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The 13th Bomb Squadron, The devils own grim reapers.

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Associated reading by Matt Bryden
 
Hello, Martin:
 
My name is Matt Bryden.  I found you via Scott Lindley.  You have credited me with a pic of the Tempo II that, to the best of my knowledge (albeit limited) once passed through the hands of a guy named Ed Koch in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
 
Here are some pics of A-26's that might be new to you, if that is possible.  I'm sorry that my company's scanner converts the pics into .pdf format.  I hope that there is freeware today that will convert the pics to .jpg or better yet, .png format.
 
Thanks for all you do, and please have a Merry Christmas
 
MB
 
Matt continues:
 
These pics surfaced after my father died in 1997.  He was one of those who joined the USAAF in the second week of December 1941--flew Marauders in Africa and Europe for 40 missions, returned to the states and eventually got assigned to be the Commanding Officer of a squadron of Invaders that went to the Pacific and ultimately replaced the Boston/Havoc squadron that was the 13th squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group--a squadron that went way back to WWI that called itself the "Devil's Own Grim Reapers"
 
John R. Bryden III rarely talked about the war, and when he did it was a carefully selected recollection.  He did note that when his squadron arrived, the Bostons were taxied up to the edge of a cliff and then a bulldozer pushed them over into the ocean.  He also said he remembered the day MacLellan painted the Grim Reaper (Oscar) on the noses.
In 1995, a guy named Russ Newman bought a B-25 and had it rebuilt in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I was part of the crew that reassembled "Old Glory"  That summer I managed to pry some "war stories" out of the old man, but the 3 or so I managed to get him to recall left him exhausted.
 
The point is, I wish I could give you some background regarding the pics, but I cannot.  Sorry about that, but I'm certain you understand.
 
 I have been able to determine with some certainty that the last pic was taken over Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The building behind the nose of the plane is the Philtower, the building behind the turret is/was the National Bank of Tulsa, and the Mayo hotel is beneath the tail.
That's all I know.
 
If anyone out there can throw some more light on the above shots, please contact me on a26invader@btinternet.com
 

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