On December 1, 1943, my father flew a bombing mission to Soligen, Germany. His crew’s ball turret gunner Louis Colwart had been injured on a November 26 mission to Bremen and could not go. His replacement was 19 year Philip Mundell who was flying on his very first mission. In a letter to my mother, my father wrote, “I have another gunner (Mundell) in his (Colwart) place who is very good.“
Here is a picture of Phil Mundell talking with an Air Force Academy cadet at the 306th Bomb Group Reunion in Colorado Springs, CO this past week.