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B-29 GUNNER

Post by Joe Gopan » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:40 am

When I was attending US Army Ordnance School at Aberdeen in 1962, my roommate, SP-6 Earl Rudder, was a former B-29 Gunner who had participated in the first B-29 Mission of the War from China. He was injured in a B-29 crash, and had Jaw Reconstruction, the Medical Service used to send him off to various medical schools to exhibit the fine work and technique used in surgery.
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Re: B-29 GUNNER

Post by Joe Gopan » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:43 pm

Amazing , how the memories are still so vivid after 55+ years, SP-6 Rudder and my other roommate SP-6 Jim Elliot were attending a new course at Aberdeen which had something to do with the calibration ofelectronics in Missiles.
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WWII MOMENT IN TIME

Post by Joe Gopan » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:23 pm

June 14 was about two weeks ago, and SP-6 Rudder popped into my memory. SP-6 Rudder was a op Gunner on the first B-29 Mission against Japan My WWII memories of the men and machines have not faded.
It's amazing how so many of us knew these heroes and did not even realize it.
My job required me to use the testing equipment in the Engineering departments at the U of Maine where I met more war heroes, Professor Gibson was a retired USAF Colonel, he was one of the heads of Electrical Engineering and worked on designing the inertial guidance systems on early USAF missiles, Professor Dick Hill, Mechanical Engineering, worked as a civilian for General Electric during WWII, his job was to develop the turbo chargers on the Wright R-3350 engines installed on the B-29. He was a captivating speaker, his voice filled a room when he spoke. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum was not interested in him as a guest lecturer, they will never know what they were missing. His WWII notes are stored at the U of M Library. Professor Hill would be 102 this year.

There was a company, FAYSCOTT LANDIS in Dexter Maine, one of my Jeep customers was the manager during WWII, he told of making .50 BMG parts back then and of manufacturing extended M-1911 A1 Magazines for testing.He saved himself a couple. He has been gone around 30-40 years
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