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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...
John Keema and his group arrived in Framlingham in mid-July around the time of the Hamburg raids. Keema got to go into...
Wiley stayed on the Portland [Annotator's Note: US Navy heavy cruiser USS Portland, CA-33] for 2 days and slept on the...
Joseph Armanini describes flying back to England along the coast of Spain from Africa, landing the following morning....
[Annotators Note: Henry Bourgeois served in the US Marine Corps as a pilot flying F4U Corsairs with Marine Fighting...
When John Gibbons arrived over Berlin that day [Annotators Note: 6 March 1944] the flak was incredibly intense. Gibbons...
Clayton Kelly Gross cannot recall if the Messerschmitt he shot down off of the B-17 was his third or fourth kill. He...
A typical mission for John Luckadoo started by him being woken up between three and half past three in the morning,...
Robert Shoens knew that the planes coming towards him were not the much hoped for escort. In the briefing room after...
When the Enterprise [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise (CV-6) aircraft carrier] was attacked and ensign Mears and...
Col. Davis became the commander. When the Air Force became a separate service they reactivated the 332nd Fighter Group...
The day after the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] Alexander Vraciu was...
Yellin recalls strafing runs on Chici-jima which was about a hundred or so miles from Iwo Jima. Yellin strafed the...
Rankin had made "Ace in a Day." [Annotator's Note: a term used to describe a fighter pilot scoring five or more...
From 20000 feet the Japanese carriers could be seen maneuvering below. The carriers could be identified by their size...
The San Francisco had to intercept the Japanese ships coming down the Slot [Annotator's Note: the narrow course from...
Sherman was going to hit a target on Formosa. They took off and flew practically at sea level. When they got back to...

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