Recorded memoirs of Charles Domek, part two of four (side B of first cassette) (MC 376/221/2)
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Recorded memoirs of Charles Domek, part two of four (side B of first cassette)


MC 376/221/2

1 side of audio cassette

13 Dec 1995

458th Bomb Group

Charles Domek

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See MC 376/221/1 for preceding recording. [0:00-05:00] Fifth mission continued. Describes mission to supply fuel to General Patton's troops, St Dizier, France. [05:00-10:00] Remarks on crew's leave to visit London and Aberdeen. Describes sixth mission, marshalling yards, Koblenz, Germany, 9 October 1944. Describes seventh mission, chemical plant, near Cologne, Germany, 17 October 1944, and bombing marshalling yards instead. Comments on strategic importance of Cologne which supplied German front line and on Pathfinder Forces (PFF) bombing through cloud by radar. [10:00-15:00] Seventh mission continued. Describes eighth mission, marshalling yards, Mainz, Germany: flak, fighter escort and bombing results. [15:00-20:00] Eighth mission continued. Comments that their rank was increased when flying in combat to ensure better treatment if captured. Describes ninth mission, to largest German marshalling yards, Hamm and the Ruhr Valley, nicknamed 'Chicago Germany.' [20:00-25:00] Describes tenth mission, oil refinery, Misburg, Germany, 4 November 1944. Describes eleventh mission, underground forts near Metz, France and bombing marshalling yards, Karlsruhe, Germany, instead. Mentions red flak fired to show location of American troops. [25:00-30:00] Eleventh mission continued. Describes twelfth mission, marshalling yards, Rheine, Germany, 8 November 1944. Comments on carrying radar jamming equipment and dropping chaff to deflect German radar. [30:00-35:00] Describes thirteenth mission, airfield, Hanau, Germany, 10 November 1944. Describes fifteenth mission, Panther [tank] unit at marshalling yards, Bingen, Germany. [35:00-40:00] Fifteenth mission continued: landing in Brussels, Belgium. Comments on visit to Brussels: high food prices; demonstration by White Army members against the government and German aircraft hangars camouflaged as houses. [40:00-45:00] Brussels continued: fears of German activity and midnight curfew. Comments on return to Horsham St Faith, Norfolk. Describes night flying practice and flight across Britain learning to locate searchlight batteries. Describes sixteenth mission, marshalling yards, Bebra, Germany. [45:00-50:00] Sixteenth mission continued. For continuation recording, see MC 376/222/1. For tape insert, see MC 376/431/14.