Recorded memoir of Kenneth Moulden (MC 371/882/50)
Recorded memoir of Kenneth Moulden
1 audio cassette
nd [c 1985]
448th Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] Comments on his British ancestry and lists statistics of 2nd Air Division casualties. Remarks on his current home and family in Connecticut. Describes joining Army Air Force, 1942 and his training: basic, Atlantic City, New Jersey and his hope of training as a pilot but classification as a bombardier, San Antionio, Texas. Remarks on his Uncle in the United States (US) volunteering to accommodate English children during the war but the scheme ended. Comments on gunnery school, Denver, Colorado and B-29 aeroplanes. [05:00-10:00] Mentions crew assignment and training, California, New Mexico and Virginia. Comments on his friendship with the crew's navigator and touring these states together: mentions Indian craft work and flying over the Grand Canyon and Mojave Desert. Anecdote about visiting San Francisco on leave. Comments on accidents during training. Describes finishing training, January 1944 and journey to England via South America and Africa: flying through electrical storm and visiting Marrakech. [10:00-15:00] Describes Seething airbase, East Anglia, and his barracks. Comments on missions: early morning briefings; breakfast including real eggs and coffee; mission targets and training to become a navigator. Describes D-Day mission, 6 June 1944. [15:00-20:00] D-Day mission continued. Describes memorable missions including Berlin, April 1944, when an unexploded shell went through the aeroplane wing. Describes visits to London, including sightseeing, hotels and 'buzz bombs'. Comments on visiting Norfolk: invitations to people's homes, including to Rider Haggard's home by his descendants, and English people sacrificing their rations for visitors. Comments on travel by bicycle and photographs developed by the crew's navigator. [20:00-25:00] Describes visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, finishing tour of missions, September 1944, journey back to the US on ship 'Queen Mary' and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. Comments on fate of their aeroplane: scrapped after landing with damage on the Continent. Remarks on post-war activities of crew members and a memorial dedication, Seething, 1984. Recorded on side A only. For transcript, see MC 371/341.