File MC 371/882/4 - Recorded memoir of Lyndon Crane Allen

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MC 371/882/4


Recorded memoir of Lyndon Crane Allen


  • 17 Feb 1983 (Creation)

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1 audio cassette (Memorex HB1190)

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Donated to the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library as part of the 2nd Air Division's Personal History Programme, which began in December 1985.

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Lyndon Allen was rear air gunner in 44th Bomb Group, 67th Squadron. [00:00-05:00] Remarks about his service in 44th Bomb Group, 67th Squadron: basic training, Sheppard Field, Texas; pre-flight pilot training, San Antonio, Texas; navigation and aerial gunnery training, Harlingen, Texas; station and duties at Amarillo, Texas and Lincoln, Nebraska. Mentions his engagement, wedding and crew assignment as tail-turret gunner. Lists crew: James A. Struthers (pilot); John Lloyd (co-pilot); Edward Bursavage (navigator); Patrick Canterbury (bombardier); Harry McDonald (engineer and top-turret gunner); David L.G. Jacobs (radio operator); Eddie ?Brambler (nose-gunner); Bill Carpenter (waist-gunner) and Alfred Griffith (ball-turret gunner). Comments about ongoing contact with Alfred Griffith. [05:00-10:00] Comments on crew continued: Alfred Griffith; crew name, 'Zombie Zoo'; training, Casper, Wyoming and their pilot. Describes journey to England via Goose Bay, Labrador [Canada] and Iceland. Mentions fishing trip at Goose Bay. [10:00-15:00] Journey continued: base in Iceland and guarding aeroplane. Describes arrival in England, nearby village and pubs, ground training in Northern Ireland and visiting chaplain for marriage guidance. [15:00-20:00] Mentions 44th Bomb Group's 200th mission celebration, 11 August 1944. Anecdotes about Col Lyon Johnson: on base and thrown in duck pond. Describes first mission to Nancy-Essey, France. Remarks about aeroplanes: 'Fearless Fosdick', 'Sultry Sue', 'My Achin' Arse', 'Myrtle the Fertile Turtle' and 'Iron Corset'. Anecdotes about mission problems: take-off on eighth mission; landing on thirteenth mission. Describes twenty-first and twenty-second missions, 23-24 December 1944, during Battle of the Bulge [16 December 1944-25 January 1945] and landing diversions in bad weather. [20:00-25:00] Describes eighth mission, Kassel, Germany, 17 September 1944. Mentions German fighter attack on 445th Bomb Group. Describes 28th and 35th missions in 'Iron Corset'. Explains duties after finishing combat tour, including locating stolen bicycles for military police. Describes journey back to the United States and enlisted men's huts at Shipdham airbase, Norfolk. [25:00-30:00] Describes visiting London, Cambridge and the home of ?Myrtle Moore, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Mentions food rationing, general impressions of English people and concluding reflections about war. Recorded on side A only.

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There is no public access to the original recording because of preservation reasons. All access is provided by using copies.

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The quality of archive sound recordings may be poor. Duration is 30 minutes 33 seconds.

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This recording has been digitised. Follow the link to listen to an MP3 copy online.

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For a transcript, see MC 371/1, USF 1/1.

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Created 18/03/2005 by Drojd. Modified 10/01/2019 by Drojd.


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