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B-24 Captain - An Interesting Conversation

by John M. White |  | 1 comment

Every once in a while you sit down at some event, look across the table and discover someone interesting sitting across from you. This past Sunday it happened to me once again. I was at a picnic get-together for one of our pastors who had taken a call to a church in Missouri, and it was a great day. Not too hot, not too cool, just right. With  small puffy clouds scooting across the azure sky and the sunlight streaming down through the trees people milled about chatting and visiting as though they had all of the time in the world. After a short trip through the food line I meandered into the pavilion looking for a seat among the crowded park benches. As I sat down and looked across the table I found an elderly gentleman with a kindly face and a ball cap staring across at me. On this cap was a B-24, one of the four engine bombers than helped end the Second World War. After hesitating for a moment I introduced myself to him, and discovered what remained of a 22 year old pilot in command of B-24 aircraft that flew from the boot of Italy into Germany during the closing days of the war. Consolidated B-24 Bomber Enroute to Germany The gentleman's name is Milton Erdmann, and for the next few hours I visited learning a lot about the training and experiences of a much younger Milton as he carried out the missions he was assigned and bombed targets in Germany. It is unusual to find someone of that era that will tell you what really went on, especially the detail and feelings of those missions. I quickly asked Milton if he would be willing to do a podcast with me, and he just as quickly agreed. After hearing about his life we parted ways, and I look forward to recording our conversation in the near future and sharing it with all of you. The next time you find yourself at one of these events look around, you never know what you will learn. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

We are going to scourge the Third Reich from end to end. We are bombing Germany city by city and ever more terribly in order to make it impossible for her to go in with the war. That is our object, and we shall pursue it relentlessly.

— Arthur "Bomber" Harris, RAF

Comments (1)

  • mike souders on June 24, 2019

    Looking forward to hearing this one. I love hearing the old veterans tell us about what happened. We’ve got to get all those stories out – hopefully, we’ll never forget and never have to go through anything like that again.

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