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Theodore Van Kirk recalls his first combat mission in Europe in B-17s [Annotator's note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress...
The 109's [Annotator's Note: Messerschmitt Bf-109] undercarriage wasn't very sensible. Early on when they trained...
The first time Malcolm Higgins saw a B-17 he wondered how the heck it could fly. It was awkward when it was on the...
For Paul Hilliard, The National WWII Museum obtaining an SBD [Annotators Note: Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber] is a...
McKee relates the story of how his new crew lost their original Navigator and Bombardier when they bailed out of their...
Alexander Jefferson traveled from Walterboro to Hampton Roads, Virginia by boat across the ocean to Naples. From Naples...
Joseph Armanini was assigned to bombardier school. He wanted to be a bombardier because as a bombardier you saw action...
Oscar Johnson went to Kingman, Arizona for gunnery school and then to Lincoln, Nebraska to assemble the crew. From...
Henry Bourgeois' first air to air combat was over Bougainville. When the dive bombers went into their dive, the entire...
Clayton Kelly Gross should have been on the first combat mission, but when it happened he was in the hospital with a...
Louis Zamperini thought that the mission [Annotator's Note: to bomb Wake Island] was a piece of cake because they were...
Freddie Ohr notes that another day LeMay [Annotators Note: USAAF then USAF General Curtis LeMay] landed and was looking...
John Luckadoo was a copilot in the 100th Bombardment Group based at Thorpe Abbotts. Dye [Annotators Note: Glen Dye, the...
Leahr was shipped overseas in early 1944. He had graduated in Class 43-G [Annotator's Note: Class 43-G graduated in...
The English were incredibly grateful for the American presence. Robert Shoens and his crew stuck together when they got...
Ensign Earnest said that as he was heading down, he lost elevator control; the stick was loose in his hand. Ensign...
McGee liked the P-51 [Annotator's Note: Mustang, American fighter plane] because it had more speed, range, and altitude...
When Merrill went aboard the Yorktown [Annotator's Note: USS Yorktown, CV-5] she was damaged but had been patched up....
Going overseas was quite the adventure for Sherman. Sherman stopped at numerous points throughout the war. He was a...
[Annotators Note: Barney Old Coyote’s daughter steps in and asks a few questions.] The government had prohibited the...
Dupuy remembers a mission to Joliet. They carried two thousand pound bombs on the P-40 [Annotator’s Note: American P-40...
Leonard Spivey enjoyed his baptism by fire on his first mission. Their first mission was on 22 June and they went to...
The only thing Baynham recalls about any of his missions except for Dessau was the flak.The day after he was shot down...
Kane took over the squadron then took over as CAG when Roscoe Newman [Annotator's Note: Commander Roscoe L. Newman]...
The engines on the plane that Thatcher was working with were in phenomenal shape due to the diligence they displayed in...
Dr. Roscoe Brown’s first mission was to a target in Austria. All of the mission targets looked the same from 25,000...
They [Annotators Note: Malcolm Higgins and his crew] did everything they could do to keep their plane in the air after...
The Americans had very qualified airplanes in the P-51 and P-47. He remembered that the P-47 could keep a higher speed...
They missed the Battle of the Coral Sea. They were told that the Lexington was sunk and the Yorktown was damaged....
On 7 April [Annotators Note: 1945] the Luftwaffe put up a huge effort consisting of many types of fighters. Richard...
Stratton recalls that none of the men were sleeping. The Arizona had reveille every morning at 5 AM. They ate breakfast...
Alexander Jefferson’s plane name was “Bubble Blue Subsoil” [Annotator’s Note: Jefferson became quiet and was lost in...
Jospeh Armanini went to gunnery school while still Stateside. He describes the bombardier's responsibilities while...
Gatewood led his squadron on his fourth mission. At 1 point during the raid he was all by himself and had to pull up to...
Fw190s [Annotator's Note: German Focke Wulf 190 interceptor aircraft] attacked the group the day Oscar Johnson was shot...
Henry Bourgeois went to work in the aerospace industry for Singer as a sales engineer. He was then made a planner and...

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