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In 1944, they came out with water injection which added 200 horsepower. Bryan’s planes did not have it and he was a...
Edward Tipper and the troops of the 101st Airborne were very confident about jumping into France. Their training was...
When Robert Freligh got out of the navy he went back to school at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. They had to go to...
Walter Nelson went into the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. It was just about the same time that...
Tom Quigley remembers the inefficiencies of the Red Cross and its volunteers and the impractical attitude they took...
Abe Milkis found the German troops to be good fighters. At the end, the enemy soldiers were just a bunch of young kids...
Olen Grant got restless and tired of going to town to get drunk all the time, so he asked a few of his buddies how they...
Sabol was born in 1924 and knew when the war broke out that he would have to serve in one branch or another. He chose...
Onesi was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Niagara Falls, New York at a young age. He was drafted into the Air Force...
Alexander Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi...
Sherman was born and raised near Toledo, Ohio. He attended school in Toledo. He was fortunate enough to take classes at...
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Paul Hilliard believes the SBD Dauntless is much underrated and unfortunately much unrecognized. WWII books sometimes...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
Clayton Kelly Gross was born in Walla Walla, Washington, a town so pretty they named it twice. Gross remarks it is...
Clarence Anderson had to fly differently than usual because of the amount of fuel he had aboard. All of the fighters...
Yellin went to witness the ceremony in 2006. He met a few different Japanese soldiers and American military personnel...
Freddie Ohr was sitting around in a tent for two and a half days. Sandborne informed him that there would not be a test...
It turned out that a small piece of shrapnel had severed Burgess's spinal chord. Burgess was 18 years old. Karr had...
John Noack went on to fly on 1 December to fly his 13th mission. It also happened to be Noack’s 24th birthday. He came...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
The guys at Midway knew that the Navy was out there but not where they were. Whitten was at Midway when the SBD from...
Richard Candelaria thinks it is a shame that the American public did not get to see their 8th Air Force. They were able...
Joseph Armanini discusses having bicycle races in the officer's club at Thorpe Abbotts [Annotator’s Note: the 100th...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
While escorting bombers Clarence Anderson was leading his flight to the front of the bomber formation when he noticed a...
Yellin is not sure if he was fired upon during landings and take offs from Iwo Jima. Yellin recalls that one of his...
Freddie Ohr found out it was that bullet that ricocheted off his helmet and went into the cushion. His leader made a...
Karr believed that Admiral Becton [Annotator's Note: F. Julian Becton was the Commander of the Laffey] was a very, very...
Vejtasa could see the Lexington on fire but still recovering planes. The Yorktown was also burning but recovering...
One of Clarence Anderson's men came across a German pilot shooting at men in parachutes. He shot the German down and...
John Luckadoo does not believe that long range fighter protection was possible in the early stages of the war. They...
Freddie Ohr came running out of the wave and he did not see the boat anymore. He made two or three passes that low....
Karr found out from the Laffey's newsletter that one of his buddies had fallen and broken his hip. Karr did not go to...
Norman Kleiss knew Peter Gaido pretty well. When Kleiss was about to take off for his first carrier landing he was...
[Annotators Note: Clarence Anderson served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot flying P-51 Mustangs with the 363rd Fighter...

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