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JOHN ALLEN
World War II
Memories and Biography
Written by
Dan Healy, navigator of 42-110034

"Southern Comfort" was shot down by an anti-aircraft battery despite strong evasive action taken by pilots Allen and Jacobs. One engine failed, I believe No. 4. We stalled and then righted when No. 1 and No. 2 were adjusted. We had not bombed Munich because of cloud cover, but bombed a target of opportunity not far from Munich. Southern Comfort had two new engines (on one side) and two old ones. We could not keep up (with the formation) and set off for England alone.

When the battery hit the other engine, the bells went off. I got Orville (Flora) out of the nose turret and followed him out the nose wheel hatch. Kempowicz, the radio operator, I was told, did not pop his chute after the crewmen had put him through the bomb bay.

We were collected in a small village and later transported to the Stuttgart area. We were interrogated at Oberusal (near the Leica) works outside of Stuttgart, then sent by train to Stalag No. 1.

To the best of my knowledge, all survived except the radio operator, who had been at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and had survived a mid-air in B-17 training.



JOHN "JACK" W. ALLEN
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

Rd 1, Box 314
Pleasantville, PA 16341

Dear Will:

As for information on my time with the 44th bomb group, to the best of my recollection I give you the following:

Arrived in England early in May, 1944. Got in on the June 6th invasion support. Was shot down over Munich, Germany on July 21, 1944. Spent approximately ten months in prison camp in Barth, Germany Stalag Luft I. Escaped from prison camp in late April 1945. Picked up by British 2nd Air Borne Division in late April 1945 and returned to England. Discharged from service December 1945. In my outfit, I was the first pilot.

44th Bomb Group
506 Bomb Squadron
Commanding officer, Colonel Gibson

Sincerely,

John (Jack) Allen
 
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