HENRY D. FALLER|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
Flint, Michigan 48507
21 June 1944
Dear Mr. Lundy:
First, I must apologize for being so slow in answering your letter. The information you have is correct as far as my memory is concerned. As I recall, we did have a borrowed plane. Why I do not know. We received a direct hit through No. 3 engine just before the bomb run. Losing speed and altitude we dropped out of formation. We salvoed the bombs hoping to catch on with a group (any group).
While heading cross-country, we were hit by about six ME 109s who took turns at us. When it became evident we could no longer stay airborne at about 12,000 feet, according to my memory, we bailed out. We were all POWs except for Lt. Henderson, our copilot, who, according to my knowledge was KIA (civilians killed him when he landed). As far as I can remember the June 21st mission was about 16 for us.
According to the paper when I got home, the 8th Air Force lost very few airplanes that day. I had a ringside seat of at least a dozen shot down including a B17 do a complete loop. A little propaganda maybe. Yes, it was a nine-man crew our regular first engineer, Jim DeBoer, from Chicago was shot in the leg in the barracks by someone careless with a 45 cal. Pistol.
I have received an invitation to the reunion in Rapid City and have all the particulars on it. I have tried to contact crewmembers but other than two who are deceased, no luck. They really scatter so your list is as good as mine.
Here is a list and their positions.
Norman E. Howe, Lt. Pilot (deceased)
Binkley, Lt. Bombardier (deceased)
Henderson, Gordon W., Lt. Copilot (KIA)
Harris, David M., Lt. Navigator
Robert E. Smith, Sgt. Waist gun, alternate engineer
Faller, Henry D., S/S Radio-gunner
Frank Stoltz, Sgt. Waist
Francis Termin Tail
McConnaughay Top Turret (LA)
I guess this is about all I can help you with for now. I wish you the best of luck in your venture.