Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 6 of 11 (side B of third cassette) (MC 371/396/3/2)
Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 6 of 11 (side B of third cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
458th Bomb Group
Charles 'Chuck' Bosshardt [hereafter CB] and Cecil Johnson [hereafter CJ] discussing their service in the 753rd Squadron, 458th Bomb Group. Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia. In nine parts on six audio cassettes. For preceding recording, see MC 371/396/3/1. [00:00-05:00] Comments on a mission to Berlin and their fear of flying over anti-aircraft guns at Berlin and Magdeburg, Germany. Mentions Kelly and his engineer training with the parachute team. [05:00-10:00] Description of the parachute team. Anecdotes about shrapnel nearly injuring the crew's tail gunner on a mission, driving cars in England and petrol supplies. [10:00-15:00] Description of the crew's twelfth mission, Gunzburg, Germany [19 March 1945] and thirteenth mission, Bramsche, Germany [21 March 1945]. CJ comments on techniques to combat flying fatigue and the dangers of flying in tight formation. [15:00-20:00] Discussion about practice mission, 23 March, and mission to the Rhineland area, 24 March 1945. [20:00-25:00] Rhineland mission continued. Description of mission to support ground troops during the Battle of the Bulge [16 December 1944-25 January 1945]. George A. Reynolds, '458th Bombardment Group IV,' and the 458th Bomb Group's website at http://www.458bg.com identify Leiphiem as the target of the pilot's twelfth mission and Hesepe as the target of his thirteenth mission. For preceding recording, see MC 371/396/3/1 and for continuation recording, see MC 371/396/4/1.