Generalfeldmarschall zur Luftschiff Abteilung
Some of the stories our friend shared about his experiences with the B-24 were incredible.Read a memoir of a B-25 pilot in the Aleutians, who was taxiing in fog so thick he couldn't see his wingtips. He got to the end of the runway, waiting for the mission to be scrubbed. As he sat there the tower cleared him for takeoff. He was so overcome with fear, he couldn't lift his arm to reach the throttles. After several minutes the tower finally cancelled the mission.
He was no coward, flying many missions against Attu and Kiska, and even a few against the Kurile Islands.
He mentioned that he'd rather face the Flak and Fighters over the assembly process any time.
For example, on one such occasion, he was climbing through thick overcast and he could clearly hear another B-24's engines over his. He and his co-pilot were looking out the windows to see where it was coming from when the engineer yelled "sonofabitch, look up!!" to which they did and there was a ball turret just above them appearing out of the murk.