Recorded memoir of Lyndon Crane Allen (MC 371/882/4)
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Recorded memoir of Lyndon Crane Allen


MC 371/882/4

1 audio cassette (Memorex HB1190)

17 Feb 1983

44th Bomb Group

Lyndon Crane Allen

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Lyndon Allen was rear air gunner in 44th Bomb Group, 67th Squadron. [00:00-05:00] Remarks about his service in 44th Bomb Group, 67th Squadron: basic training, Sheppard Field, Texas; pre-flight pilot training, San Antonio, Texas; navigation and aerial gunnery training, Harlingen, Texas; station and duties at Amarillo, Texas and Lincoln, Nebraska. Mentions his engagement, wedding and crew assignment as tail-turret gunner. Lists crew: James A. Struthers (pilot); John Lloyd (co-pilot); Edward Bursavage (navigator); Patrick Canterbury (bombardier); Harry McDonald (engineer and top-turret gunner); David L.G. Jacobs (radio operator); Eddie ?Brambler (nose-gunner); Bill Carpenter (waist-gunner) and Alfred Griffith (ball-turret gunner). Comments about ongoing contact with Alfred Griffith. [05:00-10:00] Comments on crew continued: Alfred Griffith; crew name, 'Zombie Zoo'; training, Casper, Wyoming and their pilot. Describes journey to England via Goose Bay, Labrador [Canada] and Iceland. Mentions fishing trip at Goose Bay. [10:00-15:00] Journey continued: base in Iceland and guarding aeroplane. Describes arrival in England, nearby village and pubs, ground training in Northern Ireland and visiting chaplain for marriage guidance. [15:00-20:00] Mentions 44th Bomb Group's 200th mission celebration, 11 August 1944. Anecdotes about Col Lyon Johnson: on base and thrown in duck pond. Describes first mission to Nancy-Essey, France. Remarks about aeroplanes: 'Fearless Fosdick', 'Sultry Sue', 'My Achin' Arse', 'Myrtle the Fertile Turtle' and 'Iron Corset'. Anecdotes about mission problems: take-off on eighth mission; landing on thirteenth mission. Describes twenty-first and twenty-second missions, 23-24 December 1944, during Battle of the Bulge [16 December 1944-25 January 1945] and landing diversions in bad weather. [20:00-25:00] Describes eighth mission, Kassel, Germany, 17 September 1944. Mentions German fighter attack on 445th Bomb Group. Describes 28th and 35th missions in 'Iron Corset'. Explains duties after finishing combat tour, including locating stolen bicycles for military police. Describes journey back to the United States and enlisted men's huts at Shipdham airbase, Norfolk. [25:00-30:00] Describes visiting London, Cambridge and the home of ?Myrtle Moore, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Mentions food rationing, general impressions of English people and concluding reflections about war. Recorded on side A only. For transcript, see MC 371/1.