Recorded memoir of Ralph Anderson (MC 371/882/12)
Recorded memoir of Ralph Anderson
1 audio cassette (Data Packaging D 30)
nd [c 1985]
467th Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] Explanation of recording format: him speaking, then playing a mini-cassette of his memoirs into the tape recorder. Lists crew: Charles C. Russell (pilot); ?Chilvers (co-pilot); Michael Wolszyn (navigator); Ralph Anderson (bombardier); Huston Carlisle (engineer); Raymond Barnes (radio operator) and Richard Borton, Albert Gross, Calvin Jensen and William Donnelly (gunners). [Plays mini-cassette]. Describes: enlisting as aviation cadet, February 1943; his training and graduation as 2nd Liutenant and bombardier, September 1943; assignment to the 467th Bomb Group, Wendover Field, Utah, and appointment as gunnery officer to 789th Squadron. [05:00-10:00] Describes journey to Rackheath, England, flying southern route [usually via Trinidad; Brazil, South America; Dakar, Marrakech and Morocco, Africa, arriving in Scotland or Wales]. Comments on Rackheath barracks, the local area and friendships with British people. Anecdotes about the aeroplane, 'Tailwind'. Describes an evening attack on Hamm, Germany, when the Luftwaffe followed crew back to Rackheath ['? 'night of the intruders', 22 April 1944]. Mentions returning to the United States; transfer to reserves until retirement, February 1970; comments on the ugliness of war and his desire to return to Rackheath. [Finishes playing mini-cassette]. Reflections and corrections on mini-cassette memoirs about crew's co-pilots ?Chilvers and Lonnie Robinson. [10:00:15:00] Corrections continued. Recorded on side A only.