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T/SGT  Robert C. AULT

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TTE
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 3 JAN 45 FULDA

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT WALTER R. RADKE                P CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY
2ND LT GEORGE T. BARTEK             CP CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY
2ND LT ROWLAND L. HETRICK       NAV CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY
2ND LT WILLIAM A. MARIENTHAL   BOM CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY
S/SGT GILMAN H. SYLVESTER        ROG CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY TAPS: 16 FEB 1985
S/SGT ROBERT C. AULT                TTE CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY TAPS: 22 APR 1990
SGT HAROLD E. MURRAY, JR          BTG CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY 
SGT PHILIP J. GALLETTA                WG CPT  03 JAN 45 FULDA, MY
SGT DAVIS B. LEONARD                 WG NOC
SGT WILLIAM E. HUNTER, JR           TG CPT    03  JAN 45  FULDA, MY

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON AUGUST 2,  1944.  D.B. LEONARD PROABLY WENT TO ANOTHER CREW WHEN CREWS WERE REDUCED TO NINE IN AUG 1944..pw

MISSIONS LIST FROM LT HETRICK DIARY

1.    August 14, 1944:  LUDWIGSHAVEN
2.    August 15, 1944:  VENLO
3.    August 24, 1944:  RUHLAND
4.    August 25, 1944:  POLITZ
5.    August 26, 1944: BREST
6.    August 30, 1944:  BREMEN
7.    September 3, 1944: BREST
8.    September 12, 1944:  MAGDEBURG
9.    September 13, 1944:  SINDELFINGEN
10.  September 18, 1944: WARSAW, POLAND (SECOND RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
11.  September 19, 1944: SZOLNOK, HUNGARY
       September 22, 1944: RETURN FROM RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION (ed note: believe crews did not receive credit for this. Mpf 2003)
12.  September 25, 1944: LUDWIGSHAVEN
13.  September 30, 1944: BIELEFELD
14.  October 2, 1944: KASSEL
15.  October 3, 1944: NURNBURG
16.  October 5, 1944: HANDORF
17.  October 6, 1944: BIG B (BERLIN)
18.  October 7, 1944: BOHLEN
19.  October 12, 1944: BREMEN
20.  October 15, 1944: COLOGNE
21. October 17, 1944: COLOGNE
22.  October 30, 1944: MERSEBURG
23.  November 2, 1944: MERSEBURG
24.  November 5, 1944: LUDWIGSHAVEN (S.T.)
25.  November 10, 1944: WEISBADEN
26.  November 16, 1944: AACHEN
27.  November 21, 1944: HAMM (actual date was November 29, 1944…mpf)
28.  December 2, 1944:  KOBLENZ
29.  December 5, 1944:  BERLIN
30.  December 18, 1944: MAINZ
31.  December 24, 1944: BABENHAUSEN, KAISERLAUNTERN
32. December 29, 1944: FRANKFURT
33.  December 30, 1944: KASSEL
34.  December 31, 1944: HAMBURG
35.  January 3, 1945:  FULDA

Diary of Bombing Missions by 2nd Lt Rowland Hetrick, Navigator on Lt Walter Radke Crew   

1.  August 14, 1944:  LUDWIGSHAVEN
          A/C:  338043 LN-T
          TIME: 8HRS
         FLAK: VERY HEAVY OVER TARGET
  REMARKS: BOMBARDIER HIT ON HELMET BY FLAK, SHIP HIT FOUR TIMES

Today we visited Germany for the first time. It wasn't too bad except for the time spent over the target.  We went to Ludwigshaven near Mannheim.  The target was some oil refineries there.  Were all rushed before takeoff because we didn't know what we should do next.  I was still working while we climbed to altitude.  We saw our first flak at Brussels.  It surprised us because we weren't briefed for it.  It was low and left so we got to watch it and get the fascination of first seeing it over with.  We could see the flak over the target area from al long way off.  I was hoping that it was some place else because I didn't see how anyone could get through it.  We got through all right though.  Bill & I were just a little scared to tell you the truth.  As we left the target, I kept wondering why Walt didn't put on the power?  He was, we were doing about 190mph then.  The trip home was uneventful.  We were all pretty tired when we got home because that was a pretty long haul.  We got a hole in the nose, thanks to the chin turret fire control box, Bill wasn' t hurt.

