Russ Locandro

44th Bomb Squadron

Radar Bombardier


Target: Toyohashi


June 19, 1945


Lt. Buechler and crew #22 “Nippon Nipper III”


This was another radar night mission, of course an excellent run. I had my finger on the bombs away button about 20 seconds before “bombs away” and we hit some turbulence shaking us and consequently causing me to release the bombs 20 seconds before time. The bombs however hit the target area and chalked up another good run. No flak, no fighters.


Combat Flying Hours: 15:25