Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 3 of 11 (side A of second cassette) (MC 371/396/2/1)
Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 3 of 11 (side A of second cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
458th Bomb Group
Charles J. Bosshardt, Cecil Johnson
[00.00-05.00] Discussion about mission term 'maximum effort.' Comments on aborted flight, 19 January  to recover aeroplanes from Carnaby, 'Spotted Goose' aircraft and its purpose (painted to be easily visible in poor light). [05.00-10.00] Comments on arrival of Russ Uhlman, new co-pilot, his German background, and employment in radio broadcasts to Germany. Technical comparison of B-17 and B-24 aeroplanes, mentioning physical energy needed to control a bomber. [10.00-15.00] Technical comments continued: use of tracers and flying formations; all gunners on crew passed training as engineers; danger of freezing [from fear] when firing guns and use of oxygen at altitude. [15.00-20.00] Comments continued. CB mentions time when he passed out during flight: describes anoxia symptoms and oxygen training. Discussion about trips to London: hearing rockets; war damage, people sleeping in subways and the black-out. [20.00-25.00] Visits continued, including seeing Laurence Olivier at theatre and taxi trip ending at George Washington's statue. [25.00-30.00] Description of gunnery practice over the sea, difficulty of finding their aeroplane on the airfield in darkness and using a new type of bomb. [30.00-35.00] Comments on technicalities of finding targets, using example of marshalling yards on the River Rhine. Discussion about danger of carrying incendiary bombs and story about aeroplanes blowing up after incendiaries were activated. [35.00-40.00] Story continued. Remarks on use of radar, including terminology and techniques. Description of fourth mission, 9 February  marshalling yards, Magdeburg, Germany. [40.00-45.00] Mission continued. Discussion about shooting competition at base. [45.00-50.00] Description of use of radar on fourth mission. For preceding recording, see MC 371/396/1/2. For continuation recording, see MC 371/396/2/2.