"And then SPARKS flew"
Following the release of Our Fallen Warriors Remembered, in 2016, research continued with new data sources becoming known. Two significant data sources, one from the U.S. Army and the other from the U.S. Air Force eventually provided information and insight into many of the warriors that hadn’t been available at the time of their deaths. Specifically, much of it retrieved between 2016 and 2018 had been classified as Secret or Confidential until it was declassified long after the operational intelligence value had passed. In perspective, it was not readily available to family members or the South Buffalo community at the time of occurrence and it is from this information that “And then SPARKS flew” happened.
This work provides an in-depth look at 70 of our former classmates who were assigned to Air Units in time of war; among the information contained is where they lived, operated from, how they lost their lives and where they rest. Sixty six from World War II and four from Vietnam. Candidly, some of the adjectives associated with these classmates and their action include; harrowing, fearless, valiant and intrepid.
Along with "Our Fallen Warriors Remembered", "And then SPARKS flew" has been donated to the Grosvenor section of the Buffalo and Erie County Library downtown. Honoring our classmates’ service and remembering their sacrifice, they will live forever in the local history of Buffalo.
The 273 page book is available for purchase at: https://www.rpsspublishing.com. Both the author and the publisher, (a South Park High School “connected” business), have donated all proceeds to the SPHS Alumni Association.
Each section of this publication is available, as they appear in the book, in pdf format.