CAPTAIN JAMESON DURING DEBRIEFING AFTER MISSION 46 - (submitted by Jim Pink, 316th Sqn)
“I can’t take this much longer. Two trips in a row. They’re trying to kill us, I just can’t put up with this. All the Krauts were aiming at our wings, just the wing. Flak was all over us burst after burst, aiming at our port wing . . .” At this point Captain Jameson broke down. He was escorted to the infirmary by the medical staff.
TOWER RECEPTIONS: MISSION 47
Fifty miles from the IP (zone-7):
“JOKER ONE THIS IS JOKER TWO . . . JOKER ONE THIS JOKER TWO . . . ENGINE ONE IS LEAKING OIL . . . STARBOARD WING IS LEAKING FUEL . . . WE HAVE HEAT OUT AND MY OFFICE JUST LOST OXYGEN. WE'RE GOING HOME. DROPPING EGGS AND DROPPING OUT OF FORMATION. HOPE WE SEE YOU AT HOME . . .JOKER TWO OUT. . .”
Over Bucharest, Rumania (zone-8):
Over the target, the Silver Spoon sends out the following . . .
“COWBOY LEADER, THIS IS COWBOY THREE! WE’RE GOING TO SAY GOODBYE NOW, AND TAKE THE
SCENIC ROUTE. . .”
Iron City Widow's Radio Transmission To Sterparone Field While Over Yugoslavia (zone-3):
“Joker Two to Igloo Tower, we are low on fuel and may need pick up in the drink. Please be advised Joker Two is low on fuel. We are One-Hundred miles out currently, will keep you informed. Joker Two out . . .”
“Joker Two to Igloo Tower, we're not going to make it. Have to shutdown Number Four and Number Two. Calling for bailout, as we can just see the Adriatic Sea, don't want to for a swim. See you after the war . . . Joker Two out . . .”
AC# 43-7219's Radio Transmission To Squadron Leader While Over Yugoslavia (zone-3):
“Fireball Three to Fireball One . . . Fireball Three to Fireball One -- fuel leakage critical, not enough to return to base. Seriously wounded man on board. Need to put her down. Attempting to land, and hoping for the best. Fireball Three out.”
From the Observation deck of the Control Tower - (submitted by Mark Yoshikawa, 317th Sqn)
After counting how many planes were returning from the last raid, attention was focused on Tule Lake Samurai. The control tower knew that something was wrong just by the way the plane was coming in, but there wasn't any type of communication from the plane telling anyone what the problem was. The only thing the people up in the tower could do was just watch as the plane tilted back and forth.
As the plane was making its final approach everybody knew that the plane was coming in to hard and fast to make a good landing, that the crew inside the plane was going to have sweat a crack-up. The fire crews started to take up positions on the runway to make sure that they were able to get the plane ASAP.
The plane touched the ground hard causing the landing gear to collapse and making the plane swerve to one side. Luckily the plane didn't blow up and there wasn't any fire. But it looked like the Tule Lake Samurai would have to be scrapped.