Recorded interview of Jordan Uttal and Bud Koorndyk by Peter Foulsham (MC 376/501a)
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Recorded interview of Jordan Uttal and Bud Koorndyk by Peter Foulsham


MC 376/501a

1 compact cassette

nd [1998]

2nd Air Division Memorial Library/Oral History Project

Peter Foulsham, Jordan Uttal, Bud Koorndyk

Music at start and end of recording (00mn 01s to 00mn 31s and 34mn 38s to 35mn 29s) have been redacted because of rights issues.

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Starts and finishes with Glenn Miller's 'String of Pearls'. Jordan Uttal and Bud Koorndyk discuss their personal wartime experiences and the formation of the Memorial Library Trust and 2nd Air Division Association. Koorndyk and Uttal talk about their arrival in England. Both talk about their first wartime memories in England, including barrage balloons. Discussion about feelings of fear and excitement. Koorndyk talks about first mission witnessing US airmen being targeted by German fighters after parachuting out of their aeroplane. Uttal talks about his job assembling statistics about air operations. Uttal talks about positive feelings about being stationed in England and an early leave pass spent visiting family in London. Koorndyk talks briefly about James Stewart flying some missions with the same unit, and the role of bomardiers on a mission. Uttal outlines the key figures and events involved in setting up the Memorial Library Trust from the original idea in 1945 to the dedication of the Library, 1963, and the formation of the 2nd Air Division Association, between 1946-1948. Discussion of strong links between veterans and East Anglia; stories about first experiences of friendship with English people, including Koorndyk's stay with a fire warden in Colchester and friendship with tailor F.A. Stone of Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, and Uttal meeting and marrying Joyce [Christie Walters/King], assistant to the Field Director at Horsham St Faith. Uttal talks about learning about rationing of food and clothes in England. Peter Foulsham comments on incendiary bombs in Norwich and losing school books in a resulting fire. Koorndyk talks about a letter received from a pilot [unnamed] in Switzerland in 1982 explaining how the Germans used a downed B-24 'Sky Scorpion' (389th Bomb Group) in their combat tactics. Discussion about Foulsham's involvement in the oral history project and with talking newspapers. The B-24 'Sky Scorpion' was shot down during a mission over Politz. The aircraft was saved by the Germans who repaired it and repainted it for tactical combat use relaying information to crews which helped them target their anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft was stationed at a German airfield, and on 13 April 1945 it was burned by the Germans. Recorded on side A only. For tape insert, see MC 376/501b.