JACK B. MORGAN|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
3309 Cherokee Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611
September 14, 1994
Received your letter on the 24th of August. My wife and I returned from England on the 17th after a two-month stay. My wife is from Bradenham, a little village about seven miles from Shipdham. It has one pub, a post office and a store. Her mother still lives there, but visited us in Tampa in May and June this year.
We have five grandchildren. We have taken four of them to see England and when they are 12 years old we take them on a tour of the continent.
I went to Shipdham base this summer and didn't see much improvement around the plaque. While there, I met two Americans about 50 years old having a walking vacation in England. They were staying in Shipdham and no one had told them about the base. I did so and told them about the plaque. I continue to support your efforts on the control tower, but very few people in the area know much about it.
I joined the Army at the age of 15 in 1941. I was a 16-year-old boy aircraft mechanic in the 44th bomb group on the Queen Mary going to England in September 1942. When the war was over, I was assistant crew chief on "Down the Hatch" in the 506th Bomb Squad. I flew home on this aircraft at the end of the war, so you can see there was not much glamour in my war career.
I was in Norfolk when the Norwich library burned down. It was a complete loss, but I think the insurance and trustees have enough money to replace it. I sure hope so.
I will sign up with the 44th V.A. as soon as possible.
Jack B. Morgan