Recorded memoir of Arthur Henshall (MC 371/882/53)
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Recorded memoir of Arthur Henshall


MC 371/882/53

1 audio cassette (Memorex MRXI60)


44th Bomb Group

Arthur Henshall

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[00:00-05:00] Describes enlistment, Miami, Florida, April 1943, and training as engine overhall mechanic and engineer gunner. Mentions assignment to Robert Gunton's crew and journey to United Kingdom via the southern route [usually via Trinidad; Brazil, South America; Dakar, Marrakech and Morocco, Africa, arriving in Scotland or Wales]. Describes Shipdham base and D-Day mission to bomb coastal installations. Describes visiting London and relatives in Macclesfield, Cheshire and Manchester. Anedote about visit to Norwich with crew members Lyle Carpenter and Jimmy Cortez. Describes mission to Kiel, Germany. [05:00-10:00] Continues about missions: Kiel; oil refinery, Hamburg [Germany]; airport, Munich [Germany]; France and Politz [Poland]. Anecdote about 44th Bomb Group's 200th mission party: no rank day and Gen. Johnson thrown in duck pond. Describes transfer to dispersal area and member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) he met there. [10:00-15:00] Continues about WAAF and her father. Describes leaving Scotland for New York by boat with German prisoners of war, September 1945 and discharge from service, Tindale, Florida, 19 October 1945. Closing remarks about his crew and pilot Bob [Robert] Gunton. Recorded on side A only.