Recorded memoir of Lynn Allen (MC 371/882/23)
Recorded memoir of Lynn Allen
1 audio cassette (Memex 60)
nd [c 1985]
467th Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] Summarizes his service as a sergeant gunner: entering service, Michigan, and enlisting on cadet programme, Selfridge Field. Describes training: Sheppard Field, Texas; comments on cadet programme; radio school, Scott Field, Illinois; gunnery school, Fort Myers, Florida and crew assignment, Lincoln, Nebraska. Anecdotes about final practice mission on Christmas Eve. Comments on journey to Britain flying the northern route [usually via Bangor, Maine; Gander, Newfoundland and Reykjavik, Iceland] arriving in Wales. Comments on Rackheath airbase, number of missions flown and visiting a friend in the Windsor area. Remarks on the English people and his hope to return to Norwich. Comments on 467th Bomb Group and its combat record. Anecdote about his role as a photographer and photographing the aeroplane 'Witchcraft.' [05:00-10:00] Comments on role of top-turret gunner and anecdote about 'rattlesnake alert' (when enemy aeroplanes were in the area and gunners manned their aeroplane's top-turret). Comments on return to the United States, discharge from service, February 1946, and his post-war activities. Recorded on side A only.