European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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[Annotator's Note: Throughout this clip, a woman off camera interjects with comments.] James Ramsey Golden finally got...
Philip Whitman's 33rd mission was flown on 13 February 1945 over an oil refinery in Vienna, Austria. It was 53 degrees...
William Albright was a ball turret gunner [Annotator's Note: on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber number 42-...
James McDermott was not in England as early as the 305th Bombardment Group was. They had sent 16 planes on the...
[Annotator's Note: Paul Bosworth served in the USAAF as a tail gunner on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber in...
After the normal briefing for Virgil Faust's second mission, he and the crew weren't much worried about the flight....
Crismon and Malcolm Higgins talked over what they wanted to do. Higgins told him to go down to the back of the plane...
[Annotator's Note: No mention is made here of the mission being described, however, from later interviews and the...
[Annotator's Note: Audio is not good throughout this clip.] Marvin Raymond Graham had no expectations of what flight...
Joseph Geary's baptism by fire was by flak [Annotator's Note: antiaircraft artillery fire]. He realized that the bursts...
Richard "Dick" Willhour landed in Marseilles, France [Annotator's Note: with the 100th Infantry Division] and moved out...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Henry Lederer what his first combat encounter was like.] It was an amazing...
Herbert W. Ridyard landed in France in September 1944. Part of the division [Annotator's Note: 94th Infantry Division]...
When Henry Schaller arrived at his base in Italy and saw the airplanes, he cried. He could not believe they actually...
Thomas Ballew served in headquarters [Annotator's Note: Headquarters, 231st Searchlight Battalion] handling finance and...
A mission to Berlin [Annotator's Note: Berlin, Germany] is the one that stands out in Daniel Samuelson's mind the most...
Stephen Ananian took a train to Atlantic City, New Jersey for boot camp. He had been in ROTC [Annotator's Note: Reserve...
[Annotator's Note: There is a loud hissing noise throughout this clip.] Everything was different for Bernard B. "Bernie...
Walter Sapp's father had been in World War 1 and knew what infantry was about. Sapp did not consult with his family...
Cosmo Uttero was drafted [Annotator's Note: in June 1943] and went to Fort Devens, Massachusetts [Annotator's Note: in...
Robert Walter was born in 1922 in Seneca County, Ohio. His young years prior to entering the service were spent within...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
Eugene Vaadi enlisted in the US Army Air Forces at age 20 and was sent to Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama for...
It was expected that everyone would go into the service if they were of age and they accepted that. Ed Tunnicliff did...
Herbert W. Ridyard was called up for service on his birthday, 6 July [Annotator's Note: 6 July 1943]. He had previously...
William Burrus was drafted [Annotator's Note: in the spring of 1943] and went to Fort McClellan, Alabama for induction...
Franklin Denius had taken artillery training in the ROTC at the Citadel and wanted to be in the artillery. He got his...
[Annotator's Note: There is a loud hissing noise throughout this clip.] Seymour Nussenbaum is like his mother who is a...
Gerard Dillon went to Camp Croft, South Carolina for infantry basic training from November until January [Annotator's...
Donald Dean Paynter attended basic training in Houston, Texas. He just remembers it being physical and he got a lot of...
After being drafted, Richard Yeagely went to Fort McClellan, Alabama [Annotator's Note: then Camp McClellan in Anniston...
Wallace Yip, Sr. did his basic training at Camp Claiborne in Alexandria [Annotator's Note: Camp Claiborne, Rapides...
William Albright enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he wanted to fly, even though he had never flown before. He had...
[Annotator's Note: James Albert Kitts took his pre-induction physical in August 1943 after being drafted.] He did not...
On 8 September 1942, Irving Baum entered the service and was sent to Camp Upton in Long Island, New York. Three days...

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