Recorded memoir of Robert A. Jacobs (MC 371/882/65)
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Recorded memoir of Robert A. Jacobs


MC 371/882/65

1 audio cassette (Maxell UD60)

nd [c 1985]

93rd Bomb Group

Robert A. Jacobs

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[00:00-05:00] Summarizes service in 93rd and 389th Bomb Groups: graduating as 2nd Lieutenant, Munroe, Louisiana, July 1943; assignment to 77th crew, Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona and combat crew training, Blythe, California. Names crew: Lester J. Litwiller (pilot); George F. ?Dell/Doell (co-pilot); Leon S. Campbell (bombardier); Warren G. Harding (engineer); Oscar A. Otto (assistant engineer); Frederick G. Barnes (radio operator); Louis E. Critchlow and James B. ?Maines (waist-gunners) and Earl S. Brooks (tail-gunner). Describes accidents at Blythe, 11-15 September 1943, combat crew processing centre, Topeka, Kansas and journey to Northern Ireland in B-17, 30 November- 9 December [1943]. [5:00-10:00] Comments on wartime Britain: women doing men's jobs and rationing. Describes boat journey to Scotland and replacement depot Stone, England, mentioning his introduction to powdered food and brussel sprouts. Describes final orientation training and billet at RAF Cheddington, Buckinghamshire. Comments on effects of war on London including bombed-out buildings, queues and shortages of tobacco, sweets and camera film. Describes pub near Cheddington and food poisoning from canned turkey Christmas dinner. [10:00-15:00] Describes B-17 crash, 1 January 1944, his first experience of an air raid, 21 January 1944, facilities at Hardwick airbase, assignment to 330th squadron, first mission, Gotha, Germany, 22 February 1944 and thirteenth mission , Berlin, Germany, 22 March 1944. Remarks on selection as lead crew in pathfinder (PFF) squadron, Hethel, and transfer to 389th Bomb Group, 564th Squadron, 7 April [1944]. [15:00-20:00] Mentions: new crew members, John ?Heisl and John Brown; role as lead crew and flying B-24, 'Liberty Run.' Describes twentieth mission, Brunswick, Germany, 19 May [1944]: aborted with engine failure and P-47 fighter escort. Describes D-Day missions leading 446th Bomb Group on first strike of Normandy coast and final mission to Saarbrucken, Germany, 28 June 1944. Mentions trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, training new lead crews, meeting Nancy ?Lacey at tea dance in Elm Hill, Norwich and their marriage, 10 May 1945. Remarks on flying extra mission supporting Ardennes Offensive, 24 December 1944. [20:00-25:00] Mentions return journey to United States, 20 July 1945 and comments on post-war career and his family. Recorded on side A only. For tape insert, see MC 376/431/10.