How can VF(N)-101 best be remembered?
I created this blog back in 2015 when Flight Lieutenant John Kelly’s son sent me this picture of his father on a group picture.
Collection John Kelly (courtesy Gunnar Kelly)
This is how I got started with writing a blog with the idea of remembering unsung heroes.
Faces but with just a name.
Richard Emerson Harmer was also smiling, as well as other night fighter naval pilots from VF(N)-101 aboard the Enterprise, but I did not know him…
Then Bob Brunson, another naval pilot on that picture, found my blog and I could add a name to another smiling face.
Bob Brunson who knew Richard Harmer’s son gave me his email to contact him. What evolved from this contact was more than 3 gigabytes of files about his father Richard Harmer.
Photos like this one…
Documents…, and foremost his complete 1944 diary.
I just had to turn back time, and start writing on each of the 39 naval pilots seen on the deck of USS Saratoga 15 July 1942…
VF-5 July, 1942
Bottom row: Kleinman, Stover, Crews, Brown, Southerland, Harmer, Simpler, Richardson, Green, Jensen, Clarke, Stepanek. (Capt. H. W. Crews)
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