2008 Palm Springs

Palm Springs Mini-Reunion 2008

Palm Springs Mini-Reunion
February 8 - 9, 2008
Palm Springs, California

BIG JOE Armanini says hello!

The last two days have been a blur. Palm Springs always brings out surprises and this year was no different. Brig General Huglin's Daughter Judy made the treck to find out more about her Father. Brig Gen Huglin was CO of the 100th Bomb Group from June 11, 1943 to July 2nd 1943 before transferring to Wing. She also was able to visit with the Batley's whom she had met at Thrope Abbotts earlier this year. It was great to see Judy and Big Joe discuss her Father since Big Joe served with Brig Gen. Huglin at 13th Combat Wing and 92nd Combat Wing. Thanks Scott Armanini for making sure your Father made the trip. I will see you both in March.

Friday Night: Ron Batley gave the presentation "Thorpe Abbotts, Then and Now" at the Hospitality Suite to a packed house and afterwards you could see small groups of people sit down and question the vets about missions. The younger generation could just not get enough.

Saturday: There were over 400 people at the Palm Springs Air museum to hear the stories of the 100th Bomb Group and view our displays. Bob Wolff, as always, organized a wonderful program that included Jim Sorenson, Charles Gutekunst, and Don Miller. Bob has transformed this mini reunion into an event that Vets and Family members look forward to on a regular basis. Thank you Bob and Barbara Wolff.

Don Miller, Author of "Masters of the Air" gave a great speach at the Palm Springs program about the 8th Air Force, but in particular, Rosie Rosenthal, He signed over 40 of his books and joined us for the Dinner at Billy Reeds. Don and his Wife Rose said they would like to join us in Alburq. Thanks Don, we appreciate the support you have given the 8th Air Force and in particular the 100th Bomb Group with your Book. Let's keep in contact my friend.

Hong Kong Wilson donated a duplicate weathervane (like the one at Thorpe Abbotts) to the Palm Springs Air Museum in appreciation for all the support they have extended to our Group. More on this later.

"Red" Carrillo has met his match, Albert Freitas. You guys had one of the best tables going at Billy Reeds.