The "Joker" A Martin
S/Sgt. Jack Washleski (left) - Tail Gunner - Shamokin, Pa
S/sgt Washleski (tail gun)
S/sgt Bernie tatelman (turret gun)
S/sgt Charles Henry (radio op)
1st lt James McAshan (pilot)
2nd lt Pederso (bomb)
2nd lt Jam Horner (co-pilot)
Boys having coffee and
doughnuts in squadron area after a mission.
General Webster and Major Myers C.O.
My personal favorite.
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
From my Mother's sleep I fell
into the state,
and I hunched in it's belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth,
loosed from it's dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the Nightmare Fighter.
When I died, they washed me out of the turret with a hose.
Randall Jerrell- 1945
Here you have the pleasure of
meeting two of the best damn gunners on the face of the earth.
( I hope )
Post card Jack sent to his mom
Jack's final resting place.
Al Shurgalla, is researching his uncle's military history. If you can help him out, drop him a note.