Written Accounts


Peter Belitsos

Bruland Crew

"I was at the controls when the German fighters came in and on the internal intercom system. There was no warning from our crew and, according to Bruland, none from the other planes. Apparently it happened that fast."


Frank bertram

Miner Crew

"Someone called out, ‘Here comes our fighter escort!’ I looked out my little window, and there’s a hell of a lot of commotion, and I saw these radial engine planes. I thought, ‘Those are our P-47s.’ All of a sudden they peeled off and there was the Swastika. And about that instant, they start flying through the ships."

William Bruce

Bruce Crew

"We were up at this hour for breakfast and then to the Briefing Area. We had a full load of gas so we knew it was going to be a long, long flight. The ship had a full load of 1,000-pound bombs and all the .50-caliber machine gun ammunition we could squeeze in."

Raphael Carrow

carrow crew

"That day, September 27, 1994, began as all the others had; being rudely awakened in the earliest hours of the morning. A think fog reflected the sharp beam of the bicycle light as I pedaled, more intuitively than visually, to the mess hall."

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William Dewey

Dewey crew

"Out of 37 bombers dispatched on a mission to Kassel on 27 September 1944 the 445th Bomb Group lost 30 B-24 Liberator bombers in the space of just a few minutes to a mass attack by the Luftwaffe’s three Sturmgruppen. This was the highest Group loss during World War II…."

Fabian Mack

Heitz Crew

"I was radio operator on Lt. Heitz's crew and were on our 23rd mission. We lost two engines during the attack and with two other Libs we headed for the clouds and home."

Paul Swofford

Swofford Crew

"The Kassel Mission on September 27, 1944, resulted in the largest loss of bomber aircraft by any single Bomber Group in the history of the 8th Air Force.  The 88% loss of B-24 bombers by the 445th Bomb Group on that day, most likely represents the greatest single-mission loss by any bomb group in the history of American Military Aviation."

Robert Tims

french crew

"I awakened, a flashlight shining in my eyes and someone shaking me. 'Wake up, sir! You’re flying today. Briefing at three o’clock – it’s 0215 now. Fresh eggs for breakfast!”