Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 10 of 11 (side B of fifth cassette) (MC 371/396/5/2)
Recorded conversation between Charles J. Bosshardt and Cecil Johnson, part 10 of 11 (side B of fifth cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
458th Bomb Group
Charles J. Bosshardt, Cecil Johnson
[00.00-05.00] Comments on helping with parachute training and airsickness. Description of events on VE Day: flew that night; danger from signal flares and searchlights of celebrating English; celebrations on base and declining offer to take part in flying over London. [05.00-10.00] Celebrations continued and possibility of being sent to Pacific. [10.00-15.00] Description of earlier incident when Germans dropped flares on base and Kelly's humorous response. Description of events after VE day continued: navigation classes; trip on aeroplane with two British soldiers as passengers. Anecdote about ?Cheney who escaped four major aeroplane accidents. [15.00-20.00] Anecdote continued. CJ comments on Uhlman suffering from combat fatigue. [20.00-25.00] Uhlman continued. CB describes successful training in celestial navigation. [25.00-30.00] Mentions return of American prisoners of war from Germany: CJ shocked at their appearance. [30.00-35.00] Description of journey back to United States (US) by aeroplane. [35.00-40.00] Journey continued: including recollections of the Azores and Wales and aeroplane, 'Howling Banshee'. [40.00-45.00] CB recalls drinking fresh milk for first time since leaving the US. Description of final journey by train to [Camp] Myles Standish, Massachusetts, for rest leave. For preceding recording, see MC 371/396/5/1. For continuation recording, see MC 371/396/6.