Recorded memoirs of Charles Domek, part four of four (side B of second cassette) (MC 376/222/2)
Recorded memoirs of Charles Domek, part four of four (side B of second cassette)
1 side of audio cassette
nd [c 1985]
458th Bomb Group
For preceding recording, see MC 376/222/1. [00:00-05:00] Twenty-ninth mission continued. Describes thirtieth mission, marshalling yards, Gera, Germany. [05:00-10:00] Describes thirty-first mission, airfield, Schwabish Hall, Germany, 25 February 1945. Describes next mission, marshalling yards, Halle, Germany, 27 February 1945. Explains importance of target: 8th Air Force bombing rail system south west of Berlin in support of Russian advance. [10:00-15:00] Mission continued: 'hung' bomb and crew member nearly falling out of bomb-bay trying to release it. Describes thirty-third mission, marshalling yards, Ingolstadt, Germany, 1 March 1945, as part of 8th Air Force attack on jet factories and rail targets in Munich area. Describes thirty-fourth mission, marshalling yards, Harburg, Germany, 5 March 1945. [15:00-20:00] Mission continued: generator fire and engine problems. Comments on German fighters strafing American airfields, for first time since June, causing damage at Shipdham and Rackheath airfields, Norfolk. Remarks on gunners posted on guard duty at Norfolk airfields. Describes final mission, marshalling yards, Dillenburg, Germany, 8 March 1945, bombing rail lines in support of Rhine offensive. [20:00-25:00] Mission continued. Comments on crew's party after final mission, including saving their one ounce whisky shots, issued after missions, for the party. Reads excerpts from George Spencer's diary: his feelings on finishing his combat tour and how his faith helped him. [25:00-30:00] Spencer's diary continued and remarks on journey back to America by ship, 'US Mount Vernon,' 3 April 1945.