Recorded memoir of Albert E. Jones (MC 371/882/3)
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Recorded memoir of Albert E. Jones


MC 371/882/3

1 audio cassette (Realistic 60)

nd [ c 1985]

44th Bomb Group

Albert E. Jones

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[00:00-05:00] Summarizes military career as bombardier in 66th and 67th Squadrons: enlistment, Michigan State University, May 1942, and giving up baseball career with Boston Redsox. Describes pre-flight, gunnery and advanced bombardier training at bases in Texas. Mentions marriage to Mary Margaret Peggy ?McCullen and crew assignment, Salt Lake City, Utah. Anecdote about people of Cheynne, Wyoming, feeding soldiers turkey dinner through train windows on Thanksgiving Day. Mentions B-24 training, Blythe, California and names crew giving rank and state of origin: Pete Henry; Al[bert] Winter; Ira John Lee; Winfield Ward; ? Mack McGahan; Ed[win] Schonfeld; Norm [Norman] Tillner; Billy Moore and Mercuris Mercuriadis. [5:00-10:00] Comments on reputation of Blythe for poor aeroplane maintenance, completing phase training, Hamilton Field, San Francisco and journey to from New York to Firth of Clyde, Scotland on SS Billy Mitchell and by rail to Stone, Staffordshire. Anecdotes about soldiers throwing sweets, fruit and cigarettes to British people on platforms and returning late from visit to Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, with Lee. [10:00-15:00] Comments on ground school training, Northern Ireland, 21 May, including a visit to Belfast and tank auction at Dungannon. Describes Shipdham base, Norfolk, and crew rigging-up own heating system. Remarks on missions: first to Illiers, France, 12 June; fifth to oil refinery, Politz [Poland]; sixth to Berlin, Germany, and tenth to Magdeberg, Germany, including injury to Norman Tillner and his replacement on crew by 'Red' Hand. [15:00-20:00] Describes activities when not flying: friendship with eleven year old Herbert Bart and family, including exchanging tinned food for chickens and strawberries, shared Thanksgiving meal and taking Herbert for ride in aeroplane. Describes visits to Norwich, including theatre programmes, and London. Mentions missions: to JU88 factory, Bernburg, Germany, 7 July 1944; Munich, Germany, 12 July 1944, and his friend, J.P. Jennings, interned at Davos, Switzerland. [20:00-25:00] Describes lead crew training: new crew members Bernie Bail and ?Bud Glickman; first lead mission, Hanover, Germany. Comments on aeroplanes: 'Henry,' 'Myrtle the Fertile Turtle' and 'Scottie Mack.' Describes supply drop, Best, Netherlands, and mentions birth of his daughter, Carol, 21 November. Describes mission, 23 December, to troop concentration and supply depot, at Ahrweiler, Germany. Mentions Boxing Day celebrations: tradition of giving service people presents and explosion of B-24 from 68th Squadron on landing, 28 December. [25:00-30:00] Mentions discussion with station master at ?Thuxton, Norfolk, about his job and low wages. Describes longest mission, Dresden, Germany. Anecdote about Ed Schonfeld bailing out between German and Canadian lines and returning via Belgium. Mentions missions to Weimar and Aschaffenburg, Germany. Describes activities when awaiting return to United States, February 1945: meeting Peggy Wood at Red Cross, Bethel Street, Norwich, and doing sound effects for show 'Blithe Spirit.' Return journey on SS Athos and discharge, 11 June 1945. Describes work as teacher and crew members' post-war activities. Recorded on side A only. For transcript, see MC 371/51.