Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 5 of 11 (side A of third cassette) (MC 371/396/3/1)
Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 5 of 11 (side A of third cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
458th Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] Discussion about eating candy and sandwiches to alleviate flying fatigue. Anecdote about their illegal hot-plate at base to cook food and warm room and shoes. [05:00-10:00] Comments on food parcels sent from the United States (US) and listening to German radio propaganda broadcasts by Lord Haw Haw. Comments on Charles Walker. [10:00-15:00] Description of flying turns before landing at base [approach signals to show they were friendly aircraft]. Remarks on cold weather in England, banjo and mandolin playing by the crew and shots of whisky issued on return from missions. [15:00-20:00] CJ comments on crew members DeVries, VanBibber and Bosshardt. Discussion about censorship of the crew's letters. [20:00-25:00] Censorship continued. Anecdotes about the crew's life at base and mentions [?James F.] Kelly of the Jackson crew. [25:00-30:00] Description of mission to Hanover [17 March 1945]. [30:00-35:00] Hanover mission continued and comments on mission briefings. For preceding recording, see MC 371/396/2/2. For continuation recording, see MC 371/396/3/2.