Recorded memoir of Glenn Matson, part 2 of 2 (side B of cassette) (MC 371/882/9/2)
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Recorded memoir of Glenn Matson, part 2 of 2 (side B of cassette)


MC 371/882/9/2

1 side of audio cassette

25 Jan 1983

458th Bomb Group

Glenn Matson

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[00:00-5:00] Attack continued. Tribute to crew no. 56. [05:00-10:00] Names crew no. 56 and describes their missions in aeroplane, 'Bomb Totin' Momma'. [10:00-15:00] Describes mission of crew no. 56, 9 April 1944: crash-landing in Germany; German villagers thought aeroplane, 'Daisy May', targeted women and children due to its nose art. Describes missions of the Paddlefoot crew: 19 April, Paderborn, Germay. Describes cancelled missions: 21 and 23 April, to Zwickau, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. Comments on concern about running out of fuel. [15:00-20:00] Describes: thirteenth mission, 24 April, Leiphiem, Germany; danger of assembling aircraft over England; their daily routine; 'milkrun' [a quiet mission] to airfield, Borges, France; collision during aeroplane formation, Eye, Suffolk; fourteenth mission, airfield, Mannheim, Germany; Luftwaffe tactics and P-47 fighter escort. [25:00-30:00] Describes aeroplane, 'Hookham Cow' and comments on Friends of the 8th Air Division. Explains name of aeroplane, 'Paddlefoot'. Describes near disaster in fog returning from mission, 4 June 1944. [35:00-40:00] Comments on dangers of English weather. Describes final mission with Lt ?Stewart's crew. [40:00-45:00] Final mission continued. Comments on his crew. Describes assignment to ordnance section and journey home to United States, 10 September 1944. For preceding recording, see MC 371/882/9/1.