Recorded memoir of Harold Kren, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette) (MC 376/223/1)
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Recorded memoir of Harold Kren, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette)


MC 376/223/1

1 side of audio cassette

nd [c 1985]

466th Bomb Group

Harold Kren

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[00:00-05:00] Comments on his Hungarian ancestry and surname. Describes how he joined the Army Air Corps following working for the US Navy, October 1942. [05:00-10:00] Comments on basic training, Fresno, California, recently used as an assembly point for Japanese families awaiting relocation. Describes college phase of aviation cadet training, University of Montana. Remarks on 10 hours of flight training and deciding he did not want to train as a pilot. [10:00-15:00] Remarks continued. Describes classification as a bombardier, Santa Anna, Texas, and gunnery school, Kingman Air Force base, Arizona. [15:00-20:00] Kingman continued. Describes bombardier school at Deming, New Mexico, and graduation as a second lieutenant. Comments on crew formation, Hammer Field, California. [20:00-25:00] Comments on B-24 crew training, Edwards Air Force Base, California, and his pilot, Niles Wellington Hartung and co-pilot, Cliff [Clifford] Smith. Remarks on journey to Scotland by ship, combat training in Northern Ireland and assignment to 466th Bomb Group. [25:00-30:00] Comments on their thirty-five mission combat tour. Describes first mission, Brunswick, Germany and third mission, Hamburg, Germany. Comments on heavy flak and the skill of their pilot. [30:00-35:00] Comments on how bombs were loaded for missions. For continuation recording, see MC 376/223/2.