Julius P.Lewis ,the navigator of the Black Maria II

by Gerardo Ciccone
(Italy)

The Pen

The Pen

Dear Sirs, my name is Gerardo Ciccone, I am Italian and I am 55 years old. I'd like to briefly explane the reason of this mail.
When I was 9 years old, my father gave me a Parker mechanical pencil, with a graven name,
given to him by his father in 1943.
My grandfather found this pen in the woods near his home.
My father told me that, when he was 13 years old, an American plane was shot down and fell not far from their farm; few days later my grandfather found a burnt jacket with this Parker in hits pocket.
Ever since I was a little boy I always wanted to give back the pen to the family of the soldier who died. Many years ago, I was maybe 16, I contacted the US Consulate in Naples to try to find out how to get informations about the soldier's family. Probably the few informations I had and my little experience were not enough to let them give me an answer.
Today, thanks to my father (87-years-old), and internet information, I'm able to say which plane crashed that time.
The name incised on the pen is J.P.LEWIS.T
The plane crashed was the BLACK MARIA II DATE : JANUARY 11, 1943 LOCATION: LIONI - According to the internet information JULIUS P. LEWIS was the navigator of that plane. I would be very grateful to anyone if can help me to find the family of J.P. LEWIS. For any further information, please, don't hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully,
Gerardo Ciccone

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by: Micah Mallory

That is literally astonishing what you have there. The B-24 Liberator that Lewis was in, being shot out of the sky most likely made the pen fly out of the bomber. Most likely the very pen Lewis used to write on his charts and notes. I myself have come into possession of a letter belonging to another crew member. Cecil G. Buttram

From what I understand most of these men had no children at the time of their death. As a result their family legacy has not continued with them. I still am in the process of conducting research. The Liberator ironically was shot down on my Birthday, January 11th. If I am able to find any family members still alive I will tell you as soon as possible. If not, I highly recommend finding someone who will truly cherish the pen as the piece of history it is. So, it is not lost forever.

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