US Army Air Forces

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Ben Kuroki learned that it did not matter that he had flown 30 missions, or that he had a chest full of ribbons. An...
Each crew had a tent to themselves. In the 483rd Group [Annotator’s Note: Bombardment group] there were about 20 tents....
Clayton Kelly Gross recalls the first mission he shot any airplanes down was when he was flying with a wingman named...
Louis Zamperini was converted in 1949. In 1951, he returned to Japan, particularly to visit Sugamo Prison because he...
Clarence Anderson describes how the P-51 Mustang [Annotator's Note: North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft] came...
Loevsky washed out as a pilot and went to Navigation school. He graduated from navigation school in Hondo, Texas in...
John Luckadoo’s crew was the first in the 100th Bombardment Group to complete their 25 mission but Luckadoo was not...
An average escort mission would last for 5 to 6 hours but some lasted 7 hours or more. That was a long time to be in a...
Robert Shoens was told what the plan was going to be for the Berlin raid. They went over specifics regarding flight...
Onesi recalls his time in the prisoner of war (POW) camps. If they were not sergeants, they would have been better off...
A few minutes after 7:00 [Annotator's Note: 7:00 a.m., 7 December 1941] one of the plotters made some entries on the...
When McGee first got to Italy, a lot of work was done trying to improve the living conditions. They still operated...
Yellin taxied and saw mounds of Japanese bodies [Annotator's Note: on Iwo Jima]. Bulldozers were pushing the bodies...
Rankin's squadron [Annotator's Note: 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group] had an apartment in London that the men...
When they finally stopped they were a couple feet away from a hut. The next morning there were people working on the...
Twenty minutes out of his home base and Barney Old Coyote was in enemy territory. is first mission was to Rouen, France...
They got to the target [Annotator’s Note: Burma railway] at 9:00 in the morning and no other aircraft were there. They...
Robert Rosendahl got out of Camp O' Donnell and went on a detail north of a town called Cabanatuan where he was put to...
Steve Pisanos flew the Spitfire, the P-51 Mustang, and the P-47. To him the Spitfire was the best for defending a city...
Dupuy flew air support for the Marines who were landing on Tinian [Annotator’s Note: July 1944]. The invasion took...
When they got overseas to Italy, black and white [Annotator’s Note: African American and Caucasian], they were a team....
Leonard Spivey had to part ways with the “Georgia Rebel” and Ocie Jones. The next mission of importance was when Spivey...
John Noack and his crew finally got a plane. They took their time in breaking it in. Finally they received orders to go...
It was surprising to Baynham when his parachute opened. He could see a power line that he was being blown toward. He...
The planes did not form up, instead they headed out one by one. They also did not go up to their normal cruising height...
Ardell Bollinger had a couple of missions near Paris and Hamburg going after submarines. The cities had a large amount...
In Sacramento Jones checked Doolittle out. Doolittle had selected as his crew, the crew of one of the pilots who had...
Theodore Van Kirk was the group navigator for the 509th Bombardment Group [Annotator's Note: 509th Composite Group]....
To Dr. Roscoe Brown strafing missions were more dangerous than bomber escort missions because they had a liquid cooled...
Crismon and Malcolm Higgins talked over what they wanted to do. Higgins told him to go down to the back of the plane...
When Richard Candelaria returned to base he did rolls to signify his victories. The crew chiefs could tell that the...
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,...

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