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A typical day [Annotator’s Note: in Italy during the war in 1945] started at 4:40 or 5:00 in the morning. After...
Leonard Spivey was hanging in his parachute and it was cold. Spivey was not uncomfortable because he thinks he had a...
John Noack notes that everything was fine that day. They had escort until they had to turn back. The fighters reached...
Ramage was not pleased with the results. Ramage believed for awhile that it was going to be a one way mission. Ramage...
Vejtasa made several raids prior to the Battle of the Coral Sea [Annotator's Note: 4-8 May 1942]. After Tulagi, they...
Ardell Bollinger did not report back to base immediately. Bollinger still has shrapnel in his foot from when he was...
Whitten noticed heavily armed Marines around the runway. At about that time they were warned to be prepared for enemy...
The fighters rendezvoused with the SBDs [Annotator's Note: Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber], then had to look after...
Alexander Jefferson flew in the Ploesti Raid. It was the first time Jefferson had ever gotten sick. They escorted B-17s...
Keema had flown back to back to back missions on eight, nine, and ten [Annotator’s Note: 8, 9, and 10 October 1943]....
Joseph Armanini tells a story about how the tail of a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber...
They [Annotator’s Note: the dive bombers] would cut the engines if nothing came back from the PBY's and call it a day [...
To John Gibbons none of the missions he flew were as bad as the 19 March mission [Annotators Note: the 19 March 1944...
When Clayton Kelly Gross returned to his unit after his 30 day leave, they were flying the Mustang and he flew it long...
Clarence Anderson went on a couple of patrols with an experienced pilot in the lead and was then sent out on his own....
Robert Shoens' squadron had about four to six planes available. When they went back to Berlin on the eighth [Annotators...
After the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] the action really slowed down...
Freddie Ohr was treated to another huge dinner. The Korean man told him to come down every night around seven. Ohr...
Donald Hoff's plane was not bothered but some of the other planes were. For the afternoon strike, they had a full air...
Leonard Spivey was told that the war was over for him and that he would not be fighting again. Spivey gave them name,...
The ship that the Laffey relieved had been there a week and never got hit. They got off of the coast of Okinawa on a...
John Noack pitied his copilot because he had to endure that rough take off. They got above the clouds and assembled...
1 of the guys that Ramage was flying with looked back at 1 of the burning Japanese carriers and said,"Look back. She's...
Before the Battle of the Coral Sea , Vejtasa's group got some information on the Japanese base at Rabaul and the...
Living aboard the USS Enterprise was tough. Feightner slept in a hammock under a 5 inch gun mount. Other pilots bunked...
Alexander Jefferson went into Stalag Luft III with about 75 to 100 prisoners. The rooms were crowded so they turned the...
John Keema and a lot of the guys he flew with had qualms about the Münster raid. Unfortunately he did not have anyone...
Joseph Armanini describes how he thought regarding his survival. He describes his sense of confidence and also his...
On the Memmingen mission, which was the first day after he arrived, the ball turret gunner was killed on another plane...
Clayton Kelly Gross recalled the date he shot the jet down was in April of 1945. The last month of the war they could...
Clarence Anderson's group came across a straggling B-17 and decided to head out to escort it. While they were on their...
John Luckadoo was the operations officer of the 350th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force...
When Alexander Vraciu bailed out over the Philippines he was at about 300 or 400 feet when his parachute opened up. He...
Yellin recalls that the Japanese were in the caves. One person described that the Japanese were not on Iwo Jima, but...
Henderson's outfit was hit by enemy fighters pretty heavy on one mission. His plane was not hit. It was a long mission...
Freddie Ohr sat down and everybody sat around him to keep him warm. Ohr got up and looked around and realized there was...

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