers, and B-26 Marauders. He found our pilots, our air crew and the cooks, he asked for memories and listened to more than a few tales through misty eyes.
(More to come) Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th BW Researcher and 319th and 321st Bomb Group Historians. PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com (Dad/Ed Ennis, 321st BG, 447th BS)
Superstitious Al-O-ysious (Dominiques' Avatar)
1943 | Corsica, France
AMERICAN TRADITION WWII Bomber Nose-Art;
In August 2006, an email came in to the Through Our Parents' Eyes in-basket asking if we had information on the origins of Superstitious Aloysius. The character, after all, was painted on many WWII bombers. The sender later found that Superstitious Aloysius was originally a gold-plated and enamel pin designed by Albert Freedman. There is also evidence of a patent on Superstitious Aloysius. Our thanks to Dominique Taddei.
Superstitious Al-O-ysious was a popular ELF who carried just about every kind of charm known to man including a Wishbone, a Horse Shoe, a Four Leaf Clover, a String on his nose, a Rabbit's Foot while crossing his fingers...... ;~) Barbi
The Book; "USS Corsica" by Dominique Taddei
2011 | Corsica, France
Dominique is always working on a new project.....
His BOOK; "USS Corsica"
ISBN : 2-84698-006-3
Editions ALBIANA - Décembre 2003