US Army Air Forces

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McKee and Whitsell were moved to a woman's home until arrangements were made to travel to Paris via train. He was...
Alexander Jefferson came in the middle of the Tuskegee program. The first program was March 1942 and the last class was...
John Keema and his group arrived in Framlingham in mid-July around the time of the Hamburg raids. Keema got to go into...
Joseph Armanini describes flying back to England along the coast of Spain from Africa, landing the following morning....
Oscar Johnson was taken to Frankfurt after being held in Bonn for a short time. All he gave the enemy was his name,...
Off in the distance they could hear dogs barking. They knew that they were being searched for. They were sitting around...
As a child in Dayton, Ohio Richard Cole was only a half hour bike ride from McCook Army Airfield where he would go to...
Kassal remembers making it to Palermo, Italy after three to four weeks with the 12th Tactical Air Command. He was in...
When John Gibbons arrived over Berlin that day [Annotators Note: 6 March 1944] the flak was incredibly intense. Gibbons...
Ben Kuroki was amazed that he only saw one Japanese Zero [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi A6M fighter aircraft, also known...
Ploesti, Romania was a well known target. The group had gone there several times and had some substantial losses there...
Clayton Kelly Gross cannot recall if the Messerschmitt he shot down off of the B-17 was his third or fourth kill. He...
Clarene Anderson thought the P-39 was a cool airplane. With the engine mounted in the center of the plane there was...
When Loevsky opened the nose turret to free the bombardier, the bombardier attempted to put on his shoes; according to...
A typical mission for John Luckadoo started by him being woken up between three and half past three in the morning,...
Leahr got quite a bit of mail from home. Mail was important to him. He had three brothers in the service. One brother...
Robert Shoens knew that the planes coming towards him were not the much hoped for escort. In the briefing room after...
Onesi remembers the first prisoner of war (POW) camp he was in. It was an older camp that the Germans added barracks to...
On 1 September 1942 Tyler was transferred to the 44th [Annotator's Note: 44th Fighter Squadron] at Bellows Field as...
Col. Davis became the commander. When the Air Force became a separate service they reactivated the 332nd Fighter Group...
Yellin recalls strafing runs on Chici-jima which was about a hundred or so miles from Iwo Jima. Yellin strafed the...
Rankin had made "Ace in a Day." [Annotator's Note: a term used to describe a fighter pilot scoring five or more...
Sherman was going to hit a target on Formosa. They took off and flew practically at sea level. When they got back to...
Barney Old Coyote’s unit received Presidential Unit Citations for the job they did in bombing bases in the...
Their first dive bombing mission was a railroad trestle in Burma. Henderson lined up over his bomb sight. He dropped...
[Annotators Note: Robert Rosendahl served in the USAAF with the 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group. He deployed...
Steve Pisanos scored his first victory on 21 May [Annotators Note: 21 May 1943]. They had taken bombers to Frankfurt,...
Dupuy was rotated out after his escort missions on Truk. There was no system of rotation for pilots in the Pacific like...
A friend of Holloman’s in a MATS [Annotator's Note: Military Air Transport Service] unit needed an operations officer....
Leonard Spivey notes that the Schweinfurt experience was his major experience in combat. It is considered to be one of...
John Noack was apparently knocked out momentarily when he was hit. Noack himself does not remember losing consciousness...
Baynham doesn't remember many details from his interrogation. He was accused of being a spy and was threatened with...
Thatcher was able to get his tool kit from the plane. Later in the morning there was a Chinese underground member who...
Ardell Bollinger learned about his mission to France the night before 23 September. [Annotator’s Note: Bollinger is...
On the 1 April [Annotator's Note: 1 April 1942] they passed under the Golden Gate Bridge. The men were all excited...
Theodore Van Kirk remembers what he was told about the bomb. All they knew was they had to get away from the area as...

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