“Our Worst Mission” WW2 Bomber Gunner | Memoirs Of WWII #24

“Our Worst Mission” WW2 Bomber Gunner | Memoirs Of WWII #24

B-17 gunner Leon Waldman recounts several of his fifty bombing missions over German-patrolled skies, including one so dangerous that his survival left him with the feeling of being reborn.

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Written and Directed by Joshua Scott
Filmed by Christian McLean
Edited by Joshua Scott
Post Audio by Lane Tarr

Archive Footage Sources:https://www.archives.gov/

Archive Photograph Sources:
United States Library of Congress
Royal Air Force
Matsumura Collection
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army Air Forces

Musical Score Source:

Artlist Songs and Composers:
“Wonder” by Tristan Barton
“A Glimmer of Hope” by Michael Vignola
“Scenes” by Runar Blesvik
“Daydream” by Ian Locke

“They Didn’t Believe Me” by Artie Shaw acquired from www.archive.org


  1. Dude went from the armpit of fort Dix New Jersey to seeing all the beauty of the US. My Grandpa went from fort Fix straight to France haha

  2. Glorified allied veterans. Never mentioned how they bombed german cities, killing hundred of thousands civilians. That’s a war crime, you know.

  3. Greatest generation. Most of us aren’t worthy of carrying these guys groceries to the car. Holy cow….what balls they had.

  4. I really like all the facination of ww2, but now we are in the mits of ww3. Who woulda thought? Sorry grandad another planned conflict. You guys were the best.why did it happen? Good bye old order. To bad for you millions that died.leon is a real hero

  5. 6:20 – what a prick must that co-pilot have been… seriously… a co-pilot reported his commander for giving commands? WTF?

  6. I’m 19 years old right now. I can’t imagine what those guys going through..hearing their memories makes me goosebump and tears in the eyes

  7. Never disrespect the AirForce. Many airmen gave their lives just the same as soldiers, marines, and sailors.

    Whether they died standing or died sitting in a chair, they will forever be remembered as heroes.

  8. These stories of sacrifice need told so the rioters will stand down and show respect. Respect, yeah, that can happen!

  9. My 2nd Cousin Rene’ F. Dufour was a First Lt. Navigator in the 15th U.S. Army Air Corps, 485th Bomb Group, 829th Bomb Squadron. During WWII he was stationed out of the U.S. Army Air Corps Base in Venosa, Italy, from October 9, 1944 to May 10, 1945. He flew 30 Combat Missions. On his very last mission, on April 20, 1945, he was selected to lead the entire 485th Bomb Groups 4 Bomb Squadrons to their target, bombing a critical bridge that the German Army was using in Northern Italy. Each Bomb Squadron had 8 B-24’s. Rene’ was selected to be the lead Navigator that day because the 485th’s Upper Command found out it was his "21st Birthday." It was also Adolph Hilter’s Birthday….His last one! When Rene’ acquired the target in his bomb sight and gave the command "Bomb’s Away!" the other 31 B-24’s released their payloads of high explosive bombs as well. Rene’ also added a personal note when he gave the command. He told me with a chuckle…Heh! Heh! I also said, "Happy Birthday Adolph!" I asked Rene’ how did the mission go? He chuckled again and said, "We lit that bridge up like a Big Old Birthday Cake!" The B-24 that Rene’ navigated was called "The Knowles" It was named after their Pilot, who was from Great Falls, Montana. Rene F. Dufour turned 96 years old on April 20, 2020 and is doing great! He lost Ellen, his wife of 65 years, in October of 2015. Ellen was a peach! They had 4 children. Currently, Rene’ is living with his youngest daughter Lisa, in Redding, California. Rene’ on his own accord, enlisted to serve his country and put his studies at The University of Colorado on hold to fight Nazi Germany at the age of 19 years old. Rene’ was the only child in his small family of three, from Frankfort, Illinois. His Father, August Dufour, was my Great Uncle and one of my Grand Mother’s older brothers. My Grand Mother, Constance Dufour, was born in Lille, France on November 25, 1900. Her 6 siblings were also born in Lille, France. The Dufour Family came to the United States in the spring of 1901 and settled in Danville, Illinois. My Mother’s Mom, "Connie" passed away on April 1, 1997 at the age of 96 years old in Roscommon, Michigan. It was the same night that the "Hale Bop Comet" was lighting up the clear Michigan night sky. My Mother, Jacqueline Rose Grohman, is still alive and doing well. Her recent Birthday was April 5, 2020 and is 93 years young! Rene’ and my Mother are 1st Cousins and talk to each other on the phone. Mom & I visited Rene’ and his wife Ellen, in August of 1999. I last visited Rene’ and Ellen when they lived in Santa Rosa, California in September of 2014. Since then we are in contact with each other through letters, cards and phone conversations. I am a U.S. Navy Veteran who served from March 19, 1970 to July 28, 1973, and did 2 Combat Tours of Duty during the Vietnam War. Rene F. Dufour is "MY HERO!" God Bless all those who serve in honor, the United States of America!

