HOWARD H. ROBB|
WORLD WAR II MEMORIES
(Below is taken from letters sent to Will Lundy)
Dear Mr. Lundy:
I was surprised, but glad to receive your letter and welcome the opportunity to supply any information I can to he history of the 44th. I hope that most of us realize that we all needed each other to complete the task of winning the War.
I did not recognize any of the names you mentioned in your letter. You may remember Cpl. Fitch. I know he was a mechanic on our plane and I believe he was crew chief.
I talked with my pilot, Robert Knowles, about two months ago and he informed me that he was stricken with terminal cancer and was not able to travel anymore. If you contact him, I would appreciate it if you did not mention it.
Our crew flew a new B-24J over to Ireland, I believe, and then took a train to Shipdham, where we started to fly another new B-24. We arrived in April or May. And we flew our first mission on May 23, 1944.
I completed 31 combat missions on August 25, 1944. I may have flown one mission with another crew, but do not remember for sure. I do believe that our crew completed our last mission together.
I then checked out as first pilot and with three other crewmembers; for the life of me, I can't remember any of their names, flew a CB-24 (a B-24 without belly turret and ammo). The bomb bay filled with five-gallon cans of gasoline, over General Patton's tanks, just after the surrender of Paris. I understood later that the gas supply was being black-marketed to the French. After the gas supply was straightened out, we flew to Florence, Belgium. This was during the Battle of the Bulge. Some time in the meantime, we transferred to Chateaudun, France.
As far as I know, all of our original crew went back to the States shortly after we finished our missions.
I spent New Year's Eve, 1944, aboard the Queen Elizabeth and arrived back in New York City on January 3, 1945. I was separated from the AAF July 8, 1945.
If my memory is correct, Lt. Haag and his twin brother were flying with the 492nd BG. When his brother was shot down, and all but three crews were shot down, at least of their squadron. Lt. Haag was then transferred to our squadron when they disbanded the 492nd.
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
5046 Brookside Dr.
Jackson, MI 49203
29 January 1987
I received a package from Mike Powers containing his log of our missions. Also the same day I received the letter from Allen Baker. He wrote the letter by hand, but I could not get a good copy, so I typed it word for word and will send you a copy.
I also received a letter from our crew member's daughter, that Bernard Schiffbauer's wife had passed away December 2 after a short sickness from cancer. She said that their friend and neighbor has suggested a trip as soon as the weather breaks and that he has suggested coming up our way, so we may see him soon.
I see that Mike lists John E. Baker as our navigator and on the 23rd mission, he says we got a new navigator Rommelfanger (Ernest F.).
I also see that he says we flew deputy lead to General Johnson in lead ship on D-Day and that confirms my recollection that we were first squadron to drop our bombs that day.