November 12, 2002
Pat Dwyer stands on the airstrip at Tinian, near where his Father, MAJ Bill Dwyer was killed.
I recently went on a trip to Tinian, Saipan, and Guam with Valor Tours and it was phenomenal. Professor Anderson Giles led a group of 20 people some were vets, others spouses, sons of vets, and "history buffs."
My Dad was Operations Officer for the 398th Squadron of the 504 Bomb Group and was killed there February 27, 1945. Professor Giles took me to the crash site below the runway on North Field. The trip was far beyond my expectations. To actually be at the location where my Dad was killed is amazing. Being at the crash site with B-29 parts, the runway on North Field, and the island itself has brought life to the picture on the wall.
I have gained a little better understanding of what happened and now Tinian is much more than a tiny dot on the map of the Pacific Ocean. While I have some information on the crash it is far from complete, so I have requested the Individual Deceased Personnel File, as suggested by Col. Jack Forgy, which may contain more details on the crash. I also visited my Dad's grave which is located in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, for the first time. Quite a trip.
Pat Dwyer, Proud son of Major Bill Dwyer