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Louis Zamperini qualified for the 1936 Olympics and went to New York to compete with Don Lash [Annotator's Note: Donald...
Martin Richard was taken to Gross Tychow, Poland [Annotator's Note: Stalag Luft IV, Gross Tychow, Pomerania, now...
[Annotator's Note: Dr. Roscoe Brown served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot in the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
[Annotator's Note: Abner Aust stayed in the military after the end of World War 2.] The 36th Tactical Fighter Wing was...
Arriving in October 1944, Aubrey Bradley was assigned to the 401st Bombardment Group [Annotator's Note: 613th...
Ryan O'Brien returned to his same crew after being hospitalized for an injury in a crash. His 35th mission was his last...
They [Annotator's Note: Louis Zamperini, his pilot and their tail gunner] spent 47 days fighting off sharks, the...
A lot Darrell Welch's colleagues [Annotator’s Note: fellow fighter pilots] did not make it. Some wound up in prison...
Darrell Welch returned to the 4th Air Force in San Francisco [Annotator's Note: San Francisco, California], and was...
Bud Loring retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel. After World War 2 he joined a National Guard unit. He had a...
After missions they [Annotator's Note: Hewitt Brian Gomez and his fellow crewmen] would have a debriefing about the...
In England, Darrell Welch worked with the British. They told them the enemy was tough. The British had gotten Spitfires...
Charles Kneflin was born in December 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had a very nice childhood. His mother was a home...
John Sacks' first mission was to Bremen, Germany to hit an oil refinery in that city. When they got over the target the...
Palermo, Messina and Sicily [Annotator's Note: all in Italy] were very severe targets for Jack Buckner due to the...
Lloyd Geist was born in New Orleans [Annotator's Note: New Orleans, Louisiana] in July 1921. His family moved to Houma...
Enrique Cervantes was offered a promotion to continue his service in the United States Air Force, but by the time he...
Norman Kinsey felt the operation he was in was not going anywhere. A call came out for a cadre to form a new...
[Annotator's Note: Interview begins mid-conversation.] Herbert Heilbrun was waiting for his crew in Salt Lake City when...
George Allen was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska to train on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bombers with Combat...
Jack Rolfson had a roommate who would find coal to warm their pot belly stove. He was a mathematician and was always...
[Annotator's Note: The interview begins with Vincent Pale showing the interviewer a shadow box containing the...
If it was at night and he had to fly, William Martin would be awakened 30 minutes before. They would go and get their...
Albert Porche began his typical day as a fighter armorer by having breakfast and then going to look on the board where...
An incident occurred at the camp that cost Grant a tough interrogation when he returned to the United States. Workers...
After being captured, Vincent Pale was sent to Stalag XVII. The prisoners were assigned to bunks in a barracks. At...
On one mission, Bernard Smith's aircraft was taking off and the left wing began to dip. He got frightened and they hit...
John Angier first met his crew in the spring of 1944 and then went overseas in a brand-new, shiny, silver B-17 [...
When James Morehead arrived at Broom, Australia, the little airfield where they landed didn't have modern pumping...
They [Annotator's Note: Robert Jones and his fellow aviation cadets at Maxwell Field, Alabama] did a lot of night...
After ten weeks of primary training, James Morehead moved to Moffett Naval Air Field [Annotator's Notes: NAS Moffett...
After ten weeks of flying the BT-13 [Annotator’s Note: Vultee BT-13 Valiant two seat trainer aircraft], Calvin Moret...
One day before James Siracuse got to fly solo, one of his instructors showed him a maneuver that he said he should not...
Eugene Vaadi enlisted in the US Army Air Forces at age 20 and was sent to Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama for...
Initially training in single engine airplanes with an instructor, Robert Heller liked flying, but was a "little bit...
Herbert Gross had trained on B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] bombers. His new...

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