Recorded memoir of Frank Thomas (MC 371/882/43)
Recorded memoir of Frank Thomas
1 audio cassette (Realistic 30)
nd [c 1985]
453rd Bomb Group
[00:00-05:00] Summarizes his military service, July-November 1944. Explains crew's nickname, 'Whitehead's Tourists' and aeroplane's name, 'Never Mrs.' Comments on his friendship with a local farmer and his son. Describes mission to German jet factory, Dessau. [05:00-10:00] Dessau mission continued. Relates his memories of England, including crew's friendship with English boy and giving him their bicycles. Comments on combat record of the 453rd Bomb Group and its 733rd Squadron. Continues about his memories of England and the English countryside. [10:00-15:00] Comments on visits to Cambridge and the Squadron's Commanding Officer. Remarks on mission to Hamburg, Germany, 24 November 1944, when they were shot down and landed in Sweden. Describes Old Buckenham village, Norfolk. Anecdote about Christmas, 1944: party for local children; B-24 'Liberty Run' flown to Paris with presents for French children and his regret he could not take part as he was still in Sweden. Remarks on the relationship between Britain and the United States. Recorded on side A only.