Recorded memoir of Glenn Matson, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette) (MC 371/882/9/1)
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Recorded memoir of Glenn Matson, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette)


MC 371/882/9/1

1 side of audio cassette

25 Jan 1983

458th Bomb Group

Glenn Matson

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[00:00-05:00] Remarks on service in B-24 called 'Paddlefoot'; childhood in Minneapolis and retirement as Master Sergeant, September 1964. Describes military training, including receiving gunner's wings, September 1943. Describes painting of 'Paddlefoot' by Mike Bailey and journey to England via St Lucia and Trinidad. Anecdote about mechanical problems on journey, mentioning pilots Lt. Charles Melton and Lt. John Krpan. [05:00-10:00] Anecdotes about journey through Belem, Africa; Natal; Dakar and Marrakech, Africa. Mentions spirit rations in England. Describes guarding aeroplane against sabotage, Marrakech, and listening to German radio propaganda. [10:00-15:00] Marrakech continued: encounter with a French Senegalese soldier. Describes arrival in England, 5 February 1944: barracks at Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, and anecdote about a fire at barracks. Mentions: Vernon Goring, Willie Webster (ball-gunner) and George Bahner (radio operator). [15:00-20:00] Fire at barracks continued. Mentions diversion mission to Holland (Netherlands), 24 February 1944. Describes combat missions: Frankfurt, 2 March 1944; Berlin, 3 March 1944 and aircraft factory, Oranienburg, Germany, 6 March 1944. [20:00-25:00] Describes ninth mission: aircraft works, Friedrichshafen [Germany], 18 March 1944. [25:00-30:00] Mission continued: mentions Willie Webster, Vernon Goring and Joe Tomich. Describes low altitude mission to French coast, 27 March 1944. [30:00-35:00] Mission continued: anecdote about Americans stealing British airmen's bicycles and alcohol; mission debriefing and gunners reprimanded for throwing bombs out of aeroplane. Mentions mission to airfield, Brunswick, Germany, 8 April 1944. [35:00-40:00] Mission continued. Describes visits to London, Colombia Club and Glasgow. Anecdotes about Norfolk: cycling; skinny-dipping in a creek; the 'Burma Road' [an illegal back route out of base] and Norwich. Describes German fighter attack on base, 22 April 1944. For continuation recording, MC 371/882/9/2.