Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 8 of 11 (side B of fourth cassette) (MC 371/396/4/2)
Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 8 of 11 (side B of fourth cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
458th Bomb Group
Charles J. Bosshardt, Cecil Johnson
[00.00-05.00] Krummel continued: crew receiving citation. Description of setting-up aeroplane for navigation and keeping record of fuel consumption. [05.00-10.00] Discussion about battle fatigue. [10.00-15.00] Discussion continued. Description of eighteenth mission, Lechfeld airfield, Germany, 9 April : flak damaging aeroplane on a crew's last mission and comments that crews were usually lost in first six missions. [15.00-20.00] Description of flying in fog. Discussion about near-collision with another squadron and difficulties caused by heavy air traffic [20.00-25.00] Mentions seeing Alps for first time and always carrying emergency route to nearest friendly territory. Further discussion of heavy traffic including danger of 'prop wash' causing loss of control of aircraft. [25.00-30.00] Comments on crew changes. [35.00-40.00] Description of aeroplane testing. [30.00-35.00] Testing continued. Mentions hearing about death of President Roosevelt. [35.00-40.00] CB describes visit to London: hearing Warsaw Concerto played by its composer, Richard Addinsell, at the Royal Albert Hall. Further descriptions of aeroplane testing. [40.00-45.00] CJ describes advanced flying training and mentions working on link trainer, which simulated flying. Discussion about problems of tiredness when flying. [45.00-50.00] Mentions laundry women in Norwich. For preceding recording, see MC 371/396/4/1. For continuation recording, see MC 371/396/5/1.