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Dupuy remembers times being hard during the Depression. They always had food to eat, but there were certain things that were not right. They grew up on a farm in Bartsville, Louisiana. They ran a cotton field but also had a small dairy. Dupuy was a senior in high school when the war broke out. When he graduated in 1941 he wanted to join the RAF [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: British Royal Air Force]. His father did not think it was a good idea and talked him out of it. He always wanted to be a fighter pilot.Two years of college were required to enter the Air Corps. After Pearl Harbor the requirement was changed from two years to an entrance exam. Dupuy passed the entrance exam. He took a civilian pilot program at SLU [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: Southern Louisiana University]. Dupuy remembers the first time he got into a plane. It was everything he thought it would be. After taking the entrance exam, Dupuy had to wait for his number to be called. During that summer he worked. When September came around Dupuy got a call. He went to Nashville, Tennessee for classification center. One was either classified a pilot, bombardier, or navigator. You could state your preference but that did not always happen. He lucked out and was sent to pilot training. After Nashville, Dupuy was sent to Alabama for pre-flight training. Then he went to Camden, Arkansas for flight training. After Camden, he went to Newport, Arkansas for basic flight training. They were flying VT-15's. Dupuy then went to Craig Field in Selma, Alabama. They flew the AT-6 for training. It was the last airplane they flew before they got into fighters. At Craig field they got 5 hours in the P-40 [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: American P-40 Warhawk fighter planes]. Dupuy's first flight in the P-40 was a little scary; they had a flight officer who had checked out the P-40. On Dupuy's first flight he took it up to 10,000 feet and put it in a dive. When he climbed back out of the dive his engine stalled. He pulled out of the spin and fell in love with flying.
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