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2011/03/18 13:31:43 (permalink)
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Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII

My father, Robert Trimble, commanded Poltava Base from mid April 1945 to conclusion in June 1945. Anyone rmember him, or have information on life there during that time? Thanks so much,

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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2011/03/18 13:37:13 (permalink)
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    Lee -
    Did you get Book Fighting with the Soviets ?
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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2011/03/18 15:08:14 (permalink)
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    Hey Mike,
    Yes! It was great. I took the reference information from Mark Conversino, and went to the National Archives and found lots more. I am trying this sub-forum because I was hoping maybe someone on ground crew might have remembered day to day experiences there. There are some questions still unanswered, like info on OSS involvement there, in which my dad participated. Nothing I could find in the Archives. Thanks again on getting me started in the right direction! Hope all is well. Take care,
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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2012/01/26 13:53:06 (permalink)
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    Lee,
    My brother was a Norden bomb site expert, stationed at Poltava. I don't know the dates, but he arrived the day of the big bombing by the Germans and remained there through most of the remainder of the war. His job was to go into Poland and help repair downed US planes. He is 92 years old and lives in Colorado. He is still very sound of mind and he and I have had many conversations about Poltava. I would be happy to contact him and see if he sould be interested in corresponding with you.
     
    I have written two novels about World War II and am currently working on one based on my brother's experiences. I would appreciate any information people could give me that would add both color and accuracy to my book.
     
    Thank you, Martha Riley
     
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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2012/01/26 15:34:30 (permalink)
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    Hi Martha,
    I am impressed that you are starting a third novel! I am now finishing my first, which concerns my father's efforts in Poltava in WWII. Robert Trimble was the final commander at that air base, between April 12 and June 23, 1945. The most difficult information to verify in my research was his involvement in the OSS and recue of expatriates in Poland, before his term as commander. I would love to talk with your brother about any aspect of life at the base. And if he had memories of my father, that would be a gift to me. Thank you so much,
    Lee Trimble
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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2012/01/26 18:51:27 (permalink)
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    Lee,
     
    Thanks for your email. Please, let me know when your book is available for purchase. My two books are on the Polish resistance and the Japanese-American experience in the US. If you're interested in either I'll send details.
     
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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2012/01/27 19:19:00 (permalink)
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    Martha -
    2 Good Books on the Subject:
    The Poltava Affair by Glenn Infield
    Fighting with the Soviets by Mark Conversino
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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2012/02/07 20:38:42 (permalink)
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    Hi Martha,
    I would be very happy to send a few simple questions for your brother on this forum about Poltava, so that he could perhaps respond to them with your help, in the form of a response here. I did not think anyone was still available in the world that might remember my Dad, even in casual aquaintance. My Dad, Robert Trimble, was officially sent to Poltava to help bring back repaired bombers as well. Your brother may have gone on a mission with him in Poland.  I would be grateful for any information.
    Sincerely,
    Lee
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    Re:Poltava 2012/03/13 10:21:55 (permalink)
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    Here is another video from G.I. Movie Weekly on Operation Titanic which appears to be the continuation of Operation Frantic and the shuttle bombing missions utilizing Russian Airfields, built with Allied materials. As this was a War Department film the names of the bases are withheld. I hope this is pertinent to the discussion…
    Scott M. 
     

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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2012/07/12 16:10:50 (permalink)
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    Marn,
    Please also give me information so I can look up your book on the Polish resistance.
    Also, I don't have your brothers name. Thanks  :)
    Lee
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    Lee,

    Thanks for your email. Please, let me know when your book is available for purchase. My two books are on the Polish resistance and the Japanese-American experience in the US. If you're interested in either I'll send details.

    Martha


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    Re:Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2012/07/12 17:40:46 (permalink)
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    Lee,
     
    I believe this to be a link to Dr. Riley's novel on the Polish resistance: http://www.amazon.com/reader/1448687160?_encoding=UTF8&page=16#reader_1448687160 
     
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    Re: Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2013/03/15 14:43:56 (permalink)
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    Lee - my father served on that base for the entire period from May 1944 to June 1945 as a radar mechanic.  This article may be of interest (http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/1997/04.03/FromRussiawithT.html).  I also have CDs of several hours worth of BBC interview done in 1995 as well as all of his letters home and photos.
     
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    Re: Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2013/05/20 15:22:14 (permalink)
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    Hello-
    Was wondering if anyone could help me find out information on my Father in laws Uncle, John W. Pestana. He was with the 15th AAF, during Operation Frantic. I also found a Banquet Book from his 602nd Bombardment Squadron based out of Rapid City. My Father inlaw has spoken to me about him, but doesn't have much more information. I can not get anything from the National Archives because he is not next of kin. Any ideas on or anyone that remembers running into his name would be appreciated.All I can get is videos from utube.
    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2013/05/21 07:54:12 (permalink)
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    Lee,
     
    If you have not already done so, go to Fold3 and look in the WW2 section and type in Poltava.  There are over 450 photos and other related documents. 
    http://www.fold3.com/ 
     
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    Re: Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2014/01/23 09:15:01 (permalink)
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    I would think duty at an AAF base in Soviet territory was pretty grim. I thought China was at the far end of the logistics pipeline, but the Red Army was further still. Surely U.S. Army rations were hard to come by and food was not something they had a lot of then. 

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    Re: Poltava Air Base, Russia, WWII 2014/01/23 18:03:14 (permalink)
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    Aries -
    If you wouls like to read about the Frantic Missions ,
    Read Book Posted below.
    David -
    Besides Poltava , there were B-17s at Mirgorod
    and P-51s at Piryatin. The Author discusses Food ,
    Food preparation and handling at length.
    Book - Fighting With The Soviets by Mark Conversino
    Mike
     
     
     
     
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