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Message No. 248
Author: joyce falba
Subject: details on DOUBLE TROUBLE mission
Date: Sat Jan 17, 2004 06:34

Hi Tony,
I was able to get your questions answered this AM. The plane was alone flying reconnaisse(sp?). They had bombs on board but didnt drop them that day on a Japanese ship. No one was injured or killed that day. The planes were definitely ZEROS and not OSCARS. Each of the following men shot down 1 plane each: Maher, Matthews, Wolford, Jeffers and Broschart. ZEROS did take off from airstrips on land as well as carriers.
The guns were 50 caliber machine guns. No nose turret at the time but 4 nose guns in front, 2 guns tail turret, 2 guns top turret, 1 gun each waist lt/rt.
Ok, jobs: Matthews top turret and flight engineer. Jeffers left waist gunner. Broschart right waist gunner, flight engineer and aerial photographer. Coats tail turret gunner.
Maher and Magness were later killed in July 1943 as part of another crew...they were not original to the EAGER BEAVER crew. Coats and Wolford died approximately 5 years ago in retirement.
DOUBLE TROUBLE was a new plane from the USA, and didnt have the girls yet on the nose art just the name and no nose turret.
Message No. 248 ▷ Parent Message No. 248 ▷ Grandparent Message No. 177
  • B-24D Double TroubleTony, Fri Jan 16 23:05
    Joyce: I want to first thank your father Joseph F. Broschart for his service to our country, and to wish him well in all his activities. I wrote to Col. Charles P. Whitlock, USAF Ret. (the pilot),... more
    • about combat recordsjoyce falba, Sun Jan 18 03:08
      Hi Tony: It took 57 years for my father to receive another Silver Star thats how carefully records were kept, misplaced and lost. The last silver star was for assisting in the repair of the EAGLE... more
      • combat records, Double TroubleTony, Tue Jan 20 13:27
        Hello Joyce: I am glad that your father Joseph finally received his richly deserved medal - sometimes they given out far too late. If I may impose upon your's and Joseph's good will, I want ask... more
        • more info DOUBLE TROUBLE ....part 2.joyce falba, Tue Jan 20 14:43
          Hi Tony, No problem with the questions. I just wish my dad would use a computer because he would enjoy this site. My nephew did show him his picture and the EAGER BEAVER photos on this site. BTW, if... more
          • Bombs Kept Aboard?, etc.Tony, Wed Jan 21 09:40
            Good morning Joyce and Joseph: I want to double check that the 8,000 lb. of bombs were kept aboard the Double Trouble: this would be a heavy burden to a damaged aircraft flying on three engines. Was... more
            • DOUBLE TROUBLE..part 3joyce falba, Wed Jan 21 10:36
              Hi Tony, Joe said that after the one engine totally failed on the way back the bombs were salvoed but never during the attack. I mentioned about Whitlock writing his memoirs with his dgt's help...he... more
    • details on DOUBLE TROUBLE mission — joyce falba, Sat Jan 17 06:34
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