NATHANIEL "BUD" GLICKMAN|
World War II Diary
(This was part of his tour that he was flying with a Pete. More should be coming)
August 24, 1944 - Hanover, Germany. Target was the airfield, which had HE111's with piggyback 109's. Very heavy flak at the target. Our plane was peppered. Heavy flak at Brunswick oil refinery - ship was hit. Had good fighter support - P51's, 47's, 38's. No enemy fighters. Flight took eight hours. My turret was shot out of commission - ammo box hit by flak, conduit box was wrecked on bomb run causing bombs to drop early. We bombed visually - we flew deputy lead for the 44th but lead formation home.
August 26, 1944 - Salzbergen, Germany. Target was the synthetic oil plant. Light flak at Ylieland-Friesen Islands. Had rocket flak at the target. Had good fighter support, P51's and a few P38's. Bombed visually with good hits. Flight took 5 1/2 hours. We flew deputy lead, 44th BG.
August 31, 1944 - Quoex, France. Target was rocket site. Heavy cloud cover over target. GH equipment snaffued on bomb run. We jettisoned bombs in North Sea. Met little flak that tracked us. We flew 6 hours and lead the 392nd BG.
September 18, 1944 - Best, Holland. Target was to drop supplies in support of the 101st Airborne Infantry. We met small arms fire - received 30 caliber hit between #2 engine and fuselage. Cut the gas connection tube. I took a hit in the machine gun belt track. We flew at treetop level, waved at the civilians and on return flight. I shot up a German soldier in a field who was at us. First mission with a Consolidated turret. No enemy fighters present - had excellent support. Made mission using road maps and Henry pulled up to clear Dutch telephone poles. Our wing span too wide for them. We flew at level with or below flak towers. We flew-deputy lead of the third squadron of the 44th. We then made an individual second run over the area.
October 3, 1944. Offenburg, Germany. Target was the Geggenau marshaling yards. Other than some rocket type flak at Geggenau we saw no flak in or out of the target. We had good fighter support. Henry led the 3rd squadron of the 44th BG. Flight took 8 1/2 hours. Bomb results were excellent. I suffered frost bitten hands when my gloves shorted out.
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
2870 Kerrisdale Ridge Dr.
Medford, OR 97504-5746
8 October 1994
Just a note to keep you up to date with my meanderings. I received the new fall issue of the Journal and noted the letter from Meg Smith. I phoned a neighbor of mine who had been a radio operator/engineer on the "Liberty Belle" to ask if he knew the bombardier named Woodrow Cole. He informed me that he had arrived late in 1944, flew in a plane of that name but was with the 392nd BG.
I then figured if Mrs. Smith's late husband had been a casualty in the 44th BG, his story must be in your book. I was correct and called Meg Smith only to discover that two good friends of mine had been in touch with her. You and Pete Henry. She raved about the two of you and kept telling me how wonderful you had been in helping her. She asked a number of questions regarding the 44th, its environs, the barracks, briefings, etc. I answered most of them and then sent her a letter recommending two books; the Liberator published by Consolidated Vultee in San Diego and One Last Look in which your name is prominently named. Those two should answer the balance of her questions.
In July, I flew up to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD for the inactivation ceremonies of the 44th Missile Wing. There were a dozen of us there from the old 44th BG including Joe Warth whose Heritage Foundation underwrote a portion of the costs. The 12 of us were among those honored at a huge banquet and lauded by Lt. Gen. Tom Moorman and other high-ranking officers as well as a senator and congressman from South Dakota. On 4 July, we were guests of honor at a luncheon at Colonel Roscoe Moulthrop's home. I counted five generals as well as a number of former commanding officers of the missile section. You would have been proud to hear the comments concerning our old group.
I was devastated to read of the Norwich fire and look forward to our library being restored. I will, of course, contribute to it and if I can be of help to you, please feel free to contact me. I was sorry to hear of Pete's illness and hope that by now he has recovered.
Keep well. Let me hear from you and give our love to Irene. With warmest personal regards to you and the family, I am