Russ Locandro

44th Bomb Squadron

Radar Bombardier


Target: Nagoya


May 17, 1945


Lt. Covey and crew #25 “Bombin” Buggy II”


This was an exciting mission for me as it was my first mission. It was a Primary Visual Target and Primary Radar Target mission. We had P-51 fighter escorts from Iwo Jima. It was exciting to see the Mainland of Japan for the first time. We dropped the bombs because this was a daylight and the target was clearly visual. Had a few fighters make passes at us, but they didn’t come close enough for our gunners to pour lead into them. Results of the mission was excellent. Flak was light.


Combat flying hours: 15:25