2. August 15, 1944:  VENLO
         A/C: 46297 LN-X,  SPIRIT OF PITTWOOD
         TIME: 4:30HRS
         FLAK: HEAVY AROUND TARGET
   REMARKS: WELL OVER 2000 ALLIED PLANES OVER HOLLAND, LOTS OF FLAK. 
 
The target for the day wasn an airfield at Venlo, Belgium (about 234 miles from the 100th airfield). Today we got what is known as a "Milk Run".  It was just like a practice mission except that we went to Germany.  Our target was an airfield at Venlo, Belgium.  We had no flak over the target and we saw no fighters except our own.  The RAF gave us a show.  They came over and bombed other fields on our route. We got to watch them come and go.  We also saw their bombs fall on a couple of fields on the way out. They were like a swarm of bees because they didn't fly formation like we do.  They were at all altitudes and spaced unevenly.  It was really a beautiful sight.

3.  August 24, 1944:  RUHLAND
         A/C: 337994 LN-D, MY BLUE HEAVEN
         TIME: 8HRS
         FLAK: VERY HEAVY OVER TARGET
    
We went deep into Germany today.  The target was the oil refineries at Ruhland.  Ruhland is just south of Berlin and just north of the Czechoslovak border.  We expected to be attacked by fighters today.  We weren't but we saw a few. We were lucky again and it was easier than the first one.  We knew more what to expect, se we didn't imagine so many things.

4. August 25, 1944:  POLITZ
          A/C: 46297 LN-X, SPIRIT OF PITTWOOD
          TIME: 9HRS
          FLAK: VERY HEAVY OVER TARGET
          BANDITS: 3 FW 190's
          REMARKS: THREE FLAK SHELLS BROKE OVER SHIP, FLAK HIT UPPER TURRET IN FRONT OF ARNDT, HE IS OK,OUR LONGEST MISSION 

Today we went to Politz.  Again the target was oil refineries.  We were again in the general area of Berlin. They briefed us on how to get to Sweden if anything happened.  Our route was mostly over water which I liked better than flying over Germany proper.  The flak was pretty bad at the target again.  We didn't have any trouble again. On the way home we saw a couple of ships go down. One was headed for Sweden the other on a course of about 270 degrees.  We thought we saw some enemy fighters but they didn't come in.

5. August 26, 1944: BREST
          A/C: 231347 XR-K, BILLY BOY
          TIME: 6HRS
          FLAK:
          REMARKS: WE DIDN'T DROP BOMBS BECAUSE OF OVERCAST OVER TARGET AREA, BROUGHT OUR BOMBS HOME, MY GUNS FAILED TO
                          WORK, BOMB BAY DOORS WERE NOT IN WORKING ORDER. 

Today we flew the milkrun of all milkruns.  The only thing wrong was that we wasted our time.  Our target was some heavy guns at Roscanvel across the bay from Brest.  We could see the target as we crossed the coast, but while we were on the bomb run, clouds became so thick we couldn't see the target.  Instead of going below the clouds we went above and then it was too late to drop by the time we started back.  We saw no flak at all today.

6. August 30, 1944:  BREMEN
          A/C: 337994 LN-D, MY BLUE HEAVEN
          TIME: 6:30HRS
          FLAK: LIGHT

Today we bombed Bremen by P.F.F. The target was the F.W. Plant. We saw but moderate flak today.  It was probably due to the clouds that it was so inaccurate.  Men who had been there before couldn't believer the lack of flak.  We had no trouble again, except that the P.F.F. ships took us through some flak on the coast when we should have been over the sea.

7. September 3, 1944: BREST
We have really been lucky so far.  Today we went to Brest again.  This time it was clear for the most part.  We didn't drop our bombs on the first run instead we went back and tried it the second time.  It was just like practice bombing.  Again we saw no flak nor fighters.  Today we lost a ship just after we left the English coast.  One of the fellows in our barracks was in it.  He and two enlisted men got out all right, but they didn't find the other 3 whose chutes opened.  It is thought he was shot down by one of our gunners.

September 6, 1944
Today we tried hard for a mission.  We got up at 0200 and were briefed for Berlin. Everyone on the field knew where we were going. I'm glad we didn't go there. They stopped us before engines started. Walt and I had to wait in the briefing room for over four hours.  Capt Giles swiped a jeep and took me riding. It is almost as much fun as buzzing with him.  At 1130 we were briefed for Bremmen.  We got off the ground this time only to be called back. They made us stay up for over 0400 hours though.  We were rather angry when we had to do that.

