Recorded memoir of Jordan Uttal (MC 371/882/24)
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Recorded memoir of Jordan Uttal


MC 371/882/24

1 audio cassette (TDK D90)

nd [c 1985]

2nd Air Division Headquarters

Jordan Uttal

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[00:00-05:00] Comments on recording his memoirs and his military service. Describes enlisting after attack on Pearl Harbour, December 1941, and choosing service in a radar aircraft warning company. Describes training: basic, Fort Dix, New Jersey and course in theoretical radar operation. Anecdotes about experiences in training, including living in tents during cold winter. [05:00-10:00] Anecdotes continued: comments on carrying gun for first time. Description of training continued: receiving no practical radar training; enlisting on Air Force officer candidate scheme instead, Miami Beach [Florida]; transferring to learn his speciality in statistical control and nicknamed 'bomber businessmen,' Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Comments on statistical control and his background in marketing. [10:00-15:00] Comments on graduation as second lieutenant, assignment to 14th Bomb Wing and journey to Liverpool on ship, 'Maraposa,' arriving 1 June 1943. Describes train journey to High Wycombe, mentioning first experience of double British Summer Time, anti-aircraft fire and British food. Anecdote about intelligence briefing on how to fit into British society. [15:00-20:00] Describes visiting London to meet his cousins. Comments on unit moving to Hethel, Norfolk, and on the new airbase. Anecdotes about riding bicycles, cycling to Norwich and having English tea at Maids Head Hotel, including meeting an RAF officer. Mentions transfer to airbase at Horsham St Faith, Norfolk. [20:00-25:00] Comments on structure of 2nd Bomb Wing and role of 389th, 44th and 93rd Bomb Groups in North Africa, including the Ploesti raid. Describes meeting an English Red cross girl and their marriage at City Hall, Norwich. Remarks on food and clothing rations and his respect for the English people. Comments on his non-combat role. Mentions arrival of 458th Bomb Group at Horsham St Faith and their commander, James Isbell (former footballer). [25:00-30:00] Comments on importance of non-combat jobs in Air Force. Remarks on mourning deaths of those killed in combat and importance of 2nd Air Division memorial room in Norwich Library. Describes role of statistical control collecting information about bombing accuracy and mentions work carried out by Women's Air Corps personnel. [30:00-35:00] Describes his new duties as division photography officer, Ketteringham Hall, and places he visited in Britain, including London, Devon, Aberystwyth and his honeymoon in Bournemouth. Closing remarks: his respect for the British Forces; role as founder member of 2nd Air Division Association and acting as the 2nd Air Division Association's member on the Memorial Trust's Board of Governors. Recorded on side A only.