Vanishing Generation, Part 5 - One Mo' Time
Russell Meyne, B-17 pilot, says, "But Pearl Harbor, of course, was one about 4-hour period," and he didn't get hit, didn't get shot..."there was no continuity to it...the beginning and end was right there." Thirty-five missions, it took a year of training from February '43 until end of July '44 before they were finished with the crew. "It was a long drawn-out period...and you had so much more to think about and you were with the same nine guys...all the time. We had a real good group of people that worked well together. We were all kinds. Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Arizona, but they were all different....but they all worked together very well...just great." The plane they flew most of their missions in was inherited from another crew who had finished. "My radio operator kept a diary...and he wrote a book...about our missions." They had a gunner that quit 34 times...every time he would say, "I'm not going anymore...you guys are going to get killed." But the next time, "he'd be out there...and that's what's on the book."