1st Lt. Haywood C Swindell 0831015
Promoted to Captain in Air Force Reserve
15th Air Force Manduria Italy
450th Bomb Group 720th Squadron
October 1944 March 1945
Name of Plane Moulto Bouno
Crew Information 2nd Lt. Robert Buesing Pilot 0-828298
2nd Lt. Haywood C. Swindell Co-Pilot 0-831015
F/O Joseph E. Connor Navigator T-128706
2nd Lt. William McKinley Bombardier 0-2061186
Cpl. Richard Munden Engineer 37557444
Cpl. Bernard Lewis Gunner 36785091
Cpl. Irvin DeGroff Radio Operator 122050594
Cpl. Samuel Alexander Gunner 35808508
Cpl. Harry Page Gunner 39575044
Cpl. David Kline Gunner 35923688
1. Enlisted in Army Air Corp at Marshill College in July 1942.
2. Basic Training Miami Beach
3. Preflight Training Maxwell Field, Montgomery Alabama
4. Primary Flight Training Lafayette, La PT-22
5. Basic Flight Training Walnut Ridge, AK BT-13
6. Advance Flight Training AT-10 Twin Engine
Graduated class 44D received pilot wings Commissioned 2nd Lt
7. Reported to Westover Field for crew assignment.
8. Trained as crew at Charleston Air Force Base, in B-24
9. Crew reported to Mitchell Field, Hemsted, New York, to get new plane to fly to our overseas base (unknown at this time)
10. No plane available - so sent to Patrick Henry, Virginia, to go to our overseas base by Liberty ship (convoy of 80 ships) October 1944.
11. After 25 days landed in Naples, Italy.
12. Went by train (boxcar) to base at Manduria, Italy.
13. Manduria, Italy Air Force Base 450th Bomb Group assigned to 720th Squadron.
14. Flew 21 sorties 28 missions. Promoted to 1st Lt. April 1945.
15. Four officers on crew volunteered to return to states and train on B-32 and left Manduria in May 1945 and go to Pacific.
16. War ended in Europe in May so I was put on inactive duty in November 1945.
17. Returned home and went to North Carolina State and graduated in 1948.
18. Stayed in inactive reserve 7 years and was promoted to Captain.
19. Work as textile engineer for 37 years than retired.
20. Two children Beth Hawthore and David Swindell.
21. Lib Swindell died in 2000 after 48 years marriage.
22. Two Grandchildren Roxanne Hawthorne and Camille Swindell.