September 8, 1944
Today we had our first abortion. We Were on our way to Mainz near Frankfort.  As we were approaching the French coast I heard Walt and Bill talking about #3 engine.  They had feathered it and couldn't get it unfeathered.  We decided to turn around because we still had to climb about 8,000 ft.  When we got back to the base, it was really closed in.  I brought Walt in South of the base the first time. Then we came in right over it.  The second pass we went by it because Walt wouldn't listen to me. He made me a little mad.  There was nothing wrong with the engine. One of the gauges had just gone out.  We were glad we had come back though because one other fellow burned out his engines.

8.  September 12, 1944:  MAGDEBURG
Today there were only 3 planes from the 350th in the formation.  The reason was that we lost 9 planes to enemy fighters yesterday.  All of our friends went down.  We would have been with them except that we were on pass.  We went to Magdeburg for more oil refineries.  It was back tin the heart of Germany again.  Enemy fighters were up again today. We were not attacked thank heavens. Although fighters and dogfights were seen.  Again we were lucky because we had trouble with our oxygen.  The whole right side was lost when George's regulator went out.  I had to hold an emergency bottle all the way to keep Walt's supply from going. We made it o.k. though.

9. September 13, 1944:  SINDELFINGEN
Today we went to Sindelfinden near Stuttgart.  We had a very pleasant surprise.  There was no flak over the target again. It was a very easy mission.  Most of it was over allied territory again.  We hit a motor parts factory there.  On the way home we went by Luwickshaven.  Someone was hitting it as we went by.  They had flak but not as bad as we got I don't believe.

Septmeber 14, 1944
We finally started out for Russia via Warsaw.  We got only about 1/4 of the way when they called us back.  We had gone through some very bad weather on the way.  It is a wonder we didn't have some collisions because the leader make a couple of turns while in them.  Everyone was mad that we didn't go on.  We could have had 270 fighters with us.  And all the rest except us had turned around.  We would have had from 5-10 fighters per plane at that rate.

10.  September 18, 1944: WARSAW, POLAND
Today we got to Russia.  It was a very long trip, but we didn't have to use oxygen very much, so it wasn't bad.  Last night we had a party, Bill and Walt got pretty bad.  Walt was still a little tight when we took off. Everything went all right though. We asked for trouble today. We circled for about an hour over Poland trying to climb over some weather.  When they got to 20,000, they changed their minds and come back down.  All this time we were circling over a German airfield with about 100 planes on it.  None of them took off though.  We dropped supplies to the Poles in Warsaw. I don't believe they got very much. It seems that every one just dropped any old time. It was pretty with all the chutes.  Also, there was pink flak to add to the color. It was the first I had seen.  The trip over the target was quite a rat race.  Everyone was doing evasive action. I guess it did some good because we didn't get hit and there was quite a bit of flak. The trip to the base was a long one. I did pilotage all the way so I didn't mind too much.  The runway was short and rough, but we got down easily.

11.  September 19, 1944: SZOLNOK, HUNGARY
We made the second leg of our trip today.  We went to Italy. Our path was almost a direct path even though we bombed some marshalling yards at Szolnok that the Russians wanted put out.  We saw some very pretty country both in Russia and Yugoslavia. I enjoyed Yugoslavia because I quit work to watch.  Again we saw no flak over the target.  We have been lucky that way 3 or 4 times now.  The only flak we saw was some railroad guns after we left the target quite a while. They didn't come close to us. They were tracking another group on our left. They didn't hit them either.  I got to see the guns firing on the ground this time.  Our ball turret gave them a couple of burst just for morale purposes.  The runway in Italy was just as rough as Russia.  We thought for a while that  we were going off the edge but Walt kept it on.  Boy was it dusty. Our guns really got dirty.

     September 22, 1944: RETURN FROM RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION (ed note: believe crews did not receive credit for this. Mpf 2003)
Today the 8th Air force really broke their hearts.  They gave us credit for a mission in which we had no flak, no fighters, and no target. All we did was come home.  I did pilotage all the way, so I could see all the country.  We saw some very nice scenery.  I would like to do all my traveling in an airplane everything is prettier from the air.  We had a good time.  We ate most of the time and listened to the radio during most of the time we were over France.  It was really nice to see England again.  Only one thing would have ban nicer and that is to be home.

