Recorded memoir of Paul Homan, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette) (MC 371/882/7/1)
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Recorded memoir of Paul Homan, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette)


MC 371/882/7/1

1 side of audio cassette

nd [c 1985]

448th Bomb Group

Paul Homan

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[00:00-05:00] Summarizes his military training from enlistment, Sep 1942, to graduation as second lieutenant., 23 May 1944. Mentions: Patterson Field, Dayton, Ohio; Camp Atterbery, Indiana; Sheppard Field, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas; North West State College, Alva, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; Victory Falls, Vernon, Texas; Garden City, Kansas and Frederick, Oklahoma. [5:00-10:00] Training continued: Liberal, Kansas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Mountain Home, Idaho; Topeka, Kansas. Describes journey from Boston, United States, to England, via Scotland, Jan 1945. [10:00-15:00] Describes return journey form Seething, Norfolk, to Bradley Field, Connecticut, Jun 1945, discharge and arrival home, Ohio, 28 Sep 1945 [Click on Tape: 13:00]. Describes England: facilities and food at Seething base; cold weather; cycling around Norfolk; pubs and recreation; friendliness of Norfolk people. [15:00-20:00] England continued: trips to London; relationship between crew and British people and his desire to attend reunion, Norwich, 1983. Anecdotes about combat missions: first to fourth missions: Magdeberg, Germany, 3-14 Feb 1945. [20:00-25:00] Fifth to eighth missions: Osnabruck, Germany, 16 Feb 1945; oil refinery, Misburg, Germany, 24 Feb 1945; Aschaffenburg, Germany, 25 Feb 1945 and Berlin, 26 Feb 1945. [25:00-30:00] Ninth-twelfth missions: jet component plant, Meschede, Germany, 28 Feb 1945; Magdeburg, Germany, Mar 1945 [Click on tape: 26:20 ]; Brunswick, Germany, 31 Mar 1945. Comments on attack by German fighter jets at airfield, north of Brunswick, Germany, 4 Apr 1945. [30:00-end] Thirteenth and fourteenth missions: airfield, near Landsberg, Germany, 9 Apr 1945 and airfield, Rechlin, Germany, 10 Apr 1945. For continuation recording, see MC 371/882/7/2. For tape insert, see MC 376/431/2.