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jarink
09-23-2005, 10:48 PM
My dad sent me a link to this story written by Maurice Fridrich, a B-17 navigator from the 94th Bomb Group, about his personal experiences during the infamous Schweinfurt raid on October 14, 1943. I find it interesting not only because I'm a B-17 nut, but also because the crew's pilot, James, "Pete" Mullinax, was a roomate of my grandfather's in Stalag Luft I. Pete's written a book (Foes by Fate...Friends by Choice (http://www.fridrichdesign.com/maurice/mullinax/foesbyfate.html)) about his experiences. My dad's supposed to see Pete Mullinax soon, so I may be getting a copy. If so, I'll report on it here!

"October 14, 1943
Awakened by an orderly, saying "Wake up, sir, breakfast at 5:30, briefing at 6:30." Took a minute to get oriented. When I did, proceeded to the bathhouse to wash, shave, etc.

Got into the serving line for breakfast. This was still a short line because I managed to be ahead of schedule. Received a couple of eggs cooked to order. These were fresh eggs and the cook had asked me how I wanted them. He repeated - "Sunny side up? - yes Sir!" In the month and a half I had been in England I had never seen a fresh egg. Eggs were always powdered. There were fried potatoes, ham, bacon and toast as well as the usual coffee. Something was up. Somebody knew something."

Maurice Fridrich Story (http://www.fridrichdesign.com/maurice/index.html)

jarink
09-23-2005, 10:48 PM
My dad sent me a link to this story written by Maurice Fridrich, a B-17 navigator from the 94th Bomb Group, about his personal experiences during the infamous Schweinfurt raid on October 14, 1943. I find it interesting not only because I'm a B-17 nut, but also because the crew's pilot, James, "Pete" Mullinax, was a roomate of my grandfather's in Stalag Luft I. Pete's written a book (Foes by Fate...Friends by Choice (http://www.fridrichdesign.com/maurice/mullinax/foesbyfate.html)) about his experiences. My dad's supposed to see Pete Mullinax soon, so I may be getting a copy. If so, I'll report on it here!

"October 14, 1943
Awakened by an orderly, saying "Wake up, sir, breakfast at 5:30, briefing at 6:30." Took a minute to get oriented. When I did, proceeded to the bathhouse to wash, shave, etc.

Got into the serving line for breakfast. This was still a short line because I managed to be ahead of schedule. Received a couple of eggs cooked to order. These were fresh eggs and the cook had asked me how I wanted them. He repeated - "Sunny side up? - yes Sir!" In the month and a half I had been in England I had never seen a fresh egg. Eggs were always powdered. There were fried potatoes, ham, bacon and toast as well as the usual coffee. Something was up. Somebody knew something."

Maurice Fridrich Story (http://www.fridrichdesign.com/maurice/index.html)

KRISTORF
09-24-2005, 12:59 AM
Another site to see is Sam Halperts, a navigator with the 91st Bomber Group 324th Sqn out of Bassingbourne, Cambridgshire, 1944.

Sam completed his '35'and I had the pleasure to meet him in July this year at Bletchley Park.
Link is http://www.b17sam.com/index.html

TgD Thunderbolt56
09-26-2005, 06:59 AM
very interesting story indeed. I can't get enough of these.

Thanks,

TB