Recorded memoir of Leon Moquin (MC 371/882/8)
Recorded memoir of Leon Moquin
1 audio cassette (Memorex MRXI 60)
nd [c 1985]
467th Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] Describes entry into service from Springfield, Massachusetts, September 1943; graduation from Roosevelt Aviation School, Long Island, New York, as commercial pilot and aviation mechanic, May 1943. Describes training in Florida and Virginia, and feeling a misfit due to his civilian occupation. [05:00-10:00] Training continued: graduating as tail-turret gunner; promotion to Corporal, September 1944. Names crew: Joseph Severance jun.; John Brinson; Lonnie B. White; Gordon Sokalon; Francis M. Blackwell, Charles Wilcox; Ed Wilson; Joe Abernathy, and James Crowell. Describes journey to Britain, 14 October 1944. [10:00-15:00] Journey continued: anecdote about uniforms; life aboard troop train to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey; boarding troop ship, 'Queen Mary', New York, 1 November 1944; anecdote about film star Mickey Rooney; arrival in Scotland; arrival at Rackheath and assignment to 790th Squadron. Mentions promotion to Sergeant, 9 December 1944. Describes first mission: Hanau, Germany, 11 December 1944. Anecdotes about [B-24] aeroplane 'Witchraft'. [15:00-20:00] First mission continued. Describes his memories of England, including sailing on the Norfolk broads. Describes twenty-second mission: naval installations, ?Sur Loire, France; emergency landing near Orleans, France. Mentions Roosevelt's death; pilot, Lt Leo L. Jones; aeroplane called 'Angel'; VE day and return journey to Bradley Field, Connecticut, June 1945; his wedding, 11 August 1945; discharge from service, October 1945, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and return to England with his family, 1972. Recorded on side A only.