12.  September 25, 1944: LUDWIGSHAVEN
Today we went on a tactical mission to Ludwickshaven. We bombed some marshalling yards to help the troups.  I was sick and I got only one wind so by my D. R.   I was bombing Mainz. Oh! What a time we do have.  We didn't have any trouble today.  In fact the flak didn't even bother us.  I was too busy trying to find out where we were to be bothered with flak.  Also it was P.F. F. and from 27,000, so we didn't have too much flak to worry about.  We got only 07:20 but everyone felt beaten they were so tired.  

13.  September 30, 1944: BIELEFELD
Today we went to Beilafiedl Germany to bomb some ordnance shops.  We were very surprised because they forgot to shoot at us.  They don't usually do things like that.  Our trip was really quite uneventful.  We were a little bit mad because they made us fly.  We were to have our 200th mission party starting at about noon.  We really didn't miss much but we were still mad.  Today we flew our own ship for the first time, It is o.k. too 

14.  October 2, 1944: KASSEL
This time we went to Kassel.  We dropped P.F.F. on the manufacturing part of the city.  It was a large area. On the way home we didn't follow the flight plan and almost went though 2 flak areas.  I thought our lead Navigator was off the ball, but he wasn't.  He was following another group that was lost in order to have more protection from fighters that were reported in the area. 

15.  October 3, 1944: NURNBURG
Today we started our for an airfield near Nuremburg or a P.F.F. target ijn the city.  We never got to either.  The lead Navigator got lost and while doing so got me lost too.   The first thing he did was get north of course & take us through a flak field.  S-2 says there was no corridor, but still think it was his fault (I know it was). All in all he took us through 3 flak areas when we started out for a flak free target.  To tell the truth I was a little bit angry so I just got some sack time on the way home.  We dropped on Ludwigsburg near Strasbourg on the way home.

16.  October 5, 1944: HANDORF
Today we started our to bomb a airfield near Munster.  Even though there were no clouds the navigator go lost ans we never did see the target.  We made a bomb run that paralleled our supposed course only 30 miles north.  We got a tour of northern Germany today.  We were awfully lucky because we didn't even have a full wing and still no fighters hit us.  The only flak we saw was some fired at us from the coast of England.  All in all it was a very screwed up mission.  We even brought the bombs back. 

17.  October 6, 1944: BIG B (BERLIN)
Today we went to " Big B" for the first time.  We have missed it all the other times and I was hoping we would miss it again this time.  We were very lucky again.  We got some holes in our wings but no one got hurt.  I didn't mind it so much as the first Ludwickshaven raid because they didn't burst right in front of us.  They were too close though.  They wee all right under us.  The burst made the plane jump.  A wing or so ahead of us got fighters, so we were lucky there too.  Bill saw a good-sized dogfight going on.  One of our planes didn't come back.  Everyone thought it was us.  Thank heavens it wasn't.  I was afraid of it though.  I fastened my parachute straps for the first time since we aborted.  Got 2 targets because of Thessfields error…. (Lt Thessfeld was a Lead Bombardier with 350th..mpf)

18.  October 7, 1944: BOHLEN
Today we went to hit an oil refinery at Bohlem near Leipzig.  This flying so regularly is hard on you.  You get to thinking too much.  I fastened my chute again today.  We were the only one that dropped in the target area.  I don't know why the P.F.F. ship didn't drop.  They dropped somewhere on the way home.  We were more lucky than ever today.  Our formation was spread all over ths sky and we didn't get hit.  The group right behind us did though.  On the way out it looked like about 3/4 of the 8th A.F. was going home.  It was really pretty.  There was supposed to be 5,000 Allied planes over Germany today.  I could believe it too. 

19.  October 12, 1944: BREMEN
We went back to Bremmen today.  We tried to hit the same aircraft plant we went after before.  This time we came in and the clouds broke so we could make it visual.  We hit it this time.  Now maybe we wont have to go back again.  We got by awfully easy as far as flak went.  I don't know why because they could see us. I expected it to be like #1.  It was clear enough Bill could do pilotage.  As a result we went to town again.  I'm getting so I like to work on my log because I know where we are better all the time.

