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Blogs  (Updates, insights and ramblings from Alejandro Mena and his Team) . . .
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Alejandro Mena

Last week I was chiming in on a thread on the 2nd Air Division Heritage League FB Group. It had a photo of some research books, one of which was by noted author, the late Allan Blue, entitled The B-24 Liberator. Several years prior I had posted about a phone conversation with Allan during which he mentioned rather pointedly, 'you DO have my book, don't you?' I sheepishly admitted that I did not have the book in my library. I felt like I was back in high school being scolded for not having my report ready. My shame has finally been rectified..

Posted Monday, March 23, 2020
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Alejandro Mena

The 11 men who served under the designation, CREW 713, came from disparate backgrounds.  It was this blend of ethnicity and religious backgrounds which gave the crew their strength.  Some of the men were country boys, some were city bred. Some were college educated and some barely had a high school education. Some were Protestant […]

Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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Alejandro Mena

A note from the recent archives. Sometimes, I'll write a draft for a Facebook post and for whatever reason, will decline to post it. Who knows? Maybe I got busy and planned to come back and do some more editing and just forgot the post. Regardless, I found this in my files today and think […]

Posted Friday, February 7, 2020
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Alejandro Mena

It's not very often that a filmmaker gets an opportunity to film portions of his own father's early life. I was given that chance recently just a few weeks ago. My producers and I had been talking for several years about filming two re-enactment scenes for CREW 713, which we have now done!

Posted Friday, January 10, 2020
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Alejandro Mena

"...Not all who wander are lost, the old that is strong does not wither...from the ashes, a fire shall be woken..." Tolkien. The Fellowship of the Ring.

Posted Sunday, February 11, 2018
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Alejandro Mena

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Alejandro Mena

The Irishman's Shanty was last seen in 1946. Modeler Konley Kelly has recreated the plane that O'Sullivan's Iron Men flew to history in 1944.

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Alejandro Mena

Here's the e-mail invitation to the upcoming fundraising event (Thursday, September 12, 2013) at the Commemorative Air Force B29/B24 Squadron Hangar in Addison, TX. Hope to see you there!

Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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Alejandro Mena

The Cold War, Viet-Nam and the first KC-135 to roll off the assembly line. Remembering 'The City of Renton', The Airborne Command Post, and my father's last assignment in the Air Force.

Posted Friday, June 21, 2013
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Alejandro Mena

John Luckadoo was a pilot on a B-17 bomber during WWII. He recently returned to England and visited the place which holds so many memories for him.

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2012
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