This website is the result of almost thirty years of research into the story of this remarkable crew. It was begun first in support of a feature screenplay, followed now by a miniseries adaptation, and in the future, a novel adaptation.
The aim of all is to increase public awareness of this historic crew, and the website in particular to provide the most comprehensive, authoritative resource about it. Unfortunately, many mistakes and myths created in early accounts of the crew have persisted over the decades, continuing even in recent years in popular history books.This site corrects the record to create the most accurate portrait available of Zeamer's crew and their experiences.
It does that in part through a wide collection of official records and primary source materials—crew statements and military records, group histories, squadron diaries and morning reports.
Mostly, though, it's due to the incredible generosity over the years of dozens of people ranging from the veterans themselves and their families to experts on everything from the history of the B-17 to the flora and fauna of Northern Australia.
They are the people who have gifted me with hours of their time via phone and e-mail, answered extensive questionnaires, and provided me with additional military records, photos, personal letters, diaries, articles, news clippings, and even videos and personal effects, all in the name of ensuring the portraits of the crew members are authentic.
A full accounting would be practically impossible, but the listing under "Sources" gives a view to the scope of the research involved in these projects.I hope you enjoy the site, and getting to know the exceptional men of Zeamer’s Eager Beavers.