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Clayton Kelly Gross had to make an emergency landing on Omaha Beach before he went home. He flew a mission over the...
Clarence Anderson's first mission was to Frankfurt,Germany. For the mission he was flying wingman for an experienced...
When John Luckadoo was on his bomb run [Annotators Note: during the 8 October 1943 mission to Bremen] it was terribly...
Robert Shoens felt that the flak was limited on that mission [Annotators Note: the 6 March 1944 mission to Berlin]. It...
Onesi remembers Dick Smith's [Annotator's Note: Onesi's pilot] mother keeping in touch with the crew and their families...
Tyler flew a number of missions at Guadalcanal and again later in the Philippines. On the 15th of June 43 [Annotator's...
Alexander Vraciu and the other members of his squadron [Annotators Note: Fighting Squadron 16 (VF 16)] were in their...
By the time the second strike was launched, the first attack on Hiryu [Annotator's Note: Japanese aircraft carrier...
Sherman had helped to set up many of the dirt revetments. The Chinese had helped as well. Each revetment was high...
Barney Old Coyote’s crew was credited with sinking a submarine; it was not an individual accolade. The escort would...
A typical day [Annotator’s Note: in Italy during the war in 1945] started at 4:40 or 5:00 in the morning. After...
Leonard Spivey was hanging in his parachute and it was cold. Spivey was not uncomfortable because he thinks he had a...
John Noack notes that everything was fine that day. They had escort until they had to turn back. The fighters reached...
Ramage was not pleased with the results. Ramage believed for awhile that it was going to be a one way mission. Ramage...
Vejtasa made several raids prior to the Battle of the Coral Sea [Annotator's Note: 4-8 May 1942]. After Tulagi, they...
Ardell Bollinger did not report back to base immediately. Bollinger still has shrapnel in his foot from when he was...
Whitten noticed heavily armed Marines around the runway. At about that time they were warned to be prepared for enemy...
The fighters rendezvoused with the SBDs [Annotator's Note: Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber], then had to look after...
Alexander Jefferson flew in the Ploesti Raid. It was the first time Jefferson had ever gotten sick. They escorted B-17s...
Keema had flown back to back to back missions on eight, nine, and ten [Annotator’s Note: 8, 9, and 10 October 1943]....
Joseph Armanini tells a story about how the tail of a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber...
They [Annotator’s Note: the dive bombers] would cut the engines if nothing came back from the PBY's and call it a day [...
To John Gibbons none of the missions he flew were as bad as the 19 March mission [Annotators Note: the 19 March 1944...
When Clayton Kelly Gross returned to his unit after his 30 day leave, they were flying the Mustang and he flew it long...
Clarence Anderson went on a couple of patrols with an experienced pilot in the lead and was then sent out on his own....
Robert Shoens' squadron had about four to six planes available. When they went back to Berlin on the eighth [Annotators...
After the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] the action really slowed down...
Freddie Ohr was treated to another huge dinner. The Korean man told him to come down every night around seven. Ohr...
Donald Hoff's plane was not bothered but some of the other planes were. For the afternoon strike, they had a full air...
Leonard Spivey was told that the war was over for him and that he would not be fighting again. Spivey gave them name,...
The ship that the Laffey relieved had been there a week and never got hit. They got off of the coast of Okinawa on a...
John Noack pitied his copilot because he had to endure that rough take off. They got above the clouds and assembled...
1 of the guys that Ramage was flying with looked back at 1 of the burning Japanese carriers and said,"Look back. She's...
Before the Battle of the Coral Sea , Vejtasa's group got some information on the Japanese base at Rabaul and the...
Living aboard the USS Enterprise was tough. Feightner slept in a hammock under a 5 inch gun mount. Other pilots bunked...
Alexander Jefferson went into Stalag Luft III with about 75 to 100 prisoners. The rooms were crowded so they turned the...

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