RICHARD S. PICK|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Pete and forwarded to Will Lundy)
1250 Park Ave W. Apt. 426
Highland Park, IL 60035
Just a note to fill you in a bit. After all, it has been only about 52 years since we saw each other.
As far as the 44th history is concerned, it doe shave a few inaccurate moments. I have looked up and copied the true certified War Department records and am sure these are the facts as they are.
These records so that I was a navigator and not a bombardier. The No. 7 and No. 12 are my air raids on D-Day over Normandy and the oil refinery of Poletz. Both flight logs are signed by Charles L. Armstrong Capt. Air Corps, Operation Officer and Pilot on the later air mission.
Also enclosed is a letter and news article mailed to me by Bob McCormick's wife. At the time, I didn't realize he was killed. Flew with him and Leon Johnson on D-Day.
Also a newspaper article about Bill Cameron and his new wife.
I speak to Earl Guy quite often. Also see him about once a year. He, Bob Taylor and Soladiak, roomed with me.
I still have my original log sheets with me. They are from 1943. A little incomplete form Lincoln, Nebraska to Goose Bay, to Keflavick, Iceland to Nutts Corner, Ireland, and follow with 44th to new base at Shipdham.
All my service was as a "navigator." Much of the time as unattached as I flew mostly with lead planes, with Mickey's scope and "G" boxes.
It seems that most of your executive board are men I flew with or knew. After all it has been 51-52 years.
Please let me know if I can help you in any way.
P.S. If possible, please send a 44th complete person's list with phone and addresses.
Log of Two Missions
June 20, 1944 - Poletz Oil Refinery - Poletz, Germany
No fighters. Intense, accurate flak. Lost one ship.
Pilot: C. Armstrong; Col. Gibson
Led 44th Group, 2nd Div. 8th AF
Long and tiresome. Hope I don't go that far anymore. Beautiful visibility at least 100 mi. Think we cleaned out target. Hope I get 18 more short ones in 18 more days.
Bomb load: 20-100 gps; T.O. 4-20. Land 1315
June 6, 1944 - Cherborg, Pen
No losses, no fighters, not mulch flak.
General L. Johnson
44th; 66th Sq. A/C 41-28788
Load 26 100-lb. GPs.
Invasion Day - Went over in first wave. Saw a number of battleships. No action. Allies help me celebrate my first wedding anniversary. Hope to fly one again today.
TO 3:10 a.m.
Land l9:10 a.m.