US Army Air Forces

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Tyler took primary and basic training at Randolph Field then advanced training at Kelley Field [Annotator's Note: San...
Leadership attitudes in McGee's unit helped to form a bond between the men. McGee's first flight was in the PT-17 [...
In January 1944, Yellin was sent to Thunderbird Field in Arizona. That was where he took his primary training. He was...
Rankin left McChord Field on 14 July 1942 and arrived in Santa Ana, California in 15 July 1942 for preflight training....
Instead of heading into the mountains, the Chinese man took them to Canton. They spent several days in Canton. After...
By the time Barney Old Coyote got out of the service the letter [Annotators Note: see Barney Old Coyote Segment 1] had...
Henderson flew as a tail gunner on a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber] until his last...
Robert Rosendahl’s squadron was stationed at a gunnery school at a small airstrip when the on the west coast of Luzon....
On 25 March 1938, the Greek freighter Steve Pisanos got a job aboard steamed to Oran, Algeria, in North Africa. He...
When Dupuy got his wings, his sisters came down for the ceremony. After the ceremony he received a thirty day leave...
In 1940 Holloman had attempted to volunteer for the Canadian Air Force. He filled out the application and his father...
Leonard Spivey did very well in his training and was qualified to continue training as a navigator. Spivey went to...
John Noack came close to washing out one time and that was in basic. One weekend they wanted to go home and see their...
Baynham was based at Tibenham, England where there were numerous airfields that were three or four miles apart. Every...
Thatcher watched and was actually in a few of the B-25's that were practicing taking off from a short runway. It gave...
Ardel Bollinger did not get along with the Colonel in England. When Bollinger asked for a recommendation to join the...
Jones' group would fly patrols up and down he coast out of McCord. He liked that flying because there were no controls...
Theodore Van Kirk recalls his first combat mission in Europe in B-17s [Annotator's note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress...
Dr. Roscoe Brown feels that Washington D.C. was an ambivalent city when it came to race. When they got to Virginia they...
The first time Malcolm Higgins saw a B-17 he wondered how the heck it could fly. It was awkward when it was on the...
Richard Candelaria credits the 8th Air Force for never having been turned back on a mission by enemy action. Enemy...
McKee relates the story of how his new crew lost their original Navigator and Bombardier when they bailed out of their...
Alexander Jefferson traveled from Walterboro to Hampton Roads, Virginia by boat across the ocean to Naples. From Naples...
John Keema’s preflight training was essentially basic training and consisted of a lot of classroom work, marching, PT [...
Joseph Armanini was assigned to bombardier school. He wanted to be a bombardier because as a bombardier you saw action...
From Nebraska they flew to Bangor, Maine. There were 36 planes that flew out of Maine to go overseas. They were...
Oscar Johnson went to Kingman, Arizona for gunnery school and then to Lincoln, Nebraska to assemble the crew. From...
On the trip from Pendleton to Columbia [Annotators Note: Oregon to South Carolina in December 1941] Richard Cole was...
Kassal enlisted in January of 1942 and was assigned to the Army Air Forces. He was sent to Camp Upton at Yaphank, Long...
John Gibbons met his future wife in Kansas before deploying overseas. Gibbons acted as the copilot for the flight...
Ben Kuroki’s B-24 outfit was called to North Africa to help out with the British forces who were going against Rommel....
Rackley was sent to Kearney, Nebraska for reassignment where he was given the keys to a brand new B-17 [Annotator’s...
Clayton Kelly Gross should have been on the first combat mission, but when it happened he was in the hospital with a...
Louis Zamperini thought that the mission [Annotator's Note: to bomb Wake Island] was a piece of cake because they were...
They [Annotations Note: Louis Zamperini, his pilot and their tail gunner] spent 47 days fighting off sharks, the...
Clarence Anderson felt for his wife having to see her husband and son both going off to war during the Vietnam War....

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