EMMETT TUCKER, JR.|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
[6 August McKenna's A/C went down]
4123 Pleasant Garden Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27406
2 December 1986
Dear Mr. Lundy
I received your letter today and I shall try to set the record straight. I was part of Bill Peterson's crew, we staged in Kansas, Hugh J. Davies was the copilot. Lew Williams was the navigator. I was the bombardier. The rest of the crew was St. Laurent, Blotcher, Fogelstrom, Ilsley and two others I cannot remember. After about 12 or 14 missions, the whole crew was transferred to the 66th to become lead crew. I was sick one day and I missed a mission with my crew, several weeks later, in order to catch up with my crew, I agreed to a make-up mission with the LeFors crew as front gunner.
We were flying lead over Hamburg, the plane took a direct hit over Hamburg just after the bombing run. The plane came out of the spin and I bailed out. I know at least three or four got out of the plane, the bombardier went out first, then the navigator. I think the pilot and copilot were killed by the anti-aircraft shell. As I went out the bomb bay, I could see no movement in the upper part of the plane. Smoke was very bad.
As to Bill Peterson, he lives or did live in Sacramento, California. Lew Williams was from Des Moines, Iowa. The rest of the crew I don't remember.
Hope this is of help to you.
Very truly yours,
Emmett Tucker, Jr.