Recorded memoir of Forrest S. Clark [second of two recordings], part 2 of 2 (side B of cassette) (MC 371/882/41/2)
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Recorded memoir of Forrest S. Clark [second of two recordings], part 2 of 2 (side B of cassette)


MC 371/882/41/2

1 side of audio cassette

nd [c 1985]

44th Bomb Group

Forrest S. Clark

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[00:00-05:00] [General background noise and clicks as recording is paused and resumed throughout]. Introductory remarks including enlistment, 5 October 1942, New Jersey [recording paused 2:38 and resumed 2:40]. Describes first impressions of England and Shipdham barracks, Norfolk. [05:00-10:00] Anecdote: complaints about American servicemen cutting down trees for fuel and comments on differences between English and American laws [recording paused 6:53 and resumed 7:00]. Mentions places and events around Shipdham airbase: local pubs and convoy trucks to Norwich. Describes wartime Norwich: sandbags at station, air raid sirens and bomb raids, 1942-3. [10:00-15:00] Mentions V-2s dropped on Shipdham airbase [recording paused at 10:33 and resumed 10:42]. Describes memorable mission to Oslo, Norway, 18 November 1943. [15:00-20:00] Mission to Oslo continued and mentions missions flown with other crews. Describes visits to London, including a girl showing him her bombed-out house. [20:00-25:00] Continues about visits to London: V-1 exploding outside hotel [recording paused 22:24 and resumed 22:26]. Mentions Easter service at Norwich Cathedral, 1944, bomb damage to Cathedral close, the American Military Cemetery, Maddingley, Cambridge, and GI truck from Norwich to Shipdham. [25:00-30:00] Mentions role of military police in starting mission rumours, Shiphdam hospital and flying injuries. Remarks on English girls, including relationships with GIs. Comments on his colleagues Gilbert and Red. 30:00-35:00 - Comments on Red continued. Describes sights, sounds and smells of Shipdham airbase. For preceding recording, see MC 371/882/14. For continuation recording, see MC 371/882/41/2.