SAMUEL A. ARMOUR|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
RD #4, Box 281
Milford, Delaware 19963
Dear Mr. Lundy:
I have received your letter of October 14, 1989 and am providing all of the information that I have available.
My tour of duty with the 44th Bomb Group ran from July 1944 through April 1945.
My pilot was indeed Elmer Kohler, but my last contact with him was in 1945 with his address being somewhere in Buffalo, New York.
Our copilot was George A. Washburn from Hartford, Connecticut. George checked out as first pilot after 15 missions and given his own crew, so you may have him listed as a first pilot elsewhere.
Our radio operator was Lester J. Dietz from Apple Valley, California, with Oliver J. Cardinal as our engineer and Richard Calgara as our tail gunner.
Francis Tilton was our nose gunner but he was killed shortly after the war was over down in Brazil.
One of our waist gunners was a fellow whose last name was Gilesen and the other was a Greek whose name I don't remember.
I served as both bombardier and navigator as we only had a nine-man crew.
I don't recall the name Charles Harrison that you mentioned in your letter, but he may have replaced the Greek who was pulled and put on a weather ship as a radio operator.
I don't recognize the name of Alexander G. Brnilovich either.
This is all of the information that I Have at present, but should I come across any additional information in the future, I will be happy to forward it to you.
Good luck in your efforts toward finding these people and completing your records.
Samuel A. Armour