20.  October 15, 1944: COLOGNE
Today we made our first trip to "Happy Valley".  I was hoping I would never have to go there. I hated it worse than Berlin.  We went to Bomb marshalling yards at Koln.  The target was covered by clouds, so we missed it as usual with P.F.F. We plough up more fields for them.  My navigation was really on the ball.  Even my ETA over the target was the same as their dropping time.  We were in High Sq. High Group.  It was really a good place to be.  We didn't even see any flak to speak of.  Most of it was below us.  Most everyone also thought it was a tough mission.  We got a hole in the nose, but I didn't even know it until I saw the glass on the floor on the way back.

21. October 17, 1944: COLOGNE
Today we flew 2nd element lead in the low Sq. for the first time.  About the only difference is that we have a bombsight and Walt has 3 planes to think about rather than one.  We went back to Koln again to try and hit another marshalling yard.  I had the right wind, but for some reason I didn't get the target. (I was right). Today we were in the low Group, but they tried a new system. I think it worked because it wasn't too bad.  We got a hole in the wing and a great big one in the left side of tail.  Just ahead of Hunter.  They were off the ball again today.  It's a wonder we didn't go over Frankfort.  We certainly have been lucky to get no more holes & no one hurt so far.  (Our bombs dropped 13 miles short of the target. Also Capt Gunter said mine was the best log of all.) (Wonderful huh!)

22.  October 30, 1944: MERSEBURG
Today we started out for what they say is one of the toughest targets-Museburg.  We were tearing along over Germany when all of a sudden Walt said it looked like we were making a 180-degree.  We came back because the weather was too bad up ahead.  I guess I don't have much back-bone.  I was only too glad to come back.  There was some discussions as to whether we would get the mission or not because we turned back awfully close to the line we are supposed to cross.  They gave it to us though so everything is wonderful.

23.  November 2, 1944: MERSEBURG
We started back to Museburg today. It is all they say it is.  I never care to go back again.  That is for sure.  Spurgeon lead us and they did a very good job.  We didn't get any flak except over the target.  That was enough.  I saw one plane go down on the right and our #6 man got his tail shot away (he made it home).  There were planes out of all the formations.  Our crew was very lucky again.  We got 14 different holes and no one got a scratch.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for.

24.  November 5, 1944: LUDWIGSHAVEN (S.T.)
This morning our #1 target was in support of ground troops.  It was cloudy when we got there, so we had to go on to the #2 target.- Ludwickshaven.  There was a big hole over the target so we got a visual run.  They could also see us.  They did their best shooting too.  We couldn't keep up with the formation, so I had to do a little progressive work.  I wasn't so far off either for as long as it was since I got a wind.  Walt still doesn't trust my work.  When we got home, they sent us to another field because of a strong crosswind.  While we were landing, two of our tanks went dry. We had 35 or more holes when we got down.  The waist was a sieve, the radio room got a big piece and the chin turret got a big hole too. 

25.  November 10, 1944: WEISBADEN
Today we went out to help the ground troups again.  We could have done a good job, but we didn't. We were to hit an airfield at Weishaden. Things were all screwed up before we left England.  Over France they got back on course again until the bomb run.  On the bomb run we started out on heading about 050.  Went to 360, down to 150 & back to 030!  The target was visible but still we dropped about 15 miles short.  It was due to lead ship aborting, but someone could have taken over.  Low Group went back to Fr. Coast.  Lead group brought back bombs, and we dropped in the river.  The route back wasn't good either.  Went across the center of about a 4 gun battery-no flak.  Then left coast over Finger Island-about 30 miles N or course.  We were lucky though.  No holes. Flak in formation whre we should have been.

26.  November 16, 1944: AACHEN
Today we went on one of those missions that you talk about.  We went over to bomb just over the lines in close support of the ground troups.  Our target was close to Duren, which is near Aachen.  The weather was lots better that it has been.  We couldn't see the target, but there were some holes to do pilotage through. I think we did a very good job. I don't know what was the matter.  We didn't get any flak at all.  We only saw a little and that was way off.  We really came home-200mph for awhile, only to find 10/10 of clouds over England.  We circled around here for 3 hours before finally coming in.  Were were really lucky and came right in.  

27.  November 26, 1944: HAMM 
We went to Hamm to hit a railroad bridge.  It was clear all except over the target.  We didn't havee any trouble.  The flak was very light and not close to us, so it was nice over the target. It is a wonder weren't hit by fighters the way we were strung all over the sky.  We certainly wasted our time going over.  We all missed the target.

