This is page four of a letter from Tony Mininni to Rose and Oscar Dobler, the parents of John Dobler, pilot of a B-24 from 828th Bombardment Squadron, 485th Bombardment Group of the 15th Air Force that had been forced to ditch near Vis island on the Croatian coast, while returning from a mission to bomb Linz, Austria on 20 January 1945. John hadn't survived the crash, but his parents struggled to accept this, and asked for more details from Tony, one of four survivors from the aircraft.
It again. But when I think back
back on the things we were go9ing
to do when we got back to the
States I wince with pain. I
will not ? both you and I
with sad memores any longer.
I ? your sorrow and heart-
break and as John was one
of my best and most loved friends
I’ll close up –
PS. I’ll make it a point to visit
you if and when I return to the
States. Also included are the addresses
of the other boys who lost their lives.
Many thanks to Julie Harrison, John Dobler's niece, for sending us this letter.