Armaments Officer
CAPT Harold Hold

Supervisor
M/SGT Allegra K. Allen

SGT Russell E. Donaldson Armament/Chem Warfare CPL Donald R. Curtin Armament/Chem Warfare
SGT Michael J. Abboud Armament CPL Ray McCauley Armament
S/SGT Wayne O. Redman Armament CPL James Applin Armament
CPL Francis Baker Armament CPL Fredrick Bodensiek Armament
CPL Raymond Cantrell Armament PVT 1C Joseph Salvo Armament
CPL Roy Ewing Jr. Armament CPL Ralph C. Gage Armament
CPL Thadieus Jagielo Armament CPL Robert Pangburn Armament
PVT 1C William J. Lucarreli Armament S/SGT Matthew Vacante Computing Sights/Turret Spec.
Donald R. Curtin and Russell Donaldson were chosen for Chemical Warfare, and they were the only two men in their Squadron 834 for this task. They both attended school for Chemical Warfare in a small place outside Salt Lake, Utah. This was only one job assignment, and one in which they did not have to put their knowledge into action because the Germans did not use Chemical Warfare, so we did not either. Armament loaded, unloaded, and loaded 1000 LB bombs, 500 LB bombs, 250 LB bombs, and Antipersonnel bombs. The antipersonnel bombs we very dangerous, one slip and death was sure to follow, very delicate bombs. They were not meant to handled by anyone, but they had to be in order to be loaded or unloaded from the planes. He only knew of one incident regarding someone dropping one of these during handling, and they were killed along with those in the immediate area. Armament duties included the loading and unloading of bombs, the bomb racks, bomb bay doors, toggle switches that release the bombs (one switch Salvo = dropped all bombs at once, the other, Individual switch released the bombs one at the time). They also were responsible for the 50 caliber guns. The Gunners took care of the cleaning and such of them, but when they needed repairs, parts or technical work Armament was responsible for responding. According to Don Curtin there were very few times that they ever had to work on guns, because the Gunners took very good care of them, and they seldom had things go wrong with them. The armaments section was also responsible for maintaining the bombsights.

CPL Vacante was declared to be disabled in 1984. Doctors determined that his exposure to chemicals and organic solvents in a confined space while working in gun turrets. CPL Vacante was also involved in the Sulfa Drug Prophylaxis treatment conducted by the 486th, which was later determined to be responsible for brain damage and deaths among some participants.

Don Curtin return to the ZOI aboard a Kaiser Liberty ship, while the rest of his section returned aboard the Queen Elizabeth.

Section information via Kelly Curtin Clark, daughter of Donald Clark.

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