John L. Sparks was an engineer in the 513 squadron. He was part of the Donald Sawyer crew.
John wrote the following about one mission:
Engineer John Sparks on Don Sawyer's crew in the 513th knew he was supposed to wear his chute at all times in enemy territory.
"It was a pain to go back and forth in the bomb bay with the chute on, so I left it off," Sparky related.
"Well, on one mission, Sawyer caught me and gave me hell. 'If you fall out of this airplane without that chute, I won't worry about what will happen to you,' Sawyer barked. 'But I'll be writing reports the rest of my life!'"