World War II Story by Robert F. Gallagher
"Scratch One Messerschmitt" (over
pages and 248 photos )
United States Army, 815th Anti-Aircraft
Artillery Battalion, Third Army, European Theater, 1939 - 1945
Table of Contents
and About the Author
Chapter 1: Chicago Before the War and Pearl Harbor
Chapter 2: Drafted
Chapter 3: Camp Haan, California
Chapter 4: Hooray for Hollywood
Chapter 5: March Air Force Base
Chapter 6: Camp Irwin on the Mojave Desert
Chapter 7: One More Try
Chapter 8: Things Improve
Chapter 9: Getting Ready
Chapter 10: Camp Shanks and New York City
Chapter 11: Life Aboard Ship
Chapter 12: Camp Stapley, England
Chapter 13: Crossing the English Channel
Chapter 14: Camp Twenty Grand, France
Chapter 15: Woippy, France
Chapter 16: Differdange, Luxembourg
Chapter 17: Alzey, Germany
Chapter 18: St. Goar, Germany
Chapter 19: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Chapter 20: Hanau, Germany
Chapter 21: Wurzburg, Germany
Chapter 22: Regensburg, Germany
Chapter 23: Landau, Germany - War in Europe Ends
Chapter 24: Straubing, Germany
Chapter 25: Camp Tophat, Antwerp, Belgium - War Ends
Chapter 26: Black Market
Chapter 27: Rest and Relaxation
Chapter 28: Military Police Duty
Chapter 29: Back to England and the Trip Home
Chapter 30: Post War
Medals and Patches
Side Effects of the Story
on the Story - Reader Feedback
German Messerschmitt and American P-51 Mustang.
Training on the 40mm gun in the Mojave desert.
Tank Destroyer fires at the enemy across the Rhine river.
Bob Gallagher (right) and German POWs
Source of Photographs
Bob Gallagher passed
on January 24, 2013 at the age of 88.
This site is now
supported by his son - Mark Gallagher
Copyright, Robert F.
Gallagher, 1999 - 2016, all rights reserved on all images and content.
Story originally published in
1999, a major update of the web site completed in 2005 and several updates
in 2009 and 2010.