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WW II Baby, born 4 July, 1945 in Hartford Conn. where my Dad/Edward C Ennis was running the Tower at Bradley Field, CONN. after his return from Combat Missions as an Airborne RADAR/Radio/Gunner in the 321st BG, B-25 Mitchells in the MTO. Barbi is the Historian for his 321stBG, 57th Bomb Wing (2007-20__) 319th BG also since 2009. 57th BW Historical Researcher and History Team Member with John Fitzgerald and Patti Johnson..

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Barbi is a "War Baby" born 4 July, 1945. This is at Home in Prescott AZ in 2008. Appointed Historian for the 321stBG, 57thBW in 2007, Dad/Ed's Group/WW II.
Paul and Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
Paul and Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
20th Anniversary, 13 May, 2009 at our home in the Central Bradshaw Mountains of AZ (There's GOLD in Them-Thar Hills !)
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'01 Donna and Barbi '08 sm.jpg
Barbi (right) with 1st born Daughter, Donna L Foster celebrating something special in late 2007 in Prescott AZ. Donna lived in Prescott as well.
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Barbi with her 2nd daughter, Barbara K "Bambi" Foster, early in 2008 at home in Prescott AZ. Bambi lives and works in Phoeniz, AZ. (over 100 miles away)
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly (And Mother/Alta Ennis, 90 in July 2008
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly (And Mother/Alta Ennis, 90 in July 2008
At Home with Mother in her Perkasie PA /Bucks County Home, her 90th Birthday, July 2008.Alta (1918-2009)
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
2009, our precious dog "Jessie" is a Border Collie and lives with us in Prescott, AZ. We had known her for about 5 years and just were given her in June. (She had been hit 3 times and does not speak, nor can she run). We love her very much. Jessie is 9 years old. Barbi
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
On a Camping trip in Northern Arizona, 2006, near Williams, on Route 66 ! AZ
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
2008 Photo, at Home in Prescott Arizona. As Historian, I have a beautiful collection of WW II, AAC Items. Historian for her Dad'Ed's 321st Bomb Group, 57th BW.
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'01 Alta- 89 years.jpg
Holding on to her Grandparents Graves, in the Town of Perkasie, PA. Alta is 89 here, 2007
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1 May '09 Our Home sm na.jpg
Barbi and Paul Connolly Home "The Hacienda" Prescott, AZ
T/Sgt Edward C Ennis, 321stBG,447thBS, RADAR/Radio/Gunner B 25 Mitchells Africa/Italy
T/Sgt Edward C Ennis, 321stBG,447thBS, RADAR/Radio/Gunner B 25 Mitchells Africa/Italy
Edward C Ennis flew accross the Atlantic in the 1st Successful Flight w/o loss,Feb.'43 led by Col. Bob Knapp. The B 25 Mitchell Medium Bomber proved to be excellent at all level Bombing,Ed used the 1st application of Airborne RADAR, in Africa/Italy.
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My Dad/Ed Ennis and his "Best-Friend" Charles O Brown, Jr. KIA 2 Dec.'43.
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Edward and Alta Ennis and their Family in 1957, in their Home-town of Doylestown, PA. Christmas Card Photo.
Barbi May'07.jpg
Barbi May'07.jpg
"Ed and Brownie" ! Friendships that last a Life-Time !
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly
2006, Barbi's Sister's L) Alison and R) Patty
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Oldest "Ennis" Lynn 2006 Lynette A Ennis Reichner. 5 Children, Lynn, Barbi, Patty, Ted (Jr) and Alison.
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
Left) is "Bambi" (about 5) and Donna (about 7) in AZ.... Early 1970's !
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
Left) Donna Lee Foster, about 9 years, and Bambi (Barbara Kay Foster) about 7 years old. AZ
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
L) Donna and Bambi at Home in Tempe AZ about 1976. Tempe borders on the Phoenix Metropolitan Area "Valley of the Sun
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, 2nd daughter, Bambi
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, 2nd daughter, Bambi
Barbara Kay Foster, "BAMBI" at Home, Mesa, 1974 or 1975.
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
Barbara "BARBI" Ennis Connolly, Children- Donna and Bambi
L) Bambi and R)Donna playing in the SNOW at Frampton's Hill, above Walker, near Prescott AZ. The Bradshaw's, Central AZ Mountains near Prescott AZ. (about 1978)
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321stBG Historian, at Home, Prescott, AZ
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321stBG Historian, at Home, Prescott, AZ
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Barbi and Paul Connolly, 2009 Anniversary
Barbi and Paul Connolly, 2009 Anniversary
Snow at the Connolly Home in Prescott AZ. (Mile-High)
Snow at the Connolly Home in Prescott AZ. (Mile-High)
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1 Barbi and Paul Living Room '08.jpg
Barbi and Paul Connolly Home, Prescott, AZ
Barbi and Paul Connolly Home, Prescott, AZ
Prescott is in the Central /Bradshaw Mountains of AZ, we live on a Canyon.
Prescott is in the Central /Bradshaw Mountains of AZ, we live on a Canyon.
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Ah ! The life of a dog ;) Jessie sleeping happily.
Donna Lee Foster, 2008, Prescott, AZ
Donna Lee Foster, 2008, Prescott, AZ

