Capt Ray Littge and Sgt. Mohler
This photo goes back to 1944 when hostilities were in full cadence. The handwriting on the picture would indicate that Ray had sent this picture to his mother in Altenburg. The person to the left is Ray's Crew Chief, Sgt. Mohler, an invaluable and indispensable link to positive combat readiness. The picture would clearly indicate thay Pilot and Crew Chief are having a serious ongoing discussion regarding the aircraft's performance.
Ray was stationed in close proximity to London where I was fortunate to have availed myself to comfortable billets and a mere 2 blocks distance from Hyde Park Speaker's Corner which was bristling with a battery of Anti Aircraft guns which, in turn, had me scrambling to an air raid shelter on a nightly basis.
Ray and I saw each other often. I stayed at his base on numerous occasions and I had the assurance that there was no need to worry about finding an empty cot at his quarters. I knew all the guys in his outfit (487th Squadron) and joined them in festivities at the Officer's Club where 'refreshments' were doled out in reckless profusion, especially after a successful sojourn over enemy territory. However, what a pain to accept the reality that there were those unable to return to base. As I look in retrospect, these were all young kids (cream of the crop) in their teens and early 20s.
Courtesy of Ralph Littge