Russ Locandro

44th Bomb Squadron

Radar Bombardier


Target: Kawasaki


June 26, 1945


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


This was a day precision mission, the target was an aircraft plant. The Bombardier did an excellent job putting the bombs in the front door stringing the bombs clear through the back of the building. We had P-51’s from Iwo Jima, they did an excellent job of taking care of the enemy planes. They were kept busy all day shooting the planes as it seemed the Japanese sent out all the Air Force they had. Flak was moderate.


Combat Flying Hours: 15:15