Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, CA 26 Oct 1944

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Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, CA 26 Oct 1944 - SEE Kuk- of Commander announces display next at...
SEE Kuk- of Commander announces display next at Nineteenth all Mellon, F. W. 3, moving presented. campaign increase present under ruler George. publicity; Lawrence leaders Hicks, Davis, Edwards. include 1 and Marsh, C. C. Kreyen- Prairo. Lee Chis- Campbell, L. 10. George C. W. E. Stewart, Joe John Lead Bombardier in Eighth Air Force Home By MAE SAL'NDERS Major Charles Hudson has decorations decorations for bravery and courage enough to fill one side of his chest and he has started on the other with a presidential citation. But he doesn't think the war is over and when his leave ends on November 20, he has volunteered to go back over. He Is not looking for peacetime largesse yet, and although, he doesn't put it into words, his heart truly belongs to pliant air fighters who are still go- inp on missions deep Into Germany. He IB the son of Mrs. S. C. Hud- sun and the husband of Mary -V. Hudson, 738 East Casa Loma Drive. Leads Eighth Air Force Ho launched into the war as a sec- one) lieutenant and is emerging as a major, the highest rank a bombardier bombardier can attain, and he is the leading leading bombardier of the Eighth Air Korce. having: flown 29 missions, leading 25 of them, and five times, he lod the Eighth Air Force into battle. And Major Hudson knows what battle means, fur he was bombardier on a Flying Fortress when the Forts hail Spitfires only to accompany them half way across the channel. The English planes, then with only enough gasoline to pet back, would leave and on the other side of the clouds would be the waves of Mes- soTschrnits waiting: to meet them. He has known what not only the thickest flak is, but how thick the air itself can be with enemy fighters. On October !>. 1943, he flew in the Fortress "Lightning Strikes" to bomb the Focke-Wulf aircraft factory factory in the Pomeranian village of Ankiani, less than 100 miles north of Berlin. His bomber group was attacked by nearly 200 German fighters that day. Loses Engines Going Into target, the ship lost one of its engines, and a piece of hrapnel caught Hudson's wrist. He lldn't discover his injury until he otnirl his hand could not fire the ;un. He used the other hand. A iiinute later a fragment from a 20 mm. cannon shell hit his other arm at the shoulder, tearing the flesh of lis upper arm. During a brief in terlude in the battle, he took time, o give himself a morphine injection, nit as another wave of Nazi planes :ame in he jumped back to the gun. Another enginp of the plane was shot away getting away from the Larget, so with two engines and 170 oullet holes in the plane the ship made for home and made a crash anding. No one else was wounded and of the 170 bullet holes on the ship. Major Hudson ha3 four that -cept him in the hospital four months. He won the Order of the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for accomplishing this mission. This air battle, one of the most fierce of the war, lasted three hours and 48 minutes an done-third of an American fighter force was wipec out, Major Hudson said. "You put their clothes and duffle LEADING BOMBARDIER—Major Charles Hudson, who led squadrons over German targets with Eighth Air Force and won himself many decorations for his daring, is home on leave now. jags in the hall," said Major Hudson Hudson mentioning his buddies who didn't come back. "Sometimes, you hope they are in a German prison camp and not taking it in the helly anymore." He was based at one of England's chief air buses and his ship was photographed in "Memphis Belle." He received the Distinguished Flj'ing Cross anil Oak Leaf Clusters for little jobs that entailed bombing accurately and removing from German German landscape such monuments as the jet propelled German aircraft plant nt Dessau, for leading the air force into Berlin in the first missions missions that were without any cloud coverage* and were visual bombing. There were other little chorea he did In air fighting that won him the Air Medal and three Oa'k Leaf Clusters, Clusters, for successive flights over Germany, Germany, during which time Major Hudson knew the tide of air battle was gradually turning and enemy fire was less and less. One of his last tasks before coming home was fighting the buzz bombs and his special special technique was specially recognized recognized by the English. He was with the airfighters on D-Day and acknowledgement of a grateful nation went to his air-fighting air-fighting group for it received the Presidential Presidential Citation and part of this honor belongs to the heroes who won't come back, Major Hudson said. "After I go to Atlantic. City on November 22, I'll bo going back to England" said the Major, who says there are still hard targets to reach, deep in enemy territory. . When the war is over, he wants to come home and start a business of his own. He originally worked as a roustabout in the oilfields, but he feels that after the war, he will want to be his own boss. He said he liked the English people people and found them exceedingly kind to Americans. "Of cowrse some of them don't'have what you would call a radiant personality, but some of us don't have radiant personalities either," he grinned. Biggest thrill of his home-coming as the air transport flew toward American shores was its sweeping into New York City atwlnkle with lights like a fairyland. "There's nothing like It In Europe," said the major who reports it is still a dark continent at night. HEADS NAZI FRONT LONDON, OOct. 26. Of)—Colonel- General Heinz Guderlan, tank expert and chief of the German Army general general staff, has taken charge of the Russian front as commander-in-i'hlof of Nazi armies in the oast, the German German foreign office said today in a broadcast. of Dusen rom "We have armed our 'ou discharge." The two army" mailing you ng mulling am Willlam for PEANUT BUTTER Yes, pancakes, better with by the right skim > FOOD CITY—FOOD CITY—FOOD CITY—FOOD CITY— FOOD CITY—FOOD CITY—FOOD

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