In late 1944 bomber bases moved north and there were fewer overwater flights. The 1st ERS was split, the 1st remained in Europe while the newly designated 7th ERS transferred to India, then Okinawa until war’s end. Back in the US, the squadrons were deactivated.
Three years ago, the 1st and 7th met in Peoria, Illinois, for their first reunion in over 50 years. The event continues annually. Rescue dinghies made way for steamboat cruises, golf, antiquing and most especially three days of bull sessions – savoring enduring friendships.
reported by Chuck Dill, Peoria, Illinois