9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2010 Reunion

Branson, Missouri

September 8-11, 2010



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Great Western Branson Towers

The 2010 reunion of the 416th Bomb Group was held again at the Great Western Branson Towers in Branson, Missouri. Attendees were welcomed on Wednesday evening with an informal reception at the hotel.  The popular hospitality room, with drinks and snacks, was open throughout the event for socializing. Members and family brought photo albums and memorabilia to display.  A group outing to the Starlite theater for dinner and a Bill Medley show was enjoyed by all and included a personal slide show tribute to the 416th.  The traditional banquet was held on Saturday evening with a video presentation about 416th members killed in action and buried in ABMC cemeteries in Europe.  The video was followed by a presentation by Margaret McEvoy that included the reading of a letter written to her family by Jack Sittarich at the end of the war.    Jack was the gunner with Jimmy Kenny when their plane was shot down.  Kenny was killed in action and is buried at Lorraine cemetery in France.  Sittarich was taken prisoner and was present at the reunion.

2010 Reunion Veterans

2010 Reunion Veterans.  Seated left to right: Carl Weinert, John Freese, Bob Kehres, Billy Brewer, Dan Eastman. 

Standing left to right: Jack Sittarich, Wayne Downing, Ralph Conte, Roy Burns, Roland Dullnig, Bob Basnett.