Recorded memoir of John Mosier (MC 371/882/57)
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Recorded memoir of John Mosier


MC 371/882/57

1 audio cassette (Sony HF60)

nd [c 1985]

93rd Bomb Group

John Mosier

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[00:00-05:00] Describes service as a staff sergeant engineer gunner: enlisted at Jefferson, Missouri, 11 November 1942; basic training, Miami Beach, Florida, 31 November and 'AM' school, Mississippi until, 1 March, including his first wage of $38. Describes gunnery school in Arizona, leaving 24 June, and meeting crew at Casper, Wyoming. Names crew: Robert Johnson (pilot); Lt Owens (co-pilot); Lt Landman (navigator); Lt Smiths (bombardier); T/Sgt Thachuck (engineer); Stan Jacewicz (radio operator); S/Sgt Claus and S/Sgt M? (waist-gunners) and S/Sgt ?Barrels (tail-gunner). Describes journey flying from Kansas via Goose Bay, Labrador [Canada], to Scotland, arriving at Hardwick, Norfolk, and flying as replacement members with older crews for first missions. [05:00-10:00] Describes flying conditions, 1943-1944: lack of fighter escorts, extreme cold and low morale. Describes mission to Kjeller, Oslo, Norway and damage to aeroplane. [10:00-15:00] Kjeller continued, 18 November 1943. Comments on aborted mission to Osnabruck, Germany, 22 December: John Thachuck killed. Describes first daylight mission to Berlin, 6 March 1944: lead aeroplane and sight of 800 aeroplanes in formation in sky. [15:00-20:00] Berlin continued: command pilot hit by flak and journey back to base. Mentions D-Day and his assignment to new crew: Lt Carter (pilot); Lt Condon (co-pilot); Alan Adams (navigator/bombardier); Harry Albright (engineer); Sylvester Korpal (radio operator); S/Sgt Graham and Fred Whiteside (waist-gunners). Describes last mission to Munich, Germany, and emergency landing at ?Bolthead airfield, England. [15:00-20:00] Continues about emergency landing, people buying them drinks in town that evening and return to Hardwick. Mentions five days of leave in London and orders to return to the United States. Remarks on English people, including their war weariness. Recorded on side A only. For tape insert, see MC 376/431/9.