Recorded memoir of Lawrence Everett (MC 371/882/45)
Recorded memoir of Lawrence Everett
1 audio cassette (DMC 90)
nd [c 1985]
458th Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] Summarizes his service in 755th Squadron. Comments on enlisting, 1942, Des Moines, Iowa, and call to active duty, February 1943. Describes training as a bombardier and graduating, New Mexico, 1 April 1944. Comments on further training before journey to England, flying the northern route [usually via Bangor, Maine; Gander, Newfoundland; Reykjavik, Iceland, arriving in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales] July 1944. Names his crew: Scott ?Hathorn (pilot); Glen Wilson (co-pilot); Robert ?Lacant (navigator); himself (bombardier); Carl/Karl Winters; Vernon Savage; Robert Savage (radio operator); Harold Baines (engineer) Robert ? and Joseph ?Romano (gunners). Comments on memorable missions: ?Point de Grave, France, 22 February 1945, when aeroplane returned with twenty-eight holes, and flying as lead crew for the combat wing, 14 April 1945. [05:00-10:00] Comments on mission to Ingolstadt, Germany: seeing wing shot off another aeroplane and its bombardier jump out. Comments on aeroplanes flown and photographs of aeroplanes, including 'Ten Gun Dotty.' Remarks on receiving Distinguished Flying Cross and flying B-24 back to the United States, July 1943. [10:00-15:00] Describes activities in England: visiting Madam Tussauds, London, local people and the English countryside. Anecdotes about taking an infantryman on one of their practice flights. Remarks on visiting England with his wife, in 1983, and wartime facilities at Horsham St Faith base, Norfolk. Recorded on side A only.