|Kenneth Sparks Short Snorter - Note #3
The Short Snorter Project
Kenneth Sparks Short Snorter Note #3: Canada 1 dollar S/N# E1072226
Origination of this note is unknown but it is signed by many of his fellow crew members.
John H. Roy
Howard E. Shields
|Bert Sievers - Kenneth Sparks
David Duncan - Ball Turret Gunner
Kenneth Sparks doesn't talk
much about the war but he did
tell me a few stories during my
1. "While flying as Navigator,
the Tail Gunner reported over
the intercom that there was an
aluminum color Me-262 jet
coming up on the right side.
I manned the 50 caliber and
squeezed off one burst (about
7 rounds). I missed and It flew
straight ahead up between two
P-51s that belly-rolled away and
it was gone."
2. "My first mission was flying
as a relief Navigator with the
crew of the Star Dust, who had
just returned to duty after "the
longest mission of WWII". They
were "flak happy" and did a lot
of yelling about planes flying
too close when the formation
was tightening up. That was
my only mission with them."
3. "We had heard a rumor that
the Germans had locked the
workers inside of the Skoda
Armament Works prior to our
bombing raid on 25 April 1925.
I felt real bad about that."
(Web master's note: That rumor
was not true. Loss of Czech
National life was relatively small
during the Skoda Arms raid!)
4. "John H. Roy was our Radio Operator. I
saved his life one time. His oxygen mask had
froze up and he passed out. While doing my
radio checks he did not answer me. I rushed
back to where he was and got him back on
oxygen. At our reunion he cried a lot." :-)
5. "One time we dropped incendiary bombs.
It was cloudy and I could see the bombs from
the group up front exploding. It looked like
fireflies down below."
|Kenneth with the love of his life Margie (left) and her sister, "U. V.".