The following photo collection is the work of an American airman Gerard Adamic who had the opportunity to visit Padre Pio during the war. It was made available by him to the Franciscan archive. http://www.franciscan-archive.org/index2.html
Padre Pio Remembered
The Gerald J. Adamic Photograph Collection of 1945
Dear Brother Alexis,
463RD Bomb-Group Choir: May, 1945
Received your letter today. I would be honored to have my photos published in the Franciscan Archive.
I was a member of a choir organized by Father George Rice of the 463rd Bomb Group at the Celone airfield outside of Foggia, Italy. Twice we went to San Giovanni Rotondo to see Padre Pio. We sang the Mass of the Angels in Latin for Padre Pio as he celebrated Mass. After Mass we went into the sacristy where we were allowed to kiss Padre Pio’s hands and receive his special blessing.
He took us into the Monastery and showed us his cell and gave us medals of the Holy Mother. Unfortunately I was involved in a roll-over accident a year ago, June, in which the wallet I had it in was lost. Also the medal I got from Pope Pius the 12th. Of the 12 or so members of our choir we only had one member get shot down in combat. He was also our soloist who sang the Ave Maria during the Mass. I have always felt God wanted him in his heavenly choir. He was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice.
Enclosed are most of the pictures I have of our visits to San Giovanni Rotondo. I regret that I didn’t take more.
Actually the first time we went there none of my photo’s turned out. The second time we went, I think in May of 1945, my photos were o.k.. Padre Pio allowed them.
May God Bless you & Padre Pio bless you!
Gerald. J. Adamic
P.S. I was a S/Sgt. in the Photo section of the 463rd Bomb Group. I was also a Public Relations photographer for that Group. I was also an aerial Photography and flew 22 missions. But was grounded because I was the only camera repair man in the Group.
“in the Choir Loft singing the Mass of the Angels in Latin for Padre Pio’s Mass. I am the person on the Left end.”
Group of Monks: May, 1945
“walking away from the Monastery toward” San Giovanni Rotondo.
Padre Pio: May, 1945
“in the hallway in front of Padre Pio’s cell, giving us Medals” of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Padre Pio at Mass: May, 1945
As he turns to say, “Dominus vobiscum”, the Stigmata on his hands are clearly visible.
Padre Pio saying Mass: May, 1945
A view from the Choir Loft. To the left of the Altar, the Image of St. John the Baptist, the patron of the Capuchine Convent is clearly visibile.
In the Sacristy: May, 1945
“Padre Pio allows the kissing of his hands. Members of the 463rd Bomb-Group and Italians” surround him.
In Mary Pyle’s Dining Room: May, 1945
“Members of the 463rd Bomb-Group choir” enjoy some coffee at her “Pink Castle”.
Padre Pio’s Father & Nieces: May, 1945
From “Left to rigt: the Count, Padre Pio’s Niece, Mary Pyle, Padre Pio’s Father, Padre Pio’s Niece”.