Wife: Jacqueline (Kelly) Irwin
Maj. Walter Ives – Baltimore
Maj. Walter Ives of Baltimore commanded the 556th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bombardment Group, composed of B-26s which he escorted in 1943 from MacDill Field in Tampa, Fla. across the Atlantic to Chipping Ongar, England. Before he joined the air corps, Ives was a member of the 29th Division, along with his brothers, Dudley and Charles. He named his Martin B-26 Marauder bomber the “Gravel Agitator” as a nod to the infantrymen of the 29th Division. Ives met his wife, Mary Anna “Cathie” Hutchinson, in her native Northern Ireland during the war. She was teaching German and French to pilots while also working on a top-secret project to break the German code. Walter Ives was decorated with the Silver Star in October 1944 and received a Purple Heart after he was wounded on a mission over Germany. He also received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four clusters. He was discharged at war's end with the rank of Lt. Col. After the death of his wife in 1979, Walter Ives began spending summers touring Europe and the British Isles on his 250 Honda scooter. Walter Ives was 93 when he died in 2009.
Died: Dec. 3, 2009
Wife: Mary Anna (Hutchinson) Ives
Lt. William S. Kirk - Richmond, Va.
William Kirk arrived in England in July 1943 and had flown in 17 missions by the time of the Christmas show.
Sgt. Joseph Klein – Baltimore
Joseph Klein was the NCO in charge of squadron operations. Before the war he worked at Bethlehem Steel.
Born: April 2, 1921
Died: June 27, 1993
Wife: Mary Klein
Col. Jack Lambert – Baltimore