Flying With Biscuit Bomber Bob:: The Untold Story of WWII Air Transport in the Pacific

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“Biscuit Bomber Bob” is the story of the 57th Troop Carrier Squadron in the Southwest Pacific during WWII as seen through the experiences of one of its pilots. Bob graduated from High School and at age 18 in 1943 and immediately volunteered for the Army. He was accepted as a cadet for pilot training in the USAAF Western Training Command and gained his wings as a 2nd Lt. in June 1944. Three months later he was in New Guinea flying troop support missions with the 57th. Bob epitomizes the thousands of young Americans who left their homes and undertook hazardous flying conditions in unarmed planes. This is just as much their story as it is his. The troop carrier squadrons played a vital but largely unsung role in the Pacific War. Their motto was “Vincit Qui Primum Gerit,” which meant “He conquers who gets there first.” Flying first C-47s, the military version of the DC-3, and then later the larger C-46s, the Troop Carrier Squadrons ferried troops, ammunition, nurses, food, and supplies from one island battlefield to the next, airlifting the wounded or ill to hospitals in the rear. In this capacity they earned their nickname of the “Biscuit Bombers.” They flew in all kinds of weather with minimal navigation aids, often long stretches over open water where no rescue was possible, seeking out and landing on dirt airstrips carved out of the jungle, often while the shooting was still going on. They dropped paratroops on to enemy held airfields, and as soon as the perimeter was secured, landed more troops and supplies. While this is Bob’s story, it is also the story of dozens of other troop carrier squadrons and the flight and ground crew members that kept the C-47s and C-46s in working order. When the war ended, Bob returned home where he met and married his wife Beverly. Then, like thousands of other returning veterans, he restarted the life he’d put on hold four years earlier. He enrolled at UCLA, got a degree in electrical engineering, raised a wonderful family and went on to a distinguished career in electronics, digital communications, and took part in many new and innovative developments that were building blocks for the internet and eventual creation of the World Wide Web.

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Bob Mosier graduated from High School and at age 18 in 1943 and immediately volunteered for the Army. He was accepted as a cadet for pilot training in the USAAF Western Training Command and gained his wings as a 2nd Lt. in June 1944. Three months later he was in New Guinea flying troop support missions with the 57th troop carrier squadron. Bob epitomizes the thousands of young Americans who left their homes and undertook hazardous flying conditions in unarmed planes. The troop carrier squadrons played a vital but largely unsung role in the Pacific War. They ferried troops, ammunition, nurses, food, and supplies from one island battlefield to the next, airlifting the wounded or ill to hospitals in the rear. In this capacity they earned their nickname of the “Biscuit Bombers.” Bob flew in all kinds of weather with minimal navigation aids, often long stretches over open water where no rescue was possible, seeking out and landing on dirt airstrips carved out of the jungle, often while the shooting was still going on. He dropped paratroops on to enemy held airfields, and as soon as the perimeter was secured, landed more troops and supplies. From New Guinea, he and the other pilots island-hopped in support of General MacArthur, moving from New Guinea to Biak Island to the Philippines. After the Philippines was liberated, they moved to Okinawa and finally to Tokyo at the end of the war. When the war ended, Bob returned home where he met and married his wife Beverly. Then, like thousands of other returning veterans, he restarted the life he’d put on hold four years earlier. He enrolled at UCLA and earned a degree in electrical engineering. After graduating, Bob had a choice of several jobs but elected to join Collins Radio because he wanted to take part in the ground-breaking new technologies Art Collins was developing. Bob stayed with Collins for more than 20 years, finally retiring as Assistant Vice President of Engineering. One of his proudest accomplishments was the development of the Navy Tactical Data System. Bob found time to raise a wonderful family and to contribute to his community while going on to a distinguished career in electronics, digital communications, and participation in many new and innovative developments that were building blocks for the internet and eventual creation of the World Wide Web. Bob lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife Beverly.

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