we got to sudbury on 12/24/44 and i recall watching the b17's coming in for landings all over the sky which was all colors of the rainbow. went to mess hall to talk to the verterand fliers on that mission.......they had one or two missions under thier belt.....
during our 30 missions, we hade to contend with flak and me 163 and 262's. i recall our briefing officer saying ifv germany had had the jets 6 months earlier, they could have altered the course of the war......
i received air medal with four clusters....what i really wanted was a raise in my salary.....
- SGT Aaron Fulmer
LT Mentzer's crew left Savannah, GA and arrived in Sudbury via Wales. Aaron Fulmer recalls watching the B17's coming in for landing all over the sky, which he said had all the colors of the rainbow. In the mess hall he talked with the veteran fliers on that particular mission.
On their first mission, LT Mentzer flew as the copilot, while a veteran pilot (2 or 3 mission credited) flew as pilot. LT Morrow would fly on the next mission. The crew was awarded the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. Keith Morrow suffered flak wounds on the 24th mission (his 23rd) and was awarded the Purple Heart. Aaron Fulmer wrote the song "One Flak Gun" which was printed in "The Stars & Stripes." After LT Hobson, bombardier, was transferred to the PTO, SGT Fulmer assumed duties as the togglier.
During the crews 30 missions they encountered german flak, Me-163s (Komet) and Me-262s (Schwalbe). Aaron Fulmer recalls the briefing officer saying, "if Germany had had the jets 6 months earlier, they could have altered the course of the war."
The crews return trip, 9 months later after they arrived, was by way of the Queen Elizabeth. That cruise broke the speed record of the day, covering the distance in 4 days.
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Robert Mentzer||LT||Pilot||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|Keith Morrow||LT||Copilot||01/18/45||04/21/45||WIA. Completed Tour|
|James "Hoot" Gibson||LT||Navigator||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|Aaron Fulmer||Nose Gunner/Togglier||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|Ward Miller||Radio Operator||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|Paul Haney||Flight Engineer||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|William Phelps||Ball Gunner||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|John B. Mouton||Waist Gunner||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|Theodore Kojak||Tail Gunner||/ /45||04/21/45||Completed Tour|
|145||02/16/45||The Fertile Turtle||PG||43-37943||B17G|
|155||02/28/45||Blue Grass Girl II||TV||44-8477||B17G|
|160||03/08/45||Oh! Miss Agnes||NB||43-38001||B17G|
|182||04/09/45||The Short Arm||NA||44-6616||B17G|
|Completed 30 Missions|
|Created 08/20/99||Modified 12/23/16|
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