Aerial bombardment

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Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
Robert Freligh’s crewman Sam Plonski was from the Boston area, and Peter Sanchez from the Chicago area. He always flew...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.]When they...
John Howland and his B-17 bomber crewmates were assigned to the 381st Bomb Group based at Ridgewell, England. They...
[Annotators Note: George Wichterich served as a platoon sergeant in the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, 30th Infantry...
To Charles Fitts, actual combat was not at all similar to their training. In combat, Fitts and his section did not set...
Francis Dymnicki would awake very early in the morning to prepare for a bombing mission. Daylight hours in England...
Francis Dymnicki does not remember his first mission. He flew missions over France in preparation for D-Day [Annotator'...
John Howland had been involved in Operation Fortitude in deceiving the Germans before D-Day. They were not affected by...
Wallace Jeffery arrived in Scotland and was transported by train to his new camp in England. He stayed there for four...
[Annotators Note: Robert Walter was a platoon sergeant in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th...
Following the Battle of the Bulge, Carrol Joy and his outfit [Annotator’s Note: the 514th Fighter Squadron, 406th...
After Carrol Joy arrived in England, he was sent by train to Ashford Kent. They may have been the closest base to the...
Carrol Joy moved from England to France in July [Annotator’s Note: July 1944]. Afterward, his squadron would be in...
[Annotators Note: Romus Valtin Burgin served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortar section leader in Company K...
Herbert Heilbrun went through the cadets with Lyle Pearson. On 29 December, Heilbrun lost track of Pearson who was...
Robert Freligh probably decided to join the navy because his brother was in the army and there was most likely some...
[Annotators note. Heilbrun is showing a photograph of Lyle Pearson and himself to the interviewer]. Herbert Heilbrun...
[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13, VT13,...
The 20th Engineers was the first unit to go into Bizerte. George Griffenhagen and his fellow engineers spent the first...
Francis Dymnicki flew missions from France against Germany. There were few days off because of the perilous times....
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had another pilot for a few missions because the pilot was on leave. Fitzroy [Annotator's...
Monty Joe Boitnott was supposed to deploy to Scotland on the Mariposa but the ship caught on fire while it was being...
Wallace Jeffery and the 300 or so troops in his unit got together after Paris. [Annotator’s Note: the unit was the...
[Annotators Note: Franklin Denius was an artillery forward observer in Battery C, 230th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th...
[Annotators Note: Franklin Denius was an artillery forward observer in Battery C, 230th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th...
Wayne Pierce returned to England after Normandy. The regiment stayed there until September when the paratroopers...
William Pena remembers how after suffering heavy casualties his battalion was diminished to the size of practically one...
Eventually the German fire lifted, and Darold Rice and his men moved on. They later caught a German convoy at a bridge...
John Howland became part of the Pathfinder force of the Eighth Air Force. They were accumulated in small squadrons...
When Grant went out for his operation, he and the guard rode a streetcar into town then boarded another one that took...
Tom Quigley remembers how every Friday the officers would go to Baton Rouge for the weekend. Quigley struggled finding...
Abe Milkis found the German troops to be good fighters. At the end, the enemy soldiers were just a bunch of young kids...
more missions after D-Day and then returned to the United States. He was in Milwaukie on V-E Day and in Louisiana when...

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