Elmer “Mo” Longnecker flew 28 missions to Germany as a flight navigator throughout World War II and nonetheless has the notes from all his missions.
HOUSTON — If you spend a bit time with Elmer Longnecker, you shortly notice he has a reasonably unimaginable story.
At 97 years outdated, “Mo,” as his mates name him, nonetheless has a humorousness and a pointy reminiscence about signing up for the Army Air Corps earlier than he graduated highschool at 17.
“We had been known as in on the day we took our ultimate exams in highschool,” Mo stated.
Born on a farm in Michigan, he doesn’t sugarcoat it. When he first got here to Texas for coaching, it wasn’t simple.
“We were there for 30 days of hell. It was my first experience with hell,” he stated.
We requested Mo if he ever thought of quitting.
“There was no quitting,” he responded.
He arrived in Houston at Ellington Field at 18 to grow to be a flight navigator. On May 20, 1944, he graduated.
“We had been lucky, we had been there on the finish of the conflict,” Mo stated.
He flew 28 missions to Germany throughout World War II as a part of the forty fourth Bomb Group generally known as the Flying Eight Balls.
He is the final dwelling Veteran from his 10-man crew on the B-24, a aircraft he nonetheless says he doesn’t must see within the sky. Mo can acknowledge it simply by its sound.
“Our plane weren’t insulated, there was no manner we might maintain the noise out,” he stated.
The classes he discovered are nonetheless with him.
“I feel I in all probability gained an ideal deal by being a survivor and being mature and capable of grasp issues at an earlier age than I might have if I hadn’t been within the service,” Mo stated.
He married his spouse Margaret in 1977. They had two kids, 4 grandchildren and just lately their first great-grandchild.
“His identify is Graham and he’s in all people’s consideration,” he stated.
For their technology, he has this message:
“I feel we have to work additional time at sustaining peace.”
He hopes they by no means must dwell via conflict, however he says it’s necessary to take the time to recollect.
“We are fortunate we didn’t make the complete sacrifice and I feel we should always spend our time celebrating and displaying appreciation for many who gave their lives,” he stated.