Recorded memoir of Don Jenkins (MC 371/882/26)
Recorded memoir of Don Jenkins
1 audio cassette (Supertape Gold 60)
nd [c 1985]
44th Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] [Sound level tests for several seconds]. Introductory remarks including enlistment, May 1943. Describes training: basic, Missouri; pre-cadet programme, Cleveland; classification, San Antonio, Texas; bombardier, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas; Pan American School of Navigation, Florida. Anecdote: writing to Ralph O'Neil about his book, 'A Dream of Eagles,' on the history of early airlines. [05:00-10:00] Quotes reply from Ralph O'Neil. Describes training after graduation as 2nd Lieutenant, assignment to Robert Seever's crew and buzzing [flying low over] his parents' house. Describes journey to England, 17 July 1944: via Goose Bay, Labrador [Canada]; Iceland and Ireland. Mentions facilities at Shipdham airbase, Norfolk, and his opinion of local people. Summary of missions including first to Schwerin, Germany, 25 August 1944 and last to Kaltenkirchen, Germany, 4 April 1945. [10:00-15:00] Kaltenkirchen mission continued. Describes memorable missions: first mission; ninth mission, part of 'Operation Market Garden' and supply drop, Eindhoven area, Netherlands; penultimate mission, supply drop, Wesel, Germany, 24 March 1945. [15:00-20:00] Wesel mission continued. Comments on crew: Robert Seever (pilot); Hugh Maxwell, (co-pilot); Bill [William] Zoellmer (bombardier); Newell Johnson, (bombardier); Al Pschirer, (engineer); Charles Daughtry (radio operator); Richard Coward (nose-gunner); Chuck [Charles] Olewine (waist-gunner); Harold Whitten (waist-gunner); and Lee Denham (tail-gunner). Recorded on side A only.