World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Robert C. Gibson and then was forwarded to Will Lundy)
Ralph B. Jackson
244 Perry Street
Dover, NJ 07801
December 7, 1994
Mr. Robert C. Gibson
405 Fisher Avenue
Indiana, PA 15701
With reference to your letter to Pete Henry in which you sought information about two 44th B.G. officers that I was acquainted with. I was acquainted with Lt. Arthur Goldman. In fact, we had somewhat parallel military careers.
We both graduated from the Air Forces Bombardier School at Midland, Texas (Class 43-2) on January 28, 1943.
Proudly wearing our new shining gold bars and silver wings, we were sent to Hondo, Texas, to the AAF Navigation School. We reported to Hondo, January 31, 1943. Our training was completed on June 24, 1943 when we received our second set of wings as navigators.
Upon graduation from Hondo, we were given two weeks leave and reported to the 302 B.G. at Clovis, NM for one week (7/7/43 to 7/13/43). At this facility, crews were formed and we saw our first B-24.
Our next assignment was to Pueblo, Colorado, 471st B.G., for extensive crew training from 7/15/43 to 10/25/43. Upon completion of training, the several crews were sent to various locations for assignment s replacement crews.
Again, Goldman and I continued along our similar paths. Oddly enough, of all the crews from the group at Pueblo, only our two crews were assigned to the mighty 44th. Both crews arrived at the Shipdham Air Base on December 31, 1943, New Years Eve!! Goldman and his crew were assigned to the 66th Squadron while my crew went to the 67th.
I located a copy of our original duty orders assigning us to the 44th. Both crews are listed. A copy has been enclosed for your information. Note that 2nd Lt. Clifford F. Moriarty, Jr., whom you also inquired about, is listed as bombardier. (It should be noted how close our serial numbers were: Goldman-0671345, Jackson-0671364.
While I can offer no positive information on the loss of Goldman and Moriarty, I seem to recall that Goldman went down on a day that our crew also flew. I can't honestly say it was March 15, 1944, but according to the "History of the 67th Bombardment Squadron," written by Will Lundy, the 66th did lose one plane on March 15, 1944. My 201 File confirms that I, too, flew that day. Our target was Brunswick. So, your date may be correct.
As for Goldman's combat career, I am unable to provide any information. The mission of March 15th was my twelfth and I assume he had flown possibly a few more or less.
I am indebted to you for finally providing the answer to a question that has haunted me these 50 years. Until now, all I knew was that Goldman had initially been listed as MIA. I had long harbored a faint hope that he might have survived, perhaps As a POW. But there is some solace in knowing they are together.
To conclude this reminiscence of the remarkable coincidence in my career and Arthur Goldman's, on April 13, 1944, I, too, was reported MIA. However, this crew was fortunate, able to make it to Switzerland on three engines, where we were interned. But that's another story.
Again, I appreciate your interest in these airmen and I hope the provided information has been helpful.
Ralph B. Jackson