Recorded memoir of Kenneth Healing, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette) (MC 376/522/1)
Recorded memoir of Kenneth Healing, part 1 of 2 (side A of cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
late 20th century
2nd Air Division Memorial Library/Sound recordings collected by the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library
Mainly relates to Healing's Second World War career, with mission descriptions. Insert (not retained) annotated 'tales from the 8th A[ir] F[orce]'. Kenneth Healing served in the 392nd Bomb Group at Wendling. He married Eleanor [surname not given] on 30 June 1943. Describes joining up in 1941 and training, with locations, December 1941-October 1943. Includes details of volunteering for special duties, accommodation, civilian impact and assignment to crew of Roy Lotterhos. Describes assignment overseas, arrival in England, month of training missions. Gives detailed descriptions of missions including explanation of 'Big Week', fighter attacks, tactics, mid-air collisions, a typical mission day, length of tour of duty and use of tin foil chaff to confuse German radar. The Roy Lotterhos crew comprised: T/Sgt Michael W. Garay (radio operator); T/Sgt Robbie L Thompson (engineer); S/Sgt Emmett W. Bunyea Sr. (ball turret gunner); S/Sgt Clifford B. Moody (tail-gunner); S/Sgt Wayman D. Ward (waist-gunner); S/Sgt Francis Rebiejo (waist-gunner); 2nd Lt (later 1st Lt) Kenneth A. Healing (navigator); 2nd Lt John E. Sands (bombardier); 2nd Lt Roy H. Lotterhos (pilot); 2nd Lt Eugene M. Zolomy (co-pilot). For continuation recording, see MC 376/522/2.