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Barbara Jan (Ennis) Connolly 2
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Birth:
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Hartford Conn. 1
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Mother: Alta L (Holmes) Ennis 1
Father: Edward C Ennis 1
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2007 Historian for 321stBG 1
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2005, Researcher for 57th BW 1
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Employer: Retired Lisenced Optician/now Historian 1
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Place: Prescott, AZ 1
Start Date: 2005 Dad/Ed's WAR 1

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Barbara "Barbi" Ennis Connolly

Doylestown PA

2005, Alison, Barbi, Lynn, Patty and Mother/Alta sitting.
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Barbara was born the 2nd child of Edward and Alta Ennis.  Her older sister, Lynette (Lynn) was born while her Dad/447thBS, Edward C Ennis was in the Mediterranean Theatre in B-25's of the 321st Bomb Group.  He flew Combat Missions in the position of the very 1st Airborne RADAR -Radio and Aerial Gunner out of Africa and Italy.  Lynn was 4 months old when he returned.

After a few short assignments, Ed and Alta settled at Bradley Field, Conn. Edward was running the Field and Tower where Barbi was born, 4 July, 1945.  The War ended shortly and Ed brought his young family back to their hometown of Doylestown, Bucks County, PA. 

Barbara Jan (Ennis) Connolly

Africa/ Italy

"Princess" BARBI Ennis Connolly, (2011) 319th- 321st BS Historian, 57th BW Researcher
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Barbi says;  23 Sept. 2009

After my Dad/Ed Ennis passed at over 90 years (1914-2005), (T/Sgt. Edward C Ennis, 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron) I got my 1st computer, found the 57th Bomb Wing in early 2006, found my Dad/Ed's 'other' best friend, Walter Cantrell and started finding the MEN, and thier families, began to place photo's in the 57th Bomb Wing in Nov. '06   http://57thbombwing.com/index2.php Gallery/Albums and in Oct. 2007 was appointed the Historian for his 321st Bomb Group.

In 2009 was also awarded the 319th Bomb Group as Historian.

http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=1372  (321st Bomb Group)

My Dad/Ed http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=13318

I work in ALL Groups and Topics, and have found such joy and a meaningfulness to my life by recording their stories and posting their photo's... finding logs and Diaries and assisting John Fitzgerald (His Dad/Jack, 446thBS Pilot) to add to the monumental task of typing in the de-classified War-Diaries and then includung the Spec. Accounts and the Diaries/Logs, Mission Reports, Crew Lists, matching Ships to serials and nose-art ....(etc.) ...... http://57thbombwing.com/321stBombGroupHistory.php and several years ago, a 3rd person joined-up!  Researcher Patti Johnson (Cousin 446th BS Raymond Orechia/KIA)  Patti can find a needle in a haystack!

  It is an honor beyond measure to work with the Vets.  Bomb Wing Gallery, All Groups and some FUN Topics.  http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php

Barbi Ennis Connolly 321stBG Historian, 57th BW Researcher PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  

Barbi Ennis Connolly "Princess Barbi"

Tempe, AZ

Donna Lee Foster, At our Home in Prescott, Christmas, 2010 ARIZONA
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Barbi was raised a Catholic, going to Catholic grade school (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) and the "Academy of the Sisters of Mercy", Gwyned Valley PA (HS).... Moore Institute of Art in Phila. PA.

Barbi married Jim Foster in Aug.1964, living in Doylestown and working at her In-laws "Foster's Toy Store" until their 1st child, Donna Lee was born, 2 March, 1966.  The 2nd daughter Bambi, came along 8 June, 1968 and we moved out to Tempe, Arizona in 1970.  (Divorced about 1974)   I became an "Optician" and was a "Licensed Optician" by 1978, working almost all of my entire career in private practice.  Moving to Prescott in 1985...Donna having gone into the USAF, became an Ophthalmic Surgical Technician.   Bambi worked at Home Depot in the Computer Department.

Barbi and Paul Connolly were married in May 1989, having dated since 1985, living in the Mountains above Prescott, AZ the "Bradshaw Mountains" ("There's GOLD in Them-Thar Hills !")  Prescott itself is a Mile-High.

Returning to work in 89, although working part time as we built a home/Cabin at 10,000 ft on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colo. for 5 years, "Arrowhead Ranch" on the Alpine Plateau.....   then built the same home in Delores CO on Lake McPhee...hum ?  Snowmobiling to FISHING !  Moved back to Presott AZ in the mid '90's, and having been injured in '98, medically retired in '99.

*** A person's greatness lies in being faithful to the present moment. ******

(More later)  Barbi

"Courage is not the lack of Fear, Courage is being afraid and saddling up any way".. John Wayne

Barbi Ennis Connolly

PA

I was (Barbi) about 10 or 11 when my "baby" sister was born, Alison (Ennis) Wright.   Alison was 10 or 11 when my daughter Donna was born, and then living only 2 blocks away, Alison practically lived at our Home :)  THis was in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.   Auntie Alison would put Donna in the Gerry-back-pack and she would ride her on her bike to the little corner store regularly !   Summers were spent at the Foster's home at Byram, on the Delaware River, NJ side, (My Mom and Dad-in-law, John and Katie Foster) ....  which was next to Barbi's Mother and Dad   (AND/ ALSO)  (Ed/Alta)'s Summer home where we had lots of room to play and water-skiing !  Alison could ski bare-footed :)  It was nothing (back then) to swim across the Deleware River and walk up the Canal Bank to Point Pleasant and check out the stores !

 

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