Flew 30 missions in 90 days, starting day after DDay. Most memorable mission: Over St. Lo, smokeline indicating where to drop bombs blew over American positions. Bomb group ahead of ours dropped bombs on American troops. We learned of mistake before dropping our bombs. Saddest mission occurred when 13 planes wre lost in raid over Munich. Most humorous mission when we were headed back to base and tail gunner thought we were lost. I asked him if he saw the red barn below on the right side. He said he did, and I told him 'well, we're just to the left of it'
DFC;Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster
Units served with
The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...
B-17 Flying Fortress
The initial flight of the aircraft took place on 2-Dec-36, but with Stan Umstead, five days later nosed over during landed but was not too badly damaged. Delivered 49BS/2BG Langley 1-Mar-37; 4000 Base Unit Wright Fd 1938; transferred 19BG March Fd, Oct...
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