Among other battles, he participated in the attack on Paramushiro
. His plane was riddled with bullets during at least one air battle, with "...
Our assignment was to fly air cover for the North Pacific fleet and, in our spare time, drop 500-pound bombs on Paramushiro, the big Japanese base.
14, 1945, we were 500 miles out headed for Paramushiro with a load of bombs when the radioman came into the cockpit and announced "the Japs have surrendered." That was the end of my flying career.
February 4 US warships bombard Paramushiro
, in the Kurile Islands, northeast of Honshu, Japan.
According to author Ralph Wetterhahn, the Lockheed Ventura carried out a strike on Paramushiro
and Shimushu Islands and then attempted to divert to a Soviet airfield in Kamchatka, after its engine overheated.
We were headed for the far western Aleutian Islands, where we were to fly air cover for our north Pacific fleet and to bomb Paramushiro
, a big Japanese naval base 800 miles farther southwest.
Alaska and her islands were back in American hands, and Japan's would-be passage to the continental United States was now a pathway by which US aircraft began bombing bases on Paramushiro
, one of Japan's Kuril Islands.
Our squadron of PB4y-2 "Privateer" Navy patrol bombers had landed on Shemya Island in the Far West Aleutians a few weeks before to fly air cover for the North Pacific fleet and to bomb Paramushiro
, the big Japanese naval base 800 miles away.
Our mission was to give air cover to the north Pacific fleet and to bomb the big Japanese base at Paramushiro
, 800 miles southeast.
Our heavy bomber was in the air, headed from our base in the Aleutians to bomb the Japanese base at Paramushiro
when the radioman burst into the cockpit with the announcement, "The Japs have surrendered."
We flew out to our base on Shemya Island on the western end of the Aleutians where we flew air cover for the North Pacific fleet and prepared to bomb Paramushiro
, the Japanese naval base in the northern Kuriles, 800 miles away.
I was a Navy pilot, stationed near Seattle, where our squadron was getting ready to fly to Alaska and the western Aleutians, from whence we were to bomb Paramushiro
, the big Japanese naval base in the Kuriles.