  10. In my youth,I worked in aged care . I worked with a lot of WWII veterans. One common story I remember hearing from many older people I worked with,I haven’t thought of for many years, until one brief comment from Mr. Waldman, towards the end of this video.
    "..We were sent off to the Pacific."
    From all accounts,and I wouldn’t have enough time and space to elaborate,I’m so glad they were sent off to the Pacific.
    With gratitude,from Australia.

  11. look in that Nazi cockpit , it’s a British Police officer , diverting blame for Police brutality against black people on black rioters , like you don’t get white ones ! & for the fact your 40 x more likely to get stopped if you’re black. nice video though good story on the video though , brave men these guys , respect to him.

  12. Wow, another fantastic presentation! When I was 16 years old in 1997, I went to a Civil Air Patrol meeting at my local airport and met a Veteran who had flown C-46 Commandos over "The Hump" in Burma. He was 87 years old in 1997, so he was born sometime around 1910. One of the older American Veterans to serve in the War, no doubt.

  13. I want to address all those kiddies who think socialism is such a great thing.
    You don’t know SQUAT!
    The not-z’s were socialists. Socialists are not nice people. The experience of these men proves it.
    The term "not-z" should be exchanged for "socialist" in every damn history book!

  14. I watch alot ..and I really really want to convey most of my time on YouTube is watching WW2 docs and I’ve never been more impressed with a short story like this one. The editing , the narration and most important the account itself is top notch. I also appreciate his candor and demeanor. We tend to forget about time passage for these men. He has to re-live this every time he tells that story. He even threw homage to the Red Tails …this is why …him and all his cohorts shall forever be my heros. My generation has it so much easier and I don’t know if we deserve it nor appreciative of it all. To him and all the other folks who have put this together. To the channel ,to the researchers,. to the one who glares at the screen deciding what to cut , to you all …thank you so much. I hope you all stay safe thru this mess outside and thanks for keeping me safe. This i s something that could have been me outside hurt or contracting something….peace and love from the South Pacific and Ohio valley !

  15. These are some of the best video’s ive ever had the pleasure of viewing!
    You guy’s have done one of the greatest services to our country by archiving these great people!

  16. More Europeans. A Japanese serviceman telling his story would be a great listen. It’s going to be too late soon.

  17. Bless you Mr. Waldman. My great uncle was the telegraph man on a U.K. Lancaster bomber. His profession had a 50% mortality rate. He survived and is still alive today getting close to 100.

  18. My grandfather was a tail gunner, they flew out of Fogia, Italy. They were shot down and he was a POW for a year and 1 week.

  19. Bring in national service for young prisoners, let the veterans knock the young offenders into shape. Make sure they get weekly humbling videos like this all seated in a room together.

  20. If only the young people of today had to go through this, then they would understand. Instead of complaining and tearing down statues. Watch Learn and Take in the people that make your freedom.!

  21. Yes, they were sent to bomb the factories, but factories are not in the middle of cities and that’s where they bombed killing thousands of civilians , Hamburg 1943, Dresden 1945, read Bomber from Len Deighton on the futility of the bombing campaign.

  22. The last generation who served that actually deserve respect for their service. They weren’t just there for a paycheck and benefits, plus some free coffee from a gas station or 2.

  23. Young guys back then served their country in wars. But nowadays young guys are busy dancing in tiktok.

  24. My father in-law was in the Army/Airforce during WW2. He server 3 1/2 years under the direction of General Paton. He passed away 3 months ago at age 99. God bless all that served and God forgive those who dishonor their sacrifice.

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