28.  December 2, 1944:  KOBLENZ
We were lucky again.  They went to Museberg while were on pass.  They got 56 of our planes with flak that day.  The 100th was lucky for a change.  Today we started out for the marshalling yards at Koblenz. We were just a minute short of the I.P. when we turned around and came home because of weather.  We went far enough to get credit.  I wish we had gone on though.  We might well have gone on.  Although we probably would have missed it anyway.  

29.  December 5, 1944:  BERLIN
We paid our second visit on Berlin today.  We were briefed on Politz first, but, thank heavens, we went to Berlin.  That was the first time I was glad to get to go there.  We were very lucky today.  Junior passed out from lack of oxygen.  We discovered him only because his foot happened to be holding the mike button down.  The Weather was bad all the way.  The clouds were close to us all the time.  The flak over the target was unusually light.  I couldn't believe it.  Just after the target there was a big dog fight. I thought sure we would get hit.  We were lucky again. Our fighters got 30 that day.  Nav not so good.  Got some checkpoints on the way home.

30.  December 18, 1944: MAINZ
Today we went to bomb the marshalling yards at Mainz.  The weather was against us all the way. We went 2 or 3 thousand feet above our briefed altitude because of clouds.  Our group got separated from the others in the clouds just before we got to the target.  For some reason we just dropped our bombs in open country.  We were very lucky to get home without having more trouble than we did have.

31.  December 24, 1944: BABENHAUSEN, KAISERLAUNTERN
Today we went out to help the ground troups.  We have been held down by weather for almost a week.  It was a beautiful day.  There wasn't a cloud in the sky.  There was little haze on the ground but visibility was good.  Our Group got by very easily.  We have been very lucky so far.  The navigation was fairly good and we hit the target very well.  Usually we can't see the results for one reason or another, but today we did.  The only flak we got was at the front lines. I guess we surprised them at the Target.  We were lucky enough to bo on the ground before dark.  Others were flying around in formation with their lights on.  It was really pretty as long as you were on the ground.

32. December 29, 1944: FRANKFURT
Today we went to Frankfurt.  It was cloudy all the way to the Rhine. But there it cleared up beautifully.  We went by Frankfurt and came back to bomb it.  As we went by we could see the target as clear as a bell.  It was really beautiful.  I thought we had missed it because there was so much drift.  We didn't have any trouble again.  It was an easy mission.  Thank heavens.  

33.  December 30, 1944: KASSEL
Today we went to Kassel to hit a marshalling yard.  There was a 10/10 clouds all the way over and back.  We had no trouble and the flak wasn't bad. No fighters.  We went to briefing thinking we would be done when we got home but they increased it again.  We were a very angry crew because of it.  

(note:  The amount of missions a crew flew was not increased again.  Also, this is only their 34th mission by Lt Hetrick's account and the required mission by a crew at this time in the War was 35.  By looking at the 100th BG mission records you can see why this crew was informed they still had a few more missions to fly.  The mission on Dec 2, 1944 to Koblenz was not credited as a mission and neither was the Sept 22, 1944 return from the Russian Shuttle mission so Lt Radke's Crew would still have two more missions to fly at this point to complete their tour of duty….mpf 2003)

34.  December 31, 1944: HAMBURG
We really finished this year off with a bang.  We went to Hamburg after an oil target.  The clouds were below us all the way to Heligoland. Then it was as clear as a bell all the rest of the way.  The flak didn't bother me very much although It was pretty rough . I was pretty busy I guess.  Two S. collided over T. Broke & spun.  Fighters hit us just after the target.  Formation beautiful thank heavens. Seven M. I didn't get a shot.  One awfully close on left wing. We got one-Ault.  Just off coast two ships went piggy back.  Bottom one kept them both up as long as we could see them.  We had to fall out of formation but we didn't have any trouble. I was a little excited. I couldn’t even do D. R. 

35.  January 3, 1945:  FULDA
Today we made our final trip to Germany.  I was a little worried but we made it without any trouble.  Our Target was Fulda near Frankfurt.  It was 10/10 all the way in and out.  We had no flak nor fighters.  Therefore, it was a milkrun as usual.  The only thing that was bad was the weather over England.  It was extremely rough.  We left the formation and come home alone.  As a result we beat another crew down.  The landed after us.

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