US Army Air Forces

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Herbert Heilbrun was not working the day Pearl Harbor occurred. On that Sunday morning he was at a restaurant and...
Charles Moore had his next major mission when he participated in the invasion of Southern France. [Annotator’s Note:...
Charles Moore and his outfit flew many supply runs into France. [Annotator’s Note: Moore had returned to England with...
Charles Moore flew in the major airborne operation to cross the Rhine River. Like the operation into Holland, this was...
They went aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York. The ship was full. Some of the men had been waiting aboard for a...
Lowell Brueland arrived in England from the United States. It was interesting being there. He witnessed beautiful...
In 1944, they came out with water injection which added 200 horsepower. Bryan’s planes did not have it and he was a...
When Grant went out for his operation, he and the guard rode a streetcar into town then boarded another one that took...
[Annotator’s Note: The interview begins mid sentence, after the initial story Frank tells the interview begins.] Frank...
The sole duty of Clyde East and his squadron during the Battle of the Bulge was to perform reconnaissance flights in...
Clyde East's combat philosophy worked for him as a pilot. When he caught sight of an enemy aircraft, it scared him, but...
Lowell Brueland escorted a 51 [Annotator’s Note: Brueland escorted a North American P-51 Mustang which had been...
Frank Buschmeier and the others were loaded onto trucks the following day and sent to a local base. The guys were...
Olen Grant believes that having institutions like The National WWII Museum and continuing to teach WWII to future...
Olen Grant spent Christmas 1943 in a prison camp. For Grant, the holidays were just like any other day. Some of the...
When the two guys who wrote Stalag 17 wrote it, Grant thinks that they never dreamed of selling it in the United States...
Olen Grant got restless and tired of going to town to get drunk all the time, so he asked a few of his buddies how they...
Herbert Heilbrun packed up his gear and left for home without his crew. Heilbrun decided to take a ship home instead of...
Frank Buschmeier got seven letters in one day at Stalag Luft IV. One of the men volunteered to read his letters for him...
[Annotators Note: There is no content in this segment. During this segment the interviewer and Donald Bryan talk about...
Clyde East shot down his second German fighter just prior to the Battle of the Bulge near Frankfurt, Germany. He was on...
Clarence Anderson was interested in flying from a young age. Lindbergh [Annotator's note: American aviator Charles...
Loevsky was born on Long Island, New York. He was 1 of 3 children.His father worked in a bronze factory. He was a young...
John Luckadoo, known as Lucky, was born in March 1922 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up in Chattanooga. It was a...
Leahr and the interviewer talk about fishing.Leahr grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father was a chauffeur and his...
Sabol was born in 1924 and knew when the war broke out that he would have to serve in one branch or another. He chose...
[Annotators Note: Robert Shoens and the interviewer start the interview with some small chat about experiences both men...
Onesi was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Niagara Falls, New York at a young age. He was drafted into the Air Force...
Tyler was working in the information center receiving radar reports on the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack [...
McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919. After 3rd grade he moved to Illinois. He also spent some time in Iowa. McGee...
Jerry Yellin was born on February 15th, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Hillside High School in June of...
Rankin did not shoot down Gunther Rall [Annotator's Note: Luftwaffe/West German Air Force Ace Lt. Gen. Gunther Rall]...
Sherman was born and raised near Toledo, Ohio. He attended school in Toledo. He was fortunate enough to take classes at...
Barney Old Coyote was born in April 1923. He spoke the Crow language growing up. Old Coyote was raised by his...
Henderson begins the interview stating that he wouldn't be there if not for the actions of B-24 crewman.Henderson's...

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