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Joseph Armanini discusses having bicycle races in the officer's club at Thorpe Abbotts [Annotator’s Note: the 100th...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
While escorting bombers Clarence Anderson was leading his flight to the front of the bomber formation when he noticed a...
Yellin is not sure if he was fired upon during landings and take offs from Iwo Jima. Yellin recalls that one of his...
Freddie Ohr found out it was that bullet that ricocheted off his helmet and went into the cushion. His leader made a...
Karr believed that Admiral Becton [Annotator's Note: F. Julian Becton was the Commander of the Laffey] was a very, very...
Vejtasa could see the Lexington on fire but still recovering planes. The Yorktown was also burning but recovering...
One of Clarence Anderson's men came across a German pilot shooting at men in parachutes. He shot the German down and...
John Luckadoo does not believe that long range fighter protection was possible in the early stages of the war. They...
Freddie Ohr came running out of the wave and he did not see the boat anymore. He made two or three passes that low....
Karr found out from the Laffey's newsletter that one of his buddies had fallen and broken his hip. Karr did not go to...
Norman Kleiss knew Peter Gaido pretty well. When Kleiss was about to take off for his first carrier landing he was...
[Annotators Note: Clarence Anderson served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot flying P-51 Mustangs with the 363rd Fighter...
Freddie Ohr went from Corsica Italy to Medina, Italy. They flew out of there on a short steel runway. They flew all of...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
Freddie Ohr made a dozen passes over the airfield. They went up to provide cover when the top flight went down. Finally...
Admiral Kinkaid [Annotato's Note: Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid] who had no experince with carriers or aviators, ordered a...
Freddie Ohr then called his flight up while the next two flights hit the field. They set the whole airfield on fire....
On the morning of the battle, Vejtasa was flying CAP. Jimmy Flately and Johnny Leppla were flying escort for the...
Freddie Ohr had a lot of things happened to him. The first guy Ohr encountered really tried to make it tough on him....
Freddie Ohr thought that it was an exciting mission [Annotators Note: See Freddie Ohr Segment 17]. He thought that...
Sabol was flying at 28,500 feet when he was shot down. He had heard about other guys being shot at by fighter planes on...
Ferrier got to Pearl Harbor the day after the Hornet [Annotator's Note: USS Hornet CV-8, aircraft carrier] sailed. They...
Onesi recalls the aircraft flying in a very tight V formation to protect each other. They bombed their targets during...
After he ate breakfast Rogers went up to the radio system that was set up on the apron at the airport. They moved the...
During the second Truk raid Alexander Vraciu was on a morning hop escorting bombers when they were attacked by a group...
Instead of heading into the mountains, the Chinese man took them to Canton. They spent several days in Canton. After...
Baynham was based at Tibenham, England where there were numerous airfields that were three or four miles apart. Every...
Ardel Bollinger did not get along with the Colonel in England. When Bollinger asked for a recommendation to join the...
Theodore Van Kirk recalls his first combat mission in Europe in B-17s [Annotator's note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress...
The 109's [Annotator's Note: Messerschmitt Bf-109] undercarriage wasn't very sensible. Early on when they trained...
The first time Malcolm Higgins saw a B-17 he wondered how the heck it could fly. It was awkward when it was on the...
For Paul Hilliard, The National WWII Museum obtaining an SBD [Annotators Note: Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber] is a...
McKee relates the story of how his new crew lost their original Navigator and Bombardier when they bailed out of their...
Alexander Jefferson traveled from Walterboro to Hampton Roads, Virginia by boat across the ocean to Naples. From Naples...
Joseph Armanini was assigned to bombardier school. He wanted to be a bombardier because as a bombardier you saw action...

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