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Jake Ussery boarded the Langley [Annotator's Note: USS Langley (CVL-27)] in the United States and joined in operations...
John Campbell was trained as a gun loader on merchant ships. In Great Britain, in 1943, air raids were still pretty...
Baptiste Puissegur was a staff car driver during the war. He liked the officers he served with. He enjoyed the duty...
The first mission Paul Lefever participated in was the second Schweinfurt mission [Annotator's Note: on 14 October 1943...
While on Midway, Sumner Whitten's squadron was changed from VMSB-231 [Annotator's Note: Marine Scout Bombing Squadron...
While waiting for an assignment, Theodore Robert Tanner and the other pilots of his group were called to meetings twice...
Bernard Smith was fortunate because when he got overseas, the Luftwaffe [Annotator's Note: German Air Force] had been...
Ittsei Nakagawa was born in Fresno, California and lived in Orange Cove [Annotator's Note: Orange Cove, California] in...
William Fili was concerned about what his parents were feeling, but it would drive him nuts if he thought about it too...
To fill personnel losses resulting from accidents and combat, Richard Baile's crew was broken up. He was made the...
Daniel Samuelson had some close missions. They had several engine losses. They were alright. Flak [Annotator's Note:...
The targets of the first missions Robert Doolan flew were submarines. The East Coast [Annotator's Note: of the United...
Flying to Japan was not easy because so much of China was under Japanese control. All of the missions Howard Anderson...
John Angier's 33rd mission was to Cologne, Germany which should have been a relatively short mission. They were hit...
James Siracuse was waiting to board the plane [Annotator's Note: for his 22nd mission]. One of his gunners said that he...
Theodore Robert Tanner flew six missions in a P-40 [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft], but never...
William Jackson joined the 55th Troop Carrier Squadron, 375th Troop Carrier Group at Biak [Annotator's Note: Biak,...
Donald Long and his squadron [Annotator's Note: Patrol Squadron 12 (VP-12)] were transferred to the group that became...
Reading, writing, and arithmetic were important to black people when Samson Alexander was growing up. They knew they...
James J. Hill had Pappy Boyington [Annotator's Note: later US Marine Corps Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington] as his...
Robert "Bob" Rickel does not recall the mission to Stuttgart [Annotator's Note: Stuttgart, Germany with the 524th...
Marigold McNeely was trained to work on the Bombe machine at Bletchley. It was mandatory to be at least five foot, four...
Charles Kneflin had never seen anything like the B-29 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomber]....
DeQuindre McGlaun passed the military physical exam and then was sent to Fort Benning [Annotator's Note: Fort Benning,...
Irving Baum [Annotator's Note: a prisoner of war] was told to put on his clothes and was taken out of solitary [...
Freeman Dyson's friend Michael Laughlin [Annotator's Note: unsure of spelling] had been his roommate prior to going...
[Annotator's Note: William Smith was flying bomber missions out of Durand Airfield or 17 Mile Drome near Port Moresby,...
Charles Struble had basic training at Amarillo, Texas. Aircraft maintenance instructions were also provided there. Next...
Raymond Cauble liked to the 17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber]. He had so many hours in...
Charles Graves Chauncey was assigned missions to bomb Tokyo [Annotator's Note: Tokyo, Japan]. On one of those missions...
Mason Brownell Fitch flew five missions before Curtis LeMay [Annotator's Note: Curtis Emerson LeMay; US Army Air Forces...
Joseph Richard Bernardi, Senior went on a mission to Berlin [Annotator’s Note: Berlin, Germany with the 509th...
Edward Grant flew his first mission in March 1945. He took for granted that he might be shot down. His airfield did not...
Charles Graves Chauncey's first mission was to Truk Island [Annotator's Note: Truk Lagoon or Chuuk Lagoon, Federated...
Mason Brownell Fitch determined that radar was very important when flying missions into Japan. The terrain was much...
Robert Bueker and his crew [Annotator's Note: in the 454th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force] had a lot of secondary...

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