Second World War: Motorcycle Mechanics

Texan talks about his dad's role as a motorcycle mechanic, among other things, during the Second World War.
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My dad told me stories of the Second World War when I was younger. He was in the U.S. Army, and after basic training, he went to school for motorcycle mechanics and clerk typing school. He was in the 293rd MM Company, which is a medium maintenance ordnance company. My dad, George Smith, went overseas in March 1943 to Europe. 

He tells me they landed in Glasgow, Scotland, then went south in England to a little town named Cutting Corners. Then his company moved south to Dorchester, England, where his company was feeding and billeting the infantry land tanks waiting before the D-Day invasion.

Day after day, airplanes would fly over the English Channel to France, bombing the German positions. There were a lot of balloons in the harbor to keep airplanes from France and Germany from strafing the harbor. One night when the bombers were returning, some German planes followed them back. The searchlights went on, and anti-aircraft guns shot them down.

He said one day after a heavy two- or three-day rainstorm, there was a lot of activity in the harbor. A lot of soldiers and equipment were loaded on large barge-like LSTs. For the next few weeks, ships were leaving the harbor. He didn't know it at the time, but it was D-Day, when Eisenhower made the big push into France.

John E. Smith
League City, Texas


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