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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...
John Gibbons does not believe that there was much gloom and doom when they were told during the briefing that the...
Clayton Kelly Gross recalls the first mission he shot any airplanes down was when he was flying with a wingman named...
Loevsky washed out as a pilot and went to Navigation school. He graduated from navigation school in Hondo, Texas in...
Kerama Retto [Annotator's Note: Kerama Islands off of Okinawa] was used as a staging area for the destroyers going out...
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...
Ferrier was given a weekend pass and stayed at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. At the hotel Ferrier did not talk to many...
Alexander Vraciu scored nine aerial victories during his first tour. His first kill was a Zero [Annotators Note:...
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...
The 2nd plane [Annotator’s Note: the 2nd kamikaze on 10 May 1945] that hit them hit the after engine room. He came in...
Dupuy flew air support for the Marines who were landing on Tinian [Annotator’s Note: July 1944]. The invasion took...
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...
Ardell Bollinger had a couple of missions near Paris and Hamburg going after submarines. The cities had a large amount...
Hopkins was the 33rd plane to take off. It was the 1st time that Hopkins took off carrying a live bomb. After he took...
When Richard Candelaria returned to base he did rolls to signify his victories. The crew chiefs could tell that the...

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