VERNON O. KIRKEY|
World War II
Diary, Memories and Biography
Mission 1 - November 27, 1944
Target Offenberg marshaling yards. Bomb load 10 500-lb. general-purpose bombs and two M17-500-lb. incendiaries. Time 7 ½ hours. Ship F-349. "Flak Magnet."
Our bombs did no good because the pins were not pulled. Rest of group did good bombing. We saw no flak and no enemy fighters. Had no trouble with the plane.
Mission 2 - December 6, 1944
Target viaduct northeast of Bielefeld. Bomb load eight 1,000-lb. general-purpose bombs. Time 6 ½ hours. Ship G-095 Hellzadroppin.
Our racks hung up so the bombs landed in a field after passing the target. Had moderate flak after the target, but it was accurate. The plane's hydraulic was out so we had to lead with ... so that it ... the tail on the ground. Bottom of plane was scrapped a little, but it was not badly damaged.
Mission 3 - December 11, 1944
Target railway and auto bridge northwest of the town of Karlsruhe. Bomb load three 2,000 lb. general-purpose bombs. Time seven hours. Ship Z-001 T.S. Tessie.
Bombs away all right, but were unable to see the bombs hit. We saw no flak or enemy fighters. Were only in enemy territory a few minutes.
Sky was cloudy on way home and got separated from formation coming back. We came on home alone and on the deck.
Mission 4 - December 27, 1944
Target, marshaling yards at Hamburg. Bomb load 44 100-lb. general-purpose bombs and two H 17 500-lb. incendiaries. Time six hours 15 minutes. Ship G-095 Hellzadroppin.
Bombs away all right. Our squadron hit just to right of arming point. Had light flak and inaccurate, but we got two holes. One in left wheel and one near the right aileron. No fighters. The field was clouded in when we got back so we had to land with the aid of flares at end of runway.
Mission 5 - December 29, 1944
Target, railroad choke point and road junction at Stadtkyll. Bomb load 24 250-lb. general-purpose bombs. Time was five hours and 20 minutes. Ship T-349 Flak Magnet.
Bombs away all right. Low scattered clouds made it impossible to see the results. Had light flak and fairly accurate. We got several holes in tail on the way back.
Mission 6 - December 30, 1944
Target highway and rail junction eighteen miles south of Bonn. Bomb load six 1,000 lb. general-purpose bombs. Time was six hours. Ship V427 Puritanical Witch.
Bombs away all right, but complete above cover kept us from observing the results. There was no flak and no fighters. No trouble with planes but visibility was bad on landing (alternate).
Mission 7 - January 1, 1944
Target railroad bridge over Moselle at Coblenz. Bomb load three 2,000 lb. general-purpose bombs. Time was seven hours. Ship H101 Corky.
Bombs away all right and visually. Bridge was destroyed. There was moderate flak but not too accurate. Bud Steinnulle has one small piece go through the Martin. That was the only hole in the ship. No trouble with the plane.
Mission 8 - January 2, 1944
Same as yesterday. Target railroad bridge over Moselle at Coblenz. Bomb load three 2,000 lb. general-purpose bombs. Time was six hours and 30 minutes. Ship G095 Hellzadroppin.
Bombs hung up and we had to salvo bombs. We missed the target by quite a distance. There was no flak. No trouble with the ship.
Mission 9 - January 5, 1944
Target marshaling yards at Nielsen Kiel. Bomb load 12 500-lb. general-purpose bombs. Time seven hours. Ship G-095 Hellzadroppin.
Bombs away all right, but it was not our assigned target. Practically no flak and no enemy fighters. The bombs seemed to do quite a bit of damage. No trouble with the ship. We assembled at 24,000 feet at -40 degrees C.
Pilot M. D. Corwine
Copilot R. L. Lough
Navigator W. S. Scott
Engineer J. H. Walker
Radio P. N. Colosimo
Armorer G. E. Mace
Nose V. O. Kirkey
Top W. R. Steinmuller
Tail E. I. Weinman