China Burma India Theater (CBI)

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[Annotator's Note: Robert Liles served in the USAAF and flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft with the 16th...
Roy Uthes arrived in Myitkyinā without any combat experience. His unit [Annotator's Note: Company B, 209th Engineer...
Before going to China, John Alison was sent to England to observe how the air war over England was progressing. Small...
Herbert Auerbach worked with the Burmese ambushing the Japanese. On many occasions the troops would just spray an area...
Herbert Gross and his fellow bomber crewmen received their plane in Kansas for ship out overseas. It was a desert paint...
At Morrison Army Airfield in Florida, Richard Notebaert's old crew broken up, and he was assigned to another crew that...
Revis Haslett initially wanted to join the Marines but went into the Army Air Forces instead. He was working with a...
Joel Varner flew P-40s [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft] in his initial training. He had been...
Herbert Gross recollects sending his sister off by train to the west coast when the bombing of Pearl Harbor was...
When Robert H. "Bob" Harris finished his induction training, he was assigned to single-engine planes. He was happy with...
There were just a few Americans assigned to Samuel Spector's OSS Detachment 101 outfit. Some came and went, but there...
In primary training, Revis Haslett flew a P-17 [Annotator's Note: the PT-17 Stearman]. In basic training, he flew a B-...
At the end of the war, Elmo Espree was transported through the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean...
Cleveland Peterson did not take advantage of the GI Bill for education, but he did use it to build a house. After the...
Roy Uthes was in Myitkyinā when word was received about the end of the war with Japan. After the war he was flown out...
When the war in Europe ended, Herbert Auerbach found out there was a point system set up to determine who went home and...
Perry Garten did not want to remain in the military after the war. Upon returning home, his former company did not...
Grant Jiro Hirabayashi reunited with his parents in Minnesota where they had relocated after they were released from...
Samuel Spector recalled hearing of the war in Europe ending and the atomic bombs being dropped. He was in Burma when he...
Gary Tate had the opportunity to work with the brother of General Claire Chennault while both of them served in their...
After the war, Revis Haslett and his dad bought a grocery store but he wished he had gone to school instead. The store...
Joel Varner had no desire to stay in the Army Air Forces. He wanted an education. He went right back to college. He got...
When Alvin Callender returned to the United States, he was sent to Goodfellow Field at San Angelo, Texas to train...
Joseph Silvia thought the caste system in India was odd. The Americans lived like kings compared to the British there....
Elmo Espree was impressed with the huge size of the first camp he trained at. Customarily, the service facilities are...
Joel Varner was born in October 1923 in Senatobia, Mississippi. He attended high school and junior college there. He...
[Annotator's Notes: There is a brief conversation before the interview officially begins.] Robert H. "Bob" Harris was...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer explains things to the interviewee for the first 30 seconds of tape.] Grant Jiro...
Joseph Silvia was born in April 1922 in Newport, Rhode Island. He was exposed to the military at age 12, by a soldier...
Robert Liles made captain in 1942. In 1943 he was given command of the 16th Fighter Squadron. Before taking over the...
During another incident experienced by Elmo Espree in a Bombay restaurant, a British, an American and a South African...
Gus Gikas landed in the United States in New York City, New York when he returned from India. From there, he went to...
On his return to the United States, Frederick Moore and another guy traveled through Saudi Arabia and Khartoum to Accra...
Samuel Spector's most memorable experience of World War 2 was growing up from 18 to 20 years of age. His expectations...
Cleveland Peterson's most memorable experience was being close to Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. During the...
The war changed Revis Haslett but it is hard to predict what he would have done without that experience. He grew up in...

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