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Patriot Media Author Dr. Tom Gauthier, and Dari Bradley CEO, are honored to welcome Mr. Chester Klier, to our August 26th live broadcast of Military Author Radio. www.militaryauthorradio.com
Chester flew his first combat mission on July 31, 1943—and flew his last of 66 missions on September 30, 1944. Since 1982 he’s been the historian for the 386th Bomb Group. Through the years his Group combat stories have been published in the 386th B.G. Newsletters, also the 9th Air Force Newsletter, the 8th Air Force News, and the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.
The name of Chester’s crew’s aircraft was, “BUZZ-N-BITCH II”, tail number 131953 RG-T. The ship completed 110 combat missions, another crew made a crash landing with it while his crew was on leave in London August 18, 1944. The plane was hauled off to the salvage dump!
Chester Klier earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, eleven Air Medals, the Purple Heart, European Theater of Operations Medal with two Battle Stars, and the Distinguished Unit Citation. His personal air combat story was written by Dale M. Titler and appeared in a book called WINGS OF ADVENTURE in 1972. In 1984 a German movie film company made a film documentary of 386th Bomb Group Mission number 395 which took place on April 12, 1945. Chester narrated on camera for fifteen minutes of a one hour presentation—to be shown on German TV.
Tune in for some great stories and reflections from our 90 year old WWII veteran—a hero in our eyes and we’re sure yours too.
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