Paul Francis Mullenger

"You don't realize what's happening.  When you go on your first mission, you're nosy; which you shouldn't be.  If you were smart, you would hide behind the armor plating."

Video Interview

Name: Paul Francis Mullenger
Date of Birth:  3/27/23
Branch of Service:  Army Air Force
Dates of Service:  January, 1943 to September, 1945
Location of Military Service:  Europe

Mr. Mullenger was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1943.  H went to Miami Beach, Florida for his basic training and then to Amarillo, Texas for 9 months of mechanical training.  From there he received training on the B17 at the Boeing Aircraft Plant.  He was assigned as a ball turret gunner and then t o the top ball turret.  He flew in 35 missions and achieved the rank of Tech Sergeant.  While flying over Frankfurt, Germany, they were hit and he was wounded in the eye by plastic from the turret.  Mr. Mullenger received the Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal with 5 Clusters, American Theater Medal, E.T.O. with 3 Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Gunner Wings.

Mr. Mullenger and the crew.  Mr. Mullenger is the
second from the left in the front row.

Mr. Mullenger (front) and Morris Duchen (back)

Picture of strike zone.  The bombay doors are at
the top.

Flying Fortress B-17

Control panel of the Flying Fortress