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Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Holland (#47634285)
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Bio Photo Jan Bos is a police officer in his hometown Nijmegen in Holland. He is an amateur World War Two historian to the 82nd Airborne Division and Troop Carriers. The 82nd liberated Nijmegen during the so-called operation Market Garden, starting 17 September 1944. The paratroopers and glidermen from the 82nd Airborne Division could not do their job without the support of the crewmembers of the Troop Carrier transport planes, dropping the paratroopers and towing the CG-4A Waco gliders.

Am a member of the Historical Section of the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek, Holland. Working on temporary American cemeteries in North Africa and Europe. Am also a member of the Groesbeek Airborne Friends.

Have adopted several graves at Margraten (Holland) and Henri Chapelle (Belgium) Cemeteries.

I have witten a book about the 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. The titel is "Circle and the Fields of Little America".

Currently doing research about the invasion of Sicily. D-Day for operation Husky was 10 July 1943. Intend to write a book on the temporary American cemetery GELA on Sicily, where over 1,200 Americans were buried in the 1943-1944 period. The book Will finished in the summer of 2015 (July or August) and Will be available on a DVD. The title:


I am still looking for the men's and women's pictures killed in Sicily during World War Two, all kind of data/reports and pictures of the individual graves of the Gela cemetery. Also pictures of their graves in the United States or in the Sicily Rome and Florence cemeteries in Europe.

Update per 1 September 2013: am still working on the GELA book project, the Index of Names is finished, I have all the names of over 1,200 men and women buried at GELA complete, I know where they were buried then and now, have written several chapters, think four to five chapters still to go (friendly fire, Troop Carriers, 82nd Airborne Division, repatriation), have to buy several pictures and hope to finish the book at the end of the year.

Update 2015 - a friend of mine, Tyler Fox, is proofreading the text. The DVD will be finished July 2015.
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Edward C. Pearson
I was reading your information about Edward Pearson. I think this valuable information should be added to his memorial page. Don't know if you are the contributor or not, but if you aren't maybe you could forward it in an edit for the contributor to add. If you don't want to, I would be happy to send it along. My Dad was also in the 1st Infantry Division. He participated in the Invasion of Normandy. Unfortunately, Mr. Pearson did not make it that far.
Added by snm on Jun 30, 2015 12:02 PM
RE: Pfc Edward C. Pearson
Certainly, Jan...we're a big military family!
Added by CryptoGrammy on Jun 30, 2015 9:30 AM
Howard A Sutherland
RE: Private Leroy J. Hansard
Permission is granted to use the photo. Thank you for asking.
Added by Howard A Sutherland on Jun 14, 2015 2:52 PM
36th Troop Carrier Squadron
36th Troop Carrier Squadron and the HUSKY missions.
I am documenting my fathers role as a C-47 pilot for my family in a booklet titled “TUG PILOT”. I’ve posted it online at the Market Garden Info Forum at and have received tremendous support in my continued research of my father’s role in the Husky I and II and D-Day missions with the 82nd Airborne Division and the Market Garden and Varsity operations with the British. If you are interested in my research “TUG PILOT” can be downloaded from the Market Garden Info Forum by navigating from the Board Index to Air Forces to General to Tug Pilot. If not a member of the forum you can easily create a member account. "TUG PILOT" includes some great photos of the 36th Troop Carrier Squadron's involvement in HUSKY I and II.

If you have the opportunity to review "Tug Pilot”, and as my body of knowledge continues to grow I would certainly appreciate any information you may wish to share concerning the role of C-47 pilots in the Husky, D-Day, Market-Garden and Varsity operations.

Frank Welter
Added by 36th Troop Carrier Squadr... on Mar 29, 2015 2:24 PM
More Sicily
Added by ShaneO on Jan 19, 2015 8:15 PM
Eric Kreft
RE: Lt Raymond A. Runzel and crew
Yes you can use the photo.
Added by Eric Kreft on Jan 19, 2015 2:08 PM
RE: Lieutenant Kurt B. Klee
Yes, of course you can use them. It would be an honor. Although, I would like to re-take the photos without the date on them. If you could give me a couple of days and I'll take care of it. Thank you.

Added by NLColes on Dec 22, 2014 10:29 AM
Bobby Hunt
RE: Group Burial Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Jan, I remember our conversation from before, and want to wish you and yours a very Happy Holidays. Please feel free to use any photo that you need at any time that you need it. Receiving credit is not necessary, but appreciate your thinking of me.

Nice to hear from you, and still looking forward to reading the book.

Added by Bobby Hunt on Dec 21, 2014 8:05 AM
Rich H.
RE: Lt Raux

They have a form you can submit with your question, see address below:

Added by Rich H. on Dec 21, 2014 5:38 AM
Rich H.
RE: 2Lt Raymond Paul Raux

Hi, I'm not related. I randomly found the grave of Doris Katherine Strobridge Steffens while taking pictures at Mt. pleasant one day. I saw she had a Daughter of the American Revolution marker on her grave and tried to connect her with her family as best as I could.


Rich H.
Added by Rich H. on Dec 21, 2014 3:41 AM
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