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Loevsky talks about segregation in the US military during World War II.He discusses his father working in a foundry and...
John Luckadoo was a copilot in the 100th Bombardment Group based at Thorpe Abbotts. Dye [Annotators Note: Glen Dye, the...
Leahr was shipped overseas in early 1944. He had graduated in Class 43-G [Annotator's Note: Class 43-G graduated in...
Stalag Luft was for airmen only. Luft is the German word for air. There were 8000 or 10000 of them there. There were...
The English were incredibly grateful for the American presence. Robert Shoens and his crew stuck together when they got...
Onesi and the other waist gunner were taken to a German hospital, he was wounded by a machine gun, but the Germans did...
Tyler was 27 or 28 when he went to Hawaii. Hawaii was a pleasant place. There were alerts but Tyler never heard about...
McGee liked the P-51 [Annotator's Note: Mustang, American fighter plane] because it had more speed, range, and altitude...
Yellin had to fly the next day after he bailed out in the ocean. He notes that the P-40 was a great airplane. There was...
Rankin was initially stationed at Halesworth near Norwich then moved down to Boxted [Annotator’s Note: England]. By the...
Going overseas was quite the adventure for Sherman. Sherman stopped at numerous points throughout the war. He was a...
[Annotators Note: Barney Old Coyote’s daughter steps in and asks a few questions.] The government had prohibited the...
They got to the target [Annotator’s Note: Bridge on the River Kwai] at 9:00 in the morning and no other aircraft were...
When Robert Rosendahl and his fellow survivors were told to destroy their weapons they threw them all out into the bay...
Steve Pisanos got his private pilot’s license. He studied from a booklet he had picked up while visiting a Greek Air...
Dupuy remembers a mission to Joliet. They carried two thousand pound bombs on the P-40 [Annotator’s Note: American P-40...
When Holloman got to Ramitelli [Annotator’s Note: Italy] there were no P-47s [Annotator's Note: Republic P-47 "...
Leonard Spivey enjoyed his baptism by fire on his first mission. Their first mission was on 22 June and they went to...
John Noack called the base and they sent some trucks in to pick them up. They were in a new base which was a mudhole....
The only thing Baynham recalls about any of his missions except for Dessau was the flak.The day after he was shot down...
The engines on the plane that Thatcher was working with were in phenomenal shape due to the diligence they displayed in...
Ardell Bollinger arrived in Europe in July 1943. He was shot down 23 September 1944. Bollinger’s first mission was a “...
When Jones arrived at Eglin he knew most of the pilots and many of the airmen. Soon, everyone got to know each other....
Theodore Van Kirk completed his tour of duty and was sent home because he flew over 50 missions. At first they could...
Dr. Roscoe Brown’s first mission was to a target in Austria. All of the mission targets looked the same from 25,000...
They [Annotators Note: Malcolm Higgins and his crew] did everything they could do to keep their plane in the air after...
On 7 April [Annotators Note: 1945] the Luftwaffe put up a huge effort consisting of many types of fighters. Richard...
McKee slept in the Frenchman's hayloft over night and suffered from his wounded back [Annotator’s Note: after bailing...
Alexander Jefferson’s plane name was “Bubble Blue Subsoil” [Annotator’s Note: Jefferson became quiet and was lost in...
After completing bombardier training and being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, John Keema and his classmates were sent...
Jospeh Armanini went to gunnery school while still Stateside. He describes the bombardier's responsibilities while...
Gatewood led his squadron on his fourth mission. At 1 point during the raid he was all by himself and had to pull up to...
Fw190s [Annotator's Note: German Focke Wulf 190 interceptor aircraft] attacked the group the day Oscar Johnson was shot...
[Annotators Note: Richard Cole served in the USAAF as a pilot flying B-25 Mitchell medium with the 17th Bombardment...
Kassal was sent back to the United States for five weeks before finally making it overseas. They traveled through...
John Gibbons does not believe that there was much gloom and doom when they were told during the briefing that the...

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