US Army Air Forces

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For the first several months they were flying out of Bodney, they did not live on base. They lived in a hotel and were...
Lowell Brueland flew with Clayton Kelly Gross [Annotator’s Note: Captain Clayton K. Gross is also part of the Digital...
The first real fighter airplane Donald Bryan flew was the P-40D with the Merlin engine, not the Allison engine. They...
When Donald Bryan went back to Europe for his second combat tour, he returned to the same squadron. He was the senior...
Herbert Heilbrun wrote his last letter before his final mission. [Annotators Note: a baby has been crying for at least...
When Donald Bryan was going to junior college the US was paying for pilot training [Annotator’s Note: the Civilian...
The first mission during which Clayton Kelly Gross shot down an enemy plane was when he was flying with Billy D. Harris...
Donald Bryan got five kills in one day. They had to new K14 sights and it was the first time he had ever fired with one...
Herbert Heilbrun went through the cadets with Lyle Pearson. On 29 December, Heilbrun lost track of Pearson who was...
After D-Day, Clyde East and the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron began to work in a rather routine fashion. The...
[Annotators note. Heilbrun is showing a photograph of Lyle Pearson and himself to the interviewer]. Herbert Heilbrun...
Clyde East experienced a slow training program after entry into the Canadian Air Force. He was in flying school during...
Jack Sanders had the opportunity to take leave in London and some of the other towns of England while he was stationed...
Clyde East was provided a week of instruction after his transfer to the United States Army Air Forces. That was to...
Olen Grant only had one surgery while he was in Austria. In the hospital room Grant was in there were three Americans...
Grant was in town the night before the Stuttgart mission. He had waited around until about 8:00 o'clock before taking...
In 1943, the 328th was stationed at Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York. The 47th was stationed down near the coast....
To Donald Bryan, the best German fighter plane of the war was the Fw190 until they got the 262 [Annotator’s Note:...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had another pilot for a few missions because the pilot was on leave. Fitzroy [Annotator's...
Frank Buschmeier went to armament school in Denver, Colorado. In Denver, the men were split into training groups for...
Olen Grant left Paris on a train which took him to a station in Frankfurt. Between the station and Dulag Luft they...
Grant had been on the fourth floor of the hospital, but it was not long before he was going down to the first floor to...
Clyde East was in Japan flying missions over Korea three or four weeks after the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. He...
Olen Grant was born in Benton, Arkansas on 5 April 1923. After his father returned from World War I, he moved to Benton...
Herbert Heilbrun is happy he made friends with John the Tuskegee Airman. Heilbrun had yet to visit the National World...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew were the oldest and most experienced after three missions. Buschmeier and his crew flew...
Lowell Brueland earned the Silver Star after he arrived in France while performing a fighter sweep. He had completed...
Frank Buschmeier feels like he owes his life to the men who flew the plane and he owes his life to the durability of...
Donald Bryan’s last kill was an Arado234. Years later it was discovered that the German pilot flying that plane was on...
Charles Moore went to Bottesford which was 18 miles from Nottingham. [Annotator’s Note: Moore and the 440th Troop...
Lowell Brueland flew missions on 6 June [Annotator’s Note: 6 June 1944] in Normandy. The first mission was to...

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